COMMS 101
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    LisaSwenson, WilliamPayton, Wakefied, Clark, Sweson, ScottChurch, EdAdams, MassComm&Soc, Robinson, Curtis, Kevin John
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    • Profile picture
    Jun 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The teacher not only teaches the material but also life lessons. He understands that unless we learn to apply this knowledge, it will be wasted.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to write a more conscise paper that really dealt with the topics that interested me. We learned how the viewer interacts and absorbs the knowledge around them. The discussions were amazing and the projects were fun and interactice.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Reading the material with the study guide will help you answer the daily quiz questions. When he reveals the answers write down the question and the answer for future reference during the final. The final is made up of the daily quizzes and a little extra from the study guide. He is very open on answering questions about the study guides. There are a couple of big papers and big projects but they are there to help instead of to just do busy work. You can learn the material and you can then apply it.

    • Summer 2015
    • ScottChurch
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects Great Discussions
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    Apr 13, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This is a really easy class, it is enjoyable, and you learn some. Not my favorite class ever, but it was worthwhile.

    Course highlights:

    Learned about communications and there was a lot of real-life application.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you want to know if you want to go into communications, this is a good indicator.

    • Winter 2017
    • Kevin John
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Feb 14, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    More often than not, I find that the instructor of a course can make or break the situation for each student enrolled in the class. In the case of my COMMS 101 class taught by Kevin John, the class was made. Something that's great about Kevin is that he's not super old, so he's able to understand the students and relate to them on a personal level. In a very literal way he is able to 'speak their language,' and especially in a course like communications it's important to be able to properly address the audience to ensure understanding. The class itself covers the history of various methods of communication, the current mediums of communication, and the potential direction that the communications field is headed. Kevin covers things in a way that is intellectually enlarging as well as being fun and relatable.

    Course highlights:

    Being an 'intro' course, it covered many of the basics of communications, especially as they tied into our modern day. We discussed social media, books, magazines, newspaper, videos, music, radio, and many other forms of communication. When I took this course, I only had one lecture every week, so it was difficult at times to remember to do the reading and prepare for the quizzes, but mastering those skills and planning ahead was one of the most valuable things that I learned that semester. Some of the highlights of the class include some of Kevin's remarks. Being a pretty young and hip professor, he was able to really connect with the students in the discussion and knew how to get the kids to talk. It was great!

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you're interested in the communications program but aren't sure which emphasis you'd like to declare (public relations, marketing, journalism), be sure to take this introductory course. Not only does it cover facts about the history of communications, it also explains each of the emphases which allows each student in the class decide where they'd like to end up in the future.

    • Winter 2017
    • Kevin John
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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