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Speech 331 - Group Communication

Fall 2003

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Professor Alisa Shubb

Phone: 484-8468

Office : D311

Office Hours Fall 2003: MWF 11-12 , TR 12:15-1:15 by appointment

 

Course Objectives:

Speech 331 provides an introduction to small group communication. We will examine the major theories which seek to explain the nature of small group interaction, with emphasis on small group dynamics, processes, and decision emergence. Through a variety of activities, primarily group activities, you will have the opportunity to observe, analyze, evaluate, and participate in the small group decision making process. Your ability to understand and apply the theories presented will depend upon your commitment to class involvement and participation. Preparation and class attendance are without a doubt required!

 

Assignments & Point Value

 

#1 - Midterm .............................................................. 100

#2 - Group Presentation ........................................... 100

#3 – Group prepared research synopsis.....................50

#4 – Problem/Solution Paper...............…………….. ..75

#5 – Group Analysis Paper......................................….75

#6 – Participation/Class assignments/Logs.............. ..50

 

 

Grading Policies:

 

Grades will be tabulated on the following scale:

Grading Scale:

A = 450 - 405

B = 404 - 360

C = 359 - 315

D = 314 - 270

F = 269 and less

 

 

Course Calendar:  Fall 2003

SPEECH 331 COURSE CALENDAR (m/w)

Fall 2003

 

 

SPEECH 331 COURSE CALENDAR (T/R)

Fall 2003

 

 

 

 

Six Week sessions

 

Professor Alisa Shubb

Phone: 484-8468

Office : D311

Office Hours: W 5:00 - 5:45 PM and by appointment

 

SPEECH 331 - GROUP COMMUNICATION (6 week session)

 

POLICIES

BREAKS

As a courtesy to those commuting from work, we will take a 20 minute "dinner" break from 5:30 to 5:50. In addition we will take a 15 minute evening break around the 8:00 hour, the exact time to be varied based on what we are doing in class at that time.

TEXTBOOKS

Isa N. Engleberg & Dianna R. Wynn, Working in Groups: Communication Principles and Strategies, Third Edition; Houghton Mifflin Press

In addition, you will receive a copy of the Student Packet. Bring the Student Packet to EACH class meeting!

 

Course Calendar:  Speech 331; First Six Week session Fall 2003 (D214)  

Course Calendar:  Speech 15; First Six Week session Spring 2001 (D214)

Break schedule:

5:30 5:55, dinner break

7:45  - 8:00, evening break

 

Tuesday

Thursday

8/19

Topics: 

Introduction to Class & Small Group Dynamics 

Readings: 

Chapter 1 & 4

 

Activities:

Interdependance

 

8/21

Topics: 

Communication &  Listening

Readings: 

Chapters  3, 5 & 6 

Activities: 

Introductions

Opinion Seeking

8/26

Topics: 

Consensus Forming & Conflict 

Readings:

Chapters 7, 9 & 10

 Activities:

 

Winter Survival

Problem solving model

8/28

Topics: 

Group Formation & Development 

Individual Member Leadership

Readings:

Chapters 2 , 8 & 11 

Activities:

Fishbowl observations

 

9/2

Topics: 

Group projects

Activities:

Ice Breaking

Topic refinement

Research

Assignments:

Begin observation logs

9/4

Topics: 

Creative & Critical Thinking

Readings: 

Chapter 12 & 14 

Activities:

Compilation of research

Brainstorming

 

9/9

Topics: 

Goal Setting & Problem Solving 

Readings:

Chapter 9 

Activities:

Mission Statements 

Assignments:

Group Prepared Research Synopsis Due

9/11

Activities:

Structured Group Work

Outlining

Readings:

Chapter 15

 

9/16

Activities:

Structured Group Work

 

Assignments:

Problem/Solution Paper Due

9/18

Activities:

Summary & Practice

 

Assignments:

Exam

9/23

Assignments:

Group Presentations

 

 

 

9/25

Assignments:

Group Presentations

Observation Logs & Summary due

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs

Answered directly by your prof. Alisa Shubb

 

Is Speech 331 an easy class to get an "A" in?

Not really. While the material you are learning is not the most difficult to understand, the amount of work you have to do in this class is very high. The majority of your grade comes from the group project, therefore you must work very hard to come up with an excellent project. The exams in my class are not tricky, but you must study and be prepared for them. Your writing skills must be up to par also in order to do well on the papers. Finally, you MUST come to class. That said, "A"s are definitely achievable.

What happens if I do not like the group I am assigned to?

The groups in this class are assigned at random, so there is an equal chance that you will initally enjoy or be uncomfortable with your group. This mirrors real-world situations. It is your job to avoid sticking with your initial notions of your group (stereotyping) and try to explore the areas and goals you have in common. It is extremely rare that a group that tries its best to work together cannot.

Do we have to take a group grade on the project even if everyone does not do his or her fair share?

Yes. Part of the group project assignment is work out difficulties with in you group. If there are problems with certain group members, I will advise you on how to remedy the situation.

What if we have a group member who never shows up?

Excessive absences will result in a member being dropped from the class with no penalty to the group.

What if one member fails to show up just for the presentation?

Anyone who fails to show up for the group presentation will not be considered part of the group and will not receive a grade for the presentation.

Can I pass the class without doing the group presentation?

Assuming you have paricipated otherwise in the groups and have enough experience from that participation to be able to write the papers, and have done well on the exam, you would be able to pass the class with a "D".

My printer has been acting up, my hard drive crashed, my roommate has been ill... Can I turn in my paper late or untyped?

No.

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