CA105 Intro to Human Communication

for S1B 2011

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CA 105 Intro to Human Communication


S1B 2011 BL


Lazarin, Steven


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts, Electronic Media-The University of Texas-El Paso
Master of Arts, Communication-The University of Texas-El Paso

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 929-4511

Other Phone

(915) 747-6409


Semester Dates

January 10, 2011-March 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM



Credit Hours



Comm: 2008-2009 Student Edition (2352)
Author: Verderber, Rudoph F.
ISBN 978-0-495 91235-4  Edition 2009
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

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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:

The instructor's educational philosophy is based on interactiveness with the class stemming from lectures, readings, dialogues, quizzes and examinations as well as employing various media to illustrate course objectives and outcomes.  The instructor will engage each student and encourage the exploration of ideas and issues to illustrate course ideas.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize an effective outline to organize ideas and thoughts
  2. Organize and articulate thoughts and ideas related to course material
  3. Utilize course material as foundation for the Communication Discipline
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: (20% or 200 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% or 200 points)    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:  (10%)  Discussion for each week will be worth 100 points. 
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.

Speech Prep: (5%) Planning documents done prior to each major speech, and a self-evaluation done after each major speech will be worth 16 points each for a total of 50 points.

Core assessment: (20% or 200 points) 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:
All coursework must be submitted on dates indicated, to include examinations.  Late submissions will be handled on a case by case basis, along with associated penalties.

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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (Jan.  15) Read (prior to class session) Chapters 1, 2 and 3.  In Class Lecture / Discussion. 
Assignment of Core Assessment Paper will be discussed.
Week 2 (Jan. 22) Read (prior to class session) Chapters 4, 5 and 6.  In Class Lecture/ Discussion
Week 3 (Jan. 29) Read (prior to class session) Chapters 7, 8 and 9. In Class Lecture/ Discussion and Mid-Term Exam Review
Week 4 (February 5) Mid- Term Exam
Week 5 (Feb. 12) Read (Prior to class session) Chapters 10, 11, 12 and 13.  In Class Lecture/ Discussion and Reminder that Course Assessment Paper will be due following week.
Week 6 (Feb. 19) Read (Prior to class session) Chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17.  In Class lecture/ Discussion.  Course Assessment Papers are due by Mid-night of this class session.  Final Exam Review
Week 7 ( Feb. 26) FINAL EXAM
Week 8 ( Mar. 5) Final Exam Results and Critique.

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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