CA 501 Human Communication Perspectives
S1P 2010 DL
University of Missouri Kansas City BAUniversity of MIssouri Kansas City MAUniversity of Kansas PhD
Univeristy of Missouri Kansas City Maniheim 104D
3-4 pm Central Time
January 11-March 7
Required texts: Dainton, M. & Zelley, E. D. (2005). Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life: A Practical Introduction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (ISBN 0761929142)
Littlejohn, S. W. & Foss, K. A. (2005). Theories of Human Communication (8th Edition). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. (ISBN 0534638732)
Rubin, Rubin and Piele (2005). Communication Research: Strategies and Sources (6th Edition). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. (ISBN 0534564860)
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Educational Philosophy: Instructor’s educational philosophy: When I went to graduate school, we read books and articles, discussed them in class, and wrote papers. Through my teaching I have discovered that not everyone learns all they can in that type of system. I believe even graduate education must address different learning styles and intelligences. To that end, my class features activities, presentations, discussion, reflection, reading, and writing—I will try to balance activities meeting the needs of different learners with old graduate school standbys like reading and writing. Writing is the most visible product of graduate education and the ability to clearly communicate via writing is a key skill for graduate students. This course, therefore, will focus on writing skill. Discussion and debate helps refine and justify ideas as well as enhancing critical thinking and communication skills which are also key outcomes of graduate education. In this class, expect to defend your ideas and interpretations to develop these skills. I will grade based on a balance of participation, writing, and testing so that all students have a chance to succeed.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Course assessment: You will demonstrate that you have mastered the learner outcomes through: oral presentations, discussion, homework, examinations, and writing. You will collect your work and turn in a portfolio of much of the original work for the core assessment of the class.
500 points roughly divided into the following areas:
Tests/Quizzes 130 points (roughly 25%)
Weekly tests over reading or APA style 8 @10 points each for 80 points.
Final exam 50 points
Papers/Presentations 120 points (roughly 25%)
Theory presentation 60 points
Literature review 60 points
Participation/Homework 150 points (roughly 30%)
Weekly assignments worth 10 points each, discussions worth 10 points each.
Core Assessment 100 points (roughly 20%)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Work: I expect all course work to be done on time. If you know you will be absent a particular class period, come talk to. Illness, sudden or otherwise, is no excuse for missing a due date. You must contact me and make arrangements before the due date. All late work will be penalized 10%. All late work must be completed within two weeks of the original assignment unless special permission is granted. Work is considered late if it is not in my possession by 5:00pm on the date due. Plan ahead and start early. It has been my experience that the night before an assignment is due, all the books in the library on the topic have been checked out and the computer systems will be down.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The 24-hour Rule: Anytime you need to schedule an alternative day to turn in an assignment, you must contact me 24 hours prior to the assignment deadline you are trying to avoid. Additionally, if you are dissatisfied with a grade on an assignment, you must wait 24 hours to talk to me about it. There are no exceptions
Intro to course
Rubin, Rubin, & Piele, Chaps. 1-2, Appendix A
Littlejohn & Foss, Chap. 1
How to read a journal article
APA style quick-sheet
Foundations of communication theory
Littlejohn & Foss Chaps. 2-3,
Dainton & Zelley Chap. 1,
Rubin, Rubin, & Piele Chaps. 3-5
The communicator and the message
Littlejohn & Foss Chaps. 4-5,
Dainton & Zelley Chap. 2,
Rubin, Rubin, & Piele Chaps. 6-8
Defining a research problem
The conversation and the relationship
Littlejohn & Foss Chaps. 6-7,
Dainton & Zelley Chap. 3,
Rubin, Rubin, & Piele Chap.10
Annotated bibliography 1,
Exploring com journals
Group and organizational theory
Littlejohn & Foss Chaps. 8-9,
Dainton & Zelley Chaps. 7-8,
Rubin, Rubin, & Piele Chap. 9, 11-12
Annotated bibliography 2
Media, culture, and society
Littlejohn & Foss Chaps. 10-11,
Dainton & Zelley Chaps. 4, 9
Persuasion and leadership
Dainton & Zelley Chaps. 5-6
Draft of final paper
Communication competence and wrap up of semester
Foss, Chap. 12
Dainton & Zelley Chap. 10
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