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COMM 2381: Oral Communication

This research guide is built to assist all sections of COMM 2381 with their topics.

Technology Topics

Driverless Cars

Driverless, autonomous, or self-driving cars are being tested widely.  They leverage GPS, odometry, radar, computer vision, and other techniques to sense what traditionally drivers have seen.  Questions of safety, ethics, and computer security persist:

Drone Technology

Drone technology has been harnessed by a variety enterprises, from commercial to educational, scientific to sportsman. 

  • Investigate how drones have improved emergency response and law enforcement in dangerous situations.
  • Understand legislation of drones by reading about current state laws compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Explore innovative artistic uses for drones or explore their use in scientific settings.

Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is a natural gas extraction method that remains controversial.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency describes the extraction process here  and a "Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources" here.
  • The Tennessee Environmental Council provides statewide policy and advocacy information regarding fracking.

Positive Train Control

Positive train control is an automated system that monitors and controls train speed and movements in order to enhance safety. Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) required implementation of PTC by December 2015, but many railroads have failed to do so.