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Why do I need acommunicationscourse?Lecture 1University of AlbertaALES 204                        1
Lecture Outline1. Introduction2. Why do you need a communications course?3. All about ALES 204                            ...
Who am I?            3
+(   +       +   )                4
2. Why do you need a communications course?                                              5
Top 5 qualities  sought by employers(Source: 2006 survey by US National Association of Colleges and Employers)   6
Top criteria for selecting employees(Source: Graduate Outlook 2007, Graduate Careers Australia)                           ...
What are good communication skillsaccording to employers? Listening effectively Communicating accurately and concisely Eff...
Most important abilities students areNOT learning   “[We need] more practice with public speaking”   - Student (Source: Cr...
Most important abilities students areNOT learning    “ Writing and communication skills of students in my senior    course...
Most important abilities students areNOT learning    “ Communication skills are lacking more in today’s graduates”    - Fa...
Most important abilities students areNOT learning    “There is a need to communicate findings to people who do not    know...
What does this mean for you?                               13
Agricultural Inspector                         14
AgriculturalInspector1. Reading text2. Writing3. Oral communication  (Source: Human Resources and Skills Development Canad...
Forestry Professional                        16
ForestryProfessional1. Document Use2. Oral Communication3. Critical Thinking  (Source: Human Resources and Skills Developm...
Veterinarian               18
Veterinarian1. Numeracy2. Oral Communication3. Critical Thinking  (Source: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) ...
3. About ALES 204                    20
Where we are going                     21
Course Map                             Analyze a communicative situation                                      Plan an appr...
Course calendar                  23
CalendarYou can add the calendar to your Google calendarCalendar e-mail address is:ualberta.ca_a29f62e8hblli17lgqpcljj15k@...
Lectures           25
Lectures           26
Labs       27
Labs       28
Lab instructors Monday - Pamela Bentley Tuesday - Erin Dul Wednesday - Nancy Bray Thursday - Bibaswan Ghoshal             ...
ReadingsCommunications Works (11thedition) by Gamble & GambleOther readings available oneClass                            ...
eClass         31
Grade BreakdownAssignment #1 - E-mail cover letter and                                          20%résuméAssignment #2 - I...
Assignment #1 - 20%Write an e-mail cover letter to an employerWrite a professional résumé to go with e-mail               ...
Assignment #2 - 20%Write a fact sheetAn 8.5x11 document to explain a technical matter to a non-expertDesign your document ...
Assignment #3 - 20 %5-minute persuasive speechPersuade someone to change their opinion or to act on somethingPresentation ...
Mid-term Test - 10%30 multiple choice questionsWill cover material in the lectures, the labs, and in the readings         ...
Final Test - 15%Long answer questionsWill cover material in the lectures, the labs, and in the readings                   ...
Participation - 5% and 10%    Lectures - 5%    Labs - 10%                                  38
Participation     What to do!   What not to do!                                     39
Important Due DatesAssignment #1 - Cover letter and résumé         Sunday, January 27Assignment #2 - Informative Writing  ...
Important Course PoliciesLate arrival to lecture - liberty seats!PlagiarismLate assignments = minus 10% per day, zero afte...
For next class Read Course Guidebook (eClass) Read Chapter 1 in textbook                              42
Why this image?Can you figure out what this image has todo with communication?                                            43
Photo CreditsSlide 1 - The Tower of Babel by Peter Bruegel the Elder. From WikicommonsSlide 2 - South Park figure from htt...
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  1. 1. Why do I need acommunicationscourse?Lecture 1University of AlbertaALES 204 1
  2. 2. Lecture Outline1. Introduction2. Why do you need a communications course?3. All about ALES 204 2
  3. 3. Who am I? 3
  4. 4. +( + + ) 4
  5. 5. 2. Why do you need a communications course? 5
  6. 6. Top 5 qualities sought by employers(Source: 2006 survey by US National Association of Colleges and Employers) 6
  7. 7. Top criteria for selecting employees(Source: Graduate Outlook 2007, Graduate Careers Australia) 7
  8. 8. What are good communication skillsaccording to employers? Listening effectively Communicating accurately and concisely Effective oral communication Communicating pleasantly and professionally Effective written communication Asking good questions Communicating appropriately and professionally using social media (Source: Crawford et al. 2011) 8
  9. 9. Most important abilities students areNOT learning “[We need] more practice with public speaking” - Student (Source: Crawford et al. 2011) 9
  10. 10. Most important abilities students areNOT learning “ Writing and communication skills of students in my senior course are often lower than I would expect” - Faculty (Source: Crawford et al. 2011) 10
  11. 11. Most important abilities students areNOT learning “ Communication skills are lacking more in today’s graduates” - Faculty (Source: Crawford et al. 2011) 11
  12. 12. Most important abilities students areNOT learning “There is a need to communicate findings to people who do not know anything about what you’re doing.” - Employer (Source: Crawford et al. 2011) 12
  13. 13. What does this mean for you? 13
  14. 14. Agricultural Inspector 14
  15. 15. AgriculturalInspector1. Reading text2. Writing3. Oral communication (Source: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) 15
  16. 16. Forestry Professional 16
  17. 17. ForestryProfessional1. Document Use2. Oral Communication3. Critical Thinking (Source: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) 17
  18. 18. Veterinarian 18
  19. 19. Veterinarian1. Numeracy2. Oral Communication3. Critical Thinking (Source: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) 19
  20. 20. 3. About ALES 204 20
  21. 21. Where we are going 21
  22. 22. Course Map Analyze a communicative situation Plan an approach Identify strengths and weakness of your approach Context Rhetorical Purpose Channel Interpersonal Informative Oral Small Groups Persuasive Written Public Mass Communication Visual Online Define communication and understand a model of communication Describe the role that culture, hierarchy, perception, language, non-verbal behaviour, and generation play in communication 22
  23. 23. Course calendar 23
  24. 24. CalendarYou can add the calendar to your Google calendarCalendar e-mail address is:ualberta.ca_a29f62e8hblli17lgqpcljj15k@group.calendar.google.com 24
  25. 25. Lectures 25
  26. 26. Lectures 26
  27. 27. Labs 27
  28. 28. Labs 28
  29. 29. Lab instructors Monday - Pamela Bentley Tuesday - Erin Dul Wednesday - Nancy Bray Thursday - Bibaswan Ghoshal 29
  30. 30. ReadingsCommunications Works (11thedition) by Gamble & GambleOther readings available oneClass 30
  31. 31. eClass 31
  32. 32. Grade BreakdownAssignment #1 - E-mail cover letter and 20%résuméAssignment #2 - Informative Writing 20%Assignment #3 - Persuasive Speech 20%Mid-term test 10%Final test 15%Lab Participation 10%Lecture Participation 5% 32
  33. 33. Assignment #1 - 20%Write an e-mail cover letter to an employerWrite a professional résumé to go with e-mail 33
  34. 34. Assignment #2 - 20%Write a fact sheetAn 8.5x11 document to explain a technical matter to a non-expertDesign your document for readabilityInclude a visual elementMust complete a due process worksheet, peer feedbackWrite a business letter offering your fact sheet to a professional 34
  35. 35. Assignment #3 - 20 %5-minute persuasive speechPersuade someone to change their opinion or to act on somethingPresentation aidsMust complete a due process worksheet, peer feedbackWrite a business e-mail to your boss outlining your oralcommunication experience and training needs 35
  36. 36. Mid-term Test - 10%30 multiple choice questionsWill cover material in the lectures, the labs, and in the readings 36
  37. 37. Final Test - 15%Long answer questionsWill cover material in the lectures, the labs, and in the readings 37
  38. 38. Participation - 5% and 10% Lectures - 5% Labs - 10% 38
  39. 39. Participation What to do! What not to do! 39
  40. 40. Important Due DatesAssignment #1 - Cover letter and résumé Sunday, January 27Assignment #2 - Informative Writing Sunday, March 3Assignment #3 - Persuasive Speech Begin March 18 in labsMid-term test Wednesday, February 27 at 11 amFinal test Friday, April 12 at 11 am 40
  41. 41. Important Course PoliciesLate arrival to lecture - liberty seats!PlagiarismLate assignments = minus 10% per day, zero after 3 daysMake-up tests = must sign statutory declaration of illness 41
  42. 42. For next class Read Course Guidebook (eClass) Read Chapter 1 in textbook 42
  43. 43. Why this image?Can you figure out what this image has todo with communication? 43
  44. 44. Photo CreditsSlide 1 - The Tower of Babel by Peter Bruegel the Elder. From WikicommonsSlide 2 - South Park figure from http://www.sp-studio.de/Slide 3 - Conversation by Ame Otako from flickrSlide 6 - Ag Inspector by agriculturede from flickrSlide 7 - Ag Inspector by CIMMYT from flickrSlide 8 - Forester by WI Dept of Natural Resources from flickrSlide 9 - Forestry by the poss from flickrSlide 10 - Vet by Army Medicine from flickrSlide 11 - Vet by scott* from flickrSlide 18 - Lecture by uniinnsbruck from flickrSlide 19 - Lecture hall by sholeh!! from flickrSlide 20 - Classroom by Lynn Dombrowski from flickrSlide 21 - Students studying from UBC Library from flickrSlide 27 - Student studying in grass from UBC Library from flickrSlide 28 - The Tower of Babel by Peter Bruegel the Elder. From Wikicommons 44

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