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Syllabus for COMM 289: Communication Theory Spring, 2012 Dr. Garard Office: BC 102D (Inside the Comm. Lab) MW 8:00-9:20 Office Hours: MTWR 1:30-3:00 BC222 Phone: Ext. 2997

Catalog Course Description An introduction to the major theories of human communication, designed to give you a critical understanding of key concepts in our discipline and to show how theories illuminate the nature of human interaction. The course is designed to prepare you for upper division COMM courses. Student Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the fundamental theories of the Communication discipline. 2. Accurately apply relevant theories to personal experiences. 3. Utilize scholarly research to critically analyze a theory. Required Texts/Supplies Griffin, E. (2011). A first look at communication theory (8th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. Student Workbook – Communication 289: Communication Theory Scantron Forms (1 package of 15-item quiz strips and 2 100-item exam strips) and 1 Blue Book Course Requirements 1. Attendance/participation: Given that attendance and participation are critical for your academic success, I will be taking attendance every day this semester. While you will not earn points for attendance, or be deducted points for absences, your attendance will have obvious indirect effects on your final grade and maybe even direct effects. For example, if at the end of the semester your grade is close (5 points or less) to the next highest grade, then I will use your attendance record to justify (or not) a grade bump. If you’ve missed 1-2 classes, then you’ll probably earn the raise; more absences, then you will not. 2. Exams: You will complete two exams (Midterm and Final Exam) in this class. The exams will cover textbook material and class lectures/discussions. Make-up exams will not be allowed. 3. Application Logs: During the semester you will submit 5 Application Log entries (minimum 500 words each) which will relate a specific theory to your everyday life examples. You have the option of submitting 6 entries with 1 dropped. See Student Workbook. 4. Theory Research Paper: You will find evidence in scholarly sources that illustrate how the theories we study have been constructed and tested through research. The Paper (minimum 2400 words) is due toward the end of the semester. See Student Workbook. 5. Quizzes: A quiz will be given during most weeks, usually covering one chapter of material. You will take a total of 11 quizzes, and your lowest quiz score will be dropped (this includes if you miss a quiz). No make-up quizzes. Grading Grading will be based on a 90-80-70-60% scale. Assignments Exams (Midterm 200 + Final 300) Application Logs (5 X 40 pts each) Theory Research Paper Quizzes (11 X 10 pts each drop 1)

Assignments and point values are as follows: Points Percentage 500 50% 200 20% 200 20% 100 10% 1000 100%

Grading Scale 1000-900 = A 899-800 = B 799-700 = C 699-600 = D 599-0 = F

Miscellaneous Policies and Procedures 1. All out of class assignments (Paper/Logs) must be typed. The format should be APA style: double-spaced, 1-inch margins, and 12-point font (Times or Times New Roman font). No exceptions. 2. Plagiarism will not be tolerated at SBCC. Anyone found representing another person’s (student or author) work as your own will receive an F for the course and be reported to the college judiciaries. You will submit your Logs and Paper to 3. On-time work policy: a. If your work is turned in via email before it is due in class = 5% “convenience” penalty; early hard copy = no penalty. b. If turned in after class on the same day before midnight (email or hard copy) = 10% penalty. c. An additional 10% late penalty for each before midnight calendar day turned in after the due date (email or hard copy). An assignment is still late if: “Oh, my printer ran out of ink,” “I missed the bus,” “Oops, I forgot my paper at home,” etc. I am rather strict on this policy and I will hold you to it. It is always your responsibility to turn in your work on time. 4. Technology policy: I consider cell phones going off in the classroom and students who text message in class to be disrespectful and rude. Likewise, using a laptop in class can be distracting for other students (and for you!). Please me mindful of using technology in my class. 5. If your schedule does not match my office hours, then please ask to make an appointment. 6. Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations should use the following SBCC procedure: Contact the DSPS office in SS160 (X2364), present documentation of disability for review by a disabilities specialist, discuss options for support through DSPS, and present a signed DSPS authorization for accommodation to your instructor. 7. I have high expectations of everyone in this class and I expect you to do college level work. This is a transfer-oriented class, and it is intended to prepare you for more rigorous and difficult courses that you will take after you transfer. Actually, I would consider this class to be a UCSB course, not a typical SBCC class. This is also a 200 level course and I expect that you know general communication content already. Finally, I will make every effort to support your academic success, and I hope you will do the same. Let’s have a great semester!

visit from Wendy Peters (Academic Counselor) Discuss Chapter 5: Symbolic Interactionism. Log #5 Due Chapter 14 Review for Midterm Midterm Exam Chapters 1-11. Discuss Chapter 22: The Rhetoric Discuss Chapter 16: Elaboration Likelihood Model Quiz #8 Chapter 20. 2012 MONDAY/WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE Date 1/23 1/25 1/30 2/1 Planned Schedule Introductions to the course/syllabus/assignments Discuss Chapter 1: Launching Your Study of Communication Theory Quiz #1 Chapter 2. Discuss Chapter 8: Constructivism 2/24 LAST DAY TO PETITION PASS/NO PASS GRADING 2/27 2/29 3/5 3/7 3/12 3/14 3/19 3/21 Discuss Chapter 9: Social Penetration Theory. Discuss Chapter 32: Face-Negotiation Theory Quiz #11 Chapter 34. Discuss Chapter 3: Weighing the Words 2/4 LAST DAY TO ADD AND DROP CLASSES (W/REFUND) 2/6 2/8 2/13 2/15 2/20 2/22 Discuss Chapter 4: Mapping the Territory. Log #4 Due Chapter 11 Quiz #6 Chapter 13. Discuss Chapter 2: Talk about Theory Quiz #2 Chapter 3. Discuss Chapter 13: Communication Privacy Management Discuss Chapter 14: The Interactional View. Discuss Chapter 10: Uncertainty Reduction Theory Discuss Chapter 11: Social Information Processing. Log #1 Due Chapter 5 Quiz #3 Chapter 6. May 16. Log #3 Due Chapter 9 Quiz #5 Chapter 10.COMM 289 Calendar Spring. 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM . Discuss Chapter 34: Genderlect Styles Review for Final Exam FINAL EXAM IS CUMULATIVE FOR THE SEMESTER Wednesday. Research Paper Due Discuss Chapter 29: Cultivation Theory Quiz #9 Chapter 30. Discuss Chapter 6: Coordinated Management of Meaning Discuss Chapter 7: Expectancy Violations Theory. 13 & 14 (Scantron and Blue Book) Discuss Research Paper 3/23 LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM CLASSES 3/26 & 3/28 4/2 4/4 4/9 4/11 4/16 4/18 4/23 4/25 4/30 5/2 5/7 5/9 NO CLASS SPRING BREAK Discuss Chapter 15: Social Judgment Theory Discuss Interpersonal Deception Theory (chapter posted on Pipeline/Files) Quiz #7 Chapter 22. Discuss Chapter 30: Agenda-Setting Theory Discuss Chapter 31: Communication Accommodation Theory Quiz #10 Chapter 32. Log #2 Due Chapter 7 NO CLASS WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY Quiz #4 Chapter 8. Discuss Chapter 20: Cultural Approach to Organizations Discuss Chapter 25: Media Ecology.