Syllabus_Fall_2011(v2) - University of Maryland, College...

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University of Maryland, College Park The Department of Communication Comm 250: Introduction to Communication Inquiry Fall 2011 Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 11:00-11:50 AM Discussion: Fridays 9:00-9:50 AM OR 10:00-10:50 AM OR 11:00-11:50 AM Please Note: Students must attend the discussion section for which they have registered. Students attending sections for which they have not registered will not earn credit for discussion section activities. Instructor: Dr. Susan Hubbard E-mail: Office: Skinner 2112 Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM and by appointment Discussion Section Instructors: Vanessa Boudewyns E-mail: Office: Skinner 2101E Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Lindsey Fox E-mail: Office: Skinner 0109 Office Hours: Mondays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Rowie Kirby-Straker E-mail: Office: Skinner 0109 Phone: (301) 405-0759 Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM and by appointment Course Description Comm 250 is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of communication. Specifically, Comm 250 introduces students to the study of communication theory and provides them with the conceptual and theoretical foundation needed to succeed as a communication scholar. Concepts and theories learned in this course will be studied in greater detail in the upper level courses required of the major. Some of the topics we address in Comm 250 are: 1. What is communication? 2. What are the contexts of communication? 1
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3. What is theory? 4. How do we build theory? 5. How do we evaluate theory? 6. What is the role of research in theory development and evaluation? 7. What are some of the major theories in the field of communication? 8. How can communication theory be used in our professional and personal lives? Text West, R., & Turner, L. (2010). Introducing communication theory: Analysis and application (4 th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill. Class Format Class meetings will include lectures, group discussions, experimental exercises, and occasional audiovisual presentations. Expectations of Students 1. Satisfactory Performance: To complete the course successfully, each student is expected to attend lectures and weekly discussion section meetings regularly and promptly, to read and be prepared to discuss the required readings at each lecture and discussion section meeting, and to perform satisfactorily on the three examinations in the course. 2. Discussion Sections: Discussion sections will meet on Fridays. They are an integral part of Comm 250 in that they allow students to process the information from lectures and provide students with the opportunity to ask questions, clarify ideas, and explore communication theory in greater depth. Discussion sections will also be our primary vehicle for applying communication theory in the real world. Exams and in-class exercises will take place during discussion sections.
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Syllabus_Fall_2011(v2) - University of Maryland, College...

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