CMST&101 - Introduction to Communication
Spring, 2012 | Daily
Instructor: Jen Anderson
Phone: (425) 564-4185
Office Hours: Before and after class or by appointment in R230L
Text: Rothwell, D. (2010), In the Company of Others, Third Edition
Communication influences every aspect of our lives, whether in work or play. Communication Studies 101, Introduction to Communication, is designed to examine both theoretical understanding and skilled application of communication principles and techniques in a variety of settings. We will have the opportunity to experience a variety of forms of communication, specifically public speaking, interpersonal communication, and communication within small groups.
Course Format: This course is designed to provide multiple ways for you to enhance your communication skills and develop a more comprehensive understanding of communication processes that occur in public speaking, interpersonal interactions, intercultural interactions and small group settings. The course objectives will be met through the use of mini-lectures, readings, class discussion and activities, writing assignments, quizzes, speeches and a group project. Five quizzes will be administered throughout the quarter, assessing your understanding of, and ability to apply, communication concepts covered in the reading and in class. It is imperative that you stay current with assigned reading as well as study of the content included in class. My teaching philosophy is grounded in the theory of active learning. We will participate in a variety of activities in class and it is assumed you will arrive in class each day prepared and ready to participate fully in class.
Assigned Reading: You will be assigned reading each week and it is your responsibility to be prepared to participate in class discussions regarding that reading. While many of the concepts covered in the reading will be discussed in class, all concepts covered in the readings are fair game for the quizzes. Therefore, it is vital that you keep up with the reading and have an understanding of the communication concepts therein.
Attendance and Participation: Your attendance and participation are an integral part of making this class work effectively. As stated previously, most of the work that makes up this class involves group discussion and class exercises that emphasize course material. If you are not in class consistently, you are unable to participate in these discussions and exercises. Please be on time for all classes.
I will take attendance throughout the quarter. You are allowed two free absences. After that, any unexcused absence results in a deduction of points from your attendance/participation grade. After 10 absences, you will receive a failing grade in this class. I reserve the right to deduct points from your grade for late arrivals/early dismissals.
I understand that many students have important responsibilities outside of the classroom…families, work, sports, etc. I am sensitive to these issues and will do all that I can to assist with scheduling conflicts as they relate to class activities. I ask that you let me know ahead of time of any conflict you might have with scheduled class time, and we will try to work things out. Please realize though, while I am flexible, that flexibility only goes so far. Please be respectful of your group members and my time as we will be of your time.
Cell Phone/Laptop Use: No texting, surfing the web, or checking personal email/Facebook in class. Please keep your phones on vibrate/mute or off during class time and keep them in your bag or pocket during class – I do not want to see them out. You are able to use your laptop to take notes. I reserve the right to restrict use of laptops in class if students are found to be checking email/facebook/youtube/etc. during class. Please be respectful of your classmates and me.
Grading System: In order to allow for flexibility, I may omit some assignments and add others during the quarter. I will keep you posted when and if changes occur and how those changes will alter the following grading system.
Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered and the format consists of a combination of approximately 40 true/false and multiple-choice questions. I will not allow make-up quizzes unless you have a documented medical issue for missing the quiz. A review sheet will be made available before each quiz.
Speech: The purpose of this 4-6 minute speech is to teach your audience how to do something that you feel will be interesting to them. More information will be distributed regarding this assignment.
Group Project: Working effectively in small groups is an important aspect of interpersonal communication. With that said, you will be required to complete a group project that demonstrates your ability to work together and apply the communication concepts learned in class. The group project will be further discussed later in the quarter. At that time, groups will be developed and topics discussed. Your individual grade will be computed by taking into consideration both the grade the group received as a whole and your participation in the group as evaluated by you and other group members.
Note: Students who contribute inadequately to their group project (or group meetings) can be voted out of the group at any time during the quarter. If a student is voted out of his/her group, he/she will research and write a 10-page paper on a communication topic of my choice. The research paper will have a minimum of 10 cited journal sources and a bibliography. The student will present his/her paper and findings to the class in a 10-minute presentation. In addition, the person can only earn up to 75% of the potential points for that project.
Interpersonal Project: We will examine the notions of culture, public/private selves and identity management in a creative project. More information will be given in class.
Film Analysis: We will watch a feature film in class and write a paper about interpersonal communication using the film as our examples thereof. More information will be given in class.
Grade Appeals: You have the opportunity to appeal any grade that you are given in this class. All grade appeals must be typed, stating your reason for appeal. If you so choose, I will accept appeals via e-mail. Grade appeals must be submitted no sooner than 24 hours after the grade has been issued...I will not discuss any grade on the day the grade is administered.
Adaptations or Special Accommodations: If you need course adaptations or special accommodations due to a documented disability or if you have emergency medical information I should be aware of, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (425) 564-2498. The earlier in the quarter you talk to me about your disability, the better able I am to accommodate your needs.
Academic Integrity: Plagiarism and cheating on assignments and/or exams will not be tolerated in this class. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, submitting projects, assignments, undocumented quotations, computer-processed materials, or other material as one’s own work when such work has been prepared by another student or individual. Anyone caught cheating or submitting plagiarized work will receive a “0” for that assignment or exam and will be subject to other consequences as determined by the instructor.
Add/Drop Policy: BC policies allow instructors to drop students who do not attend the first three class sessions of the quarter. Unless you contact me regarding the absences prior to those absences, I will drop you from the course. If you are struggling in the course, please come talk to me as I will do whatever I can (within reason!) to assist you with class content and assignments and your understanding thereof. If you decide this class is not for you, it is your responsibility to drop the course. If you just stop coming to class, but do not officially drop the course, you will receive a 0.0 on your permanent college transcript. Please refer to your BC Student Handbook for further information regarding the add/drop policy.
Final Note: Several of the class exercises are interactive and require students to role-play or share personal information. Please remember to keep others’ feelings and dignity in mind when choosing to comment on an issue or prior statement made by one of your classmates or me. Any comments that denigrate the worth of an individual because of his/her race, religion, background, lifestyle, or gender are inappropriate and unacceptable in my class.
I look forward to getting to know you this quarter! I look forward to learning from you as I believe that you have a great deal to teach your classmates and me. You can count on me to put a great deal of time into making this class both educational and enjoyable. I will rely on you to assist in making the class fun and educational and firmly believe that you will get out of this class as much as you put into it. Good luck!
This schedule may change depending on circumstances of the quarter.
Week One Reading
4/2 Welcome and Syllabus
4/3 Autograph Party |Communication Model Chapter One
4/4 Communication Principles | Content and Relational Messages
4/5 Communication Competence
4/6 Competition vs. Cooperation
4/9 Perception Process | Perceptual Biases Chapter Two
4/10 Self-Concept | Self-Disclosure
4/11 Cultural Patterns Chapter Three
4/12 Ethnocentrism | Stereotyping | Prejudice
4/13 Quiz One | Chapters 1-3
4/16 Overview of Public Speaking | Audience Analysis | Topic Choice Chapters 11-13
4/17 Speech Topic Worksheet Due | Research and Organization
4/18 Research and Organization | Fallacies
4/19 Introductions and Conclusions | Thesis Statements
4/23 Communication Apprehension | Delivery
4/24 Future Goal Speeches
4/25 Delivery | Visual Aids
4/26 Gallery Walk | Delivery Workshop
4/27 Optional Day – Meet with Jen for individual assistance
5/7 Quiz Two | Chapters 11-13
5/8 Characteristics of Language | Interpersonal Project Overview Chapter Four
5/9 Power of Language
5/10 Linguistic Relativism vs. Linguistic Determinism
5/11 Characteristics of Nonverbal Communication Chapter Five
5/14 Types of Nonverbal Communication
5/15 Nonverbal (cont).
5/16 Listening Chapter Six
5/18 Quiz Three | Chapters 4-6
5/21 Group Project Overview | Interpersonal Project Due
5/22 Communication Indicators of Power | Power Resources Chapter Seven
5/23 Power Imbalances | Empowerment
5/24 Communication and Relationships Chapter Eight
5/25 Communication and Relationships | Group Time
5/28 No Class – Happy Memorial Day!
5/29 Interpersonal Conflict Chapter Nine
6/1 Quiz Four | Chapters 7-9
6/4 Small Group Communication Chapter Ten
6/6 Ineffective Decision-Making in Small Groups Chapter Eleven
6/7 Effective Decision-Making in Small Groups
6/8 Group Day
6/11 Quiz Five | Chapters 10-11
6/12 Group Day
Final Group Presentations will take place on Friday, 6/15 | 11:30-1:20