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Listen • Speak • Engage San José State University,Communication Studies101C,Introduction  to Communication Studies, Section 03, Fall 2009 Instructor: David Terry, Ph.D. Office location: HGH 204 Telephone: 408-924-5372 Email: [email protected] Office hours: MW 1:30-3:00 pm or by appointment Class days/time: MW 12:00-1:15 pm Classroom: Clark 111 Prerequisites: Upper Division Standing Course materials on the web sjsu6.blackboard.com or Public.me.com/davidpterry Catalog Description Overview of the contemporary field of communication studies based on survey of theoretical and practical responses to communication problems arising from changing social contexts. Discussion of communication literature, resources and methods of inquiry. Students will begin their major portfolios. Overview Welcome to Communication Studies! During this course, you will be introduced to a variety of communication theories and perspectives that represent the breadth of the communication studies field as it is taught at San José State University. We will conduct a tour of major communication problems that have arisen from changing social contexts and explore how communication scholars have addressed those problems. As part of this tour, we will address several important models of communication theory and research. By the end of the semester, you should have a sense of each of the different areas of inquiry in communication studies that should inform your own communication studies interests. You will also have begun to create your major e-portfolio which will help you to synthesize and showcase your scholarly work as a communication major. Succeeding in a Four Unit Course At SJSU, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Because this is a four unit class, you can expect to spend a minimum of eight hours per week in addition to time spent in class and on scheduled tutorials or activities. Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses. COMM 101CSpring 2010 page 1 of 11
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Listen • Speak • Engage Writing Initiative For this academic year, all upper division Communication Studies classes will focus additionally on effective scholarly, professional writing. As a department, we feel it is important not only that you speak well, but that your writing is compelling and credible, as these two means of learning are intertwined. Additional assignments will emphasize not only argument and the development of your ideas, but also the clarity and correctness of your expression. You should strive for five qualities in your writing: 1) Your writing should be COMPELLING (i.e., it should articulate a claim, make a point, be purposeful) 2) Your writing should be COMPLETE (i.e., it should address all aspects of the assignment, it should be sufficiently developed) 3) Your writing should be COHERENT (i.e., your argument should logically progress from one
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