CMST 420 Health Communication
Syllabus (subject to revision and regular tinkering)
Fall 2014 Class Time: MW, 1pm to 3:20pm, Martin Hall 202
Instructor: Patricia Chantrill, Ph.D. Office Hours: MW 8:30am-9:30am (and by appointment), COM Bldg., Rm. 205 Cheney Campus.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog Address: http://healthcommunication420.wordpress.com/
Course Overview: This course explores health communication research and practice, including examination of the role of communication in health care delivery, health promotion and disease prevention, risk communication, as well as in promoting personal and psychosocial well being. The course cuts across multiple levels of communication, including different communication channels and contexts and the use of diverse communication media and technologies. Course concepts will be explored through lectures, readings, discussions, videos, and student presentations. Some lectures will be based on material from the text; however, in order to provide you with a broader base of knowledge, many lectures will not be redundant of text content (making attendance and in-class participation vital for student success in the course).
Course Policies & Evaluation of Performance: Students are expected to read all assigned materials; attend all scheduled classes; make informed contributions to the class discussion; and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the important examples and principles related to the political communication process.
Grading: Grades will be assigned on the basis of 400 points for the course: 5 Qs (short quizzes) worth 20 points each, 7 Blog Challenges worth 10 points each, one final exam at 100 points, and one Health Communication Research paper detailing and analyzing designated topics (details TBA) at 100 points. Presentation of the Research: 30 points. The grading scale can be found here.
Attendance & Participation: each student is granted 2 FREE absences on LECTURE-ONLY days. All other absences will result in a 10% deduction from the final grade.
Academic Integrity: this course will abide by EWU’s Academic Integrity Policy (see this link for details). Notably, ”Violations of academic integrity involve the use or attempted use of any method or technique enabling a student to misrepresent the quality or integrity of any of his or her work in the university and the program of study.” Students are strongly urged to contact the instructor with any concerns regarding the academic integrity of exams, assignments, and/or intellectual property before turning in anything questionable.