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Syllabus FA11

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COMM 320COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS
SyllabusFall 2011
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Daina NathanielOFFICE: Dana 107OFFICE PHONE: 704-688-2743OFFICE HOURS: TR 3:00-4:30pm and W 4:00-6:00pm or by appointmentEMAIL: nathanid@queens.eduTEXT: Communication Research Methods in Postmodern Culture: A Revisionist Approach byLarry Leslie. Allyn and Bacon (publishers).
 
 COURSE DESCRIPTION
This Communication Research Methods course is designed to help you understand how toinvestigate the various forms of human interaction you have been studying in Communicationcourses at Queens. It is designed to give you a solid experience in research methodology for theCommunication discipline. For those of you anticipating graduate studies in Communication,this course will give you an idea of the type of research work you will be expected to conduct atthe MA and PhD levels.
COURSE OBJECTIVES
1. To expose students to a variety of research methods across the various sub-disciplines withinCommunication.2. To foster student understanding of how research projects are constructed.3. To help students understand the practical application of Communication research methods intheir everyday lives.4. To deepen student awareness of the communication processes in today¶s world.
CLASS POLICIES
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It is imperative that you come to class regularly. After all, someone is paying a lot of money for you to earn a college degree and that should be money well spent.For the duration of the semester you are allowed two unexcused absences. Excused absencesare allowed only in cases where you are involved in a university sponsored activity, areseverely ill, or a close member of your family has passed away and you must attend funeralservices. If you are taking part in any university sponsored activity, you must let me know atleast one week in advance, not the day of the event. In addition, student athletes who are inseason must provide me with a copy of their schedules at the beginning of the semester. If you become very ill, remember to get documentation from a doctor stating that you were tooill to be in class.Attendance and participation is worth a portion of the final grade. Any student who misses
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class periods for any reason automatically fails the course. When you miss class it is your responsibility to get the notes from one of your classmates. I do not provide lecture notes.B.
 
Students are also expected to be on time to class. Excessive late arrivals are disruptive andwill negatively impact your final participation grade.C.
 
All cell phones must be turned off before entering the classroom since they can be disruptiveduring class. All phones must be powered off during presentations. If a student is found usingthe phone during class, he/she will be asked to leave and will incur an unexcused absence for that day.D.
 
Class meetings run approximately 2.5 hours. During that time students are expected to be inthe classroom and attentive to the lecture/activities of the day. Constant chatter and going in
 
and out of the classroom is disruptive to all and is discouraged. Avoid walking in and out of class as well as other disruptions that disturb the productivity of the class. We will have a break half way through the period.E.
 
Finally, I also discourage students from bringing copious amounts of food to class. Unlessthere are some extraordinary circumstances, please exercise some constraint and have your meals outside of class time.
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PRACTICES
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1. Review and follow honor code guidelines regarding plagiarism. Submitting an assignment thatincludes plagiarized material can earn you expulsion from the university at worst, a grade of ³0´at best or an F in the course.2. Submit all formal writing double-spaced, in 12-point type using Times New Roman font.3. Conform to a standard academic citation style, specifically the American PsychologicalAssociation (APA) style.4. Make sure that each of your documents notes the title, your name, course number and e-mailaddress.5. Cite all material that is not your own,
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SUBMISSION OF ASSI
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All written assignments must be submitted in class on the day they are due according to theguidelines outlined above and per the assignment description. Only in exceptional circumstances(determined by me) can you turn in an assignment late but you need to make that arrangementwith me
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. All late work, once it is not turned in by the date on the syllabus, is penalized by 25% for the first day (which is calculated from after the end of the class period),and 50% for the second day.
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Please note that as the semester gets very busy, I can take up to two weeks to have papers gradedand returned to you. Final grades are posted on MyQueens at the end of the semester. Legally Icannot send you final grades via email so be patient for final grades to be posted. Gradedmaterials that have not been distributed by the end of the semester may be collected at my officein the following semester.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
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All persons who engage in research that involves interaction with human subjects are expected to behave in the most ethical manner in conducting this research. Queens University of Charlottesupports the growing efforts by faculty and students to engage in research projects and in thefield of Communication, much of this research involves direct interaction with people. As laidout by federal guidelines instituted by the Office of Human Subjects Research under the NationalInstitute of Health, all persons engaging in research involving human subjects are required tofollow certain protocol for the specific protection of at-risk populations. Given that you willengage in research as part of this course, and that you may use research methods that requirehuman interaction (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews), all procedures set out by theQueens University of Charlotte Institutional Review Board must be followed. This may requirethe completion of a human subjects research tutorial and the submission of various forms to the

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