School of Public Policy
350 Telecommunications Systems (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 60 credits orpermission of instructor. Study of the evolution and operation of telecommunications systems from wireline telegraphy to wireless voice, video, and data services. Topics include communication coding systems, analog and digital modulation schemes, twisted pair telephony, broadband coaxial cable, and high-power direct-to-home digital satellite.
450 Structure of the Telecommunications Industry (3:3:0) Prerequisite: 90 credithours or permission of instructor. Students explore the complex interrelationships that affect modern telecommunications and how major mergers, acquisitions, regulatory decisions, congressional initiatives, or engineering breakthroughs can each profoundly affect the telecommunications industry at any given time. Serves as the capstone seminar in the telecommunications minor.
694 Telecommunications Internship (3-6:1-2:0) Prerequisites: graduatestanding and permission of the MA in Telecommunications program director. Students work in an approved professional-level telecommunicationsposition, meeting regularly with their agency and university internship supervisors. A paper and a journal are required, as well as a minimum of 60 hours work for each credit hour of enrollment. Normally, students enroll in internships at the end of the program of study.
730 Telecommunications Management (3:3:0) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Surveys the strategic and organizational issues in the field of telecommunications management. Focus is on strategic management and oriented toward the executive management level of telecommunications firms.
750 Coordinating Seminar (3:3:0) Prerequisite: open only to students inthe MA or MS in telecommunications programs with at least 18 credits ofcourse work. Topics include specific telecommunications problems in management, law, engineering, education, and communication. Focuses on the ways a problem in one area can create or solve a problem in other areas.
798 Directed Readings and Research (3:3:0) Prerequisites: graduatestanding in telecommunications, 15 graduate credits completed, andpermission of department. Specialized course designed for students who have a desire to explore a telecommunications topic in greater depth than through the current course work provided in the curriculum. A written report is required; an oral or written examination may be required.
799 Thesis (1-6:0:0)Prerequisites: degree candidacy in the MA intelecommunications, completion of 24 credits of graduate course work, andapproval of a thesis proposal by the faculty advisor and telecommunicationsdirector. Individualized section form required. Original research related to the studentÕs concentration in telecommunications. Research must result in a document meeting university standards. Graded S/NC.