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Focus on the bold and undleined heading to preform the required information. Allthe information that pretains tome is listedin bold. OBJECTIVES This discussion is designed to help you develop a theme for your reflection essay that exemplifies how your work for the Communications Study degree has proved meaningful to you, personally and/or professionally. The essay that you will draft next week will be expected to present focused insights on what you think you gained from your coursework and how you expect to apply those insights in your life. For example, you might create a portfolio that is oriented toward your personal development or one that describes the knowledge, skills, and abilities you can offer an employer or graduate school recruiter. This discussion offers you the opportunity to develop your ideas with the help of your classmates. Im currently a Property manager, Event planner and studying to become a Pastor. While always being in a manager role or a customer service atmosphere I felt that a Comm degree was very beneficial for me. DELIVERABLES Develop a coherent view of your college experiences for your portfolio's essay by: listing the courses that you took for the communication degree. SPCH100, COMM202, COMM 300, SPCH 472, SPCH 324, COMM 302 identifying the classes that were the most personally and professionally valuable to you. SPCH 472 non verbal communication Helped me to analyze the impact of nonverbal messages on interpersonal, organizational, and public communication. COMM 302 Mass Comm and media Studies Gave me more insight in to different theroies COMM 390 Writing for managers Tough class but was very interesting on the proper way to right and exspond on certain deatils describing some of the more meaningful coursework that you completed in those classes. (Later, you'll need to select specific examples of your assignments to place in the portfolio.) explaining tentative conclusions about how or why these courses and the Communication Studies degree generally were a good major for you, and/or how you are different now with respect to your understanding of communication than you were when you began your studies. CONTEXT Instructions for the Academic Portfolio that you will develop over the next few weeks, and your choices of accompanying essay, can be found in the Syllabus. The format for the portfolio itself is detailed in the Academic Portfolio Toolkit folders under Assignments & Resources > Academic Portfolio Toolkit in the classroom table of contents. (Some of you may have to complete the Alternate Analytical Essay assignment if you do not have samples of your coursework to include in the portfolio. Feel free to talk this option through with me after you review its instructions also are in the Syllabus.) STEPS Begin by reviewing the Communication Studies classes that you have taken. Communication Studies courses use the designators COMM, JOUR, or SPCH. You might also think about the relationship between your COMM Studies courses and any of the professional writing classes you may have taken in the WRTG program to gain the business-, technical-, or grant- and proposal-writing skills useful to professional communicators. Consulting a course catalog from the year that you entered the program can help you think through the courses you have taken. For newer catalogs (2002 - present), ATTACHED Then, as you reminisce, think about the ideas that made the course or coursework meaningful to you in some way. Which areas of study stand out for you? Describe the project or idea in detail and discuss its significance. That is, what made the project valuable to you even now, as you remember it? Tell your readers how the experience led you to develop a particular insight about communication, about life, about people, and/or about yourself. Explain how your insights can serve you personally and/or professionally in the future. I would like to use my degree to better analyze people and they way different people and age groups communicate. Use tis degree to be a better public speaker while I lead a church congregation. To help and learn all social aspects of society and to held bride the gap with communication between races. These classes have shown me a lot, at times more tat I cold handle. I assmed this would be an easy degree. I did read all that was involved but once I got into it was very deep and it bought out a lot of information that I didn’t realize. I kind of thought it was the wrong degree path for me. But as I learn I was able to use it in my day-to-day life. While taking this degree class I accepted my call to ministry as a preacher. That was confirmation that this degree program was meant for me. For example, senior Communication Studies majors often say a particular theory or project in the Communication Theory (COMM 300) or Mass Communication and Media Studies (COMM 302) classes led them to insights that have served them well (i.e., in understanding communication in the workplace or in making a case for advancement at work). Other students have said their analyses of non-standard language varieties (dialects) in their Intercultural Communication (SPCH 482) classes helped them to feel proud of their own dialects and regional identities. Learning that dialects are just as rule-governed as standard languages can bolster people's perspectives on themselves and on others who speak their language. Others have described world-view-changing experiences in their Communication and Gender (SPCH 324) class that led them to richer relationships at home and at work. The speech classes, in general, can help students understand different communication situations and contexts, thus giving them an enlightened view of someone's nonverbal cues or listening behaviors. Students who have taken the PR class (JOUR 330, Public Relations Theory) have commented on the extraordinary impact that the internet has had on the skills they needed to develop for that profession. While you are analyzing your coursework, try to connect your thoughts to a framework for your portfolio that not only reflects how you have grown as a person but also how you have been changed by what you learned about the communication discipline. Your undergraduate degree affords you an opportunity to broaden your view of the world and your place within it, as well as the work you do or may want to do to earn a living. Take advantage of your collaboration on this discussion prompt to develop a meaningful thesis (*not** one that says you learned a lot or that communication skills are important though; those thoughts are general truths but not meaningful theses). Finding your thesis will require sharp critical thinking skills through questions like: Does a model of communication, ethical issue, communication tradition, context, or communication theory stand out in your samples? Can it be the lens through which you reflect on your experiences in this degree program? As an example, if you found yourself drawn to gender studies or analyzing political blogs, your essay might center around that interest and how it has affected you or where that interest may be taking you. Some students have found these questions helpful to discovering a significant insight about themselves or their Communications Studies major: What communication theory that you have learned in Communication Studies helped you to better understand your work environment, your family environment, society in general, or world events? How do your works reflect your insights about communication, both personally and professionally, or how did your works help you understand and apply the communication theory? To which model of communication do you subscribe, for example, the interactional model the linear model, or the transactional model and how is that choice reflected in your portfolio selections? Which ethical issue most challenges or interests you: business & industry issues, religion, entertainment, higher education, medicine, politics, or technology? Which communication tradition do you follow, for example, the rhetorical tradition, the semiotic tradition, the phenomenological tradition, the cybernetic tradition, the socio-psychological tradition, the socio-cultural tradition, or the critical tradition? In which context do you focus as a research interest, for example, the intrapersonal context, the interpersonal context, the small group context, the organizational context, the public and rhetorical context, the mass media context, or the cultural context? Which communication theory suits your workplace or research interests; for example, symbolic interaction theory, coordinated management of meaning, cognitive dissonance theory, expectancy violations theory, uncertainty reduction theory, social penetration theory, social exchange theory, relational dialectics theory, communication privacy management theory, groupthink, structuration theory, organizational culture theory, organizational information theory, rhetoric, dramatism, the narrative paradigm, cultural studies, cultivation analysis, uses and gratifications theory, spiral of silence theory, media ecology theory, face-negotiation theory, communication accommodation theory, muted group theory, or standpoint theory? [These questions are not an outline for your essay. They are provided to help you brainstorm.] Finally, as you brainstorm, visualize your audience. Your Academic Portfolio should be constructed to be actionable; that is, for a supervisor who may be considering promoting you, a prospective employer as a basis for hiring you, or a graduate school recruiter who is reviewing your admission application. The insights you note as you introduce each of your coursework samples are to be directed to that reader; your Reflective Essay should explain how the degree program has changed and strengthened you (complete with a References page to support the citations that you use in this part of the portfolio); your Résumé should be crafted for an employer in your intended career field.

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