COM 225 Small Group Communication
Policies and Procedures
Instructor: David Bodary, Ph.D. Phone:
512-2572 Fall 2007
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
11:00 - 12:00;
Tuesday & Thursday on-line 10:00 - 11:00
and by appointment
Description of course:
This course focuses on the development of effective small group decision-making and leadership skills, stressing improved methods of self expression and understanding others through learning group communication, theory and participating in small group decision-making experiences.
Purpose for the course:
- To prepare you to become a competent communicator for appropriate small group applications professionally and socially through exposure to relevant theory, personal application, and feedback.
- To help you demonstrate competence in applying the theories and skills of small group communication through your observation, analysis, and application.
Objectives of the course:
Upon course completion you should understand conceptually and be able to implement effective small group communication behaviors affecting communication between group members in family, peer group and work contexts.
Small Group and Team Communication 4th Ed. Harris, T.E. & Sherblom,
J.C. (2008). Allyn & Bacon Pearson Education.
- All typed assignments (papers) are due by 11:59 p.m. of the day indicated on the class schedule. Assignments not turned in to me personally should be e-mailed to David.Bodary@Sinclair.edu.
- E-mail messages must include your name and course in the body of the message and on the attachment. Attachments
sent with no information about the sender and course will be deleted. It is the student's responsibility to address email properly.
- Late assignments will receive an automatic grade decrease of one letter grade per class day late. Assignments will not be accepted when more than one week late. It is the student's responsibility to know and meet deadlines.
- Any assignments not completed will result in a "F" (zero points).
- All projects, papers, and exams must be completed to receive course credit. Students not fulfilling responsibilities associated with their group's work will have their final grade lowered and can be failed for the course
Standards of evaluations:
A = Excellent 90-100% B = Good
80-89% C = Average 70-79% D =
Poor 60-69% F = Failing Below 60%
- As a result of the nature of this course, much learning occurs in the classroom. Regular attendance is expected and essential to the successful completion of the course. My expectation is that this course is your job. In the event you can not fulfill the responsibilities of this job you should contact me.
- Call me before class if you are unable to attend class [Voice mail anytime -- 512-2572].
- The attendance grade (50 points of the total grade) will be determined based
on the number of full class days attended throughout the term. Twenty-five
(12.5) points will be deducted for each absence.
- If a students attends LESS THAN 80% of the total class meetings
without medical documentation, failure for the course is automatic.
Individuals coming late or leaving early will be considered tardy. Absence
with medical documentation will still impact your final grade.
- The student is responsible to identify missed material and be prepared for the next class. Call a classmate for material.
- Late assignments (excluding in-class "Applications" and "group work") are
accepted but will be deducted the equivalent of one full letter grade for each
class session late. Assignments must be completed within one week of their
original due date or before the final day of the term to be accepted for credit.
In-class and group-work can not be made up unless arrangements are made prior
to the class meeting. Call if you might miss class.
- I will make every effort help students during and after class, additional assistance is available daily during my scheduled office hours Room 2326 and by appointment (Phone: 512-2572).
- Free educational assistance for Sinclair students enrolled for credit is available in room 6221 or call 512-2792.
- Students are responsible for informing the instructor of their learning needs.
Student requesting accommodations for learning needs will receive assistance
after written support for that need is provided through
office in room 10-421 and at phone 512-5113.
- Research has revealed that the more people are involved in their education the more they get out of it. This means that when students ask questions, and actively engage in classroom discussions they learn more and retain what they learn longer. So ask and answer, you will find the time well spent.
- Because of the importance of practicing our communication skills, your participation, and active involvement, will account for 10% of your grade. Student comments which actively aid in the insights and learning of the group will earn more participation points than students making no comments or who's comments distract, delay or deny opportunities for learning. Behavior that is disruptive to learning is grounds for removal from the classroom. Demonstration of appropriate small group skills during class and in teams will improve your participation score.
In the unlikely instance of a serious medical condition the grade of "I" (Incomplete)
can be given. The unfinished exam or assignment must be completed within the
first thirty (30) days of the next term. Incompletes are not given out often,
the circumstances must be extraordinarily serious. An agreement of the terms
of the incomplete must be signed by both the student and instructor and on file
before semester end in order for an incomplete to be granted.
This course views communication (both oral and written), thinking, information literacy, values, community and citizenship as essential life skills. You will be expected to submit written materials in a professional format, including appropriate consideration toward ethics, organization, punctuation, spelling and critical thinking. Checklists are available to guide you.
As a learner in this course you are expected to submit your best work. Any student
engaging in plagiarism will be failed for the course. This simply means your
work must be your own, take pride in it. Document borrowed material according
to appropriate style guides as taught in English composition. It is your responsibility
to document borrowed materials when ever and where ever they are used. Papers,
outlines, exams, applications and all other assignments must be your own original
work and should document appropriately any instances of others' thoughts or words.
Citation of sources is a sign of scholarly work and is expected in all written
Students majoring in Communication are required to keep a file of written materials developed in all Communication courses including copies of presentations on videotape. These materials will be used for completing COM 278, the Capstone Course, which is required for all graduating Communication majors. Please remember the Capstone Course is used to demonstrate competency in the area of Communication. Be sure your representative work reflects your competency in the field of Communication.
Campus police and security:
The Sinclair Campus Police officers are members of a fully certified police department. This means they are fully authorized to enforce all federal, state and local laws. The most common campus crime relates to theft of unattended property. You are reminded to keep your belongings with you at all times or lock them in lockers available through the Student Government office. If you need to report a crime or locate lost items you should contact the Sinclair Campus Police Department at 512-2700.
Developed by David Bodary, Comments and Suggestions
Last modified: August 30, 2007