INTRODUCTION TO GROUP DISCUSSION
SPCH 225 COURSE SYLLABUS
INSTRUCTOR: Laura Driscoll Nudelman
OFFICE: R 230 Office “V”
OFFICE PHONE: 564-2358
OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday or by appointment
E-MAIL: email@example.com (lower case “L” not capital I)
COURSE TEXT: Brilhart, Galanes, and Adams (2001), Effective Group Discussion, 10th edition.
COURSE OBJECTIVE: This course is designed for the student to explore small group communication theory and concepts and to develop an ability to apply this knowledge to everyday small group experiences.
FORMAT- You will be engaged in activities and discussions designed to aid your understanding of the concepts explored in class. This course also includes an extensive group project. Lectures by the instructor will be kept to a minimum. Given this format, students need to commit to being active participants in this class. In addition, this area of study contains complex theories and difficult social science jargon. I will do my best to assist you, but a college reading level is needed to succeed in this course.
Exam #1 125 940-1000=A
Exam #2 125 900- 939=A-
Exam #3 125 860- 899=B+
Exam #4 125 830- 859=B
Group Analysis #1 150 800- 829=B-
Group Analysis #2 150 760- 799=C+
Participation 100 730- 759=C
Team Project 100 700- 729=C-
1000 660- 699=D+
Exams will cover lecture material, class discussions, handouts, and reading from the text. Questions will be a combination of true/false & multiple-choice. Exams will be worth 125 points each.
PARTICIPATION will be evaluated on the basis of your application of course concepts in classroom discussions and activities, involvement in the team project, preparation of the teams agenda and meeting notes, behavior in accordance with the class norms, and any other relevant criteria. Your participation will be evaluated by fellow students and the instructor.
TEAM PROJECT -You will be in teams of 5-6 people and will begin your project during the second week of the quarter. The main purpose of the project is to provide a group experience for you to analyze. Teams will be asked to generate a service learning project for a local community based organization. Students will be evaluated on the completion of agendas and progress reports and the outcome of their project.
ANALYSIS PAPERS Students will write two papers applying their knowledge of small group communication theory and concepts to their team project experience. Each paper will be 5-6 pages typed, double-spaced.
1. Late work will NOT be accepted or exams given unless arrangements are made with me before the due date. If you have an emergency on the day of an exam, you need to call my office or email me to arrange an alternate time to complete the test.
2. Attendance and classroom conduct are critical in this class and must meet the requirements discussed in the Arts and Humanities Division Student Procedures and Policies Statement. Please refer to: www.bcc.ctc.edu/artshum/policy.html
3. I am always available during office hours and I encourage you to come in. If you cannot meet with me during this time, feel free to schedule an appointment. I do request that you schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance.
5. Please contact me as soon as possible if you have a documented disability so appropriate accommodation can be made
6. Extra credit with be given for outlines of the chapters in the assigned reading. In order to receive credit, you must turn in the 2 page (minimum) outline on the first day that the reading is assigned. 5 points will be given for each chapter outline.
INTRODUCTION TO GROUP DISCUSSION
9/24 What is a group exercise Chapter 1
9/25 Advantages and Disadvant. of Groups
9/26 Systems Theory Chapter 2
9/27 Perception, Vision and Accountability
9/30 Axioms of Communication Chapter 3
10/2 Language Chapter 4
10/3 Nonverbal/Exam Review
10/4 Exam #1
10/7 Culture and Groups Chapter 5
10/8 Individuals and groups Chapter 6
10/9 Keirsey temperament
10/10 Group Meeting #1
10/11 NO CLASS
10/14 Norms and roles Chapter 7
10/15 Group Meeting #2
10/16 Exam Review
10/17 Exam #2
10/18 Paper Discussion and Problem Solving Chapter 11
10/21 Decision Making Chapter 12
10/22 Group Meeting #3
10/23 Paper Discussion
10/24 Group Meeting #4
10/25 Cohesiveness and Groupthink Chapter 8
10/28 Creativity Chapter 14
10/29 Paper #1 Due /Group Effectiveness Discussion
10/30 Group Meeting #5
10/31 Formal meetings
11/1 Exam Review
11/4 EXAM #3
11/5 Group Meeting #6
11/6 Leadership Chapter 9
11/8 Leadership Chapter 10
11/12 Group Meeting #7
11/13 Conflict Chapter 13
11/15 Final paper discussion
11/18 Group Meeting #8
11/19 Exam review
11/20 Exam #4
11/21 Projects Completion Day
11/22 Presentation Prep Day—Meet in groups
11/25 Groups 1, 2, and 3 present
11/26 Groups 4, 5, and 6 present
11/27 Paper Consultation Day
11/28 Thanksgiving NO SCHOOL
11/29 Leftovers-No SCHOOL
12/2 Individual Participation Assessment
12/3 Final Paper Prep Day
12/4 Final Papers Due/ Wrap Up Discussion