Communication Studies 301: Human Communication Theory
Dr. Mark V. Redmond Phone: 294-0183
Office: 338 Carver Hall Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: M-Th 3:10-4:00 & by appointment Homepage: www.public.iastate.edu/~mredmond
Course Description ComSt 301 involves an in-depth examination of the major theories related to human communication with particular emphasis on those theories underlying interpersonal, small group, organizational, and intercultural communication.
1. To increase students' understanding of specific human communication theories.
2. To provide students with a foundation for additional courses in communication studies.
3. To further the development of abstract and analytical cognitive skills.
Theory Quiz: A quiz will be given over the material covered in the first four or five class periods consisting of short essay and multiple choice questions on communication and the nature of theory.
For each theory/chapter, you are to write a two page paper in your own words with 1 inch margins, double spaced, 12 point font, no cover page; NO RIGHT JUSTIFICATION, and your name, chapter number, and theory name all on one line.
There are three parts to the paper each being one-third of the overall paper length and grade.
Part 1: Provide a
brief overview and summary of the theory reflecting the
Part 2: Identify, explain, and elaborate on any two of the most important and critical concepts or principles.
Part 3: Use your own communication experiences to illustrate, support or contradict the theory (such as specific principles and concepts). Incorporate appropriate and specific terminology/concepts from the theory.
Your paper is expected to reflect information from the text, lecture, and class discussion. The paper format is narrative and not outline; meaning that each point should be explained adequately. Simply listing a principle without explanation is not acceptable.
You are expected to “translate” information into
your own words. Direct wording ( 3 or more words in phrases/sentences) taken from the
Papers are due at the beginning of the next class period following the completion of the in-class discussion/lecture on a given theory. Any paper submitted 30 minutes to 24 hours after the class period in which it is due will be docked 4 points; those submitted 24-48 hours later will be docked 6 points. No late papers will be accepted after two days. Only hard copies of papers are accepted (papers are not accepted through email).
Paper Grading: Each paper is worth a total of 12 points with 4 points assigned to each Part.
Each part will be evaluated on how well it meets the prescribed part requirements and how well it demonstrates understanding and comprehension of the theory, text, lecture, and relevant class discussion. Paper grades are affected by the quality of your thinking, reflection of important information, the ability to effectively express your ideas in writing, and writing competence.
Theory Construction and Presentation: (Two at 10 Points each). Students will work in class to develop a comprehensive communication theory based on the theories covered up unto that time. Each group will present its theory in a graphical/visual form to the rest of the class. Theories are graded against the traditional standards/criteria for evaluating theories. .
Grades: Your grade will be based on how many total points you accumulate during the term. The total number of points possible is as follows:
Theory Quiz 24 points
Theory Summary/Application (18 at 12 points each ) 216 points
Group Theory/Presentation (2 at 10 points each) 20 points
A- = 221-229 B- = 194-202 C- = 168-175 D- = 141-149
Accommodation: If you have a documented disability and
anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please make arrangements to
meet with me soon. Please request that a Disability Resources staff send a
(This calendar WILL change. YOU are responsible for staying informed as to changes)
Jan 9 T Course Intro. Defining communication terms and contexts
11 Th Communication Traditions.
16 T The nature of theory Ch. 1
18 Th Theory continued—applied to symbolic convergence.
23 T THEORY QUIZ. Symbolic Interaction Theory p. 51-54 &
25 Th SI continued. Coordinated Management of Meaning.
30 T CMM
Feb 1 Th Expectancy Violations Theory.
6 T Social penetration theory/Social Exchange p. 114-117 & Ch. 8
8 Th Uncertainty reduction theory Ch. 9
13 T URT
Management Theory p. 424-425 &
15 Th Social Information Processing Theory Ch. 10
20 T Relational
22 Th The Interactional View Ch. 12
27 T Face Theory. Face Negotiation Theory Ch. 31
Mar 1 Th Face continued. GROUP CLASS TIME.
6 T GROUP CLASS TIME THEORY CONSTRUCTION
8 Th GROUP THEORY PRESENTATIONS
20 T Speech Codes Theory. Accommodation Theory Ch. 32.
22 Th Functional Perspective on Group Decision
Making p. 246-248 &
27 T Adaptive
29 Th Adaptive Struct.
Apr 3 T Info. Systems Theory continued. Cultural Approach to Org.
5 Th Cultural Approach to Organization continued.
10 T Dramatism. Narrative Paradigm.
12 Th Narrative Paradigm continued.
17 T Cultivation Theory. 383-384
19 Th Uses and Gratifications Theory. Online
24 T GROUP TIME FOR THEORY
26 Th GROUP TIME FOR THEORY CONSTRUCTION
Final exam period used for group presentations:
Wednesday, May 2: 9:45-11:45