DYNAMICS OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION
 
 

Assignment Overview:

all about the "CONTRACTED" INVESTIGATIVE PROJECTS         
   

click for current version of the  Contracted Projects Packet [ currently = S16]

 

As part of this course, you are contracted to complete & submit a minimum of  4    (maximum of 6- for extra credit)  applied communication papers (see the attached current version of the  Contracted Projects Packet [ currently = S16] ( You also can view current version via link on syllabus) .  All of these projects require out-of-class analysis/research/experimentation/observation, and each one requires about the same amount of work from each individual.  The grade received on these  project submissions will =   40   % of the overall semester grade.

Each submission* must be submitted on or before its designated due date.  Submissions* need to be on time & in hard copy form.

 
 [* "submission"  refers to the 2-4 page write up/discussion of that  project's findings. Each project page contains guidelines on what to write. Additional guidelines will be discussed during your conference with the professor.  ]
 

As with all of the assignments in this course, the underlying rationale of the Contracted Projects is to provide you with opportunities to:
          (a) increase your own skills of "Interpersonal" interaction  (esp. listening,  nonverbal awareness, empathy,  response skills)
          (b) better understand the cultural, gender, media, & societal influences upon "Interpersonal"  relations and communication encounters.

 

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The grading of the the submitted papers (@2-4 pages-hardcopy only / stapled / normal font & margins / double spaced}) will be based on their quality.  In this context, "quality" includes - but is not limited to - the following items:

        (a) clear, analytical writing skills. In addition, writing problems such as excessive typos, grammatical errors, and incremental plagiarism will result in lowered grades and/or mandatory "do-overs".

        
(b)
accurate completion of project's prescribed procedure. At the end of each project, specifications are given for what is expected in that particular paper. Failure to address these specifications will result in lowered grades. Also, please realize that most papers will need introductory and concluding segments.

        (c) explicit integration of relevant human communication principles as discussed in class & in the text

        (d)  insights & perceptions about the dynamics of human communication.

        (e)  application of the material studied  [Also, as the semester progresses there is a higher & higher expectation to explicitly incorporate all significantly relevant  material that has been covered in the text and/or the notes.] 

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Please note that "The Big Interview" Semester Project which was referred to in the syllabus is an additional, optional assignment and is NOT part of this current list. It is assigned only as an individual, as- needed, extra item. If interested, inquire approximately one month before the end of the semester.

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During the last two weeks of the semester, each person will have 5-10 minutes to orally present a SUMMARY of his/her (research) findings from these projects to the class.     (These presentation slots are listed on course calendar as the Mini-Project Reports)

 

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      page updated 1/10/16
           
           

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