comm 107 syllabus fall08

comm 107 syllabus fall08 - Fall 2008 Syllabus COMMUNICATION...

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Fall 2008 Syllabus COMMUNICATION 107 Oral Communication: Principles and Practice Instructor: Jennifer L. Bly Office: Skinner Building, Room 2100 E-Mail: jbly@umd.edu (preferred method of contact) You may also reach me by leaving a note in my mailbox on the second floor of the Skinner Hall. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. To provide background communication theory as it applies to intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication. 2. To provide an understanding of and an appreciation for the role of oral communication in today’s information society. 3. To provide a framework for developing sensitivity to the cultural/contextual basis of communication. 4. To provide a foundation for developing communication skills in critical thinking, listening, and speaking. LEARNING OUTCOMES Throughout this course, students will: 1. Demonstrate, both orally and in writing, their understanding of the principles of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication. 2. Evidence an appreciation for the centrality and the complexity of communication in their personal, professional, and academic lives. 3. Reflect an empathetic awareness of the cultural/contextual variables that impact communication. 4. Be more capable thinkers, listeners, speakers, and writers. This assumes that we all have the ability to improve regardless of the skills we possess at the beginning of the semester. REQUIRED TEXT Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin (2007). Communicating: A Social and Career Focus. 10th Edition. CLASSROOM POLICIES COMM 107 is a performance course, and your participation is an integral component. Regular and prompt attendance is mandatory. You are allowed two unexcused absences. After that, you will lose 10 points per unexcused absence. There are no makeups for presentations or exams that are missed without a University excused absence (religious holidays and Univ.-sponsored activities, & illness). The instructor must be informed in writing prior to missing class for University sponsored events and religious holidays. 1
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Excuses for illness and emergencies require documentation from appropriate sources within 3 calendar days of the student’s return to class. Appropriate sources include medical professionals, obituaries, a note from the tow-truck driver, etc. All notes must include phone numbers for verification. Written excuses will not be accepted after the 3rd calendar day, and the absence will be considered unexcused. If your absence will be longer than 3 days, please notify the instructor by e-mail. You will receive a participation grade for this course. Please note attendance and participation are not the same. It is possible to be physically present, but not participating. Your participation grade will reflect your preparedness for class, contribution to class discussion, and overall involvement in class activities. Refer to the University of Maryland Undergraduate Catalog for information about
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