Susan M. Wieczorek

Susan M. Wieczorek, Nonverbal Communication, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Examination of nonverbal communication channels including physical characteristics and movements of communicators, as well as spatial and environmental influences on the communication process.

The purpose of this course is for students:
1. To acquaint themselves with the various approaches to the study of nonverbal
communication.
2. To read research articles and books which demonstrate the theoretical basis of
this field.
3. To identify the nonverbal factors present in day-to-day human relationships
and behavior.
4. To explore areas of personal interest through an in-depth project analysis.
5. To present orally applied course-specific materials before the class.

Required Texts:

- Knapp, Mark L. and Judith Hall. Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction. Eighth Edition. United States: Wadsworth, Thomson Learning Inc., 2014.
- Guerrero, Laura K., Michael L. Hecht. The Nonverbal Communication Reader. Third Edition. Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc., 2008.

Susan M. Wieczorek, Medical Communication, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This experiential learning course is designed to increase student knowledge and awareness of how communication skills directly affect medical outcomes, satisfaction, and overall health. It seeks to teach communication theory and methodology as it relates to the unique context of the medical relationship. It then attempts to apply this knowledge to situations and relationships specific to each student’s past experiences and future professional goals. In short, this course seeks to help students apply knowledge discovered through research, discussion, observation, and analysis to this ever changing and expanding, interdisciplinary field in an effort to improve patient care and overall health outcomes.

Vitally important to the perspective of this course is the desire to see health communication not only from the perspective of the professional but from that of the patient as well. This is a multidisciplinary course that values multiple, inter-locking perspectives. Again, the goal is to improve awareness and understanding of the entire process of medical communication. To know how to facilitate effective medical outcomes, all parties must be willing to share in the skill building and application of the fundamental communication principles discussed throughout this course.

The primary goal is a practical one. The success in acquiring this goal and teaching others how to do the same depends upon the determination and commitment of each individual participant.

Required Text:

Theodore A. Avtgis and Polack, E. Phillips. Medical Communication: Defining the Discipline. 2nd Ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011.

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Susan M. Wieczorek, Public Speaking, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course is designed to enhance students’ speech skills as effective performers and audience members of a diverse society. Therefore, a wide variety of readings, assignments, and class work will center on the development and application of skills necessary to speak and listen with a heightened awareness of audience adaptation. Theoretical concepts as they apply to actual speech performances will be the main emphasis in this course.

Required Texts:

Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.

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Susan M. Wieczorek, Medical Communication, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This experiential learning course is designed to increase student knowledge and awareness of how communication skills directly affect medical outcomes, satisfaction, and overall health. It seeks to teach communication theory and methodology as it relates to the unique context of the medical relationship. It then attempts to apply this knowledge to situations and relationships specific to each student’s past experiences and future professional goals. In short, this course seeks to help students apply knowledge discovered through research, discussion, observation, and analysis to this ever changing and expanding, interdisciplinary field in an effort to improve patient care and overall health outcomes.

Vitally important to the perspective of this course is the desire to see health communication not only from the perspective of the professional but from that of the patient as well. This is a multidisciplinary course that values multiple, inter-locking perspectives. Again, the goal is to improve awareness and understanding of the entire process of medical communication. To know how to facilitate effective medical outcomes, all parties must be willing to share in the skill building and application of the fundamental communication principles discussed throughout this course.

The primary goal is a practical one. The success in acquiring this goal and teaching others how to do the same depends upon the determination and commitment of each individual participant.

Required Text:

Theodore A. Avtgis and Polack, E. Phillips. Medical Communication: Defining the Discipline. 2nd Ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011.

Susan M. Wieczorek, Small Group Communication, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course is designed to increase students' knowledge and awareness of small group dynamics through instructional and experiential learning techniques. Current theory and research will be examined and then tested against students' in- and out-of-class group work. Written and oral evaluations will be on-going throughout the semester.

Required Text:

Johnson, David W. and Frank P. Johnson. Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills. 12th Edition. MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2017.

Susan M. Wieczorek, Public Speaking, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course is designed to enhance students’ speech skills as effective performers and audience members of a diverse society. Therefore, a wide variety of readings, assignments, and class work will center on the development and application of skills necessary to speak and listen with a heightened awareness of audience adaptation. Theoretical concepts as they apply to actual speech performances will be the main emphasis in this course.

Required Text:

Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.

Susan M. Wieczorek, Medical Communication, Fall 2016

Course Description:

This experiential learning course is designed to increase student knowledge and awareness of how communication skills directly affect medical outcomes, satisfaction, and overall health. It seeks to teach communication theory and methodology as it relates to the unique context of the medical relationship. It then attempts to apply this knowledge to situations and relationships specific to each student’s past experiences and future professional goals. In short, this course seeks to help students apply knowledge discovered through research, discussion, observation, and analysis to this ever changing and expanding, interdisciplinary field in an effort to improve patient care and overall health outcomes.

Required Texts:

Polack, E. Phillips and Theodore A. Avtgis. Medical Communication: Defining the Discipline. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011.

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Susan M. Wieczorek, Small Group Communication, Fall 2016

Course Description:

Examination of communication principles, theories, and behaviors relevant to small-group formation, dynamics, and decision making.

Required Texts:

Johnson, David W. and Frank P. Johnson. Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills. 11th Edition. MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2013.

Syllabus: 
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Susan M. Wieczorek, Public Speaking, Fall 2016

Course Description:

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

Required Texts:

Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2015.

Susan M. Wieczorek, Nonverbal Communication, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Examination of nonverbal communication channels including physical characteristics and movements of communicators, as well as spatial and environmental influences on the communication process.

Required Texts:

- Knapp, Mark L. and Judith Hall. Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction. Eighth Edition. United States: Wadsworth, Thomson Learning Inc., 2014.
- Guerrero, Laura K., Michael L. Hecht. The Nonverbal Communication Reader. Third Edition. Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc., 2008.

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