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COM 100: Intro to Human Communication 70428 Fall 2011 ­ Monday & Wednesdays 3-4:45 p.m. DISCVRY 350

Professor Phone/Voicemail: Office: Dr. Melissa Tafoya (480) 965-5096 Stauffer 111A Email: Fax: Office Hours: [email protected] (480) 956-4295 T/Th: 10 :30 a.m. -12 :00 p.m. Wed : 5-6 p.m. & by appt. [email protected] Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays 1-2:30 p.m. online

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and other grade concerns)

Keri Fehrenbach Stauffer 349

Email: Office hours:

*Please contact first your T.A. (before Dr. Tafoya) with issues or questions (i.e., quiz concerns, exam reviews, exam grades,

Course Description and Objectives: Communication 100 is designed to introduce the basic concepts of human communication and interaction behavior. Through lectures, online discussions, and reading materials, this course surveys communication topics related to culture, gender, identity, organizations and relationships. In doing so, COM 100 provides an overview of the five specialty areas of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication: intercultural, interpersonal, organizational, performance studies, and rhetoric. The course is designed to: 1. Define and describe the complex nature of communication 2. Identify and describe the various contexts of communication study 3. Explain the various features of communication common to all contexts 4. Connect theoretical concepts of communication to real-life experience 5. Define key terms used by communication researchers and practitioners 6. Introduce students to the language of the communication discipline Required Course Materials Textbook: Alberts, J. K., Nakayama, T. K., & Martin, J. N. (2010). Human communication in society, 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. The textbook is available at the ASU bookstore. Available as part of new hard copy textbooks or the online textbook price. ASU ID: Students must have an official ASU ID for exams, identity verification, response pad access, & accessing grades. We will use the first 9-digit ID number printed on the ASU ID. Blackboard/myASU Website/ASU Email: A required part of this course is participating in online activities accessible through The blackboard website provides vital announcements, a discussion board, and course calendar--information that may not be discussed in lecture. Because it is more up-to-date, website information supersedes lecture information, so check it before each class. Students should access the COM 100 website within the first week of class. In order to get key course announcements, you MUST sign up for and regularly access your ASUsponsored email address. If you want to use an alternate email, you must redirect your ASU email address (see directions on attached blackboard tips sheet). Furthermore, students must regularly clean out their email accounts so that they are able to receive course announcements.

Policies and Procedures Accessibility/office hours: As a teaching team, we aim to be easily accessible to students whether that is face-to-face, over the phone or via email (which is the best way to contact us). At the same time, we also ask that you make use of the teaching materials available at your fingertips. The syllabus and the MyASU website answer many questions, so please check these before approaching an instructor. Furthermore, while we oftentimes can respond to emails quite quickly, realize that because we have academic responsibilities outside of this course, it may take up to three business days to read and respond to emails posted outside of office hours. Readings and Participation: All readings should be done prior to the assigned class period. Students are expected to participate fully and constructively in class discussions and activities. Attendance: As in most large lecture classes, your attendance is not recorded. However, you are responsible for any class material discussed in lecture, as well as the readings. Further, students who regularly attend class generally perform better than students who do not come to class. Class time will be used primarily to explicate and illustrate the text material along with the presentation of material NOT covered in your book. It is your responsibility to acquire missed material from classmates (i.e., the instructor and TAs will not supply you with notes if you are absent). Important: You are expected to attend class and, importantly, to be on time and to stay for the entire class. If you cannot arrive to class within 10 minutes of the class start time, please do not attend. Having numerous students arrive late significantly disrupts the class. If you cannot stay for the entire class, again I request that you do not attend since leaving class disrupts the learning experience for other students as well. E-mail & Computer Work: We will use electronic mail and the Blackboard system ( or for class updates. All quizzes will be administered via this system, and most class handouts will be posted or emailed to you a day or two before we will be using them in class. Please check your e-mail and Blackboard accounts regularly so you can keep up to date. Please note that if you want to use an alternate email, you must redirect your ASU email address. Also, you must regularly clean out your account so that you are able to receive course announcements. Missed or Late Work: By definition, late exams and quizzes are below average, and are unfair to those who are prepared. As a general rule, if you do not take an exam or quiz on the scheduled day and time or using the specified method, you will receive a zero for a grade on that exam or quiz. All due dates are included below. (Exceptions, of course, are made for excused absences as discussed below.) Since quizzes will be given online and can be taken any time over a 3-5 day period, no makeup quizzes will be given. In the very rare case when a late exam is approved by me, you may still have 10% deducted from your grade for each day it is late (not including weekends). Please note, however, that you will absolutely not be allowed to complete a late exam or assignment without full and official documentation. Any student with a university-excused absence for ANY of the four exams (such as ASU athletic events or religious holidays) must provide documentation to me by the end of the second week of class--otherwise you will be expected to take the exam during the regularly scheduled exam period. Other documentation should be provided before the due date whenever possible (or within two business days after the due date when advance notification is not possible). A few additional/important things to note regarding late exams and assignments: Make up exams may contain different questions and/or be in a different format than the original exam or quiz. For example, though regular exams will not contain essay questions, late exams will likely include one or more in-depth essay questions.

Time is of the essence when late exams or assignments are approved. Therefore, all late exams and assignments must be completed within one week after the original due date or you will receive a zero for a grade on that exam or assignment.

Appealing a Grade: If you have any questions about your grade for a particular exam or quiz or extra credit, if applicable, you must submit them to the teaching assistant in writing within one week (seven days) after it is originally returned/posted. In some instances (for reasons beyond my/your control), it may take more than a week to resolve an issue; but that will not be a problem as long as you originally raise the issue within one week. You are always welcome to go over questions after this deadline, but grades will not be adjusted after one week. ASU Identification Number: Students must have an official ASU ID number for exams, identity verification, response pad access, and accessing grades. We will use the first 9-digit ID number printed on the ASU ID. Academic Dishonesty: In the Student Academic Integrity Policy, ASU defines plagiarism as "using another's words, ideas, materials or work without properly acknowledging and documenting the source. Students are responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work or materials and for acknowledging and documenting the source appropriately." You can find this definition, along with other important information and University policies regarding academic integrity, at:

Student Conduct: I want to build a classroom climate that is comfortable for all. In a communication class, it is especially important that we (1) display respect for all members of the classroom ­ including the instructor and students, (2) pay attention to and participate in all class sessions and activities; (3) avoid unnecessary disruption during class time (e.g., having private conversations, reading the newspaper, surfing the internet, doing work for other classes, making/receiving cell phone calls, text messaging, etc.); and (4) avoid racist, sexist, homophobic or other negative language that may unnecessarily exclude members of our campus and classroom. This is not an exhaustive list of behaviors; rather, it represents examples of the types of things that can have a dramatic impact on the class environment. Your final grade may be reduced by 1% each time you engage in these sorts of behaviors. Students are required to adhere to the behavior standards listed in the Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual Chapter V ­ Campus and Student Affairs: Code of Conduct (, and the ACD 125: Computer, Internet, and Electronics Communications ( Students are entitled to receive instruction free from interference by other members of the class. If a student is disruptive, an instructor may ask the student to stop the disruptive behavior and warn the student that such disruptive behavior can result in withdrawal from the course. An instructor may withdraw a student from a course when the student's behavior disrupts the educational process under USI 201-10 ( Accommodation for Disabilities: Students with disabilities that have been certified by the ASU Disability Resource Center will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs (and provide documentation no later than the second week of class). The Disability Resource Center is located at: Matthews Center, P.O. Box 873202, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287. Phone (480) 965-1234, TDD (480) 965-9000, Web Page Disclaimer: The information provided in this syllabus constitutes a list of basic class policies. I reserve the right to modify this information when deemed necessary for any reason. You will be notified in class and/or via email/Blackboard if/when any changes occur.

Required Coursework and Assignments

There are a total of 400 points available in this class. Please see details on the point distribution below. So that there are no surprises at the end of the semester, we encourage you to keep track of your points. The due dates for these course requirements are listed on the last page of this syllabus as well as on the class Blackboard site under "Course Documents." Ten on-line Reading Quizzes (25%). Each quiz is worth up to 10 points (100 pts total). You will take the quizzes on Blackboard. We will post a total of 13 quizzes (one for each of the 12 chapters we will cover plus one on the syllabus). You are required to take only10 of the quizzes; if you take all 13, then the 10 with the highest grades will be counted. Alternatively, the extra quizzes will allow you to skip 3 quizzes if you happen to forget to take them or if you run into computer problems during a quiz. Although you can use your book, you will need to have read the material prior to the quiz in order to answer the questions in the time allotted. o VERY IMPORTANT: You will have 10 minutes to take each quiz. Since the system is automated, your quiz session will be terminated precisely at 10 minutes. So, each quiz must be completed and submitted within 10 minutes after you start it. You will receive a zero on each quiz that is not completed and submitted within 10 minutes. You can take the online quizzes any time and any place you want while they are posted online. Thus, under no circumstances will make-up quizzes be given to students who do not complete and submit a quiz by the scheduled day and time, or during the specified time frame. So, be sure to take the quiz early and use a reliable connection.

Exams (60%): Each exam is worth 80 points (240 points total). There will be three regular exams and one cumulative final exam. Only your three highest exam scores will count toward your final grade (so, if you are happy with your first three regular exam scores, then you do not have to take the cumulative final exam). Exams cover material from readings, lectures and class discussions. Each exam will consist of 40 multiple-choice, true-false, and/or matching items worth 2 points each, for a total of 80 points. Four exams will be given throughout the semester: Monday 9/26 (regular class time); Monday 10/31 (regular class time), and Monday 12/5 (regular class time); and a Cumulative Final Exam on Wed. 12/14 at 12:10 p.m. All exams will be given in our regular classroom at the appointed times. Make a note of these dates as they are not flexible (so please plan accordingly). The three regular exams will each cover four chapters from the textbook and all related lessons taught in class. Unless otherwise noted these exams will not be cumulative. The cumulative final exam will cover material from all 12 chapters and all related lessons taught in class. Given the logistics involved with 100+ students, individual exams are not returned. However, you are welcome to see the COM 100 T.A. during office hours to go over questions about your exam. o VERY IMPORTANT: Bring a valid ASU ID, driver's license, or U.S. passport on exam dates as you will need to show proof of identity to turn in your exam; only these three types of valid ID will be accepted. Your exam will not be graded or counted (i.e., you will receive a zero) if you do not have a valid ID when your turn in your exam. (No exceptions.) O VERY IMPORTANT: If you arrive after the first person has completed/left an exam, you will not be allowed to take the exam and will receive a zero for a grade on the exam (No exceptions). And, it has been my experience that many people finish the exam much quicker than you might imagine. Six Assignments (15%). You are responsible for completing 6 class assignments (listed below and explained in more detail on Blackboard) worth 10 points each (60 points total). To receive credit you MUST turn your assignment in on time. Any assignment turned in after the due date and time will receive a 0. Since you can complete these assignments at any time prior to the due date, no late assignments will be accepted. You are encouraged to complete the assignments well

ahead of schedule in case you become ill or a conflict arises near the due date. The assignments include: o A one-to-two page perspective taking essay. o An online anti-plagiarism assignment o Developing a list of 10 scholarly sources on communication in close relationship o An APA assignment wherein your rewrite your list of sources in APA style. o Reading and reporting on one scholarly article. o A brief (xxx words)"It Happened to Me" post. OR a short post on the chapter in the book you found to be most interesting. Extra Credit: If extra credit is available (there are no guarantees) you will be able to earn up to 10 points of extra credit but no more than 10 points. Point values for each opportunity will be in accordance with the amount of work required to complete it (typically 1-2 points for take-home or web-based surveys/studies, and 3-4 points for lab studies).

Course Grades: Your grade in this class is a function of the following: Exams 240 points (Best 3 of 4 @ 80 points each) Online Quizzes 100 points (Best 10 of 13 @ 10 points each) Class Assignments 60 points (6 assignments @ 10 points each) Total 400 points Outstanding ­ goes beyond expectations A+ = 388- 400 pts A = 375- 387 pts A- = 360­ 374 pts Good ­ above average Satisfactory ­ meets minimum requirements C+ = 319-308 pts C = 307-280 pts Unsatisfactory ­ doesn't meet many requirements D = 240 - 279 pts Failing -- does not meet requirements or engaged in academic dishonesty E = 239 pts & Below

B+ = 347-359 pts B = 334-346 pts B- = 333-320 pts

Grades will be available several times throughout the semester. Please notify the T. A. if you do NOT want your grades posted electronically. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE STRICTLY FOLLOW THE POINT BREAKDOWNS LISTED ABOVE. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.


Weeks Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Finals Date Mon., Aug. 22 Wed., Aug. 24 Mon., Aug. 29 Wed., Aug. 31 Mon., Sep. 05 Wed., Sep. 07 Mon., Sep. 12 Wed., Sep. 14 Mon., Sep. 19 Wed., Sep. 21 Mon., Sep. 26 Wed., Sep. 28 Mon., Oct. 03 Wed., Oct. 05 Mon., Oct. 10 Wed., Oct. 12 Mon., Oct. 17 Wed., Oct. 19 Mon., Oct. 24 Wed., Oct. 26 Mon., Oct. 31 Wed., Nov. 02 Mon., Nov. 07 Wed., Nov. 09 Mon., Nov. 14 Wed., Nov. 16 Mon., Nov. 21 Wed., Nov. 23 Mon., Nov. 28 Wed., Nov. 30 Mon., Dec. 05 Wed., Dec. 07 Wed. Dec. 14 Topic Introduction to class and each other. Mindfulness & Perspective Taking Overview of Human Communication Overview Cont'd/ Ethics Labor Day Approaches to Studying Communication Identity Perception and Cognition Perception and Cognition Cont'd Catch up and Review for Exam One Verbal Elements of Communication Verbal Elements Cont'd Nonverbal Elements of Communication Nonverbal Elements Cont'd Communicating Across Cultures Small Group Communication Communicating in Close Relationships Close Relationships Cont'd Catch up and Review for Exam 2 Exam #2 (lectures & readings) Organizational Organizational Cont'd Rhetorical Communication Communication and the Media Computer Mediated Communication How to Have a Successful Relationship The Division of Domestic Labor TBA Exam #3 Review Exam #3 (lectures & readings) No class 12:10-2:00 p.m. Final Exam


Chapters* Syllabus Chapter 1 Ch. 1 Cont'd No school Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Ch. 4 Cont'd Review (Weeks 1-5) Chapter 5 Cont'd Chapter 6 Cont'd Chapter 7 Chapter 9 Chapter 8 Cont'd Review (Weeks 9-14) Test #2 Chapter 10 Cont'd Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13


Class Assignments Introduction to course Reading Quiz 1 (Syllabus) Due by 3:30 p.m. Reading Quiz 2 (Ch. 1) Due by 3:30 p.m. PERSPECTIVE TAKING ESSAY DUE ON BB Labor Day ­ No Class Reading Quiz 3 (Chapter 2(Due at 3:30 p.m. Reading Quiz 4 (Chapter 3) Due at 3:30 p.m. Reading Quiz 5 (Chapter 4) Due at 3:30 p.m. ONLINE PLAGIARISM ASSIGNMENT DUE Exam #1 Review EXAM #1 (covers weeks 1-5) Reading Quiz 6 (Chapter Five) Due at 3:30 p.m. LIST OF 10 SCHOLARLY SOURCES DUE ON BB Reading Quiz 7 (Chapter 6) Due at 3:30 p.m. Reading Quiz 8 (Chapter 7) Due at 3:30 p.m. APA ASSIGNMENT DUE ON BB Reading Quiz 9 (Chapter 8) Due at 3:30 p.m. Exam 2 Review EXAM #2 (covers weeks 9-14) Reading Quiz 10 (Chapter 10) Due at 3:30 p.m. REPORT ON SCHOLARY ARTICLE DUE Reading Quiz 11 (Chapter 11) Due at 3:30 p.m. Reading Quiz 12 (Chapter 12) Due at 3:30 p.m.

Exam #1 (lectures and corresponding readings)

Reading Quiz 13 (Chapter 13) Due at 3:30 p.m. "IT HAPPENED TO ME" OR "MY FAVORITE CHAPTER" Due Reading: An Integrated Theory (available on blackboard) TBA TBA

Review (Weeks 12-16) Exam #3 No class Cumulative Final

Exam #3 Review Exam #3 (covers weeks 12-16) No class ­ reading day Final Exam - Covers all course material

*You are responsible for reading the chapters in bold. The reading is to be done by the time that you walk into class on the date given.


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