COMS 2350 Introduction to Communication Theor

Communication Studies,

COMS 2350 Introduction to Communication Theory

Team Project and Presentation Description and Rubric

In teams of 3-4, you will choose a social problem or phenomenon that you will explore from the perspective of all three paradigms. You could explore a political topic (e.g., campaign advertisements), a popular culture artifact (e.g., Barbie), a health issue (e.g., opioid addition), or a workplace situation (e.g., salary negotiation). The project is composed of a 7-10 page research paper (not including references), as well as a 12-15 minute presentation. The goal of this project is to provide a framework by which you can think about communication in your world, and to encourage you to think about the various forms of knowledge and ways of knowing that are part of the human experience. Paper (100 points): You will 1) describe the problem or phenomenon, 2) review a study that represents each of the three paradigms, summarizing the findings, explaining the theory used, and reflecting on paradigmatic assumptions of the study, and 3) articulate how each paradigm would approach its study (beyond the three articles you provided). The paper should be written in essay format and organized into the three aforementioned sections: 1. Describe the problem or phenomenon (about one page): What’s the scope of the issue? Why is it important? Who does it affect? 2. Review three articles, one representing each paradigm (about two pages each): a. Summarize what the article is about. What did they study? How? What was found? b. Identify which paradigm is reflected in the article. How do you know? c. Identify the theory(ies) utilized in the article. What does the theory say about the issue? 3. What are some other questions that may be asked about this social problem or phenomenon from each paradigm? Be creative here—what questions would you ask from each viewpoint? This serves as your conclusion because it is a reflection of what we know and where we should go from here. (about one page) 4. Reference page: APA format, all sources utilized. (about one page) A few considerations: 1. You should have at least 5 sources: One for each study (these must be peer-reviewed, academic sources), and two that help you set the scene in your introduction (part 1 above; these should be credible sources). Your sources needed to be cited in text and you should have a reference list. Please consult with me if you have any questions. 2. Your paper should be double-spaced, 1” margins, typed, and submitted via Turnitin on Blackboard by class start on 6/20. No late papers will be accepted. 3. You should proofread your paper. You should also visit the writing center: a. If you visit the writing center, you will not only have a better draft of your paper, but I am also willing to provide 10 bonus points to each of your team members if you visit and provide evidence you did so. This also necessitates that you build in time to have a draft ready to be reviewed. Presentation (50 points): You and your team will give a presentation to the class covering what is included in your paper and inviting your audience to ask you questions and discuss your topic. 1. Provide an attention-grabbing introduction 2. Set the scene: Tell us about your phenomenon, why it’s interesting and important 3. Review each article, briefly. Do not go through every study detail that you put in your paper. Make strategic decisions about what you include. You definitely want to tell your audience what the article was about and which paradigm it reflects and why, however. Just be thoughtful not to get “lost in the weeds.” 4. Conclude with some ideas/questions of your own about the social problem or phenomenon. 5. Then, turn it over to your audience and ask them about their thoughts on the matter. A few considerations: 1. Your presentation should be 12-15 long. You should prepare a visual of some sort (PowerPoint, Prezi). 2. You should divide the speaking parts equitably and in an organized fashion. 3. You should dress and communicate professionally (credibility is everything!). 4. You should orally cite your sources when you reference them. 5. You must be present on the day of presentations to earn a grade for that portion of the project (as individuals). Paper Rubric (100 points): Exemplary (10) Accomplished (8-9) Developing (6-7) Beginning (0-5) Focus: Purpose Purpose is clear Shows awareness of purpose Shows limited awareness of purpose No awareness Main idea Clearly presents main ideas and support them throughout the paper. There are main ideas supported throughout most of the paper. Vague sense of main ideas, weakly supported throughout the paper. No main ideas Organization: Overall Well-planned and well-thought out. Includes title, introduction, statement of main ideas, transitions and conclusion. Good overall organization, includes the main organizational tools. There is a sense of organization, although some of the organizational tools are used weakly or missing No sense of organization Organization: Paragraphs All paragraphs have clear ideas, are supported with examples and have smooth transitions. Most paragraphs have clear ideas, are supported with some examples and have transitions. Some paragraphs have clear ideas, support from examples may be missing and transitions are weak. Para. lack clear ideas Content Exceptionally well-presented and argued; ideas are detailed, welldeveloped, supported with specific evidence & facts, as well as examples and specific details. Well-presented and argued; ideas are detailed, developed and supported with evidence and details, mostly specific. Content is sound and solid; ideas are present but not particularly developed or supported; some evidence, but usually of a generalized nature. Content is not sound Research Sources are exceptionally wellintegrated and they support claims argued in the paper very effectively. Quotations and References conform to APA style sheet. Sources are well integrated and support the paper’s claims. There may be occasional errors, but the sources and References conform to APA style sheet. Sources support some claims made in the paper, but might not be integrated well within the paper’s argument. There may be a few errors in APA style.. The paper does not use adequate research or if it does, the sources are not integrated well. They are not cited correctly according to APA style, nor listed correctly on the References page. Style: Sentence structure Sentences are clear and varied in pattern, from simple to complex, with excellent use of punctuation. Sentences are clear but may lack variation; a few may be awkward and there may be a few punctuation errors. Sentences are generally clear but may have awkward structure or unclear content; there may be patterns of punctuation errors. Sentences aren’t clear Style: Word choice, Tone There is clear use of a personal and unique style of writing, suited to audience and purpose; the paper holds the reader’s interest with ease. There is an attempt at a personal style but style of writing may be awkward or unsuited to audience and purpose; the reader may lose interest in some sections of the paper. There is little attempt at style; reads as flat and perhaps uninteresting in content, which is usually generalized and clichéd. No attempt at style Style: Details and Examples Large amounts of specific examples and detailed descriptions from the articles. Some use of specific examples and detailed descriptions from the articles. May have extended examples that go on for too long. Little use of specific examples and details from the articles; mostly generalized examples and little description. No use of examples from the articles Grammar & Mechanics Excellent grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation. A few errors in grammar, spelling, syntax and punctuation, but not many. Shows a pattern of errors in spelling, grammar, syntax and/or punctuation. Could also be a sign of lack of proof-reading. Continuous errors Presentation Rubric (50 points): Exemplary (10) Accomplished (8-9) Developing (6-7) Beginning (0-5) Organization Information presented in logical, interesting sequence Information in logical sequence Difficult to follow presentation–student jumps around Cannot understand presentation–no sequence of information Subject Knowledge Demonstrates full knowledge by answering all class questions with explanations and elaborations, as well as having more than sufficient material. At ease with expected answers to questions but does not elaborate; material presented is adequate. Uncomfortable with information and is able to answer only rudimentary questions; subject matter presented is thin. Does not have a grasp of the information. Cannot answer questions about subject. Visual Explain and reinforce screen text and presentation Relate to text and presentation Occasionally uses graphics that rarely support text and presentation Uses superfluous graphics or no graphics Research Uses a variety of sources in reaching accurate conclusions Uses a variety of sources in reaching conclusions Presents only evidence that supports a preconceived point of view Does not justify conclusions with research evidence Team Delivery Each team member presents an equitable amount and transitions between members is seamless; non-speaking members enhance presentation Each team member presents an equitable amount and transitions between members is fairly smooth; non-speaking members are not distracting Imbalances in how much and to what extent each team member presents; transitions between members is abrupt; nonspeaking members are not “present” Imbalances in how much and to what extent each team member presents; transitions between members is rocky or unclear; non-speaking members are distracting My Group Members – Names/Phone: Our Group Topic: Some Notes about Our Project:

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