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200 Syllabus, Fall 2011

200 Syllabus, Fall 2011 - Communication 200 Communication...

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Communication 200 Communication and Social Science Fall 2011 Ken Sereno ASC 202-C (213) 740-3952 (Office) [email protected] Office Hours : Tuesdays: 3:30-5:00 Wednesdays: 10:00-11:30; 1:30-3:30 Thursdays: 10:00-10:40; 3:30-5:00 Other times by arrangement. Please drop by and introduce yourself--I’d like to get to know each of you. If you can’t make my office hours, talk with me before or after class or call or email me and we can arrange another time. Texts : Dainton, M. and Zelley, E.D. (2011) Applying communication theory for professional life. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Sereno, K. (2010) Communication 200 lecture notes. You may purchase these at the Magic Machine, which is in University Village on Jefferson. It is behind Burger King, Entrance 1, on the left. Clickers : You must purchase a Clicker from the USC Bookstore. Clickers are personal response devices that let me pose questions and see instant, aggregated results of student responses. Attendance in lectures will be taken through clickers. Course Description : This course is a survey of fundamental content in communication. It introduces you to the nature of social scientific scholarship; major social scientific perspectives on the communication process; the role of theory in research; beginning research methods; and major intrapersonal, interpersonal, persuasion, group, organizational and mediated communication theories. Course Objectives : 1. To have you describe and explain the nature, usefulness, methods and issues connected with a social scientific approach to the study of communication. 2. To have you describe and explain the major perspectives, issues, and theories of communication. 3. To have you demonstrate your ability to use concepts from theories of communication to explain actual communication behavior.
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Grading : Examination 1 100 points Examination 2 100 points Examination 3 100 points Final Examination 100 points (Not cumulative) Term Paper 100 points Standards for letter grades: A = 90-100 points B = 80-89 points C = 70-79 points D = 60-69 points F = Below 60 points I give plusses and minuses. For example, B grades are assigned as follows: B- = 80-82 B = 83-86 B+ = 87-89 I do not grade on a curve. I will give as many As, Bs, etc. as are earned. Your course grade will be an average of all of your grades. Examinations : Each examination will consist of the following parts: True-False 10-15 points (10-15 one-point questions) Multiple Choice 40-50 points (20-25 two-point questions) Short Answer 30-40 points (5-8 six-point questions) Essay 20 points (1 question) Students With Learning Disabilities
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