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COMMUNICATION I (Communication Skills)

First Semester, S.Y. 2013 - 2014


Syllabus

Instructor: Mishima Z. Miciano
Department of Arts and Communication
Consultation: MTh 2:30 4:30; TF 10:00 11:30, 1:00 2:30


Course
Description: The development of advanced communicative competence in English, with
emphasis on effective reading, writing, and listening

Credit: 3 units

Prerequisite: None

Course
Objectives: By the end of the course, the students should be able to:
1. Comprehend reading materials from different academic disciplines
2. Analyze the content, organization and style of these reading materials
3. Gain competence in the use of the English language
4. Write clearly and effectively for academic purposes

RGEP
Objectives: As a General Education course, COMM I should help the students:
1. broaden their intellectual and cultural horizons;
2. foster commitment to nationalism balanced by a sense of internationalism;
3. cultivate their capacity for independent, critical, and creative thinking, and
4. develop a passion for learning with a high sense of moral and intellectual
integrity.
(adapted from the UP Diliman website: http://www.upd.edu.ph/~ovcaa/rgep/faq_
main.html#faq03)

Course Outline and Tentative Timetable:

Week Topic
1 Course orientation
2

Thinking about reading: Reading strategies and outcome
3 Vocabulary skills: Context clues, Greek & Latin roots
4 1. Connotation, denotation and tone
2. Academic English vs. other registers
5 Building comprehension skills:
1. Identifying main ideas and types of supporting details in a paragraph
2. Identifying main ideas and supporting ideas in essays
10-11 1. Overview of the writing project
2. Patterns of development:
Development patterns: Narrative, Process, Description,
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Comparison/Contrast, Cause-Effect, Classification, Problem-Solution,
Definition
6-8

Using writing for comprehension: Outlining, summarizing and paraphrasing
Submission of paper topics
9 Developing main ideas
Focus: making a writing outline

13-14 1. Writing from sources: Review of paraphrasing and summarizing
2. Putting together paragraphs of the body
15-16 Writing the body
16 Writing the introduction and the conclusion
17 Synthesis

Grading Scheme: Final exam 30%
Paper project 50
Class activities 20
TOTAL: 100%


Grade Equivalence: Raw score/ Percentage UP Grade Description
97 100 1.00 Excellent
94 96 1.25
91 93 1.50 Very good
87 90 1.75
83 86 2.00 Good
78 82 2.25
72 77 2.50 Satisfactory
66 71 2.75
60 65 3.00 Passed
50 59 4.00 Conditional
0 49 5.00 Failed

















Now that the course has been introduced, its time for you to
think about the other important of part of the class: YOU.

What is one thing you would like to achieve through/in COMM I?
Write it down. Be as specific as you can.

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References: Selected chapters / articles from the following sources:

Books Dadufalza, C. D. (1992). Reading into writing1. Manila: Bookmark.

Frodesen, J. & Eyring, J. (2000). Grammar dimensions: Form, meaning, and use.
Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

McWhorter, K.T. (2001). Academic reading. New York: Longman

Veit, R., Gould, C., & Clifford, J. (1994). Writing, reading, and research, third
edition. New York: MacMillan.

Websites Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/01/

Using English for Academic Purposes website:
http://www.uefap.com/writing/writfram.htm


Class Policies
1. Attendance
a. Attendance is checked every meeting starting on the first
day of class. A student who incurs more than six (unexcused
or excused) absences will either automatically get a grade
of 5.0 (if the majority of the absences are unexcused) or will
be asked to drop the class (if the majority of the absences
are excused). Absences are considered excused upon
presenting an official excuse slip from the PGH Health
Service.
b. No makeup activity is given for missed class activities. Makeup for the final exam will
be given upon presentation of an official excuse slip from the PGH Health Service.
c. Only students who are officially enrolled in the class are allowed to attend the class.
Students may not bring along their friends or relatives to sit in.
d. Students who leave the classroom three times or more in a meeting, or who are out
for more than 10 minutes will be marked absent for that session.


Research
says

Setting a specific goal leads to better performance compared to setting
an abstract goal (e.g., Im going to get a 95% on my next exam vs.
Im going to do my best on my next exam )

(35 years of research on goal-setting theory, from: http://sustain.cs.washington.edu/blog/index.php
/2009/01/25/35-years-of-research-on-goal-setting-theory/)
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2. Tardiness
Students are considered late if they arrive 10 minutes after the official starting time,
and absent if they arrive 30 minutes after. Three tardy marks are equivalent to one
absence.

3. Plagiarism
The University takes plagiarism and other forms of intellectual dishonesty
very, very seriously. Students who plagiarize the final paper will
automatically get a final grade of 5.00 in the course. A case may also be
filed in the Student Disciplinary Tribunal against the student, for possible
expulsion.


4. Concerns regarding class performance
Concerns regarding class performance must be discussed by the students themselves
with the teacher. No representativessuch as friends or relativesmay take up these
concerns with teacher unless the students concerned suffer a mental or physical
breakdown such that they become totally incapable of speaking for themselves.

5. The use of electronic devices
a. Mobile phones should never be used in class. Ten points will be
deducted from the total score of the quizzes of all students each
time a phone makes any sound, or if a student is caught using
his/her cell phone.

b. Picture taking is not note taking. So please do not use your cameras to take
notes.

c. You are not allowed to use laptops or computer tablets in class, unless the
teacher says otherwise.



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