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COMM 5001. Introduction to Graduate Communication Research
(COMM 301) 3 credits. Lecture. An introduction to quantitative research methods and statistics. Issues of measurement and design of communication studies as well as basic descriptive and inferential statistics are covered.

COMM 5002. Research Methods
(COMM 302) 3 credits. Lecture. Integrative approach to modeling theory, research design, and statistical analysis, including mathematical models, scale construction, measurement issues, correlation, regression, and analysis of variance.

COMM 5003. Advanced Communication Research Methods
(COMM 303) 3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: COMM 5002. Research techniques and procedures for the study of communication. Research design, multivariate statistics, and structural modeling.

COMM 5010. Theory Construction and Research Design
(COMM 305) 3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: COMM 5002. Conceptualization, theory construction, and review of communication methodologies. Students will write a proposal for independent research, thesis, or dissertation.

COMM 5100. Persuasion Theory and Research
(COMM 310) 3 credits. Lecture. Evaluation of current and traditional theories of persuasion and attitude change from communication, social psychology, and related disciplines.

COMM 5101. Motivation
(COMM 340) 3 credits. Lecture. Also offered as PSYC 5101. Theories of motivation considered in relation to their supporting data.

COMM 5120. Communication Campaigns
(COMM 315) 3 credits. Lecture. Campaign theory and planning. Students learn how to conduct inter views and focus groups with members of a target audience, and work with non-profit organizations to design a campaign.

COMM 5200. Interpersonal Communication
(COMM 320) 3 credits. Lecture. Cognitive, emotional and behavioral interactions in specific contexts, including interpersonal relationships, groups, and work.

COMM 5220. Group Communication Research
(COMM 325) 3 credits. Lecture. The group communication process with emphasis upon research methodologies for the study of interactions in a group setting.

COMM 5230. Organizational Communication: Theory and Research (COMM 326) 3 credits. Lecture. Relationship of prescribed and informal communication networks to organizational goal achievement and individual integration. Emphasis on frequently used research methodologies.

COMM 5300. Mass Communication Theory
(COMM 330) 3 credits. Lecture. Introduction to major theories, with emphasis on the structure, function, and effects of mass media.

COMM 5310. Seminar in Mass Communication Research
(COMM 331) 3 credits. Seminar.  Recent theories of social and political       effects of mass communication, and the cognitive processing of media messages.

COMM 5500. Nonverbal Communication (COMM 350) 3 credits. Lecture. The study of metacommunication: Kinesics, space, time and other concomitants of verbal messages. How the non-verbal band helps in the interpretation of verbal messages.

COMM 5501. Seminar in Nonverbal Communication and Persuasion (COMM 351) 3 units. Lecture. Role of media nonverbal communication in persuasion and media preferences. Affective and analytic communications in attitude formation, structure, and change.

COMM 5650. Communication Technology and Society: Theory and Research 3 credits. Seminar. Theory and research associated with the study of emerging communication technologies. Provides a comprehensive foundation in the scholarly literature addressing the content, adoption, uses and effects of new media.

COMM 5660. Computer Mediated Communication
(COMM 371) 3 credits. Lecture. Communication networks, human-computer interaction and interface design, social and collaborative communication via computer.

COMM 5670. Computer Modeling in Communication Research
(COMM 379) 3 credits. Lecture. History, basic concepts, and minimal skills of computer simulation and mathematical modeling.

COMM 5680. Seminar in Message Systems Analysis
(COMM 365) 3 credits. Lecture. Selected topics in information and communication; analysis of message elements in human communication; discussion of message factors as related to behavioral effects.

COMM 5770. Health Communication 3 credits. Seminar. Over view of health communication, including health behavior change interventions, emergency communication, risk assessment, media influences, provider-patient communication, socialization and identity, stereotyping, social support, diverse populations, and new communication technologies.

COMM 5892. Practicum in Research
(COMM 390) 1-6 credits. Practicum. May be repeated for credit.

COMM 5895. Variable Topics in Communication
1-3 credits. Lecture. Instructor consent required. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

COMM 5899. Independent Study in Communication Science
(COMM 300) 1-6 credits. Independent Study. This course is an independent study course in which periodic conferences with the instructor are required.

COMM 6001. Proseminar in Communication Research
(COMM 401) 3 credits. Seminar. Prerequisites: COMM 5002, COMM 5003, and COMM 5010. Advanced topics in communication research presented by faculty and specialists. Topics include information theory,          survey of sampling and data collection, time series analysis (time-domain and panel design), physiological measurement, interaction analysis, and meta analysis.

COMM 6800. Seminar and Directed Research in Communication
(COMM 490) 1-6 credits. Seminar. Open to graduate students in the Marketing Communication Program. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.

COMM 6850. Seminar in Marketing Communication Research
(COMM 480) 3 credits. Seminar. Theories of emotional and cognitive processing of communications; cognitive mapping and message construction; design, implementation and evaluation of information campaigns.

COMM 6895. Topics in Applied Communication Research
(COMM 402) 3 credits. Seminar. Investigation of special research techniques and findings in selected areas of applied communication research.