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CA 105 Intro to Human Communication
Mayo, Staci Lea


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Course

CA 105 Intro to Human Communication

Semester

SP 2011 HOA

Faculty

Staci Mayo, M.C.L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 703-8561

E-Mail

staci.mayo@park.edu

mayo385@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

January 10-May 8, 2011

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:


  • Real Communication
  • Author: OHAIR
  • Edition:09
  • Publisher:MPS
  • ISBN: 9780312248482

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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:

I believe that learning is an interactive experience. I use lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, internet, videos, websites, activities, and writings to aid the learning process. I hope to engage each learner in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Exhibit communication competence, defined as communication that is personally effective and socially appropriate.  This course is designed to help you increase your understanding of communication processes and your personal communication competence in public speaking, interpersonal, and group communication contexts.
  2. Identify and use tools (knowledge and skill) for reflection on your own communication behavior.  This course exposes you to basic communication theory and practice in common communication contexts that will allow you to think critically about your communication behavior.
Class Assessment:

Participation/Discussion 32%

Participation is vital in this course. I believe that interaction, activities, and lively discussions lead to a better understanding of the topic being discussed. Participation will be awarded for being in class (and on time), being active in discussions and activities. Just showing up to class is not enough to get participation points. You must meaningfully contribute to what we are learning for the week. 20 Points/Week

(320 Total)

Written Work 15% (150 Points)

Group Project Reflection Paper-In this paper you will discuss your observations of your group from the start of the course to the end of the course.                           

Outside Speaker Review Paper-In this paper you will discuss your observations of a speaker outside of this class. There are many opportunities on campus to view speakers.            
                 
Self Evaluation-In this paper you will provide an evaluation of your communication skills from the beginning of the course to the end. You will discuss your strengths and weaknesses as a communicator and provide a plan for improving those skills.

 

Exams 15% (150 Points)

There will be a midterm and final exam.

Speeches         28% (280 Points)

Social Networking Speech-You will introduce a classmate based upon their social networking site.                                                      
Informative Speech-You will present a speech topic that informs the audience (5-7 minutes).                               
30 Second Business Speech-We will have a mock work party where you will tell people at the party about yourself in  30 seconds.                                  
Persuasive Speech-You will present a speech topic that persuades the audience (8-10 minutes).

Group Presentation

The first week of class you will create a group that will present a presentation at the end of the course. These groups will be used on a regular basis for class activities. Your group may present a presentation on any topic related to interpersonal communication, public speaking, or workplace communication.

                                                                                    

 

Grading:

Point Values:                                                                                                      Your Score_

Participation    (20 Points/Week)                               320
Introductory Speech                                                      25
Informative Speech                                                      100
30 Second Business Speech                                      30
Persuasive Speech                                                      125
Group Presentation                                                      100
Group Project Reflection Paper                                  50
Outside Speaker Review Paper                                  50
Self Evaluation                                                                50
Midterm                                                                            100
Exam-Final                                                                        50

                                                                                                        Total 

                                                                                           1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 All assignments must be completed on time. This means that work must be submitted by the BEGINNING of class on the day it is due. I must be made aware of the circumstances for any late work. I will only accept late work if you have attempted to contact me (via phone or e-mail) about the matter. Any work turned in late will automatically be reduced a minimum of 20% and will be reduced by 10% each additional day it is late. Speeches are included in this rule, however, they are reduced by each class period they are late. Scheduling is always an issue with speeches. Speeches may only be made up if time is available. Again, I must be aware of the circumstances ahead of time or the speech may not be made up. In extreme circumstances, this rule may be reconsidered. Any decisions to make an exception to the rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are aware you will be absent, it is your responsibility to make up any work due ahead of time. Notify me as soon as you know that you will be absent so that arrangements can be made.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In my classroom I attempt to create an atmosphere of mutual respect. At different points of the semester this may mean different things. Any violation of these rules of conduct will negatively impact your participation grade.
1. Arrive on time. It is disruptive when students arrive to class late.
2. Cell phones-I expect cell phones to be set on silent and put away. If there is a situation where you might need to answer your phone, quietly step outside to answer your call.
3. Computer use-I allow students to take notes and use computers for group work-NOT for other purposes.
4. We will discuss some controversial subjects. Respect your classmates ideas and thoughts so that we may have a meaningful discussion.
5. Be respectful of presenters. dPut yourself in your classmates shoes when listening to presentations. Remember, you have to get up there and present as well.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Introduction to Human Communication Calendar for year 2011 (USA)
Topic Week Chapter Day

Syllabus

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Jan 10

Introductory Speeches

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Jan 12

Introduction to Communication

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MLK No Class



Jan 17

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Jan 24, 26, 31

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Jan 31, Feb 2 & 4

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Feb 21

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Group Leadership/Decision Making/Review for Midterm

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March 4

Spring Break

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March 7-11

Research Day



March 14

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Mar 21, 23, 25

Organizing, Outlining, Writing/ Delivering Presentations

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Mar 28, 30, Apr 1

Outside Speaker Paper Due



March 28

Informative Speeches

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Apr 4, 6, 8

Persuasive Speeches

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Apr 11, 13, 15

Review

15


Apr 18, 20

Group Prep



April 22

Group Presentations

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Apr 25, 27, 29

Final Exam

16


May 4 8:00am

Group Project Reflection & Self Evaluation Due



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