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COMM 20 Interpersonal Communication Skills

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    Thompson,J, Professor Altman, Shiela, Hillary Altman
  • Average Course Rating (from 6 Students)

    4.2/5
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    Feb 16, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I definitely recommend this class. Even though it's a hybrid course it is very interactive in and outside of the classroom setting.

    Course highlights:

    This course definitely makes your rethink how you communicate to your peers and how different situation can be solved in different ways.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book that is recommended in the syllabus. It really helps when it comes to test time.

    • Fall 2016
    • Hillary Altman
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was amazing because the teacher was extremely passionate about the subject as she studied and taught at Cornell University. Her experience as a radio host definitely helped me improve my speaking skills and made me more aware of the importance of the media and she really increased my drive towards being a journalist even more.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was speaking! The importance of speaking and being comfortable with speaking in front of a huge audience was a critical point that helped me become a more confident speaker. I learned that content does matter and whether you are entertaining or not integrity is what can keep an audience infatuated with your speaking.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Confidence is key when it comes to this course because the class is majority speaking and speaking is what most of the course's grade comes from. So ensure that you are prepared to get out of your comfort zone and are ready to learn to adapt to any topic because confidence in speaking can really make an audience relate to you.

    • Winter 2015
    • Hillary Altman
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jan 04, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    The two stars is a matter of perspective depending on what you're looking for in a class. If you want an easy A this class is your go to as long as you show up because she posts your midterm and final exams online prior to taking them, and you later find out you get to take those at home. If you want to actually learn anything about communication skills and how to apply them, run. You'll get hefty note packets that will get related to her personal life far too often which throughout the semester makes you become less of a student and more of a forced listener. Mostly to stories from a person that both vents far too often, makes attendance mandator, and just so happens to grade your papers.

    Course highlights:

    Other than the professor's love life and deep rooted marital problems, the material itself is fascinating. You learn how to use body language, tone, movements, and many other techniques which make you a more effective communicator in the long run. This material ends up being skimmed over by the professor for the most part so if you're interested, you'll have to read to learn anything.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take it only if you're going to make it to most of the class sessions because attendance amounts to 30% of your grade and is both graded and mandatory.

    • Fall 2016
    • Hillary Altman
    • Yes
    • Group Projects Requires Presentations

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