CA 348 Theories of Communication
F2F 2012 QU
Townley, Randolph M.
MA Communication StudiesBA Communication Arts
October 22 - December 21
5:30 - 10:30 PM
Griffin, EM (2008) A First Look at Communication Theory (7th Edition ONLY)., New York NY; McGraw Hill.
Neuman, W. Russell (Editor) (2010) Media, Technology, and Society: Theories of Media Evolution (Digital Culture Books)., University of Michigan Press, Michigan.
ISBN: -10: 0472050826
ISBN: -13: 978-0472050826
Available online: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.8232214.0001.001
Any version of Aristotle’s Rhetoric in print or online: http://rhetoric.eserver.org/aristotle/index.html
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Companion Site: http://www.afirstlook.com/edition_7/contents
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Areas of Assessment
Percent of Grade
Each week, discussion question(s) will be posted at the accompanying e-college site through my.park.edu. Each student needs to respond to the question with a well thought out response. In addition to responding to the discussion, each class member needs to interact and comment on each other class member's original response to the question.
1) Well thought out response to discussion topic
2) Meaningful interaction on other class member's responses.
Each week (1 through 7) we'll have a quiz that assesses your ability to understand the material that you prepared by reading and thoughtful discussion for the week.
2 FILM CRITIQUES
Students will watch a movie/documentary and will evaluate the film based on the theory. This is an application exam; students must be able to critically analyze the film in regards to communication concepts and write well thought out responses. Student's must identify the movie and get it approved prior to writing the critique.
Your research paper will be submitted week 7. DO NOT wait until the last minute. In fact, there are two other assignments called "Paper Check Point" where you'll be required to provide a status on where you are as shown in the next section.
Paper Checkpoint 1
Week 3, provide the topic for your paper and an abstract of your paper in proper format. Format WILL count toward the grade assigned.
Paper Check point 2
Week 6, provide your rough draft of your paper so I can provide feedback and offer you some suggestions for completion. Proper format should be executed and WILL count toward the grade assigned.
The final exam will test your ability to understand the concepts of theories of communication learned through the course. Proper format should be executed and WILL count toward the final grade assigned.
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
Late Submission of Course Materials: BE ON TIME. Please read this information http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#BE_ON_TIME
Late submissions will be reduced to one lower letter grade. (e.g., A- to B-). No credit will be given if late more than one week.
It is better to have submitted something, rather than nothing. This goes for daily/weekly online postings. Because we meet once per week, these are extremely important and very valuable interactions that are necessary for us to stay on track for our learning objectives.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Griffin: Chapters 1-3 "Launching Your Study of Communication, Talk About Theory, Weighing the Words"
Neuman: Chapter 1 "Theories of Media Evolution"
Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 1
Griffin: Chapters 5, 6, 7 "Symbolic Interactionism, Coordinated Management of Meaning (CCM), Expectancy Violations Theory"
Neuman: Chapter 2 "Newspaper Culture and Technical Innovation, 1980–2005"
Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 2
Griffin: Chapters 7, 8, 10 "Expectancy Violations Theory, Constructivism, Uncertainty Reduction Theory"
Neuman: Chapter 4 "HollyGriffin 2.0: How Internet Distribution Will Affect the Film Industry"
Paper Checkpoint 1, Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 3
Griffin: Chapters 12, 15, 17 "Relational Dialectics, Elaboration Likelihood Model, Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making"
Neuman: Chapter 3 "From the Telegraph and Telephone to the Negroponte Switch"
Film Critique 1, Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 4
Griffin: Chapters 20, 21, 25 "Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations, the Rhetoric, Semiotics"
Neuman: Chapter 8 "Some Say the Internet Should Never Have Happened"
Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 5
Griffin: Chapter 26, 27, 31 "Cultural Studies, Cultivation Theory, Face Negotiation Theory"
Neuman: Chapter 6 "Inventing Television: Citizen Sarnoff and One Philo T. Farnsworth"
Paper Checkpoint 2, Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 6
Griffin: Chapter 11, 33, 35 "Social Information Processing Theory, Genderselect Styles, Muted Group Theory"
Neuman: Chapter 7 "The Cable Fables: The Innovation Imperative of Excess Capacity"
Research Paper, Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college, Quiz 7
Griffin: Chapter 4, 35 "Mapping the Territory, Common Threads in Comm Theories"
Neuman: Chapter 10 "Who Controls Content? The Future of Digital Rights Management"
Final Exam, Film Critique 2, Weekly Discussion Questions on e-college
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