Course Description: This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of communication and the skills necessary to communicate in various contexts. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal, group, public, intercultural, and mass communication situations. Upon completion, students should be able to explain and illustrate the forms and purposes of human communication in a variety of contexts.
You will demonstrate through tests, projects, and other activities your
1. Understanding of the human communication process and your awareness of the factors which influence the process of communication such as perception, self-concept, informational and evaluative listening, and nonverbal communication.
2. Abilities to observe and analyze human behavior in the interpersonal situations and to make competent communication choices in interaction with others.
3. Cooperation with others as you communicate and develop problem-solving skills in a small group setting.
4. Abilities to select a subject to gather, analyze, focus, organize develop and present information to or persuade a specific audience.
3 credit hours, 3 contact hours weekly
Required Text: Communicate! by Rudolph F. Verderber. 11th ed.
Materials required: One #2 pencil, one PC formatted 3 ½ diskette
Specific course requirements: There are 4 small projects, one dyadic project, one speech, and one group project. There is a final exam. All students are required to participate in class group activities.
Tests and other assigned material: The assignments will cover communication foundations, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Assignments/projects will be centered around each one of these areas and each one, together with the final exam will account for your final grade.
Course Meeting Schedule
Week 1 Introduction to course, classmates.
Week 4 Form dyads and work in dyads
Week 16 Group Work
Week 17 Group Presentations/review for final
Week 18 Final Exam
Grading Scale: A=92-100 D=68-75 WP=Withdrawal Passing
B=84-91 F=0-67 WF=Withdrawal Failing
C=76-83 I=Incomplete NC=No Credit
Attendance is mandatory on the day of speeches/presentations. If you are absent on the day another person/group presents, your grade for that project will be lowered one letter grade. In addition, your attendance will be averaged as a grade worth 100 pts.
Plagiarism statement: Plagiarism is using as your own the words or ideas of another, whether written or oral. When you use material from a source, you must quote or paraphrase accurately and properly cite the information. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism. Examples of plagiarism include word-for-word copying without correctly indicating that you are quoting, inaccurate quoting and paraphrasing and incomplete or missing documentation. Purchasing a paper or copying someone else’s work and submitting it as your own is also plagiarism. Any misrepresentation of the source in your writing or speaking would constitute a form of plagiarism.
Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is not acceptable. The Humanities and Fine Arts Department adheres to the CFCC policy on cheating as stated in the Catalog and Student Handbook.
HOURS, CREDITS, PRE-REQUISITES:
Course Hours Per Week: 3 Semester Hours Credit: 3
Pre-requisite: English 095 or English and Reading ASSET score of 42 or higher
Prompt and regular
attendance is important. Save absences for emergencies.
Please arrive on time to class. If you are tardy 3 times, it counts as an absence. If you arrive late, please see me at the end of the hour to makes sure you are counted present. If, however, according to the clock in the room or the instructor’s watch you are 25 or more minutes late, you will be counted absent for a 50-minute class. If you must leave early, please inform the instructor ahead of time. You must be in class 25 minutes for a 50-minute class.
If you “over cut” or miss more than 20% of class time, you will receive a grade of “F.” Therefore, if you find you must “over cut” a class, I suggest that you officially withdraw from the class, especially if you have a passing average; a “WP” (withdrawal passing) does not affect the grade-point average. You must withdraw before you overact in order to receive a “WP.”
If you are absent, you are responsible for catching up; call the instructor or a dependable classmate so that you can be prepared when you return to class.
Students with perfect attendance will be exempt from the final exam. You are not allowed to make up a class unless:
· You talk to me before you plan to be absent (for only 1 class)
· You contact me personally via phone/email before or during your scheduled class
· You must stay the entire class time for all classes
Failure to comply with these rules will result in non-exemption from the exam.
Tests, projects, and papers are due on assigned dates. If you have a conflict with a due date or a set schedule, contact the instructor as soon as possible before the due date to see if rescheduling is possible.
If an emergency occurs which prevents your meeting a deadline, contact the instructor before you return to class to see if rescheduling is possible. NO late work will be accepted.
Assignments may be taken early but may not be made up unless you have a verifiable emergency. Presentations must be given on the due date and may not be made up unless you have a legitimate, verifiable emergency, such as being hospitalized, or a death in the family. This is a Communication Departmental guideline that all communication instructors adhere to. We have a tight schedule to maintain, and in real life, presentations must be given when the audience is present in a specific place, on a specific date, and at a specific time.
Note: Please, no eating, drinking in class; it’s CFCC’s policy. Please!
Assignment Point Values
Chapter 1, 2, 3, & 4 Assignment (50 pts. each) 200
Dyadic Presentations - Interpersonal Communication 100
Small Group Project 100
Mock Interview, cover letter, resume, Thanks You 130
Final Exam 100
Attendance (% grade based on attendance) 100
Instructor Optional Points 25
PERSONAL COMMENT: If you want it to, this course can change every area of your life: personally, educationally, physically, and professionally! Go for it!!!!
1. Select an activity: Teams of two students are to select an interpersonal communication activity to conduct in class. You may select this activity from your textbook, from another book or class, or create your own. Choose an activity which involves the a concept of interest to you and your partner from the list below. Be sure the activity is workable and has not been conducted in class before. Plan on a maximum of 10 minutes of class time for your activity. From the sign up sheet provided by the instructor, teams will be assigned a date to conduct the activity in class that correlates with the discussion topic for that day.
2. Explain and conduct the activity. A written paper (two-pages, typed, (answer a bullet with a bullet) should include the following: This paper is due before you begin on that day of your presentation.
· Clear identification of the activity
· An explanation of why you chose the activity
· Indication of what you hope the class will learn from participating in the activity
· Discussion of the significance of the activity
· Discussion about the workability of the activity
· Plan for a follow-up discussion after the activity discussing with the class what happened and what was learned about the concept and about communication
· Include 2 opened ended questions to ask the class at the end.
Dyadic Presentation Topics - Dates of Presentations
Perceptions of Self: Self-Concept and Self-Esteem (30-33)______________________________
Perception of Others (pp. 37-45) _____________________________________________
The Nature and Use of Language (pp.52-56) _____________________________________
Speaking More Clearly & Speaking Appropriately (pp. 57-67 ) ________________________
Choice 1: How would you describe a competent communicator? Using the description of a competent communicator in Chapter 1 and your own thoughts and opinions, describe one of the best communicators you know and discuss the characteristics that make them a competent communicator.
Choice 2: Choose a movie (approved by teacher) to watch and review – relating the movie to at least 6 concepts discussed in this chapter (highlight/underline) the 6 concepts in your paper).
Choice 3: Do the “Observe and Analyze” from the text on p. 10. Please give detailed examples and highlight/underline the chapter concepts in your paper.
You are to devise a means of relating some part of or the essence of your “self” by bringing an object that represents you to class (2-3 minutes). The only restrictions are that your project must be in good taste and that you really put some thought into it. Do not start your presentation by saying, “My name is . . ..” Instead say something that will grab your audience’s attention (use an attention getter that directly relates to your object and you!), and then tell us your name. Do not memorize what you are going to say or read it, but make sure you practice and write down a few, short notes to guide you.
Make a personal goal picture book like the one I read about from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Use magazine pictures or other types of pictures to create your book. Your book must include at least 5 pages. Do not use white paper. You must type a paragraph for each goal, which explains your pictures. You do not have to type an additional paper or share this book in class.
· What are five “old” (obsolete) words that are no longer commonly used (e.g. unusual expressions you’ve heard used by persons who were raised in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc.)?
Give a detailed explanation of each word’s popularity, how the word was used and where or from whom you heard about the word.
· List your connotation for (5) of the following word and attempt to determine the source of that connotation (why do you feel the way you do about the word?): generation x, confederate flag, marriage, education, alternative lifestyle, assisted suicide, athlete, president, ballet dancer, censorship, feminist, illegal aliens, media, police officer, politically correct, soccer mom, welfare.
Choice 1: Dress 3 different ways and go into a store to make a purchase. Observe if you are treated differently by the way that you are dressed.
Choice 2: Create a box or bag that describes you nonverbally. Disclose personal things on the outside that everybody can see, but share some things on the inside that people may not know about you.