JTC 640 - Public Communication Technologies

  • 3 credits

Overview: Students will utilize lectures, course readings, guest lectures, and case studies to learn practical tools for the management of media and communication technologies in for-profit and non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Course Objectives: On completion of the course, students will be able to:

• Describe how existing communication modes are evolving in response to developments in digital technology.
• Solve communication management problems that involve media/digital technologies in organizations.
• Explain how the Internet affects telecommunication, media usage, and communication industries on a global basis.
• Describe how applications such as social networks and new visualization technologies can be used effectively for internal and external communication.

Course Organization: The course will be organized into two-week segments based on five unique communication technology management themes. These are: managing social media usage by the public to achieve organizational communication goals; managing new visualization technologies such as virtual and augmented reality for building online audiences; managing game attributes creatively to build customer/client affinity for an organization, message, or product; managing internal communications regarding information technology policies in an organization; studying the management of message design related to key technological developments such as the Internet of Things and digital devices such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant.

This course can be applied toward:

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Digital Universe, 1st Ed. (2012)
    Seel, Peter B.
  • Media Management: A Casebook Approach, 5th Ed. (2016)
    Hollifield, Wicks, Sylvie & Lowrey


Peter Seel
Peter Seel

(970) 491-2030 | pete.seel@colostate.edu

Dr. Pete Seel is a professor of new communication technologies and digital media production at Colorado State University and has taught in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication for the past twenty years. Recent teaching areas include global communication technologies, advanced documentary photography, documentary film, and communication aspects of human-computer interaction.

Professor Seel earned his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from Indiana University and has published three books and numerous research articles and book chapters about communication technology. His book Digital Universe is about global communication technologies and the evolution of the Internet over the past fifty years. He is also studying communication applications for virtual and augmented-reality visualization technologies.

Dr. Seel has more than four decades of professional experience as a photojournalist and video producer. He has worked as a combat photojournalist and was a television producer-director for ten years in Sacramento, California prior to returning to graduate school for his Ph.D. He is active in digital photography and video production and recently produced a portfolio of photographs taken while traveling around the world as a faculty member with the Semester at Sea program.

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