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COMM 113: Computational Methods in the Civic Sphere (COMM 213)

The widespread availability of public data provides a rich opportunity for those who can efficiently filter, interpret, and visualize information. Course develops necessary technical skills for data collection, analysis, and publication, including data mining and web visualization, with a focus on civic affairs and government accountability. Open to all majors and a range of technical skill levels. Involves tackling new tools and technical concepts in the pursuit of engaging, public-facing projects. (Graduate students enroll in 213). Prerequisite COMM 273D, CS 106A, or CS 106B.
Terms: Win | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-EngrAppSci | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

COMM 113S: Digital Media and Behavior

This course will explore how self-representation, interface design, and media affordances affect both online and offline behavior. Readings and lectures will introduce students to theories in psychology, communication, and human-computer interaction. Students will learn about media affordances, trends in media consumption, and think about the societal implications of having mediated identities. The second half of the course will focus on how media consumption and self-representation, coupled with interface design, affect attitudes and offline behavior. Topics include deception, social interactions, activism, empathy, and prosocial behaviors within the context of social networks, gaming, augmented and virtual reality. The course will include a combination of written assignments, labs, a group project, and a tour of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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