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CA 348 Theories of Communication
Copeland, Angela D.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

CA 348 Theories of Communication

Semester

S1F 2010 HE

Faculty

Copeland, Angela D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD

Office Hours

3-5pm

Daytime Phone

703-845-6297

Other Phone

571-330-7390

E-Mail

acopeland@park.edu

adcf99@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

01/14/10 thru 3/11/10

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
TEXTBOOK---A FIRST LOOK AT COMMUNICATION THEORY.  EM GRIFFIN 7TH

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Course Description:
CA348 Theories of Communication - The study of communication theories with emphasis on peoples interactions with the media and one another. The course focuses on how communication affects human attitudes and behavior. Includes a review of media influence in the individual, social and political arenas. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This will be an engaging and interactive class.  We will discuss theories, and we will discuss applications of the theories in everyday life experiences from movies, news events, books, and personal experiences. Students will be required to participate in class discussions, engage in team teaching, and conduct a research study at the end of the semester.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to understand, critique, and apply communication theories to everyday situations, analyze communication processes in regards to communication theories, successfully apply communication theories to critique communication processes, report increased self-understanding and confidence in human interactions; communicate ideas with fluency and rhetorical sensitivity; apply nonverbal communication theory in communicating and evaluating messages; use critical thinking to understand and resolve issues; demonstrate principles of organization and synthesis of information; adapt messages and behaviors to different communication situations; employ internal and external dialog to respond to messages; demonstrate respect for cultural and social diversity; understand the responsibilities associated with freedom of speech; and demonstrate awareness of historical, cultural and social traditions which influence communication events.
Class Assessment:
 

TEAM DISCUSSION/TEAM TEACHING WITH MEDIA PRESENTATION (0—300 POINTS) 

TEAM TEACHING/TEAM DISCUSSION-----EACH MEMBER OF THE TEAM  MUST TALK OR PRESENT INFORMATION DURING THE TEAM PRESENTATION. THERE MUST BE AN EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION.  FOR EXAMPLE IF THERE ARE FOUR MEMBERS, 50-75% OF THE INFORMATION CAN NOT BE PRESENTED BY ONE OR TWO MEMBERS.

 EACH TEAM IS EXPECTED TO PRESENT AN INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY WHICH EMPHASIZES SOME OF THE MAIN  POINTS OF THE CHAPTER DISCUSSED BY THE PROFESSOR.  ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTIVITY—GAME, STORY, MOVIE, VIDEO, SONG, ROLE PLAY, DISCUSSION GROUP,  DEBATE, ETC.

 EACH TEAM IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS ONE FORM OF THE MEDIA—A RECENT(WITHIN THE YEAR OF 2009/2010)  ARTICLE, SONG, MOVIE, BOOK, POEM, PICTURE, ART, DOCUMENTARY, CONFERENCE, BLOG, YOU TUBE VIDEOS, ETC. ---WHICH CONNECTS WITH INFORMATION DISCUSSED IN THE CHAPTER THE TEAM PRESENTS. 

TEAM DISCUSSION--ITEMS TO DISCUSS—1. THE THESIS OR MAIN CONCEPT OF THE THEORY 2. THE MAIN CONCEPTS/COMPONENTS OF THE THEORY 3. THE STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES OF THE THEORY 4. HOW THE SELECTED FORM OF MEDIA DEMONSTRATES THE COMMUNICATION THEORY

QUESTIONS---AT THE END OF THE TEAM PRESENTATION, THE PROFESSOR WILL ASK EACH MEMBER OF THE TEAM A QUESTION REGARDING THE INFORMATION PRESENTED. EACH TEAM MEMBER IS EXPECTED TO ANSWER HER OR HIS QUESTION.

*       NO READING IS ALLOWED OF TEAM MEMBERS AS THEY PRESENT THE INFORMATION. FOR EXAMPLE, DO NOT READ DEFINITIONS OF WORDS, NOTES, TEXTBOOK INFORMATION, ARTICLES, OR POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS TO THE CLASS.  READING TO THE CLASS –BY ANY MEMBER OF THE TEAM---WILL RESULT IN POINTS BEING DEDUCTED FROM THE TEAM PRESENTATION.

*       EACH MEMBER OF THE TEAM  MUST MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT WITH THE AUDIENCE. LACK OF EYE CONTACT BY ONE TEAM MEMBER WILL RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF POINTS FOR THE TEAM PRESENTATION

2 FILM CRITIQUES (0—200 points PER CRITIQUE—400 POINTS TOTAL) Students will watch a movie/documentary and will write the answers to a list of questions based on the information in the film.  This is an application exam;  students must be able to critically analyze the film in regards to communication concepts and write answers to the questions.

MEDIA PRESENTATION—SELECT A COMMUNICATION THEORY FROM THE TEXTBOOK AND USE IT TO EXPLAIN A FORM OF THE MEDIA. (0-200 POINTS)

1.      EXPLAIN THE MAJOR THESIS OF THE COMMUNICATION THEORY

2.      SHARE THE MEDIA THAT YOU CHOSE—SONG, BOOK, FILM, NEWS PAPER OR JOURNAL ARTICLE, PICTURE, POEM, INTERVIEW, DOCUMENTARY, DANCE, ART, PAINTING, PHOTO, COMMERCIAL, ADVERTISEMENT, TELEVISION SHOW, RADIO TALK SHOW, ….ETC.

3.      EXPLAIN HOW THE COMMUNICATION THEORY IS EXEMPLIFIED WITHIN THIS FORM OF THE MEDIA

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REACTION PAPERS (0-100 POINTS---5 REACTION PAPERS DUE TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE 500 POINTS) STUDENTS WILL TYPE A ONE PAGE ANALYSIS OF ONE COMMUNICATION THEORY. THE REACTION PAPER MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: THE MAJOR THESIS OR CONCEPT OF THE THEORY, AND A DETAILED EXAMPLE OF HOW THE STUDENT HAS IMPLEMENTED THE THEORY OR HOW THE STUDENT HAS SEEN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE THEORY IN EVERYDAY LIFE SITUATIONS.

EXAMS (0-400 POINTS—EACH EXAM IS WORTH 200 POINTS) STUDENTS WILL COMPLETE A SHORT ANSWER EXAM IN CLASS. THE EXAM WILL COVER MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE COMMUNICATION THEORIES. 

RESEARCH PROJECT (0—400 POINTS)  For the final research project, you must choose ONE of the following research options. 

OPTION ONE----RESEARCH PROJECT ---EXPERIMENT TOTAL POINTS 400

PART ONE OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT EXPERIMENT—200 POINTS

1. WRITE YOUR GOAL OR THESIS

2. LIST THE COMMUNICATION THEORY YOU WILL TEST OR RESEARCH. EXPLAIN WHY YOU DECIDED TO TEST THIS THEORY.

3. DEVELOP 3 RESEARCH QUESTIONS

4.  CONDUCT THE STUDY OR EXPERIMENT. YOU MUST EXAMINE WHAT YOU ARE RESEARCHING FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE OBSERVATIONS—3 SEPARATE OBSERVATIONS.  

5.  WRITE THE ANSWERS TO THE 3 RESEARCH QUESTIONS BASED ON YOUR FINDINGS.

PART TWO OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT EXPERIMENT--200 POINTS—TYPED INFORMATION—6 PAGES DOUBLE SPACED TYPED MINIMUM

  1. WRITE AN OVERALL SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH
  2.  DISCUSS ANY CHALLENGES WHILE CONDUCTING THE RESEARCH
  3.  DISCUSS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RESEARCH
  4.  DISCUSS YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESEARCH IN THE FUTURE REGARDING THIS TOPIC  
  5. DISCUSS CHANGES YOU WOULD MAKE IF YOU CONDUCTED THIS STUDY AGAIN IN THE FUTURE  
  6. LIST THE STRENTHS AND CHALLENGES OF THE COMMUNICATION THEORY WITH YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT.
  7. OVERALL SUMMARY OF THE RESEARCH  PROJECT.

OPTION TWO----RESEARCH PROJECT—SURVEYS—TOTAL POINTS 400

PART ONE OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT SURVEYS--200 POINTS—

  1.  WRITE YOUR GOAL OR THESIS
  2. STATE THE COMMUNICATION THEORY YOU CHOSE TO TEST OR RESEARCH AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE THIS THEORY.
  3. DEVELOP A SURVEY/QUESTIONNAIRE AND DISTRIBUTE IT TO A MINIMUM OF 5 PEOPLE(NOT PEOPLE IN YOUR CLASS) COLLECT THE SURVEYS AND REVIEW THE RESULTS—MINIMUM OF 5 QUESTIONS
  4. TYPE UP THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEYS
  5. SUBMIT THE COMPLETED SURVEYS AND THE TYPED SURVEYS TO THE PROFESSOR

PART TWO OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT SURVEYS---200 POINTS—SUBMIT 6 PAGES DOUBLE SPACED TYPED---

  1. WRITE AN OVERALL SUMMARY OF THE SURVEY RESEARCH
  2. DISCUSS ANY CHALLENGES WHILE CONDUCTING THE RESEARCH—
  3. DISCUSS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RESEARCH
  4. DISCUSS YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESEARCH IN THE FUTURE
  5. LIST THE STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES OF THE COMMUNICATION THEORY YOU CHOSE.
  6.  DISCUSS CHANGES YOU WOULD MAKE IF YOU CONDUCTED THIS STUDY AGAIN IN THE FUTURE

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Grading:
 

Team Discussion                                                      300 points

Reaction Papers                                                      500 points       

Exams—2                                                               400 points                                                       

Film Critiques                                                           400 points

Media Presentation                                                   200 points

 Research Project                                                     400 points

2200—2250=A

2150—2199=B

2100—2149=C

2050--2099 = D

BELOW 2050=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Be prepared to discuss the readings during class sessions. Attend class regularly. Actively participate in class discussions and class activities.  If you have a documented medical or legal emergency, a letter or memo typed on the letterhead of the office you visited, you will be able to submit an assignment that you missed. Otherwise, YOU CAN NOT SUBMIT A LATE ASSIGNMENT!!!!!


· You must be willing to devote extra time out of class for assignments.
· Be prepared to get to know yourself and your classmates better. This course will be as challenging, stimulating, and enjoyable as you make it.
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Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

 

NO CELL PHONE USAGE, NO TEXTING, NO  LAPTOP USAGE IN CLASS!!! 

You are expected to actively listen and respond in a way which demonstrates that you have been doing the reading and thinking about communication principles. Ask questions and make comments during class.  Respect for yourself and others is mandatory!! Informed involvement is expected. Attending each class session is not enough to earn a passing grade; you must demonstrate a willingness to practice your communication competencies in group work, class discussions, and exercises. In essence, you are required to engage in class discussions!! Failing to prepare for class sessions and failing to contribute to group presentations will be factored into your grade.

Class climate is an essential ingredient for the success of this course. At various points during the semester, we may be examining sensitive and personal issues as they relate to aspects of interpersonal communication. Differences of experience, attitude and values can be discussed meaningfully as long as we agree to respect norms of civil discussion. Please use Standard American English. [Note: Some film clips shown in class contain vulgar language and inappropriate ways of managing emotions. Your instructor does not condone this type of communication but is using it to point out the effects of this communication upon relationships.]

Certain forms of classroom behavior are expressly prohibited. These include verbal attacks on the person and character of another; disparaging responses to another's group of origin or affinity, (e.g. age, gender, health status, physical or mental abilities, race, culture, sexual orientation, political philosophy, social views or religion); and any form of behavior that manifests direct or implied sexual harassment.

Unfortunately, even serious illness or a major crisis doesn't make up for the fact that missing this class means missing important participation. If you miss more than
2 class sessions, you will not pass the course. You are further expected to demonstrate courtesies of professional life, which includes contacting your instructor if you will miss a class session.

CLASS PARTICIPATION— YOU CAN NOT MISS MORE THAN 2 DAYS AND PASS THIS CLASS!

PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASS PARTICIPATION INCLUDES ENGAGING IN DISCUSSIONS DURING THE CLASS.  YOU MUST BE WILLING TO ASK QUESTIONS AND DISCUSS INFORMATION.  ALSO, CLASS PARTICIPATION POINTS ARE BASED ON CLASS ATTENDANCE;  THEREFORE ABSENCES AND TARDINESS WILL IMPACT THE POINTS YOU RECEIVE.  SEE DETAILS BELOW.

Class Participation  0—100 points---

Class Participation 75—100 points—Regularly—at least twice per week-- asks questions, participates in class discussions, discusses information read in the textbook, media or other sources in class, along with not missing more than 1 days of class—TARDY ONE DAY

Class Participation--50-74 points --  At least once per week-- asks questions, participates in class discussions, discusses information read in the textbook, media or other sources in class, along with not missing more than 1 days of class TARDY 2 DAYS

Class Participation--49 points and below—Fails to participate in class discussions at least once per week, but comes to class and does not miss more than 1 days of class. TARDY 3 DAYS

Class Participation--0 points—Misses more than 2 class days for unexcused absences, Fails to participate in class discussions at least once per week.
 
 

Classroom Considerations

    1. That all backgrounds and cultures be respected.
    2. That a free and civil exchange of ideas takes place, so everyone in a class feels welcome to participate.
    3. That all members of the class arrive on time, leave the class only on breaks or in case of emergency, and leave classrooms and all college property in good condition.
    4. Those distractions must be kept to a minimum. Cell phones and other electronic devices are turned off in class, labs, and the library. Students remain seated throughout the class and refrain from talking with classmates while another class member or the instructor has the floor.
    5. That each student submits his or her own work.
    6. That consideration is given to classes in adjoining areas.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

JANUARY 14TH                      CHAPTERS 1-7                         

JANUARY 21ST                      CHAPTERS 8-13 REACTION PAPER I AND

MEDIA PRESENTATION—GET INTO TEAMS FOR TEAM 

DISCUSSIONS/TEAM TEACHING

JANUARY 26TH                     CHAPTERS 9-14 FILM CRITIQUE     REACTION PAPER II

FEBRUARY 4TH                      CHAPTERS 15-20 TEAM PRESENTATION  

REACTION PAPER III

FEBRUARY 11TH                    CHAPTERS 21-26 TEAM PRESENTATION 

FILM CRITIQUE

REACTION PAPER IV

FEBRUARY 18TH                    CHAPTERS 22-27 TEAM PRESENTATION

 REACTION PAPER V

FEBRUARY 25TH                    CHAPTERS 28-35 TEAM PRESENTATION   QUIZ II

MARCH 4TH                LAST DAY OF CLASS—RESEARCH PROJECT PRESENTIONS

           

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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