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Description of Obligatory Faculty Requirements (15 Credit Hours)
809101 Introduction to Communication                                        (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to introduce communication at individual, bilateral and plurilateral from academic point of view. This course focuses on means, features, functions, ethical and legal controls and problems of the mass communication. Moeover, this course highlights nature and requirements of work at media institutions.
809104 Jordanian Media                                                                 (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to raise students’ awareness on emergence, evolution and features of the Jordanian Media as well as legislation governing media work from the establishment of Transjordan Emirate to present. This course also introduces students to the right to information and media role in development and mass enlightenment.
809105 Historical Development of Mass Media                              (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course addresses the history of means of communication in the World in general and Arab region in particular. This course also touches upon phases of communication means development, starting from books, to newspapers, to cinema, to radio and to television.
809108 Research Methods in Communication                               (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: 809101
The student learns about nature, development and areas of mass communication research. The student will learn about research methods, ways of designing research, methods of samples collection and writing research report. Upon completing the course, the student is expected to be able to select a research topic, identify research problem, identify research method and how to make research conclusion. This course will focus on descriptive research as widely conducted research in media.
809109 Media Skills in English                                                        (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: 9400121
This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of English language used by English-speaking media institutions and improve their skills in using English language to obtain information and producing journalistic or advertising materials in English.
Description of Optional Faculty Requirements (9 Credit Hours)
802213 Graphic Design for Media                                                   (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to acquaint student with design definition, designing principles, using designing software in producing ads, brochures and stickers. This course helps student in improving his/her artistic skills.
802213 Mass Media Translation                                                      (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: 809101
This course aims to improve students’ skills in obtaining information from English sources, enhance students’ understanding of the journalistic English language and translate journalistic materials from English to Arabic.
809401 Management of Mass Media                                               (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: Fourth Year
This course addresses definition of management, functions of management, significance of managing media institutions, key factors influencing management and leadership in media institutions, components, features and challenges facing media planning and decision-making in media institutions.
809405 International Communication                                            (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: Fourth Year
This course aims to enhance students’ understanding of major issues in international communication. This course begins with major literature introducing international communication. Then, this course addresses international media flow and cultural globalization. This course is concerned with looking at international promotional campaigns, activities of attachés and foreign media centres and competencies necessary to organize such activities.
809103 Society and Communication                                               (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course addresses functions of communication in the modern society, how society interacts with society, critical debates of the role of mass communication means in the society, mutual impact future outlook of means of communication and modern society, duties of printed newspapers, radio, television and internet towards social changes, issues and problems.
Description of Optional Faculty Requirements (9 Credit Hours)
809107 Contemporary Arab Media                                                 (0-3:3) 
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to study the reality of the contemporary Arab media, vital issues it is addressing and challenges facing media professionals in Arab world or worldwide. This course covers Arab joint media, Arab media and the Palestinian cause, Arab media role in encountering Arab’s defamation in western media and the role of Arab press in immigrant countries.
809205 Media Issues                                                                       (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course addresses a number of issues and challenges facing media institutions in their work. The study includes study local, regional and international issues and challenges and how to deal with them.
809214 Media Ethics and Legislations                                            (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
The student will learn about legislations governing media practice in Jordan. Moreover, the student will study the law of Jordanian Press Association (JPA) and Journalists’ Code of Conduct. The student will be acquainted with bodies monitoring media law enforcement and respect for journalistic rights.
809217 Public Opinion and Propaganda                                         (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course addresses definition and types of public opinion, audience psychology, factors of mobilizing public opinion, means of media’s role in influencing public opinion, methods of surveying public opinion, promotional methods and styles and link between public opinion and propaganda.
809223 Public Relations                                                                  (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces principles of public relations. Moreover, this course covers definition of public relations, historical development of public relations, planning for public relations, media’s role in public relations, crisis management, and public relations strategies.
809301 Communication and Development in Jordan                     (0-3:3)
Prerequisite: None
This course deals with development theories and media’s role in serving economic, social and cultural development. This course also focuses on the role played by media institutions in covering issues related to population, health, motherhood, childhood, environment and food security and evaluates media programs on development and how they can be improved.
Description of Obligatory Department Requirements (60 Credit Hours)
809102 Introduction to Journalism                                                (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to introduce students to the history, theories and functions of journalism, legislation governing journalism profession, and forms of funding media institutions.
809110 Principles of Journalistic Writing                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
In this course, students will acquire knowledge on basics, principles and rules of journalistic writing in printed or online journalism in terms of significance and scoop.
809111 News Reporting and Editing                                              (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809110
This course addresses the history, types, components and sources of news and the method of formulating and editing news. This course also focuses on news introductions, headings, inverted-pyramid style, other news formulation styles and practical applications in collecting, formulating and editing news.
809202 Introduction to Radio and Television                                (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to the nature of work in radio and TV channels and covers features of radio and television, phases of production, various modes of programs and rules for new writing for radio and television.
809206 Photojournalism                                                                  (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 801110
This course introduces students to the language of photography, uses of photography in media and history of photo imaging and journalistic photo imaging. Moreover, this course outlines features, functions and types of the journalistic images and ways for editing and processing them. The student will be introduced to digital imaging and will be trained on using camera in producing photos and filmed reports.
Description of Obligatory Department Requirements (60 Credit Hours)
809208 Digital Media                                                                        (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809110
This course aims to introduce students to the definition, features and requirements of digital media. Moreover, this course gives students the opportunity to learn about principles and styles of editing and finalizing online media content.
8092012 Interviewing and Investigative Reporting                      (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809111
This course addresses types of interviews. Steps of preparing interviews, requirements of interview editor, ways of interviewing, moderating dialogue, templates for writing interviews. This course also addresses significance, sources, types and success factors of investigation and the method of formulating and editing investigation.
809231 Introduction to Public Relations                                        (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims at familiarizing students with the basics and principles of public relations. This course covers: Definition of public relations, development of public relations, planning for public relations, role of communication means in public relations, crisis management and public relations strategies.
809302 Publication Layout and Design                                          (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809212
The primary objective of this course is to train students on essential skills of producing newspapers and magazines. This course covers: Technical principles for producing and finalizing newspapers and magazines, editing secretary, newspapers printing, typographic components, finalizing photos and headings, finalizing first page, finalizing internal phages, finalizing advertisements in daily newspapers and art of producing and finalizing journals.
809310 Advertising                                                                         (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to present advertising as an informative activity through studying rules for newspapers advertisements, studying technical rules of advertisement production, evaluating local and international promotional campaigns and planning and implementing promotional campaigns.  
Description of Obligatory Department Requirements (60 Credit Hours)
809321 News Programs for Radio and Television                          (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809111 + 809202
In this course, students will be acquainted with the principles of news coverage via radio and television as well as production aspects related to building new release. The students will be also trained on collecting and editing news and presenting them to radio and TV channels in the form of news and reports and producing a complete TV news release.
809322 Theories of Communication                                               (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809101
This course aims to enrich students’ knowledge on fundamental theories dealing with human communication. This course will particularly benefit students aspiring to pursue their postgraduate studies.
809323 Radio and Television Production                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809202
This course addresses phases of producing and finalizing radio and tv programs through reviewing specific types of these programs. The students will jointly produce a TV or radio program by employing their skills in research, script writing, producing, adding effects, voice recording, and presenting programs.
809332 Editorials and Analytical Writing                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809111
This course covers definition, functions and types of editorials. This course primarily focuses on columns, commenting article, analytical article, critical article and diary, particularly features and structure of each type in addition to practical applications on writing articles.
809341 Public Opinion                                                                    (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course addresses definition and types of public opinion, audience psychology, factors of mobilizing public opinion, means of media’s role in influencing public opinion, methods of surveying public opinion and practical applications in developing public opinion polls.
Description of Obligatory Department Requirements (60 Credit Hours)
809342 Propaganda                                                                        (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course covers principles, effective forms and success drivers of propaganda. This course also highlights how did the Zionist media dealt with the Palestinian Cause, Zionist media position concerning current issues, psychological warfare, foreign media and analysis of some news and political tv programs.
809351 Investigative Journalism                                                   (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 802212
In this course, the students will be requested to conduct a journalistic investigation on significant topics through following basic rules of conducting, writing and editing journalistic investigations.
801498 Field Training                                                                      (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: Passing 80 credit hours
This course aims to help students acquire practical experience through training in media institutions in order to familiarize themselves on the nature of work in such institutions and requirements of working in media and journalism.
801499 Graduation Project                                                             (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: Completing 99 credit hours
The student prepares a research paper in his/her area of specialization or completes an applied project, such as: Producing printed or online newspaper or magazine.
Description of Optional Department Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
809222 Arab Broadcasting Systems                                               (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to improve student’s skills in radio and tv production through practical applications in the following areas: TV filming, recording and processing sound, production, using digital effects, lighting and decoration design.
809225 Journalistic Skills in English                                              (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 9400121
This course helps students in comprehending news reports written in English through continuous reading of journalistic texts, analysis of texts and sentences to identify their structures. By doing so, students will enrich their language of vocabulary, terms and acronyms used in journalistic texts and will be able to comprehend and analyze political, economic, sports, cultural and artistic news reports originally written in English.
809240 Technical Skills in Radio and Television                            (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 802102
This course aims to introduce students on the establishment, development, types and specialization of various public and private Arab radios. It also highlights laws governing the works of these radio and the role played the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).
409252 News Agencies                                                                   (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to familiarize students with the establishment and development of news agencies, monopoly exercised by international news agencies, functions of national news agencies, role of these news agencies in providing media institutions with news reports and other journalistic contents. The students will learn about Jordan News Agency.
Description of Optional Department Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
809306 Photo Essays                                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809206
This course helps students in acquiring a set of skills related to photo essays, including: Steps of taking and finalizing photos and employing them in different forms of news through lecture style or style of presenting forms and cases with the aim of putting theory into practice.
809308 Broadcast Announcing                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 802102
This course aims to improve students’ broadcast performance through intensive exercises on using microphone in reading news releases, various radio texts, proper pronunciation of words and prepare them for working in all types of radios.
809312 Exercises in Digital Media                                                  (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809208
This course allows students to delve deeper into the process of producing digital media contents through developing various media materials.
801328 Websites Design                                                                 (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 801302      
This course allows students, who passed "Journalistic Typography” successfully, to develop their journalistic and technical skills by producing different publications, including press releases, leaflets, newspapers, magazines and websites. The student will employ various computer programs, design programs and printing programs.
809331 Public Relations in Organizations                                      (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809231
This course addresses nature and functions of public relations in organizations, plants, commercial companies and trading companies. Several media means are used to directly or indirectly improve relations with the parties.
809403 Journalism Production                                                       (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809302
This advanced course aims to improve students’ skills in collecting, editing and finalizing journalistic texts. The students may eventually develop an issue of “University Papers” Magazine or any other newspapers, magazines or brochures.
Description of Optional Department Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
809411 Magazines and Specialized Publications                           (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to acquaint students with several types of magazines and skills of journalistic editing. This course covers: Editing and planning for magazine issuance, specialized magazines, editing foreign affairs section in newspapers, editing economic, scientific, artistic, literary and sports news sections with practical applications on specialized editing.
809413 Documentary Film                                                              (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: 809102
This course covers principles of producing all types of documentary films and methods of production them by using equipment. The students will be practically and extensively trained on search, preparation, field shooting and producing and finalizing a joint work and putting documentary films into its broader cultural context.
809424 Special Topic in Communication                                        (3:3-0)
Prerequisite: None
This course focuses on one topic of the following topics proposed by the department council: Communication theories, public opinion and propaganda, advertising and public relations, journalistic reporting and editing and radio and television. This course may take form of panel discussion, lecture, seminar, research, field research, radio or television work or producing ‘University Papers’ Journals or any other publications.
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