Radio Broadcasting (RB)

RB150 Broadcasting I

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Open to all students who register for all required fall term courses: RB150, J216, IM120, IM122, IM123, IM124, IM125 and IM178.

This class serves as an introduction to the concept of radio communication and helps provide an understanding of radio performance and control room operation. The history of broadcasting, the technical and social aspects of broadcasting and how current conditions are affecting broadcast technology and trends are covered.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB151 Audio Production

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: RB150.

Students learn the fundamental properties of sound and professional practices for audio production. Coursework includes an overview of audio signal processing in the analog, digital and acoustic domains. Students learn to deal with practical problems in a professional audio environment where the development of skills using computer-based Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) is emphasized.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB152 Broadcasting II

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: RB151 and RB160.

This course is an introduction to the range of equipment and production roles associated with live broadcast production. Special attention is paid to understanding the interrelationships that are key to a successful studio team. Students work in rotations to perform every position on a studio team: control room, studio floor, audio/CG/playback. Through these rotations, students are instructed on each position while they observe their colleagues in other positions. The course enhances technical skills, an understanding of production processes and the ability to give and take direction under pressure.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB160 Broadcast News

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: RB150 and J216.

Broadcast News covers story structure, shaping the language for the ear, the value and purpose of original sound and interview segments, journalism conventions, procedures and the law as it applies to daily news functions. Students gather, source and produce sound based stories and prepare them for broadcast. This course is designed to allow students to undertake newsroom tasks and roles on a rotating basis. Each session culminates in a broadcast of a live radio program.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB165 Sound Design and Post-Production

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: RB160.

Sound design and post-production examines broadcast post-production technologies and their respective techniques. Emphasis on sound-for-picture synchronization techniques and principles, including working with QuickTime and traditional machine sync. In addition, students gain experience working with SMPTE time code, removing unwanted noise from production audio, exchanging data between DAWs and video editing software, recording voiceovers for narration and automatic dialogue replacement (ADR).

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB248 Broadcast Systems

Credits 3Fall

Registration Requirement: Concurrent registration in RB249 is required.

The course provides an overview of closed-circuit, base-band and multi-band broadcasting systems. The course covers analog audio systems, provides an overview of computer hardware and operating systems for interactive production and surveys network and digital media technologies with a special emphasis on digital audio and video systems. Students gain an understanding of practical aspects of audio/video and new media technologies, design and document a closed circuit base-band system and learn techniques and procedures for performing a range of broadcasting tasks.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB249 Broadcast Programming and Operations

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: Concurrent registration in RB248 is required.

Broadcast Programming and Operations delves into the theory and practice of broadcast and new media programming. The course will cover topics including: traditional programming formatics and philosophies, case studies of existing media broadcasters, and new forms of digital content and distribution. Students demonstrate programming theory with industry standard software used in reporting and creating competitive programming formats. Overview of traffic, operations, digital programing and programming department functions within broadcast stations and non-traditional media companies are also analyzed.

RB251 Broadcasting III

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: RB248 and RB249.

This course examines the role and responsibilities of the broadcast producer. Emphasis is placed on applying advanced production skills to live and on-demand broadcasts. Students develop, research, organize, plan and execute live in-studio and remote broadcasts.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

RB253 Radio Documentary

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: RB251.

This course gives students the opportunity to apply acquired skills from their previous coursework in the Integrated Media program. Students work to produce short-form nonfiction audio programs. This course includes a survey of 20th- and 21st-century historical radio documentary work, analysis of audio documentary forms and nonfiction storytelling techniques as well as script writing. Technical instruction includes recording and post-production, editing and mixing, discussion of audio preservation and restoration techniques. Students present an original sound documentary feature at the conclusion of the course.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.