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Communications, Professional

10-699-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Part Time, Full Time 61 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Times of Day: Day, Evening Location*: Online

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

With this degree, you'll develop expertise in communication and technology. You will use and combine a variety of communication media, including print, audio/visual and Internet. And you’ll gain skills in web graphics, social media, designing and writing web content, technical writing, video and mobile device publishing. The degree includes a professional internship where you’ll put into practice skills you learned in the classroom.

COURSE LIST

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (40 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • MS Office Suite, Introduction
    10-103-120
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10103120
    • Credits: 2.00

    Provides an opportunity to gain technical skills employers are seeking, by using the features in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Through hands-on course work, students will be able to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Social Media Marketing
    10-104-108
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10104108
    • Credits: 3.00

    Learn to successfully plan, deploy and establish a brand's social media presence. A mix of online research projects, case studies and class exercises will be used to enhance student knowledge. Social media platforms and analysis tools to develop social media campaigns will also be used.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMPSOFT 10103109 - Tech Tools for Mktg, Comm

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • MARKET 10104103 - Promotion Principles

    OR ANY of the following options:

    • Student is in progress in Professional Communications (10-699-1) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Digital Media (20-699-5) Program of Study

    • Student is in progress in Public Relations (20-699-7) Program of Study

  • Marketing 1, Principles of
    10-104-151
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10104151
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces students to the marketing function and process. Techniques for analyzing the marketing environment and understanding customers' needs and wants are explored. Students apply marketing principles to select target markets, develop positioning and create marketing programs to serve markets. Topics include product management and development, pricing, distribution and promotion strategies.

  • Web Graphics, Introduction to
    10-152-105
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10152105
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces the fundamental concepts necessary to generate and prepare graphics for Web pages. The course will focus on raster as well as vector images. Areas addressed will be color selection, layout, text, optimizing images, creating backgrounds, slicing, creating navigation, transparent graphics and animated graphics. Adobe software will be utilized.

  • Intercultural Communication
    10-699-102
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699102
    • Credits: 3.00

    Sensitizes students to the needs and expectations of people of other cultures and introduces skills necessary for effective intercultural communication. Topics include appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication, written communication patterns, business and social etiquette, and intercultural negotiation strategies. Students will also examine universal systems, cultural values and problems associated with language diversity.

  • Research Methods for Professional Communications
    10-699-104
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699104
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces students to the research phases of professional research and product testing. Students will learn how to conduct and analyze quantitative and qualitative studies, conduct surveys and develop and implement proper usability testing.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1 (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801141 - Intro to Mass Comm (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801197 - Technical Reporting (Grade of C or better required)

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Writing Content for the Web
    10-699-105
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699105
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on technical writing strategies and methods of designing and writing for Web sites that support the workplace. Current trends in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will be introduced.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication

  • Proposal/Grant Writing
    10-699-106
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699106
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces the skills to evaluate, assess and apply appropriate writing principles in writing grants and proposals. Students will complete this class with direct experience in writing a grant.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1 (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Introduction to Professional Communications
    10-699-112
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699112
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides new students with firm knowledge of the Professional Communications program. Students will explore the careers associated with this field and work on improving technical writing skills. Technical editing and proofreading will be introduced in this course.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication

  • Developing Product Documentation
    10-699-116
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699116
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the preparation of various types of manuals–procedural and instructional. Skills addressed include layout and design, collaboration and project management.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1 (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

  • Designing Content for the Web
    10-699-117
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10699117
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on design and delivery of professional quality Web content. Students will learn to incorporate usability in Web page design, terminology, appropriate document file formats and incorporate optimized graphic images.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1 (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Information Design
    10-699-120
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10699120
    • Credits: 3.00

    Prepares students to design and manage information using a variety of methods–instructional design strategies, performance support system software and information systems theories. Students will be required to use project management techniques in order to create a simple training session for online delivery and develop a support system or document using a content management system or help authoring tool.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1 (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

  • Video Publishing
    10-699-123
    1Credit
    18
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10699123
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces video development and publishing as used by professional communicators. This 9-week course will stress how to integrate video in documentation and websites for business purposes.

  • Professional Communications Internship
    10-699-141
    3Credit
    216
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 216
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10699141
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides the fourth semester student with on-the-job experience related to professional communications. Students will be assigned appropriate workplace projects, will help design assessment criteria for the experience, and will be evaluated by the workplace mentors and the practicum instructor after completing a self-assessment of the work during this experience.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMMUNIC 10699112 - Intro to Professional Comm

  • College Success: On Course
    10-890-100
    1Credit
    18
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10890100
    • Credits: 1.00

    On Course helps you learn a number of proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional and personal success. You will discover how to create a rich, fulfilling life by developing new beliefs and behaviors. College Success: On Course empowers you to make wise choices in your academic and personal life which leads to improved experiences and outcomes.

    General Studies (18 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Technical Reporting
    10-801-197
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801197
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMMUNIC 10801136 - English Composition 1 (Grade of C or better required)

    • COMMUNIC 10801195 - Written Communication (Grade of C or better required)

    AND ANY of the following options:

    • Student must have completed 24 Semester Units at the Post Secondary Level. Catalog Number must begin with 10, 20, 30, 31 or 32

    • Student is in progress in General Studies Transfer (UW-Oshkosh) (20-890-4) Program of Study

  • College Mathematics
    10-804-107
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804107
    • Credits: 3.00

    Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics in the areas of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement and data. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Accuplacer Arithmetic 263+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Math 18+ OR Arithmetic Level 2 Coursework

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Economics
    10-809-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809195
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to give an overview of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

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