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COMD 495 : Senior Project

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Senior Project
One option for the capstone experience for the communication program. Provides students with the opportunity to integrate and exhibit knowledge and communication skills acquired during their program of study. Allows students to select from a number of project options, such as researching, writing, and presenting a conference paper; developing a website; creating and delivering a workshop; engaging in a service-learning project; and conducting an empirical study. Requires students to assemble a professional eportfolio that illustrates the depth and breadth of work completed in the program.

To integrate college course work through development of a substantial project. To demonstrate mastery of written and oral communication skills. To demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter, theories, and research and creative methods of the communication discipline. To conduct primary and secondary research in communication and professionally communicate that information. To present oral and written reports of observations and findings. To assemble a professional eportfolio that includes a résumé, sample application letter, a cover letter reflecting on the student’s experience in the program and orienting readers to the contents of the e-portfolio, a table of contents, and three to five samples of the student’s work apart from the paper or project that forms the basis of his or her capstone project, an abstract of the capstone project, and a copy of written and/or pictorial components of the capstone project. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: Select a research, writing, creative, or other project that builds on previous coursework. Projects could include, but are not limited to, preparation and presentation of a conference paper, development of a substantial website, creation of a workshop to be delivered to a target audience, writing player profiles or providing play-by-play coverage of a local sports team, creating and hosting a regular radio program, developing and delivering a service-learning project in the community related to communication such as a video communicating information to a target population (such as a health-related or science-based message), preparing the public relations and advertising materials for a cultural event, or conducting an empirical study. Understand and articulate the connection between skills and theoretical concepts learned in the classroom and how these can be applied. Incorporate feedback in the development of the project. Demonstrate increased self-confidence and interpersonal skills Produce a professional-quality eportfolio that includes a number of work-related components

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ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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