Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department
COM 30000 Introduction to Communication Research Methods Fall 2014 3 credits
Section 01 Course Reference Number 12175
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Neff Hall 141
Instructor: Professor Irwin Mallin Office:
Neff Hall 230J
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm
Please check the course website for exceptions. Other times by appointment.
Phone: 481-6553 E- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Web Site: http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini
Class contributions (100 points) You are expected to attend class. Beyond mere attendance, though, this is a participatory course. Your productive contributions to class discussions and activities are important. In addition, brief homework assignments beyond the readings will be assigned. This portion of your grade reflects my assessment of your participation in class discussions and activities and brief homework assignments. Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade for this component by 10 points. 11 or more unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for the course. All that is required here is that you account for yourself for each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you wont be able to attend a given class, you should let me know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that provides us with a written record. 2) In emergency situations where you cant tell me in advance of your absence, its your responsibility to account for those absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more than two weeks afterward. 3) I reserve the right to not excuse an absence if I believe you're abusing the privilege. 4) If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, its your responsibility to see me after class to insure that I have recorded your presence. 5) Leaving class early without permission shall constitute an unexcused absence. 6) Use of a cell phone in class for any purpose without express prior permission from the instructor shall constitute an unexcused absence.
Research participation: As part of this
course, all students must participate in one communication
research study. This participation is required to receive a
passing grade in this class. I will provide you with
directions for participating in research but I am not part of
the research team on these studies. Participating in research
will help you understand how new knowledge is generated in the
study of communication. If you do not wish to participate in
one or more of the research opportunities, you will be
provided with an alternate activity that requires
approximately the same time and effort.
VII. Grading Scale: A = 930-1000; A- = 900-929; B+ = 870=899; B = 830-869; B- = 800-829; C+ = 770-799; C = 730-769; C- = 700-729; D+ = 670-699; D = 630-669; D- = 600-629; F = 0-599.
VIII. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, written assignments will not be accepted after the class period in which they are due, and examinations not taken on the designated date can not be made up. Failure to turn in an assignment or take a test will result in a grade of F for the course.
IX. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at IPFW, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in parts II and III of the IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/code/>.
As Professor Carr used to say on his syllabi, if caught
cheating or plagiarizing, a student will receive no credit for
the assignment and/or an F for the course. Any instances of
academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and Vice
Chancellor and may result in expulsion from the University.
Most instances of academic dishonesty result from a
combination of the last-minute rush, poor judgment and a lack
of familiarity with academic propriety. Consult the instructor
well in advance of an assignment due date to clarify your
X. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only
be given in compliance with IPFWs policy on incomplete grades
as set forth in Section 6.4 of the IPFW Academic Regulations,
available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/regulations/grades.html>
and then only under extraordinary circumstances. If such
circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss
whether an incomplete is appropriate.
XI. Campus Services: Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113, 481-6657, <http://www.ipfw.edu/disabilities/>, provides specialized academic support services and other assistance to persons with qualifying disability conditions. You become eligible for those services in this class only after you deliver your SSD Accommodation Letter to me.
The Writing Center, Helmke Library, 481-5740, <http://www.ipfw.edu/writing/>,
provides one-on-one assistance with writing, both in person
and online. There are also links to valuable writing
resources on their web page.
Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA),
Kettler Hall G18, 481-5419, <http://www.ipfw.edu/success/>,
provides tutoring by appointment. You may also find
useful the hints on their web page for note taking, text
reading, and test taking.
Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206, 481-6030 <http://www.ipfw.edu/its/>, provides student e-mail accounts and web space and administers the student computing labs. Valuable computing help is available on their web site and by telephone.
The Learning Community, 2041 Reed Road (Cor. State), 424-8852 <http://www.tlckidsfirst.com/>, provides childcare services for students. A variety of other student services are described on pages 75-83 of the 2014-2015 IPFW Student Handbook. You're encouraged to grab a paper copy on campus if you can. Additionally, a PDF is available at http://www.ipfw.edu/dotAsset/0105d798-5059-4e80-ad95-cffe4a87b4c3.pdf
© 2001-2014 Irwin Mallin
Last Updated: 27 August 2014