Dates: T/R, 08/23/05 - 12/18/05
Time: 9:00 -10:15am
Instructor: Scott Vitz Email: vitzs@ipfw.edu
Office:
Kettler 205A Phone: (219) 481-6198
Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:00  

 

Wood, Julia T. (2003). Communication in our Lives (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

  1. Students will have an increased appreciation for the power of communication.
  2. Students will be able to discuss how communication interrelates with their other coursework and articulate the relevance of communication studies, regardless of major.
  3. Students will be able to identify and discuss factors which affect the communication process.
  4. Students will be exposed to fundamentals of effective communication in various contexts, namely group, interpersonal, and public.
  5. Students will be given opportunities to apply these fundamentals to increase proficiency--specifically, students will be able to:

  1. A minimum of three graded oral assignments, including two student-prepared speeches and one group project.
  2. A minimum of two examinations that count for 40% of the students' grade covering both text and lecture material.
  3. A minimum of one graded written assignment.
  4. A student must have a passing average (60%) on both exams and non-exam assignments in order to pass the course.
  5. Computer-mediated communication must be incorporated into the course.

  1. Attendance: Two absences will be allowed without penalty. Each additional absence will result in a deduction from your participation grade. During presentations, however, attendance is mandatory (even if you haven't used your allowed absence).
  2. Written Assignments: Written Assignments are to be typed and double-spaced.
  3. Late Assignments: No assignment will be accepted late without penalty, unless you notify me in advance and present documented evidence of illness or emergency.
  4. Incomplete Assignments: Each incomplete assignment will decrease your final grade.
  5. Plagiarism: Plagiarism and other cheating will not be tolerated. See IPFW's bulletin for more details.
  6. Other University Policies: Please consult IPFW's bulletin for information on regulations applicable to this course.


Course Assignments Points Percentage of Final Grade
Tests
Test #1 (Chapters 1-7)
200
20%
Test #2 (Chapters 8-17)
200
20%
Presentations
Group Presentation
100
10%
PowerPoint Presentation
50
5%
Informative Speech
50
5%
Persuasive Speech
50
5%
Speech Evaluations (5 @ 10 pts.)
50
5%
Papers, Participation, Etc.
Communication Research Paper
100
10%
Classroom Participation
100
10%
Internet Communication
25
2.5%
Communication in the Professional Arena
25
2.5%
Co-curricular Activities
50
5%
 
Totals
1000
100%

Week Date Class Content Reading Due
1
Aug. 23
Aug. 25
Orientation to Course
Why study/What is Communication
Chapter 1
2
Aug. 30
Sept. 1

Perception and Communication
Personal Identity and Communication
DUE: Communication in the Professional Arena

Chapters 2-3
3
Sept. 6

Culture and Communication

Chapter 4
Sept. 8 POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
DUE: Internet Communication
 
4
Sept. 13

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Sept. 15 Verbal Communication Chapters 5-7
5
Sept. 20
Nonverbal Communication
Sept. 22 Listening
6
Sept. 27
TEST #1
 
Sept. 29 Public Speaking
Persuasion/Arguments

 Chapters 13-17
7
Oct. 4
Oct. 6 PERSUASIVE PRESENTATIONS  
8
Oct. 11 FALL BREAK
Oct. 13 PERSUASIVE PRESENTATIONS
9
Oct. 18 NO CLASS--Educause Conference/Orlando
Oct. 20
10
Oct. 25
Oct. 27
Interpersonal Communication
Chapters 8-9
Chapter 12
 
11
Nov. 1 Interpersonal Communication
Mass Communication 
Nov. 3
12
Nov. 8
Nov. 10 INFORMATIVE PRESENTATIONS   
13
Nov. 15 INFORMATIVE PRESENTATIONS
DUE: Communication Research Paper
Nov. 17 Small Group Communication Chapters 10-11   
14
Nov. 22
Group Day (Prepare for group presentations)
Nov. 24 NO CLASS--Thanksgiving Break  
15
Nov. 29
Group Day (Prepare for group presentations)
Dec. 1 GROUP PRESENTATIONS
16
Dec. 6
Dec. 8
GROUP PRESENTATIONS
17
Dec. 13
Dec. 15
FINALS WEEK
TEST #2

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