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COMM1001/CASD1205: Professor Frieson COMM 1000 Summer 2020

Communications 1001 and CASD 1205

Course Information

Course: COMM 1000 Survey of Communication Studies
Semester: Summer 2020
Credits: 3 hours; 3 credits
Class Meets: Asynchronously 
Professor: Desiree Frieson
Office: Zoom Virtual Office
Office Hrs: Thurs, 5:30 - 6:30 PM ET
Email: desiree.frieson@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Course Overview

Course Description

Introduction to the theory and practice of the discipline of communication. How people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts. How human communication influences and is influenced by the relationships we form, our institutions, society, organizations, and media. (Not open to students who took Communication 1001 or Speech/Communications Arts, Sciences and Disorders 1205.) Prerequisite: None

Course Objectives

  • To introduce the field of communication, its vocabulary, research fields, history, development, and concerns 
  • To critically examine how communication practices at the personal group, institutional, and societal levels reflect social norms and play a decisive role in defining the nature of the relationships at each of those levels 
  • To survey the ideas, principles, models and majors theories involved in various forms of human communication 
  • To appreciate why competent communication is necessary for a successful personal, social, professional, and public life

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will:

  • Become familiar with the basic terminology associated with the field of communication 
  • Understand the history and development of the discipline of communication as a field of scholarly inquiry incorporating humanistic, social scientific and esthetic viewpoints 
  • Become conversant with the basic principles of the various communication research fields, such as verbal and nonverbal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, mediated, persuasive, rhetorical, health, genfer, and intercultural communication 
  • Appreciate the impact communication has in our daily lies and its importance in civic engagement 
  • Be introduced to some of the major models, theories, and methodologies associated with communication

Schedule

Course Outline

Week Unit Reading/Assignment

Week 1

Introduction to communication

Communication Contexts and Models

Ch.1, Foundation of Communication

Ch.5, Communication Theory

Ch.6, Communication Research

Week 2

Communicating with Words- Verbal Communication

Communicating without Words - Nonverbal Communication

Ch.3, A Primer of Communication Studies

Ch.3 Non-Verbal Communication

Week 3

Communicating in Close Relationships - Intrapersonal & Interpersonal Communication

Communicating across Cultures - Intercultural Communication

Ch.9, Interpersonal Communication

Ch.12, Intercultural Communication

Week 4

Communicating in Disagreement - Conflict & Negotiation

Communicating Difference- Gender Communication

Ch.6.2, Conflict & Interpersonal Communication

Ch.13, Gender Communications

Week 5

Communicating in Organizations - Organizational Communication

Communicating in Public - Rhetorical Communication

Communicating in Public - Mediated Communication

Ch.11, Organizational Communication

Ch.7, Rhetorical Communication

Ch.8, Mass Communications

Week 6

Finals Week

Requirements and Policies

Class Text, Materials and Readings

  • Class OER website: COMM1001/CASD1205

  • Hahn, Laura K., and Paynton, Scott T. Survey of Communication Study.Wikibooks. Online through the class website

  • Handouts and electronic retrievals

Website & Computer Mediated Communication

  • We will be using a class LibGuides site which will contain links, documents, and class information (https://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/comm1001casd1205/frieson_summer2020)

  • Everyone will have an individual Communication Connection blog (see below).

  • Classes messages will be sent via Blackboard Announcements and Email through the Blackboard platform. Download the Blackboard App to stay up to date with assignments and announcements.

Method of Evaluation

Grades will be determined by:

Course Requirement Percentage of Final Grade
Quizzes 30% of final grade
Connection Blog 30% of final grade
Weekly Discussion Board 10% of final grade
Weekly Journal Entry 10% of final grade
Final Research Paper 20% of final grade

Communication Connection Blog

  • You will create and maintain a weekly blog, posting a personal response to anything that came up in that week’s reading or classwork; at times I will ask you to post something more specific.
  • Your blog must be public; be sure to make it accessible/public and send me the link. Weekly blog posts will be due on Sunday's. Your posts should be about 500-750 words long.
  • Pick a good title for your blog that will be meaningful to you and to your audience; do NOT pick “COMM 1000,” or “My Blog” or “Communication Connection,” etc. Remember your title is the very first thing anyone sees or reads of your work.
  • Your blog posts will be evaluated using a rubric that you can download from LibGuides.

Method of Assessment

Weekly connection blog, quizzes, discussion boards, journal entries and a final research paper will provide the opportunity to assess the student’s mastery of the specific topics of the course as well as critical thinking and analytical skills. Rubrics will be provided for each area.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students will:

  • Become familiar with the basic terminology associated with the field of communication 
  • Understand the history and development of the discipline of communication as a field of scholarly inquiry incorporating humanistic, social scientific and esthetic viewpoints 
  • Become conversant with the basic principles of the various communication research fields, such as verbal and nonverbal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, mediated, persuasive, rhetorical, health, gender, and intercultural communication 
  • Appreciate the impact communication has in our daily lies and its importance in civic engagement 
  • Be introduced to some of the major models, theories, and methodologies associated with communication

Policies, Resources & Advice

  • If you have any questions, technical difficulties, or problems with the course or material, please reach out to me by email.

  • Classwork is essential to success in this class. Students who are unable, because of religious beliefs, to participate in examination, study, or class-related activity on a particular day should contact their instructor ahead of time to facilitate their absence without prejudice or penalty; for further information on the New York State law regarding nonattendance because of religious beliefs, see p. 65 in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin.

  • You are responsible for completing reading and other homework assignments before class. Absence is not an excuse for not completing assignments. You MUST inform the instructor if your assignment will be late prior to the due date and time, not after. If there are problems submitting the homework via Blackboard, please email a screenshot of the issue with Blackboard.

  • You have 48-hours to submit late assignments from the original due date. No assignments will be accepted after the 48-hour deadline has passed.

  • Homework assignments MUST ONLY be submitted in Blackboard. Follow instructions on Blackboard on how to submit each assignment. Students will NOT BE given the opportunity to revise and resubmit essays or other assignments;

  • Homework assignments are to be typed unless otherwise stated. Name, date and class should be at the top of the first page.

  • You MUST keep a weekly Communication Connections Blog (See section above).

Academic Integrity

The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism. Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both. The complete text of the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and the Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation can be found at www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/bc/policies. If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member MUST report the violation.

Accessibility

To receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services (CDS). Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell, at 718-951-5538. If you have already registered with the CDS please provide me with the course accommodation form and discussion your specific accommodation with me as soon as possible.

Important Dates for the Summer 2020 Semester

  • Monday, June 1            First day of Summer I classes

  • Tuesday, June 2           Last day to add a course

  • Monday, June 22          Last day to withdraw with a “W” grade

  • Friday, July 3                Independence Day (Observed) - College Closed

  • July 6 - 7, 2020            Undergraduate Final Exam

The full academic calendar, including many other important dates, and the undergraduate final exam are available on the Office of the Registrar website.