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Comm107 Syllabus

Comm107 Syllabus - COMM 107 Oral Communication Principles...

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COMM 107: Oral Communication: Principles and Practice Instructor: Brian Keenan Office: Skinner Building, Room 2100 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesdays 3-4 pm or by appointment E-Mail: [email protected] 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 TEXTS (to be brought to each class unless indicated) 1. Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin (2007). Communicating: A Social and Career Focus. 10th Edition. RULES AND REGULATIONS Attire for oral projects should be business-like or appropriate to the topic. No smoking or eating is permitted in the classroom. You will be given one warning if you disrupt the class in any way. This includes, but is not limited to, talking, making noise, obstructing the topic under discussion, or physical interference. If, during the semester, you disrupt the class again, you will be asked to leave and the date will count as an unexcused absence. Laptops, cell phones, PDAs, and/or BlackBerrys should be turned off (not on vibrate) during class time. Telephones or PDAs that ring/beep may be answered by the instructor. If you are expecting an emergency call, clear it with the instructor at the beginning of class. 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.
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There is no extra credit or 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 and religious holiday reasons. 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.
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