Academic Catalog

Mass Communications (MC)

MC 101  Introduction to Electronic Media  (3 credits)  

This course is an introduction to the physical, financial, social and governmental controls of radio, television, cable and satellite. Students study the history of radio and television, basic radio and television technology, programming, and the business side of the industries, including sales practices, ratings, personnel and careers in the electronic media and related fields. Classroom learning consists of lecture, discussion, listening and viewing assignments, game shows and occasional guests. Students may elect to work in some capacity on WHFC, the College's radio station, or Harford Cable Network, the Harford County public access cable TV station, or to write a term paper.

MC 102  Audio Production  (3 credits)  

This course introduces students to basic techniques of recording, editing, and mixing audio. Instruction covers fundamentals of microphone usage, mixing console operation, and digital recording and editing. Lectures and labs focus on topics such as acoustics, audio in media, equipment demonstrations, and recording techniques. Students work individually and in groups on a range of audio assignments including the production of an audio portfolio. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. This course may require field trips. Course fee.

MC 103  Television Studio Production   (3 credits)  

This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of television studio production and the operation of television equipment commonly found in a studio setting. Students explore fundamental usage of studios and equipment, and will operate cameras, TV audio, video controls systems, TV lighting and basic set design. Students participate individually and in groups in productions such as news and commercials, as well as interviews, some of which may air on the local cable system. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. Course fee.

MC 104  Electronic Media Performance   (3 credits)  

This hands-on course introduces students to the preparation and execution of media performance skills. Students learn how to improve their vocal and visual presentation, record performances typical of the industry, and critique classroom and professional performances. Newscasts, commercials and interviews are typical projects with the possibility of airing on FM radio or cable television. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. Usually offered in spring semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MC 102

MC 105  Introduction to Journalism (GH)  (3 credits)  

Students study the roles, responsibilities, and effects of print and broadcast journalism from a broad historical and critical perspective. Related topics include the Internet, advertising, and public relations. Ethical standards, business constraints, and current trends in journalism are also considered. Students may shadow a professional journalist and write for the college newspaper.

MC 191  Independent Study: Mass Comm  (1 credit)  
MC 192  Independent Study: Mass Comm  (2 credits)  
MC 193  Independent Study: Mass Communications  (3 credits)  
MC 201  Writing for the Electronic Media  (3 credits)  

This capstone course focuses on short-form writing for the electronic media and the Internet, including television and radio commercials, web pages, press releases, outdoor advertising, and brochures for a local, non-profit agency. Students learn through assignments, lectures, quizzes, guest lectures, and a final multimedia campaign for a real client. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. Usually offered in fall semester.

Prerequisite(s): MC 102 and MC 103

MC 203  Advanced Audio Production   (3 credits)  

Advanced Audio Production is an in-depth study of audio/sound/hearing and the application of audio principles to various media. Other topics include digital editing, mixing and multi-tracking; studios and acoustics; equipment needs such as consoles, microphones, speakers and recorders; the processing of signals; and on-location recording. Students learn through lecture/discussion and through hands-on usage of advanced equipment. Student projects may be prepared for WHFC programming. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. Usually offered in spring semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MC 102

MC 204  Video Production and Editing   (3 credits)  

This course is an advanced study and practicum in video production. Students are involved in pre-production, production and post-production, including an introduction to digital editing. Lecture/discussion ranges widely from the practical study of equipment usage to broader concepts such as video language and its application to modern video production. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MC 103

MC 206  History of Film (GH)  (3 credits)  

This course is a chronological survey of film from the technological development stage, through the silent era, to the studio dominated years, to the present day. Emphasis is placed on the appreciation of today's films through the viewing of films important to the development of film expression. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. This course may require field trips.

MC 207  Digital Video I  (3 credits)  

This course concentrates on principles, production, and editing of digital video. Students are involved in all aspects of digital production including shooting, digitizing and editing video on a digital nonlinear system. Student projects progress from simple to complex. Course includes 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab per semester. This course may require field trips.

Prerequisite(s): (MC 204) or (ART 108 and ART 207)

MC 208  Multimedia Journalism I (GH)  (3 credits)  

This course is designed to train prospective student journalists in the organization, design and production of a college magazine. Students learn how to write in standard journalistic style, become familiar with ethical and legal standards in the publication of a college magazine, and exhibit expertise in the areas of magazine design, business management, advertising, photography, editing, and copyreading. All students work toward the production of the campus magazine, The Harford Owl.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101

MC 209  Multimedia Journalism II  (3 credits)  

This course is designed to refine the journalistic skills of prospective student journalists in the organization, design and production of a college magazine. Students review how to write in accepted journalistic style, continue to apply ethical and legal standards in the publication of a college magazine, and exhibit expertise in the areas of magazine design, business management, advertising, photography, editing, and copyreading. All students help supervise the production of the campus magazine, The Harford Owl.

Prerequisite(s): MC 208

MC 210  Introduction to Social Media (GI)  (3 credits)  

This course introduces students to a variety of social media platforms. Students will learn the professional and personal applications of social media, as well as their limitations. Related topics include the role of social media in advertising and public relations. Students may produce digital content for the college magazine's Facebook page and/or participate in other hands-on assignments. This course may require field trip(s).

MC 271  Cooperative Education I: Mass Communications  (1 credit)  
MC 272  Cooperative Education II: Mass Communications  (2 credits)  
MC 273  Cooperative Education III: Mass Communications  (3 credits)  
MC 283  Field Project: Announcing/Production in Electronic Media  (3 credits)  

Students receive individual assignments at a selected job site in the area of electronic media desired by the student. Intended as a capstone course for the Associate degree and Certificate programs, this course offers the student an opportunity to actually work in a professional environment prior to graduation. Minimum of nine hours per week or a total of 135 hours per semester of independent work and conference.

MC 284  Field Project: Journalism/New Media and Advertising  (3 credits)  

Students receive individual assignments at a selected job site in the area of advertising or sales promotion desired by the student. Intended as a capstone course for the Associate degree and Certificate programs, this course offers the student the opportunity to actually work in a professional environment prior to graduation. Minimum of nine hours per week or a total of 135 hours per semester of independent work and conference.

MC 291  Independent Media Project  (1 credit)  

This course is an advanced practicum in media production. In consultation with the instructor, students select a complex media assignment to complete within the semester. Execution of the project is on an independent study basis with the instructor guiding and instructing the student throughout. Minimum of three hours per week or a total of 45 hours per semester of independent work and conference. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MC 203 and MC 204

MC 292  Independent Media Project  (2 credits)  

This course is an advanced practicum in media production. In consultation with the instructor, students select a complex media assignment to complete within the semester. Execution of the project is on an independent study basis with the instructor guiding and instructing the student throughout. Minimum of six hours per week or a total of 90 hours per semester of independent work and conference. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MC 203 and MC 204

MC 293  Independent Media Project  (3 credits)  

This course is an advanced practicum in media production. In consultation with the instructor, students select a complex media assignment to complete within the semester. Execution of the project is on an independent study basis with the instructor guiding and instructing the student throughout. Minimum of nine hours per week or a total of 135 hours per semester of independent work and conference. Course fee.

Prerequisite(s): MC 203 and MC 204