H. Paul LeBlanc III, PhD
Department of Communication
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Office hours: 1:30-2:00 Tuesday, 3:30-4:00 Thursday
This course facilitates understanding of historical and current use of communication
technologies. In particular, this course will provide an overview of media and networks used for
entertainment and information distribution, storage, and retrieval. Emphasis is placed on the
interrelationships among technology, economics, policy, society, and culture. An equally
important function of this class is to foster students' insight into the technologies used for
mediating communication so that students are able to apply course-related concepts to the
development of communication strategies.
Lectures, discussion, classroom exercises, written assignments, and in-class and out-of-class
observations will be used to aid the development of knowledge and skills relating to the study of
The aim is to merge theory and practice throughout the classroom experience. To this end, we
will maintain a stimulating, interactive, open, and friendly classroom environment that fosters
self and other insight, critical thinking, intellectual growth and communicative competence. The
following objectives are core to the course:
Developing critical thinking and analytical skills related to use of communication
Developing specific skills and competencies needed by communication professionals
Developing a good understanding of the fundamental principles of communication
McGregor, M.A., Driscoll, P. D., & McDowell, W. (2010).
Head’s broadcasting in
America: A survey of electronic media
(10th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Cheating, plagiarism and collusion will not be tolerated.
All work submitted must be the
original work of the student, for this course only (no submitting the same assignment in more
than one class). The penalty for plagiarism, cheating or collusion may include failing the
assignment, failing the course, or expulsion from the University depending on the severity of the