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The Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media offers a wide range of courses that help a student advance their education. Below is a sample of recent courses offered in this department. Please note that not all courses are available each semester, and there can be several different special topics courses offered covering quite different subjects. To see what courses are offered in a particular semester, including special topics courses, visit the MSU Course Schedule site.

► TC 401: Media Impacts on Society

There are three sections of this class, which deal with three different aspects of media impacts on society.

Sec 001-Topic: Interpersonal Relationships and Technology
Sec 002-Topic: Digital Games in Society
Sec 003-Topic: Science-Fiction and Technology

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Spring 2011
Faculty: Kayla Hales Mark Levy Wei Peng

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► TC 411: Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W)

Design and development of documentaries in a team setting using video and audio, still photography, web design, and print media. Participation in a production cycle including idea generation, research, design, production, and distribution.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Robert Albers

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► TC 435A: Creating the Fiction Film I

Interdepartmental course - enroll in ENG 435A.

Creation of a short film, including scripting, conceptualization and planning, shooting, and rough editing.

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► TC 435B: Creating the Fiction Film II

Finishing a short film, including fine editing, color correction, music composition, sound mixing, and foley work. Developing web promotion, marketing strategies, and distribution.
► TC 442: Cinema and TV Projects (W)

This is a "hands-on" course where students will learn about the visual media industry through a project based theme. All students are expected to work on group projects and aim to execute media projects with professional quality. These projects could include a combination of audio and video features and graphics.

Your fellow classmates would be a valuable resource with their varied skill-sets and experiences.

The structure of this course may be different than your usual coursework as we will try to duplicate the pressures and demands of the professional world.

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Summer 2013
Faculty: Amol Pavangadkar

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► TC 443: Audio Industry Design and Management (W)

Advanced audio production specializing in multi-channel techniques. Industry focus on all aspects of the audio field

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Summer 2013
Faculty: Jon Whiting

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► TC 444: Information Technology Project Management
► TC 445: Game Design & Development I

Open to students in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization and open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.

Description: Design, architecture, and creation concepts related to the development of interactive digital games.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Brian Winn

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► TC 447: Advanced Three Dimensional Animation Workshop

Design of advanced 3D computer graphic animation.

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Fall of every year
Faculty: Andrew Dennis

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► TC 450: Human Computer Interaction and Experience Design (W)

Development, formalization, and communication of information designs. Gathering and structuring information and requirements to meet technological, personal, and business communication goals. Systematic usability evaluation of information designs.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Susan Wyche

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► TC 452: Media Strategy (W)

Strategic options, with their attendant risks and opportunities, available to media firms in an industry that is being transformed by new information and communication technologies.

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Fall of every year

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► TC 455: Game Design and Development II

Advanced design, architecture, and creation concepts related to the development of real-time interaction 3D design for gaming, simulation, and immersive virtual environments.

Prerequisite: TC 445 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Brian Winn

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► TC 458: Project Management (W)

Managing complicated and multidisciplinary projects. Organizing projects into manageable elements: scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, procurement, and integration. Communicate with stakeholders. Analyze organizations. Develop a budget. Identify roles and responsibilities during the critical planning, deployment, and evaluation stages.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Wietske van Osch

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► TC 462: Social Computing (W)

Social and technological perspectives on how people collaborate using information and communication technology. Experience with using multiple collaboration platforms and analysis of differences between enabling technologies.

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► TC 472: Electronic Commerce (W)

Technologies, business models, and organizational and social implications of electronic commerce. Design of e-commerce sites.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Charles Steinfield

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► TC 480: Information and Communication Technology for Development

This course will examine how information and communication technologies (ICTs) might make the world a better place by helping improve the lives of poor and marginalized people. We will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the impact of mobile phones, PCs, and the Internet on economic growth, education, the environment, health care, and the empowerment of women. By the end of the semester, students will have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of ICTs as tool for positive social change.

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Summer 2013
Faculty: Susan Wyche

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► TC 490: Independent Study

Directed study under faculty supervision.

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► TC 491: Special Topics

Special Topics are once-in-a-while or, sometimes, once-in-a-lifetime courses. They can be 1 credit or more, with many at 3 credits. The section number determines the class.

SPECIAL TOPICS AVAILABLE SOON (Summer 2013):

  • Section 001: Advanced Multi-camera Production. Completion of TC 342 is recommended for this section.
  • Section 002: Advanced Avid Editing
  • Section 003: Designing Behavior Change
  • Section 004: Funding and Selling your Film and other Media Projects // Students must have completed TC 341 or TC 442 and submit a sellable completed project for review. For additional course information or to request an override into the course, email your NAME, PID, COURSE NUMBER, SECTION NUMBER AND SEMESTER to the instructor, Troy Hale at: halet@msu.edu. Class meets in 191 COM, the Deeb Conference Room.
  • Section 102: Mobile Application Development // Mobile applications are the hottest thing in technology today and mobile application developers are in high demand in the industry. This course will survey the various techniques to develop mobile applications including native development, html5, and middleware tools. We will then dive deep into developing mobile applications using Titanium Appcelerator, an open source tool for developing iOS and Android mobile apps. By the end of the course, students will have developed a mobile application ready for deployment. The focus for this summer will be 75% iOS, 20% Android, 5% Other. However, many of the tools and techniques we discuss cut across most smartphones.

PREVIOUS SPECIAL TOPICS:

  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Designing for Behavior Change
  • Advanced Avid Editing
  • Advanced Lighting and Camera for Compositing [link to new article]
  • Advanced Multi-Camera Production For Television
  • How to start, manage or thrive in a creative agency, with guest instructor Brian Azar, VP of Operations at Ciesa Design. (Spring 2011)
  • Health 2.0, a class about health, mobile technology & social media. (Spring 2011)
  • Advances in Human-Computer Interaction: Physiological Computing. In this class, students will explore the range of applications of physiological computing. (Spring 2011)
  • Portfolio Design with Sasha Verhage, Design Lead at Google (Fall 2010)
  • Web-Based Game Design (Summer 2010)

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Lisa Whiting Dobson, Nick Kwiatkowski, Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai, Troy Hale

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► TC 493: Telecommunication Internship

Internships run the gamut from web design, video game design, video production, and more! For more information, click here.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Valeta Wensloff

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► TC 497: Game Design Studio

Conceptualization, design documentation, planning, prototyping, and distribution of games.
► TC 498: Collaborative Game Design

Course Objectives:

  • Design and development of comprehensive digital game in a team setting working with a client.
  • Participation in a design cycle including specification, design, prototyping, implementation, testing,
  • and documentation.
  • Issues of professionalism, ethics, and communication.

Syllabi:
TC498 - Spring 2011 - Brian Winn

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Spring 2011
Faculty: Brian Winn

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► TC 802: Telecommunication Research Methods

You will be assigned to a group research project during the second week of class. Your group will work together to execute a research project and report on the results to the class. We will use class time to monitor the progress of each group. A team leader will be appointed for each group. The team leader will be responsible for the overall project. Group members will assign grades to each other and the team leader in relation to the level of effort each contributed and will also be graded on the finished work product for the overall project. Students should plan to devote approximately 40 hours each to the completion of their project.

Syllabi:
Spring 2011 - TC 802 - Robert LaRose

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Spring Semester 2010
Faculty: Robert LaRose

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► TC 803: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

Introduction to quantitative social science research methods and applied analyses for understanding research reports and developing graduate level research projects.

Interdepartmental course with ADV, JRN - enroll in COM803.

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► TC 820: Introduction to Theory in Telecommunication, Information, and Society

This course will introduce you to classic and contemporary theories of communication. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding new media and technology. Comparisons to traditional mass media will be featured and the application of theory to practical communication problems will be highlighted. The course will meet as a seminar and student participation is important.

By the end of the semester, students will have learned about a number of theories and concepts and will be able to critique their strengths and weaknesses. Students will also have gained fluency in speaking and writing in theoretical language and in translating theories out of the language of scholars and into sophisticated non-technical terms. Finally, students will be able to select and apply appropriate communication theories to solving communication problems in the marketplace.

Syllabi:
TC820 syllabus Fall 2012.pdf

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Fall Semester 2012
Faculty: Mark Levy

► TC 831: Theories of Games and Interaction for Design

Theories of interaction in games and other mediated contexts including communication, learning, health, global and local development, and social justice to inform the design of social systems, games and other interactive media products.

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Fall 2013
Faculty: Wei Peng

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► TC 832: Serious Game Theories

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Spring 2011
Faculty: Patrick Shaw
► TC 840: Foundations of Digital Media Art & Technology

TC840 Foundations of Digital Media Art & Technology covers foundational technology and design concepts and skills unique to and common across video, audio, text, and graphics. The course explores the diversity of digital media arts and technology as well as the integration and commonalities of the field.

Students are introduced to high level concepts of digital media and have to apply them to hands-on projects. The high-level concepts include principles of new media design, human-computer interaction, the architecture of digital media, the production cycle, the applications of digital media, and more. The hands-on projects focus on the creation of digital media, given the current state of hardware and software tools. The course covers core concepts that cut across most delivery platforms of digital media, including CD-ROM, DVD, computer kiosk, and network and broadcast distribution. Several tools of the trade will be covered, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Final Cut Pro, SketchUp, and various web authoring tools. The course also covers present career options and suggests future coursework.

Syllabi:
TC840 Syllabus.pdf

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Brian Winn

► TC 841: Design Research

Design research is research conducted to enhance and support creation of a media product.

Design research includes pre-production, mid-production and post-production research and encompasses qualitative and quantitative methods. Students will learn to design, conduct, analyze, and report on studies intended to improve the quality of media products.

Syllabi:
TC841 - Spring 2011 - Carrie Heeter

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Spring 2011
Faculty: Carrie Heeter

► TC 843: Digital Media Project
► TC 845: Human Computer Interaction

When: Thursdays, 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM
Where: Room 175 in the Communication Arts Bldg

Overview: This course introduces graduate students to the interdisciplinary field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). We will be exploring wide-ranging themes and principles behind 30+ years of research and practice in this applied field, concerned with such topics as networked environments, social and mobile computing, virtual environments and information appliances, and traditional media. This is NOT a methods or design course, although we will be touching on both throughout the semester; see TC840 or TC841 for an in-depth treatment those topics.

Who should take this course: HCI is an interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary field that involves both research and practice, and this course is designed for students from many different disciplines including (but not limited to) communication, computer science, business and information technology, media arts and sciences, psychology, and other areas that focus on informatics, user interaction, and social media. Students who are interested in some combination of human behavior, design, and technology / computation will be most interested and engaged by the material and activities, regardless of their "home" discipline.

What you will learn: This course is designed around the Erickson & McDonald book, listed below, which contains essays written by experts in the field of HCI about published works they found to be influential or inspirational. As such, the book provides an interesting framework from which to critique and explore themes, principles, and trends in the field of HCI over time. Students training to be HCI practitioners will benefit from learning about how similar issues have been approached and solved in different ways as technologies have evolved over time, as well as becoming more aware of where to learn more when faced with a new design problem or situation. At the same time students more interested in conducting research related to HCI will benefit from exposure to a wide range of ideas and contributions in the field, that can serve as a solid foundation for their future work.

Required Textbook:
Erickson & McDonald (2007) HCI Remixed: Reflections on Works that have Influenced the HCI Community (along with some of the original works the chapters of this book were written about)

Excerpts from the following:

  • Jacko, J. (2012) Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications, Third Edition (Human Factors and Ergonomics)
  • Lazar et al. (2010) Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction
  • McCloskey, D. (1999) Economical Writing

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Spring 2013
Faculty: Emilee Rader

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► TC 850: Telecom Policy Analysis

This course is designed to provide a roadmap of ICT governance, the public policies and private arrangements that affect the information and communication industries. After completion of this course, you should:

  • have a solid understanding of the key issues of information and communication policy (ICP) and why they are relevant for a professional in the field
  • be able to apply these insights to specific problems facing firms in the industry
  • understand importance and necessity of ICP for the industry
  • be cognizant of the goals of ICP and the trade-offs existing between these goals
  • understand the means of ICP and their comparative strengths and weaknesses
  • know the processes and institutions of ICP
  • have an overview of how different nations outside of the US have addressed similar challenges
  • be able to systematically analyze emerging issues of information and communications policy and their likely impacts
  • grasp the methods and approaches of telecommunications policy analysis

We will achieve these goals by combining different instructional techniques, including lectures, discussion, team assignments, and policy laboratories. The course website is an integral part of the learning experience and a gateway to many additional resources.

Syllabi:
TC 850 - Johannes Bauer

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Johannes M. Bauer

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► TC 854: Economics of Media Markets and Strategies

This course is designed to: (1) add to the analytical toolkit students can apply to analysis of media industries; and (2) explore a number of special and advanced topics in media economics.

Syllabi:
TC 854 - Spring 2011 - Steve Wildman

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Steven Wildman

► TC 861: Information Networks & Technologies

Syllabi:
TC 861 Information Networks and Technologies.pdf

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Kurt DeMaagd, Rick Wash

► TC 875: Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Explore the role of mobile phones, computers, Internet cafes, and community radio in bringing about social, political, economic, and environmental change in developing nations.

Get the background you need to understand global poverty, emerging economies, the theory and practice of international development in the context of the African and Asian experience.

Learn how information and communication technologies are being used to promote economic growth, empower women and other marginalized persons, improve educational opportunities, deliver better health services, monitor the environment, promote economic growth, and bring about more responsive government.

TC875 will be built around lectures, in-class exercises, student presentations, and guest lectures by leading scholars and practitioners.

Meets Tuesdays from 9:10 am to Noon. Three credits. Open to M.A. and PhD students, as well as visiting scholars and students.

For more information contact, Prof. Mark Levy, mlevy@msu.edu, (517) 432-6747.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Mark Levy

► TC 890: Independent Study

This course is for individualized study under faculty supervision.

Current/Next Offering
Faculty: Valeta Wensloff

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► TC 891: Special Topics

Fall 2011:
History and Foundations of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), 3 credits. Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:50pm

This is an intro course for professional master's students about what the field of HCI is, how it evolved into what it is today, and what professional students interested in the area should know if they want to participate intelligently in conversations about a broad range of HCI-related topics.

Current/Next Offering
Semester: Fall Semester 2011

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