CA105 Intro to Human Communication

for S1T 2011

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CA 105 Intro to Human Communication


S1T 2011 DL


Hopkins-Chery, Sarah


Adjunct Faculty of Communication Arts


B.A. w/ Honors in Psychology
M.A. Communication and Leadership

Other Phone



Semester Dates

1/10/2011 - 3/6/2011

Credit Hours



COMM by R. Berderber, K. Berderber, and D. Sellnow.  2008 edition.  Cengage publishers (2009).  ISBN-10: 0-495-57013-3; ISBN-13: 978-0-495-57013-4

Special Course Equipment and Software Requirements: 

In addition to Park's Standard Tech Requirements for Online courses (see online course technical requirements at students will need to meet the following special requirements. 
  1. Each student must have access to a digital video camera and tripod.
  2. Each student must record each of three speech presentations, in front of an audience of at least 6 adults, and submit their recordings for viewing by the class.
  3. Video recordings must be submitted as digital video files uploaded to the Doc Sharing section of your online classroom. (Digital video files may be submitted by mail, on CD, at the student's expense, in the event that problems arise with uploading.) 
Each student will need one or more of the following free video player applications in order to complete various class assignments throughout the term.

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Course Description:
CA105 (GE) Introduction to Human Communication: This course focuses on the most frequently used communication skills. The course demonstrates the natural relationships between communicating one-to-one and in public, group, and meditated contexts, showing that skills in one can be employed in the other and given practice in both. Students will be introduced to the communication process, listening, concepts of self, language, perception, small group and workplace communication, intercultural communication, mediated communication, the speech process (including topic selection and audience analysis, organization, development and support of speeches, delivery) and informative and persuasive public speaking. This course may fulfill the oral communication liberal education requirement. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Illustrate how self-concept and perception influence communication in a variety of contexts (all units).
  2. Use language and nonverbal communication appropriate to the audience and occasion (units 3-8).
  3. Contrast the development of relationships across contexts (all units).
  4. Develop, support, organize and deliver speeches with a particular audience, goal, and situation in mind (units 1-2, 4-8).
  5. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills across contexts (all units).
  6. Formulate personal strategies for developing effective intercultural communication (all units).
  7. Evaluate ethical standards for communication across contexts (all units).
Class Assessment:

There are 1,000 points possible in the class. 

Your grade will be based on tests, written work, discussion, speeches, and the core assessment portfolio.

1000- 900 points = A; 
800-899 points = B; 
700-799 points = C; 
600- 699 points = D;
below 600 points = failing


Tests: (10% or 100 points)  There will be a comprehensive final.  You will receive the essay questions in advance.  Work through your essays in advance but at the time of the test, you will not be able to use notes or your book.

Written Work: (20%)  Written work will include worksheets, exercises, outlines, critiques, and a journal.  The journal is worth 100 points.  There is 100 points for activities completed in class and worksheets.
Participation/Discussion:  (18%)  Discussion for each week will be worth 20 points (total of 160).  The self-concept speech is worth 25 points as it is a pass-fail assignment. 

 (33%)  An introductory, an informative, and a persuasive speech will be given. The informative speech is worth 140 points, and the persuasive speech is worth 190 points.  

Core assessment: (20%) Core assessment will be a paper analyzing the student’s communication efforts across contexts.  Paper must include a discussion of small group, interpersonal and intercultural communication, and public speaking.  Paper must make reference to communication concepts.  Paper must be accompanied by recorded speech and by documentation of at least three different communication situations in a variety of contexts.  Documentation may be in the form of reflective journals, letters from others, videos, etc.  The core assessment is worth 200 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I expect all course work to be done on time. If you know you will be out of class for an extended period of time, please warn me. You must contact me and make arrangements to turn work in before the due date--- not after the due date.  All late work will be penalized 20%. 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 midnight on the day it is 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, everyone else will be out having fun, and the computer systems will be down.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Writing: All work must be typed or word-processed. Make sure all written work has been proof read and spell checked. Spelling and grammatical errors hurt your credibility and reduce the possibility of effective communication. I believe that writing is a means to learning; that there is a correlation between reading and writing; and that writing helps one discover, clarify, examine, and synthesize information. Writing is, therefore, integral to this course and will be evaluated on its form as well as its content. All papers should be typed, double-spaced, left justified, and use a 10-12 pt font. Margins should be no larger than one inch. NOTE: While computers make writing easier, you must realize that technology can cause problems. Keep hard copies of papers you have submitted and save work in multiple places should you/we experience computer failure.

 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

Student/Teacher Responsibilities: As a student you must accept responsibility for your own actions. Reading for class, preparing for tests, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussions are the major responsibilities I expect from you as your part of the learning process. My responsibility is to give you my best teaching effort, to create a positive learning climate, and to challenge you. It takes work from both of us to make this a worthwhile experience. Additionally, at times we will discuss controversial topics and have people who disagree with each other. You and I both must remember that while each of us has a right to our own opinion, we must respect the right of others to have differing opinions. Calling someone or some idea "stupid" creates a defensive communication climate and hampers the ability of all of us to learn. Think before you criticize.   If anyone in class makes a comment you are uncomfortable with, please contact me immediately and first. Apologies and policy changes are best handled in the classroom. Finally, talk to me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the class. It is less frustrating for both of us if you ask questions before the assignment is due, rather than after it has affected your performance. 

Time Required: The academic rule of thumb is that for every one hour you spend in class, you should spend a minimum of two hours preparing for that class. You can expect to spend at least an additional six hours a week on course work beyond the time you put in reading discussions and doing class activities. Putting in less time is your choice, but you need to understand that your course grade will reflect performance (not potential, not effort, not good intentions). 


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Major assignments due

Week 1

Communication Basics

Chapters 1, 2, 5 and pp. 196-200

self-concept speech

Week 2

Getting Ready to Inform

Chapters 12, 13, and 16

speech planning form, evidence

Week 3

Understanding Each Other

Chapters 3, 4, and 7

rough draft outline

Week 4

Presenting the Speech

Chapters 14 and pp. 200-214

informative speech and final outline

Week 5

Relationship Basics

Chapters 6 and 8


Week 6

Persuasive speaking

Chapter 17

speech planning form, evidence, rough draft outline

Week 7

Persuasion and the media


persuasive speech

Week 8

Relationships in Groups

Chapters 10 and 11

Portfolio/core assessment

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
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