miami university

Required Courses

Course Descriptions


JRN 201

News Writing and Reporting (3)
Covers basic communication techniques while emphasizing news values, reporting, and writing. Prerequisite: typing ability.

ENG 302

Structure of Modern English (4)
Examines the linguistic structure of American English with specific reference to applications in teaching.

ENG 313/ENG 215 (Hamilton)

Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Introduces the principles of technical writing, focusing on defining purpose, analyzing audience, developing document structure, creating page layouts, and drafting and revising communications; provides practice in a variety of technical communication. ENG215, on the Hamilton campus, may be substituted for ENG 313.

JRN 318

Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines (3)
Examines theory and practice in writing and marketing articles of varied character for newspapers and general and specialized magazines. Students submit articles to The Miami Student, The Oxford Press, and other media for possible publication. Prerequisite: ENG 211.

ENG 411/511

Visual Rhetoric for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3)
Introduces the theory and techniques of visual rhetoric used by technical and scientific communicators; covers elements of page layout and typography, giving students practice with short and long print documents and non-print media. Prerequisites: ENG 215 or 313, or permission of the instructor. Offered only in the fall.

ENG 412/512

Editing for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3)
Examines the principles and practices of editors of technical and scientific publications; emphasizes copyediting, substantive editing, and editor-author relationships. Students will edit their own and other students’ work, and that of outside clients. Prerequisites: ENG 215 or 313, or permission of instructor. Offered only in the spring.

ENG 413/513

Writing Reports and Proposals (3)
Studies intensively the principles and processes involved with preparing technical and scientific reports and proposals. Prerequisites: ENG 215 or 313, or permission of instructor. Offered in the only fall.

ENG 414/514

Designing and Testing User Documents for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3)
Offers advanced study of the theories and practices involved with the production of user communications in print and other media. Prerequisites: ENG 215 or 313, or permission of instructor. Offered only in the spring.

ENG 415

Capstone in Technical and Scientific Communication: Practicum (3)
Provides a practicum in project management specifically designed to provide technical and scientific communication majors with practical writing experience related to the technical or scientific fields. Prerequisite: ENG 215 or 313. Students must also have been formally accepted into the major and must have completed or be enrolled in ENG 411, ENG 412, ENG 413, and ENG 414. Students must have applied for major status in order to be accepted in the capstone. Offered only in the spring.


COM 135

Public Expression and Critical Inquiry (3)
Miami Plan foundation course. Develops fundamentals of analyzing, organizing, adapting, and delivering ideas effectively in public contexts. Special emphasis placed upon informative and persuasive discourse.

CSE 148

Business Computing (3)
An introduction to business-oriented computer skills. Extensive hands-on use of electronic spreadsheets and database software. Examples and exercises will stress problem-solving in a business context.

IMS 101.P

Interactive Development Skills: Desktop Publishing (1)
This course is designed to develop skills in computer-implemented desktop publishing. Desktop publishing involves the layout, design, and execution of complex publishing from newspapers to books. This course will use Adobe InDesign 2.0 as a software tool. Topics include creating and formatting text, working with graphics, managing large documents, applying colors to documents, and printing. All standard and many advanced functions of InDesign will be covered. Credit/no-credit only.

IMS 101.H

Interactive Development Skills: Web Publishing and HTML (1)
This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of HTML, the language used to view web pages. You will learn the fundamentals of HTML coding and web site creation. You will also learn how to code with a web page editor, Dreamweaver MX. Using the functionality of Dreamweaver, the course will launch into advanced tools for media-rich web sites. No prior knowledge of programming is needed. Credit/no-credit only.

IMS 101.G

Interactive Development Skills: Digital Image Creation and Manipulation (1)
This course is designed to develop skills in digital image creation, editing, and manipulation. You will learn how to use Macromedia Fireworks MX to create and import digital images. You will then learn how to edit these images to get a desired look and effect for digital presentation. You will also learn the optimal method for exporting these images in a web-ready format. Credit/no-credit only.

IMS 101.F

Interactive Development Skills: Web Animation (1)
This course is designed to develop skills in digital animation. You will learn how to use Macromedia Flash MX to create and export digital “movies.” You will begin by learning the basic layout of Flash, using storyboards and an introduction to the concept of frames and onion-skins. You will then learn the basics of animation and how to use Flash's built-in tools to create your own animations. While 101.H is not required for this course, it helps to have had some web development experience prior to taking the class. Credit/no-credit only.

IMS 101.V

Interactive Development Skills: Digital Video Editing (1)
The purpose of this course is to teach students how to use the computer as an off-line, non-linear video editing tool. Students will learn the technical aspects of the video editing software. Students will receive several editing projects throughout the quarter, which they will be expected to produce on the computer using Adobe Premiere video-editing software. Assignments will be tailored to require the application of concepts presented in class periods. Students will learn to distinguish between effective and ineffective editing approaches through instruction, exposure to expert examples, and course projects. Credit/no-credit only.