If you haven’t heard, the spring 2010 schedule for all classes has been posted on the university website. You can get to it through your my.missouristate.edu account or through the public site, go here. In this post I will share with you some important things to consider as you put your schedule together for next semester.
I’m excited about a number of special topics courses, and new offerings we have this semester. I will highlight these below. Additionally, you may find that a course you planned to take is not on the schedule. In this situation, please talk with your advisor about your options. That is what we are here for! We will work with you to find substitutions or alternative scheduling options. It all depends on where you are at in your program. For instance, if you plan to graduate in spring, we’ll discuss substitutions. If you are not graduating this spring and have a number of semesters ahead of you, we won’t need to substitute but instead revise your course sequencing plan. This is a time to plan and pick your courses, not a time to panic.
Word of caution: Some of you know that we canceled a few courses this semester due to low enrollments. My advice to you is PRE-REGISTER on time so we know the demand for our courses. There is no $60 deposit now to hold courses, so you can register for what you think you’ll take. Please be advised that if a course does not make the minimum level required, we may have to cancel it. My promise to you again is to notify you well in advance if we have to cancel a course. We will make arrangements with you. Likewise, if a course fills up and we have enough demand, we may be able to open another section. For instance, we have only one section of COM 379 for spring 2010. If that course fills completely, we will start a waiting list to determine need and demand. So, do YOUR part and keep ME informed of your interest in a course when it fills or is canceled!
Special Topics Courses
Consider taking these courses this spring if you really like the topic. The nature of these courses is that we offer them irregularly…so don’t plan on seeing them again for at least another year or longer. The time to take them is NOW! Check out these exciting options:
- NEW! INTERSESSION COURSE: Get the edge for your job search with **Employment Interviewing – 48872 – COM 331 – 701. Jan 04, 2010 – Jan 08, 2010.
- Back by popular demand– INTERSESSION COURSE. Special Event Planning. 48873 – COM 397 – 701. Topic: Jan 04, 2010 – Jan 08, 2010
- Prepare for your first job or internship, take Careers in Communication – 47931 – COM 300 – 001. This is a first block course which runs Jan 11, 2010 – Mar 04, 2010.
- Topic: Communication and Aging. 47948 – COM 390 – 001. Full semester course that is a service learning designated course.
- Topic: Organizational Conflict System Design. 44601 – COM 597/698 – 901. This course is blended. The first half of the semester (January 11, 2010 through March 4, 2010) will meet face to face on TUESDAYS (this is a new day from what was posted Oct 1) from 6:30-9:20. The second half of the semester will be completed online. Information will be provided on the first night of class or you may contact Dr. Stephanie Norander for details.
- Topic: Communication Issues for Mental Health Problems. 47984 – COM 597/698 – 900. This course is blended. It will consist of an intensive face to face weekend format over 2 weekends with a 2-4 week online segment between them. Information will be provided the first day of class or you can contact Dr. Isabelle Bauman for details.
Course Times and Access
NOTE: Did you notice that MWF classes start at 7:30am now? Sounds terrifying doesn’t it. The good part, there are now 15 minutes between classes on MWF. The new start times are 7:30am, 8:35, 9:40, 10:45, 11:50, 12:55, 2:00. HEADS UP: While we don’t have any 7:30am courses in the spring schedule, you can anticipate that we will offer one or two beginning fall 2010.
To increase access for students, we’re offering a few more courses in the evening this spring as well.
- COM 309, Principles of Public Relations, Mondays 6:30-9:20.
- COM 326, Effective Listening, TR 5-6:15
We will offer a few online courses for your convenience as well.
- COM 328, Persuasion (no permission required).
- COM 511/611, Conflict & Communication
- COM 512, Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
- COM 521, Mediation.
- NOTE: All 500 online courses require permission of instructor, so email the instructor to request.
- Graduate Students:
- COM 617, Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
- COM 621, Mediation.
- COM 702, Communication Theory (no permission required)
- COM 713, Media Resources for PR professionals
- COM 718, Applied Communication Research Methods
- COM 736, Organizational Communication
- NOTE: Except where noted, all online coruses require permission of instructor, so email the instructor to request.
Look for additional blogposts as we approach pre-registration, which begins in early November. As always, I encourage your feedback and input.