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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:

Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Application
By West, Richard and Lynn H. Turner (McGraw Hill)
Theories of Human Communication
By Littlejohn, Stephen W. & Karen A. Foss (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Communication Research: Strategies and Sources
By Rubin, R. B.; A. B. Rubin, & L. J. Piele. (Wadsworth)
Writing Up Qualitative Research
By Wolcott, Harry (Sage)
Communication Theory
By Griffin, Em (Wadsworth)
Communication Research Methods in Postmodern Culture
By Miller, Katherine (Pearson)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate well-grounded bodies of knowledge and judgment concerning specific communication theories and methodologies.
  2. Demonstrate advanced level of clarity and accuracy when conducting and presenting communication research.
  3. Demonstrate advance critical writing skills reflective of the discipline.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

All students in this class MUST complete following culminating assessment devices: a departmental comprehensive subject test, a major research paper (15-20 pages) and formal professional presentation (8-10 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: April 15, 2015
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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