CA 105 Intro to Human Communication
F2T 2010 DL
Callan, Pamela A.
Bachelor of Arts in EnglishMaster of Arts in English (additional graduate hours in Communication)Master of Science in Education
San Angelo, Texas
10/18/2010 - 12/12/2010
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:
Please go to the following site, to review information about submission of your speeches: http://captain.park.edu/tips_movie/true_intro.htm
Students will also 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.
· RealPlayer. You can download RealPlayer at http://www.real.com/player/ . Please be sure to click the "Free RealPlayer" button, not the "Download Now" button. The "Download Now" button is for a 14-day free trial of a deluxe version, which you will not need for this class.
· QuickTime Player. You can download QuickTime at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/.
· Windows Media Player. You can download Windows Media Player at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/10/default.aspx.
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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: I strongly believe in collaborative learning. My philosophy of teaching is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, peer editing, web sites and videos. I strongly encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by reading, questioning, reviewing and discussing.
There are 1,000 points possible in the class.
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: (18%) Written work will include worksheets, exercises, outlines, critiques, and a journal. The journal is worth 100 points. There will be 80 points for activities completed in class and worksheets.
Participation/Discussion: (19%) Discussion for each week will be worth 20 points (total of 160). The self-concept speech is worth 30 points as it is a pass-fail assignment. Initial discussion posts for each of the weekly discussions must be posted in the class by Wednesday of each week. Responses to your classmates for each discussion must be posted by Sunday of each week. More details about discussion posts can be found in the weekly units.
Speeches: (25%) An introductory, an informative, and a persuasive speech will be given. The introductory speech is counted in participation. The informative speech is worth 100 points, and the persuasive speech is worth 150 points. Please note: Speeches must be recorded before a live audience. The audience should be scanned before and after the speeches, without interruption. Please read the "Welcome to the Class" announcement that goes in to more detail about speech submission.
Speech Prep: (8%) Planning documents done prior to each major speech, and a self-evaluation done after each major speech will be worth 10 points each for a total of 80 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 (no late work will be accepted after week six). 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
Office Hours: Please feel free to come to email or call to discuss papers, presentations, and any problems you are having.
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).
Major assignments due
Chapters 1, 2, 5 and pp. 196-200
Self-concept speech and outline
Getting Ready to Inform
Chapters 12, 13, and 16
Speech planning form and evidence
Understanding Each Other
Chapters 3, 4, and 7
Rough draft outline
Presenting the Speech
Chapters 14 and pp. 200-214
Informative speech and final outline,
Chapters 6 and 8
Speech planning form and evidence,
Persuasion and the media
Persuasive speech and final outline,
Relationships in Groups
Chapters 10 and 11
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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. 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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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Additional Information:My Biography: I have served as an adjunct instructor for Park University since 2002 through the Goodfellow AFB campus in San Angelo, Texas. I received an MA in English with a minor in Psychology from Angelo State University in 1989 and an MS in Education from Capella University in 2002. I earned a graduate certificate in Diversity Studies in 2003 from Capella University, and have earned additional graduate hours in English, communication, history, management, psychology, and sociology(human services). My areas of interest are communication (both small group and interpersonal), English literature, public speaking, race and ethnic relations, the study of the lifespan, and the study of the family.
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