Courses in electronic communication are typically offered through undergraduate degree programs in communications, broadcasting, audio production and journalism. These courses may also be offered as part of master's degree programs in fields such as broadcast and electronic communication arts. Undergraduate courses generally introduce students to the field's various components, while graduate courses often focus on advanced research projects and seminars. Some courses include hands-on practice with sophisticated electronic equipment and/or communications software.
Here is an outline of common concepts learned in electronic communication courses:
- The history of electronic media
- Emerging technologies
- Audio, video and television production techniques
- Writing for the Web
- Media aesthetics
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Electronic Media Course
The history of and current technologies found in electronic media are examined in this foundational class. An exploration of the development and consumption of electronic media, the evolution of technology from radio to television and the Internet is explored. In addition to historical facts, technical aspects of broadcasting may also be explored.
Electronic Communications Course
Students in this introductory electronic communications class examine the history of electronic technologies used for communications, including the telephone, radio, television and Internet. They investigate the political, economic and social atmosphere that spurred the development of these electronic technologies.
Audio Production Course
Audio production courses are typically a combination of lab and lecture. Students discover how to use and control sound in different situations, including on stage, over the radio, on TV and in the recording of music and film productions. In the lab portion of the course, students record and edit their own audio productions.
Online Media and Publishing Course
This course familiarizes students with the types of online publications available, which include videos, magazines and newspapers. Students gain experience with HTML and simple web publishing programs for print and Web-based production. The course includes an overview of the ways Internet access has influenced literature and literacy in the United States.
Ethics in Electronic Media Course
The Internet and other electronic mediums have changed the way people receive, interpret and spread information. Additionally, these technologies have influenced the ethical obligations of media professionals. Journalists, television hosts and radio broadcasters must remain neutral, fair and balanced. In this course, students discuss ethical issues facing journalists. They also discuss the responsibilities of communications professionals to report unbiased information without violating human rights.