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Fall 2010 / Page  1 COMM 200.001 Introduction to Communication Monday Evening 4:30 – 7:10 pm Fine Arts Building B106 Professor: Ms. Christine S. Haynes Office: 703-993-9725 Office Location: S & T II 223 Email:  [email protected] Office Hours: M 3:00 – 4:00pm Department Office: S & T II 230 Or by appointment Department Phone: 703-993-1090 COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVES COMM 200 is designed to provide you with an introduction to the field of communication.  Specifically, COMM  200 will introduce you to the study of communication and will provide you with the conceptual and theoretical  foundation needed to succeed as a communication major.  Concepts and theories learned in this course will be  studied in greater detail in the upper level courses required of the major.  This course severs four essential  purposes.  First, to understand what communication is and how we come to understand communication as a field of  scholarship.  Second, is to examine how the field understands itself based on the humanistic perspectives we take.  Third, is to offer a survey of communication theories to better prepare students to comprehend the various subfields  of the discipline.  Fourth, this course serves as the gateway course in the discipline, helping students orient  themselves to how communication is studied here at Mason.  At the conclusion of this course, students will be able  to answer the following: 1. What is communication itself?  2. What is the communication discipline?  How is it organized?  How does the GMU major reflect the field? 3. What are the contexts of communication? 4. How do the different subfields of communication come to understand communication phenomena? 5. What is theory?  6. How do we build theory? 7. How do we evaluate theory? 8. What is the role of research and theory development and evaluation? 9. What are some of the major theories in the field of communication?   COURSE TEXTBOOK 1. West, R., & Turner, L. (2010).   Introduction to communication theory.  Boston: McGraw-Hill. 2. Supplemental Readings –  You will have some readings outside of the textbook.  I will inform you of  these readings and they will be handed out in class or can be found on the course website at 
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Fall 2010 / Page  2 http://courses.gmu.edu COURSE REQUIREMENTS & POLICIES  Course Requirements Points Exams (4 exams total) 300 Assignments 1.  Reading Questions 140 2. APA Assignment 30 3. Advising Appointment 30 4. Written Assignment 100 Participation 100 Total Points 700 Grades will be distributed in the following manner:  A+ = 679 – 700  A = 651 – 678  A- = 630 – 650   B+ = 609 – 629  B = 581 – 608  B- = 560 – 580   C+ = 539 – 559  C = 490 – 538 
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