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Com100 syllabus

  1. 1. COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Online Sections: PRE 130 (35007) and PRE 131 (35031) Yavapai College Spring 2012Instructor: Ian Derk.Email: Ian.Derk@yc.eduPhone: (928) 775-4567Office Location: Room 143 – NAU-Yavapai Campus, Prescott ValleyOffice Hours: Tuesday 2-4, Wednesday 10-1. Please call or email for additional timesPortal Login: http://www.yc.edu > Log into myYC portal > Click Blackboard iconCourse DescriptionCOM100. Introduction to Human Communication (3). Introduction to the essential elements of humancommunication and behavior, with emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, publiccommunication, and oral communication skills important to personal and professional settings.Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency. Three lecture.Textbook and Supply Requirements Required: Human Communication, Fourth Edition by Judy Pearson, Paul Nelson, Scott Titsworth, and Lynn Harter. (ISBN # 978-0-07-340680-0). Published by McGraw-Hill. Copyright Year: 2011 Recommended: You may need access to a webcam and/or microphone for some assignments.Course PurposeTo enable students to understand the fundamentals of effective communication in the initiation,maintenance, and evolution of personal and professional relationships. To provide students with aframework for identifying and evaluating dysfunctional communication patterns, as well as identifying theelements of communication competence at the interpersonal level. To give students a method and avocabulary for examining their own relationships and for identifying strategies to achieve more satisfyingrelationships.Course Content 1. Contemporary and historical theories of the dynamics and processes of human communication 2. Perception 3. Use of language 4. Nonverbal messages 5. Conflict management 6. Concepts and theories of listening 7. Interpersonal communication and relationship dynamics 8. Dynamic group communication COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 1 of 7
  2. 2. 9. Intercultural communication 10. Gender communication 11. Basic public speakingLearning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 1. Use listening skills and oral presentations as modes of discovery, reflection, and understanding and sustained disciplined reasoning. (6,11) 2. Generate organized and logical speaking that responds to the demands of a specific rhetorical situation. (1,11) 3. Use precision in writing, speaking, and thinking and express awareness of the power and variety of language. (3,6,11) 4. Identify both the conscious and unconscious use of written, verbal and nonverbal communication. (4) 5. Identify and interpret discourse in specific communication environments. (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11) 6. Express awareness of multiple meanings and perspectives of communication in both interpersonal and group/team situations. (2,7,8) 7. Evaluate communication theories for a variety of cultural contexts. (9) 8. Formulate and deliver effective oral presentations. (11) 9. Design simple, effective messages for a mass communication context (i.e., advertising and public relations). (8,11) 10. Analyze the impact of new communication technologies on human communication. (1)Assessment MeasuresThe following measures of assessment will be used throughout COM 100 this semester. 1. Online Discussions 2. Self-Assessment Critique 3. Small Group Activities 4. Weekly Assignments 5. Interview 6. WWW Topic Search 7. Portfolio 8. Oral Presentation 9. Research Paper 10. QuizzesGrading Criteria and AssignmentsDiscussion Board (150 points)  Students will be required to post to the weekly discussion question by Thursday evenings at 11:59 PM. In addition, students will also be required to reply to at least one classmate’s posting by Sunday evenings at 11:59 PM. Students will be able to interact with one another through the discussion forum. Each discussion will be worth 10 total points (6 for the initial and 4 for the reply). Each initial post must be 50-100 words and each reply must be 25-50 words. Good writing counts.Mass Communication Project (300 points)You will need to research, outline and develop both a written paper and an oral presentation on a masscommunication topic. Below are the components of the Mass Communication Project: COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 2 of 7
  3. 3. A. Topic Selection (50 points) Students will need to submit a one-page summary on the topic of choice for an informative/persuasive research paper/oral presentation. Your summary should include the following: 1) Topic (must be communication related); (5 points) 2) Personal response to why you chose your specified topic; (20 points) 3) List of at least 5 resources on which you will research your topic. Each resource should have a 2-3 sentence summary on the article. I would like 3 resources to be from the Library Database. The other 2 may be web sites on your topic. (25 points) Some suggested topics include:  Concept or Theory: Present the relationship between a specific communication concept or theory and its application to either a social or professional communication environment  Historical: A look at a device or invention that impacted mass communication  Cutting Edge Technology: A look at the newest communication technology that is changing the face of mass communication B. Speech Outline (50 points) You should submit an outline that will be used in preparation for your informative/persuasive speech. This outline should also help you fine tune your research paper. You should follow the guidelines as discussed in the textbook. You will develop a complete sentence outline of your speech/research project.  Outline must follow criteria specified in textbook;.  Outline must be on the same topic as oral presentation and research paper. C. Research Paper (100 points) You will be required to submit a research paper meeting the following requirements:  Paper must be 4-5 pages in length, in addition to a works cited page;  Paper must be double-spaced, Arial or Times New Roman, size 12;  You must discuss same topic as outline and oral presentation;  You must provide at least five cited sources (minimum of 3 Library Databases, 2 web sites). D. Oral Presentation (100 points) You will be required to deliver an informative/persuasive speech based on your selected topic. The topic must be the same as the topic used for the complete sentence outline and research paper. Your presentation should include visuals, such as a PowerPoint presentation or samples of work. Your oral presentation must be between 5-7 minutes in length. The following options are available for your oral presentation:  You may deliver it in-person at the NAU-Yavapai campus on October 24, October 31, or November 7.  Students also have the option to videotape themselves and upload it to YouTube for evaluation. The student must have his/her face visible for at least 60 percent of the presentation.  A Media Studio is available on both the Prescott and Verde campuses for recording your presentation, if needed.Interview (50 points) You will need to interview a person from any culture to discover more about their own cultural background or a professor or community professional in your area on the path they went to reach that field. Please have 10 questions prepared for the interview. You should submit a 1-2 page response on what you learned from your interview. As part of your response, I would like you to state the 10 questions that you asked, and an overview of the responses given. I don’t need a complete COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 3 of 7
  4. 4. transcript, but you can’t submit a recording instead of the overview. See the Interview handout and calendar for specific due dates.Small Group Work (50 points) A “Problem Solving Skills” exercise will be provided for this project. Students will work with their assigned group to solve a problem that is addressed. Each student will be required to submit a one page summary regarding the group work. Students should compare each group and determine what group was most successful and analyze: 1) The communication network of the group; 2) The leadership functions; 3) The group’s cohesiveness; 4) Member’s satisfaction; 5) Methods of conflict resolution.Examinations (300 points) There will be weekly quizzes based on the readings and “lectures” for each chapter. Each week will be worth 20 points. Each quiz will consist of multiple choice and true/false questions. There will be no essay questions on the quizzes.  Weeks 1-15 (20 points each)Weekly Assignments (150 points) Each week, you will have one (or two) assignments you must complete. You must type a 150-300 word entry for each assignment that will be submitted through Blackboard. Your assignments are private communication between you and the instructor. Your weekly assignments will be graded on your critical thinking skills and ability to communicate your message effectively. Good spelling and grammar indicates clear thinking. Each weekly assignment will be 20 points. Grading Scale 900-1000 points A 800-899 points B 700-799 points C 650-699 points D Below 649 points FNote: For any research required for this course, please use the MLA format for citing your sources. Anexcellent on-line guide for this format, offered by Purdue University, can be found at:http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_mla.htmlInstructor ProceduresCommunicationI will do my best to respond to emails within one day. When sending an email, be sure to include yoursection number either in the subject line or body of the email. If your question is clear and specific, youwill get clear and specific advice.Calling on the phone is less reliable than email because I’m not always at my desk. As per FERPAregulations, I will not discuss any grades or grading information over the phone.I will also do my best to correct and grade assignments within three days except for research papers orspeeches. Please contact me before assignments are due if you have problems with an assignment.Technology COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 4 of 7
  5. 5. Yavapai College campuses provide support, computers, Internet access, and peripherals necessary forsuccess in this course. You may elect to use your own technology, but we don’t guarantee all technologywill function with our systems. Because we provide all the necessary technology, an individualtechnological malfunction is not an excuse for not turning in work. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox,clearing your cache regularly, and closing other programs during quizzes.Anecdotally, I’ve experienced the most problems with students using tablets and phones. These productscan work, but they are less consistent than laptops or desktop computers.Online AttendanceIf you do not participate in two consecutive discussions and/or you do not respond to my direct emails(not class-wide), you will be dropped.If you elect to drop the course before the drop date, it is your responsibility to drop the course. Failing todrop the course means you will receive the grade you’ve earned.Late WorkLate work is not accepted. Anything turned in after the due date and time will receive no credit. Pleasecheck the calendar carefully.NetiquetteSome of the content you will be dealing with may be controversial, but we are adults and respond todifferences of opinion with thought and sensitivity. All students should respect other people’s opinionsand think about the comments they respond to in the discussion board. Remember, discussion boardsare attached to your name and you are subject to the Student Code of Conduct. Specifically, threatening,racist, sexist, homophobic, or other derogatory language will not be tolerated.Blackboard “How To’s”How To Save Your Assignments in Rich Text Format (rtf)I will be using Microsoft Word as my primary word processing program. If you do not have MicrosoftWord on your computer, you will need to save your files in Rich Text Format. This will allow me to openyour files regardless of the word processing program you will be using for this course. In order to saveyour file in Rich Text Format, please follow these steps: 1. When you are finished typing or editing your document in WordPerfect, Works, etc., click on the File menu and select the Save As option. 2. Once the correct location has been chosen (Desktop, My Documents, etc.), select Rich Text Format or rtf option under the Save File as Type menu. The location and name for this option might be different on your particular machine and software. 3. Your document will be formatted in Rich Text Format with an .rtf file extension after the name.If you are using a MAC, you must remember to type .rtf after the file name.How To Submit AssignmentsThere will be due dates and directions posted for each assignment you will need to submit. In order tosubmit an assignment, follow these instructions. 1. For each assignment, you should click on the title of the assignment. 2. In the “Assignment Materials” area, add any “Comments” for the instructor. 3. To attach your file, click the “Browse” button and locate your saved assignment file. Your saved file should be in Rich Text Format (rtf). COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 5 of 7
  6. 6. 4. Click “Open” to attach. 5. If you want, you can “Add Another File” by clicking on the button. 6. Click “Submit” to send the assignment to your instructor.How To Utilize the Discussion BoardsDiscussion boards allow students to respond to questions posted by their instructors. It also allowsstudents to post comments for other students. To access the discussion board, click the “DiscussionBoard” link on the left side navigation bar. 1. Click on the title of the discussion board (Ex. Week 1: Class Introductions) 2. Click the “Create Thread” button. 3. Enter a subject and your message. If you wish to attach a document to your message, click the “Browse” button to search for it. 4. Click the “Submit” button.If you want to reply to another student’s comment, click on the subject of their message and then click the“Reply” or “Quote” button. (Quote just means, “reply with history”) Please don’t click on the student’sname as it will try to send them an email.How To Check Your GradesYou can check your course grades by clicking on the “View Grades” link on the left side navigation barof your COM 100 course.Institution PoliciesOnline students still need to adhere to the following institutional policies.AttendanceStudents are expected to attend and participate in all class meetings, laboratories, and field trips. Astudent who expects to be absent due to another school-sponsored activity or compelling personalreason must make prior arrangements with the instructor. All course work must be made up as directedby the instructor. A student who does not adhere to instructor and College attendance requirements maybe dropped from the course as defined in the Yavapai College General Catalog.Course WithdrawalTo officially withdraw from a course, the student must complete a Yavapai College Change of ClassEnrollment Form and submit it to the Registration Office. Withdrawing from a course after the publisheddeadline for withdrawal requires instructor approval and signature. When a student withdraws from acourse, a “W” will appear on the student’s permanent college record. If a student does not follow officialprocedures for withdrawing from a course, failing grades may be posted on the student’s permanentrecord. Last day to petition to add a class Sunday August 26 Last Day for Student-Initiated Withdrawal Sunday October 14 There is no 50% refund day.Course MentoringContact the course instructor during office hours, through email or phone, or at the beginning/ending of a COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 6 of 7
  7. 7. class session to arrange for additional course assistance. Many student support services are alsoavailable to assist students in successful course completion.Academic IntegrityHonesty in academic work is a central element of the learning environment. The presentation of anotherindividual’s work as one’s own or the act of seeking unfair academic advantage through cheating,plagiarism or other dishonest means are violations of the College’s “Student Code of Conduct.”Definitions of plagiarism, cheating, and violation of copyright and penalties for violation are available inthe Yavapai College General Catalog.Student Code of ConductRespect for the rights of others and for the College and its property are fundamental expectations forevery student. The “Student Code of Conduct” outlines behavioral expectations, and explains theprocess for responding to allegations of student misconduct.Disability Support ServicesYavapai College is committed to providing educational support services to students with documenteddisabilities. If anyone in this class has a disability, including a learning disability, please contact DisabilityResources to discuss your disability with the coordinator. This will be so that you can arrange youraccommodations that you need for this class through the ADA CoordinatorPrescott Campus: (928) 776-2079 or Verde Valley Campus: (928) 634-6563.Cell Phone and Pager PolicyYavapai College is committed to providing a quality learning environment. All cell phones and pagersmust be placed in a non-audible mode while in classrooms, computer labs, the library, the learningcenter, and testing areas. Cell phones and pagers must be used outside these facilities.Student Support ServicesLibrary ServicesLibrary services are available at the Prescott Campus and the Verde Valley Campus libraries. Bothlibraries are members of a countywide library network, which provides access to a wide-range ofinformation and resources at libraries throughout Yavapai County. Possession of a College library cardentitles students to access materials housed at member libraries. Instructors may place required coursematerials on reserve in the library or make assignments that require the use of library resources.Learning Resource CenterA Learning Resource Center is available at the Prescott and Verde Valley Campuses. These centersprovide a variety of learning support for students including tutoring, adaptive computer and equipment forstudents with disabilities, computer-assisted instruction, adult basic education, and English as a SecondLanguage classes.You can also check additional resources such as tutoring, registration, and financial aid by going toYavapai College’s website at http://www.yc.eduCourse CalendarPlease see additional handout for the course calendar. COM 100: Introduction to Human Communication Page 7 of 7

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