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ERIC Number: ED355559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 10
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The Senior Seminar in Communication Theory as an Assessment Instrument.
Decker, Warren D.
The Senior Seminar in Communication Theory at George Mason University was originally designed to provide graduating seniors with an opportunity to study a variety of communication theories from all areas of the discipline. More recently it has also been used as a "capstone" course to assess student outcomes, allowing faculty to observe a number of behaviors which each communication graduate should exhibit. Student outcomes are assessed via a number of assignments which are designed to allow the evaluation of a wide range of cognitive information and communication skills. Each student is required to work within a group and prepare a seminar report on a specific theory. The class has a midterm and a final examination, each containing 10 questions. Many of the questions require both application and critical analysis of theory, as well as a synthesis of information. Class participation accounts for 10% of the grade. Final individual papers describe a selected theory, criticize it, and indicate a setting to which it can be applied. Students must obtain a grade of "C" or better in this course in order to graduate. (An appendix contains the seminar report evaluation form.) (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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