According to the National Communication Association, “The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication.”
In studying communication, students learn about the way humans talk, cooperate and resolve conflict. Whether verbal or nonverbal, the way we create, send and receive messages is essential to how people are distinct among animals. Our use of media, from pencils to cell phones, drums to drones, is based in our meaningful (and occasional seeming meaningless) message making, sending and receiving.
Communication is fundamental to human social life. In this introductory course to the discipline, students will learn about a broad range of theories and processes of communication, examining communication as a cultural practice that shapes meaning of peoples’ beliefs, attitudes, values, and practices across situations.
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENG* 101
Final Paper (25% of final grade)
7-10 pages, double spaced, 12pt times new roman
This paper is a written report of original research you will conduct on a research question(s) of your own choosing. The function of the research report is to share the findings of your investigation with others, in this case me, your professor. Since I was not with you doing your research, the report will be written so as to inform me, the audience, about what you did, why you did it, what you discovered, and why anyone should care.
Sections of the paper
Research Questions Due 11/26
For this assignment you will develop a primary research question that you plan to investigate and answer in your final paper. Be sure to post your research questions to the Discussion Board titled "Research Questions" by 11/26. How to develop research questions is covered in Packet 20, but generally, they should make us of the following format:
“(How or what) is the _________ (“story for”; “meaning of”; “theory that explains the process of”; “culture-sharing pattern”; “issue” in the “case”) of_________ (central phenomenon) for _________ (participants) at _________ (research site).”
So for example: "What are the" ___"meanings of"____ "messages about femininity"___ in ____"female college students"____ on ___"Facebook profile photos".
You should post no more than one research question, though your question may include up to three sub-questions like:
"Do these images tell a common story about what it means to be a female college student?
"Do men and women interpret these images in the same way?"
If you are having trouble coming up with research questions start by thinking about a topical area of the course you found interesting. Let's say the Culture section of the course were the most stimulating for you. Were there particular readings you liked? A particular theory you liked or disliked? An article you thought was a little dated? Perhaps you believe that the rise of social media may have changed some of the researchers results? If so, you could ask that question, "Has the rise of social media changed the way people become acculturated before moving to a new culture?" Here you would be researching whether Kim's ideas about Cross-cultural Adaptation are still accurate reflections of reality, or if social media has changed things? In any case your question should either:
Presentation technology proposal Due 11/26
For this assignment you should consider a variety of methods that you might employ to record and present your research to the rest of the class. Consider whether you will use PowerPoint and record a voice over, whether you will record yourself sitting behind a desk news-anchor style, record yourself standing in front of a whiteboard you can draw on, record your screen as you present your data and voice over that? Will you use a phone or a hand camera?
Then consider these questions:
Essentially, you need to demonstrate that you have carefully consider the available technology, and made a reasoned determination on what you will use and have a plan in place to accomplish this.