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Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication
COM 50200 – Classroom Communication – Fall Semester 2018 – 3 credits
Section 01 – Course Reference Number 11484 – Tuesdays, 6:00-8:45 p.m. – Neff Hall 141

Instructor: Professor Irwin Mallin – Office: Neff Hall 230J
Office Hours: Posted at http://users.pfw.edu/mallini/0ofchrs.html
Phone: 481-6553 – E- Mail: mallini@pfw.edu  
Course Web Site: http://users.pfw.edu/mallini

I. Course Description: An introduction to fundamental concepts and basic research related to communicative behavior in the classroom.  This section also examines the nature and methods of teaching.

II. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor

III. Course Goals: Upon completing this course, you should be able to (or have enhanced your ability to):

1) demonstrate an understanding of the personal and communicative nature of teaching;
2) make informed decisions about teaching choices and; and
3) evaluate teaching choices/behaviors.

IV. Course Tools:

• One required textbook, available from Follett’s Bookstore in the Walb Student Union and from various web-based booksellers:

    Filene, P.  (2005).  The joy of teaching: A practical guide for new college instructors.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. (ISBN: 0807856037).

•  Links to required readings and other important course information will be e-mailed to course participants.  Reading guides and other important information will be posted to the course web site.  Accordingly, you are required to have an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web.  It is expected that your e-mail account will not be set to block e-mail from me as spam and that you will check this account regularly.

V. Course Assignments: This course will be graded on a 1000 point scale, as follows:

• Critical Reflection Paper (200 points).  This assignments will require you to critically reflect on a teaching problems that you have identified, engaging both relevant teaching literature and your own experience in a well written 6 to 8 page essay.  These assignments will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as indicated on the Course Schedule.

• Teaching Observation Papers (2 at 60 points = 120 points).  These assignments will require you to evaluate the teaching of other instructors in terms of specific criteria in well written 2 to 4 page essays.  These assignments will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as indicated on the Course Schedule.

• Video of Microteaching and Self-Evaluation (140 points).  This assignment will require you to produce a brief video in which you teach a lesson and a well-written 3 to 5 page critique of this teaching performance.  This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as indicated on the Course Schedule.

• Statement of Teaching Philosophy (140 points).  This assignment will require you to engage readings about effective teaching portfolio statements and, in turn, reflect upon your teaching to create an effective and appropriate teaching portfolio statement of  1 1/2 to 2 pages.  This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as indicated on the Course Schedule.

• Course Portfolio (300 points).  This assignment will require you to author a rationale and syllabus for a course you would like to teach, together with a sample assessment you would conduct in this and sample approach you would take to a topic  in this class and a rationale for each.  This assignment will be introduced and described in more detail in class, as indicated on the Course Schedule.

• 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 20 points.  Six 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 won’t 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 can’t tell me in advance of your absence, it’s 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, it’s 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.

VI. 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.

VII. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, assignments will not be accepted after the date and time they are due, Failure to turn in an assignment will result in a grade of F for the course.

VIII. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at Purdue Fort Wayne, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in  parts II and III of the Purdue Fort Wayne Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.pfw.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 responsibilities.”

IX. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be given in compliance with Purdue Fort Wayne’s policy on incomplete grades as set forth in Section 6.4 of the Purdue Fort Wayne Academic Regulations, available online at <http://www.pfw.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.

X. New Student Success Procedures: Beginning Fall 2015 the university started new procedures for students who want to withdraw from classes <https://www.pfw.edu/offices/sst/course-withdrawal-process/> and for students who are on academic probation <https://www.pfw.edu/offices/sst/academic-support/ >.

XI. Diversity Statement: In this class we subscribe to the Purdue Fort Wayne Diversity Statement: "Purdue University Fort Wayne is committed to creating an environment that enhances learning by recognizing the inherent worth of all individuals at the university. Diversity stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. The term diversity encompasses differences of culture, background and experience among individuals and groups. Such differences include, but are not necessarily limited to, differences of race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, class, age, and disabilities, as well as political and religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status."

XII. Campus Services:

• Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113  <http://www.pfw.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, 2nd floor of Helmke Library <http://www.pfw.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.  

The Tutoring Center, 2nd floor of Helmke Library <http://www.pfw.edu/casa/>, provides tutoring by appointment and other forms of learning assistance

Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206  <http://www.pfw.edu/offices/its/help/>, 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) <https://thelearningcommunityfw.com/>, provides childcare services for students.

Additional campus services that you may find helpful are linked at http://users.pfw.edu/mallini/adv004.html

XIII. Course Contract: This document, together with assignments and other handouts you may receive from the instructor throughout the semester, explains some of the official course policies.  Please read it carefully.  If you have any questions, ask your instructor immediately.  Your continued enrollment in this course after the first week of class signifies that you understand these policies and agree to participate in this course according to them.

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