CA 348 Theories of Communication
FA 2011 HO
Dr. J. Aitken
Professor, Communication Arts
Doctorate in Administration and CommunicationTwo Master's degrees--One in Speech, one in Curriculum & LeadershipBachelor's in Communication Theory
229 Copley, Parkville campus
By appointed and before and after class.
11:00 - 11:50 AM
AND REQUIRED FOR TERM PAPER ASSIGNMENT:
American Pscyhological Association (APA). (2010). Publication manual (6th ed.). American Psychological Association.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Companion Site (Textbook) http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=9780534566395&discipline_number=48
Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style
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Educational Philosophy: This course is designed to provide a foundation of communication theories for research in communication studies.
45% In-class activities and minor assignments. Grading is based on posts indicating understanding of textbook readings, number of posts, participation on multiple days in multiple threads, interaction with peers, and quality of substance in posts.
5% Midterm Test for 50 points DUE SUNDAY, WEEK 8.
Typically, final grades are earned according to the following scale:
A = 900-1000
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F = 599 or below
1000 points = 100%
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DUE Reading & Assignments
Concepts in Wood Text
1.Read Preface, Chapter 1 & 2 in Wood’s text by Friday
3.Skim APA Manual by Friday
4.Skim course materials in eCompanion
Part One: THINKING ABOUT COMMUNICATION THEORY.
Ch 1. Communication as a Field of Study.
Penguins because they have to find their way, work with others, and face challenges.
Ch 2. Understanding Communication Theories.
Fortune Telling because theorists predict the future.
1.Read Chapter 3 & 4 in Wood text
2.3.Learn how to use Ebsco Host Communication & Mass Media Complete Database
Ch 3. Building and Testing Theory.
Sherlock Holmes because he is an observer, investigator, and draws conclusions.
Part Two: COMMUNICATION THEORIES.
4. An Early Communication Theory.
Polar bears because researchers are seeking to use science to save the species.
1.Read Chapter 5 & 6
2.Finish reading APA manual.
3.DUE in Dropbox:Abstract, Outline, and Reference list due.
5. Theories about Symbolic Activity.
Mardi Gras& Drama because in our communication we often dress up and put on a show.
6. Theories about Performance.
Lady GaGa because communication is often about performance, taking risks, and showing both the front and back sides of the stage.
7 & 8
1.Read Chapter 7 & 8
7. Theories about How People Construct Meaning.
Hiking because our communication carries us forward, can be hard work, and we have to discover meaning.
8. Theories of Interpersonal Dynamics.
Signs because communication gives us cues, directs us, and is sometimes confusing.
9 & 10
1.Read Chapter 9 & 10
9. Communication and the Evolution of Relationships.
Basketball because relationships mean we play on a team, work for the other’s success, and need to feel equity.
10. Theories about Communication Communities.
Cycling is the anchor because like bikes, communication communities carry us forward, make our tasks easier, and often determine where we will go and the opportunities we have.
Week 11 & 12
Read Chapter 11
11. Theories of Mass Communication.
Movie director because mass communication often directs the direction of our life stories.
Presentations about project
DUE in Dropbox, Core Assessment
Week 13 & 14
1.Read Chapter 11 & 12
12. Critical Communication Theories.
Softball and Baseball because they typify how men and women can be separated.
1.Read chapter 13 & 14
14. Final Look
Park University Pirates because they represent the rebellion, risks, and adventure of moving forward in communication research.
Final exam as scheduled.
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