Patty J. Wharton-Michael

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Communication Research Methods, Fall 2018

Course Description:

The primary goals of this course are:
 To introduce students to research methods used in the social sciences, particularly those implemented within the communication discipline.
 To enable students to distinguish between the differing epistemological assumptions of existing research paradigms.
 To enable students to locate, analyze and evaluate social science research reported in both scholarly and mainstream publications.
 To enable students to design, conduct, and present research projects by forming research questions/hypothesis, and by selecting appropriate analysis strategies to examine those questions.

Required Texts:

Communication Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers, by Keyton, J. 4th edition, (2014).

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Public Speaking, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course seeks to help you learn more about
 apprehension management: rehearsing in ways that reduce nervousness or “stage fright”;
 speech planning: topic and purpose formulation;
 research: gathering and analyzing information relevant to the topic, purpose, and audience;
 evidence evaluation: supporting the messages responsibly (ethically);
 organization and argumentation: structuring the messages clearly and persuasively, and preparing useful speech outlines;
 speech presentation skills: delivering the messages effectively;
 listening skills; improving receptive and analytic skills as speech critics;
 visual aids: preparing and presenting visual aids (specifically learning how to use Microsoft Power Point).

Required Texts:

-The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas

Syllabus: 

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction to Communication, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course seeks to help you learn more about
 theories of communication, and the diversity of the discipline;
 the importance of culture in all forms of human communication;
 how you can communicate more effectively in a world that’s becoming increasingly multicultural;
 ethical principles and dilemmas that surface in communication interactions;
 the connection of mass media to interpersonal, small group and other areas of communication;
 listening skills; improving receptive and analytic skills;
 speech planning: topic and purpose formulation;
 speech presentation skills: delivering the messages effectively;
 the role of communication in a democratic society.
 the role and influence of computer-mediated communication.

Required Textbook:

Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 14th edition

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction To Communication, Summer 2018

Course Description:

This course seeks to help you learn more about
- theories of communication, and the diversity of the discipline;
- the importance of culture in all forms of human communication;
- how you can communicate more effectively in a world that’s becoming increasingly multicultural;
- ethical principles and dilemmas that surface in communication interactions;
-the connection of mass media to interpersonal, small group and other areas of communication;
- listening skills; improving receptive and analytic skills;
- speech planning: topic and purpose formulation;
- speech presentation skills: delivering the messages effectively;
- the role of communication in a democratic society.
- the role and influence of computer-mediated communication.

Required Texts:
The required textbook is Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 12th- 14th edition

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Public Speaking, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Introduction to the composition, delivery, and critical analysis of informative and persuasive speeches.

Required Texts:

-The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas

Syllabus: 

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction to Communication, Spring 2018

Course Description:

An introduction to communication theory with consideration given to how theoretical stances relate to areas of communication study including: interpersonal communication, small group communication, mass communication, organizational communication, and gender issues in communication.

Required Textbook:

Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 13th edition

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Communication Research Methods, Fall 2017

Course Description:

The research methods course will provide an overview of different research methodologies, which are utilized within the communication discipline. The course will present a foundational base of theory through lecture, and encourage students to apply their knowledge through in-class exercises. A large portion of the in-class exercises will ask students to analyze and interpret data through the use of statistical software. Students will also be expected to read and present critiques of communication research articles. As a final project students will be able to present their cumulative understanding of the research process through a group project. In groups, students will design a study that employs one of the major methodologies discussed in this class (i.e. experiments, survey, content analyses etc.). The groups will formulate a research question/hypothesis, develop an instrument for data collection, collect data, analyze data, and present the results in a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MATH 0001

Required Texts:

Communication Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers, by Keyton, J. 4th edition, (2014).

From Numbers to Words: Reporting Statistical Results for the Social Sciences, by Morgan, S., Reichert, T., & Harrison. (recommended)

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction To Communication, Fall 2017

Course Description:

An introduction to communication theory with consideration given to how theoretical stances relate to areas of communication study including interpersonal communication, small-group communication, mass communication, organizational communication, and gender issues in communication.

Required Texts:

Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 12th or 13th edition

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Public Speaking, Spring 2017

Course Description:

Introduction to the composition, delivery, and critical analysis of informative and persuasive speeches.

Required Texts:

-The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas

Syllabus: 

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction to Communication, Spring 2017

Course Description:

An introduction to communication theory with consideration given to how theoretical stances relate to areas of communication study including: interpersonal communication, small group communication, mass communication, organizational communication, and gender issues in communication.

Required Textbook:

Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 13th edition

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