Please note that the core course like this one must require substantial writing (at least 3000 words).
B. One Informative Critic of One Theory in 1500-1600 Words (About 5 double-spaced, typed pages in length) (17%) (Due at your professor’s office, COM-143, 12 PM or Noon on Wednesday, March 9, 2016)
You are required to write an informative critique of any one theory of communication. This essay should involve one and only one primary communication theory of your choice from lecture materials (e.g., PowerPoint files and online lectures). Don’t use Jae’s theories of wealth and open communication/leadership.
This critique is designed to showcase your understanding of the chosen theory. An excellent critique often sounds like a serious, mystery-solving kind conversation and includes a brief introduction of the theorist(s), theoretical assumptions, major variables and tenets, some research findings, and your admiration (e.g., it really works/explains/predicts correctly/help control communication behaviors … ) and/or disappointment with the theory (limitations/faults) based on the criteria of evaluating theory. I expect you to spend at least two pages explaining the chosen theory in detail and spend the rest evaluating the theory. You are also expected to cite 3-5 specific comments, notes, quotes, or writing from the required textbook.
To earn the best grade, please closely consult with evaluation criteria that graders will use when evaluating your essay.
Shockingly Important Note: An informative critique paper with less than 1500 words in the text will not be evaluated, resulting in a failing grade of F or “0” point.
At the same time, the essay is NOT expected to go over 1600 words. Any paper with 1601-1650 words will lose 2 points, 1651-1700 words 4 points, 1701-1750 words 6 points, and so on. The cover page and references are not counted as part of 1500 – 1600 words.
Your informative critique paper must have a cover page that includes, at minimum, title, your name, theory you critiqued, number of words, and date of submission.
You need to cite references. You can use lecture materials or text (Heath & Bryant, 2000, p. xxx; Littlejohn & Foss, 2011, p. xxx). You do not need to do additional research beyond the textbooks and the lecture for the essay paper. For the critique paper, when citing sources or references, please follow APA (American Psychological Association) style – 6th edition. One useful website to learn about APA style is: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
Example of APA Style References (Your Text Books, PowerPoint files, Lectures)
Griffin, E. (2012). A first look at communication theory (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
Heath, R. L., & Bryant, J. (2000). Human communication theory and research: Concepts, contexts, and challenges (2nd ed.). New York: Routlege.
Lee, J. (2012, Jan.). COMM 1302 class 01 chapter 1 pt. 1. [Web lectures]. Retrieved from http://class.lecturecapture.uh.edu
Lee, J. (2014).Â Ch 1-Theory and research -Part1-LeeÂ [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from https://elearning.uh.edu
Littlejohn, S. W., & Foss, K. A. (2011). Theories of human communication (10th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
(Evaluation Criteria) When evaluating your critique, GRADERS will focus on:
(Comments, if any)
|1. Writing skills and proofreading
-Accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar
-Easy to follow, flowing, coherent
Poor- Fair- Ok- Good- Very good
-Attention getter, preview -Purpose, theme
-Presentation of theory -Theoretical assumptions
-Major variables -Major tenets
-Use of supporting materials (examples, illustrations)
-Cites 3-5 specific theoretical/related materials from the textbook (Show that you read the relevant materials/chapter in the textbook thoughtfully!)
-Remarks/reflections (admirations, limitations)
|5. Overall impression|
|Grade||A+, A-A+, A, … to F|
Scoring scheme for both informative critique and experiential essay papers (Slightly Different from the course grade scheme; Please also note the range grade.)
|A-A+||97||C – C+||74|
|A- A||93||C- – C||72|
|B+ – A-||89||D+ – C-||68|
|B- – B+||85||D – D+||65|
|B- – B||82||D- – D||62|
|C+ – B-||78||0||F
Less than 1500 words
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