CMST 116 Virtual Reality: Design & Communication • 5 Cr.


Course covers history of Virtual Reality (VR), the relationship between VR and other mixed reality technologies, design theory and considerations, communication, perception, problem-solving, collaboration, and social and ethical implications of immersive technologies from a humanities perspective. Students will have access to VR/AR technologies and be given hands-on opportunities.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define a variety of key terms associated with virtual reality technologies (such as AR, VR, XR, mixed reality) 
  • Describe the origin of virtual reality technology and identify its unique features as compared with earlier communications media 
  • Analyze, differentiate, and evaluate the differences between current virtual reality devices as well as their respective environments, uses, perils, and promise 
  • Identify various practical applications for virtual reality technologies in human interaction/communication 
  • Explain the importance of understanding the relationship between human cognition, perception, interaction, and virtual reality technology 
  • Analyze social and ethical implications of virtual reality technology 
  • Describe future of virtual reality technologies and considerations needed for creating, maintaining, and interacting with such technologies