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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 495
Course Title: Speech Communication Integrative Seminar
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Culminating experience for the major; completion with a C or higher required. Advanced examination of the nature of communication theory, research and methods. With the instructor’s permission, a student not majoring in speech communication may enroll and propose a project specific to the speech communication discipline. Prerequisites: COMM 230, C average or higher in Speech Communication courses, minimum of 15 hours of 300- or 400-level communication courses, senior standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): COMM 230, a C average or higher in Speech Communication courses, minimum of 15 hours of 300- or 400-level communication courses, senior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of books like the following:

Communication as Perspectives on Theory
By Shepard, Gregory J., Jeffrey St. John & Ted Striphas (Sage)
Investigating Communication: An Introduction to Research
By Frey, Lawrence R., Carl H. Botan, & Gary L. Kreps (Allyn & Bacon)
Evaluating Information: A Guide for Users of Social Science Research
By Katzer, Jeffrey, Kenneth H. Cook, & Wayne W. Crouch (McGraw-Hill)
Communication Research: Strategies and Sources
By Rubin, R. B.; A. B. Rubin, & L. J. Piele. (Wadsworth)
Writing Up Qualitative Research
By Wolcott, Harry (Sage)
Course Objectives
  • To continue the exploration of communication theory and philosophical foundations.
  • To further develop research and writing skills necessary to complete a senior research project.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe the general history of speech communication as a field of inquiry.
  • Create critical oral and written work with clarity and accuracy.
  • Recognize and demonstrate awareness and appreciation of diverse communication settings.
  • Recognize major areas of communication methodology and utilize said terminology.
  • Recognize and participate in aesthetic forms of communication.
  • Recognize and articulate the major eras of communication theory.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of canonical communication theorists, as well as theorists addressing marginalized communities.
  • Articulate ideas, orally and in writing, both to individuals and to groups.
  • Analyze rhetorical messages based on ethos, pathos, and logos.
  • Demonstrate well-grounded bodies of knowledge and judgment concerning specific communication styles and genres.
  • Recognize that communication is an ordered language system that defines human identity.
    Topical Outline:
  • All students in this class MUST complete following culminating assessment devices: Academic Profile, a departmental comprehensive subject test, a major research paper (15-20 pages) and formal presentation (15-20 mins.) with a question and answer session.
  • Communication theory, philosophy and scholarship
  • Communication research methodologies
  • Defining and proposing a research topic
  • Selecting and reading primary text as well as research materials related to topic
  • Proper writing and research methods
  • Completion of research paper and formal presentation of findings.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: June 18, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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