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Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D. 
Interim Department Head, English
English Department

pamboukian@rmu.edu
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CS Courses (effective Fall 2017)

CS CORE COURSES (Effective Fall 2017)

CSEN0990 - College Reading and Writing 

Fall 2017 

This course helps student become more adept at discovering and generating meaning, in developing and refining their self-awareness as learners, in expanding their repertoires of reading and writing strategies, and in developing their abilities as purposeful readers and writers. Also given attention are issues of organization and surface-level elements of academic writing. Students use reading, writing, and speaking to learn about communicating in college; and they compose relatively simple texts to communicate with real readers (self, classmates, and teacher) about this issue. 
3 Credits 


 

CSEN1000 - Intro To Reading/Writing Strategies 
Fall 2017 

This course introduces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and establishes the importance of communications for a successful life and career. Students are made conscious of the behaviors and communication patterns typical of the groups to which they and other students belong; they learn to see themselves as audiences for others as they explore how different audiences have different patterns of communication and different expectations; they are encouraged to value and respect differences in communication patterns exhibited by others; and they are encouraged to adapt to the patterns of behavior and communication expected in academic and professional life. Though all the communications skills are introduced and practiced, reading, interpreting, and writing are emphasized. 
Prerequisite: CSEN0990 or COSK0990 
3 Credits 

 

CSEN1010 - Reading and Writing Strategies 
Fall 2017 

This course introduces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and establishes the importance of communications for a successful life and career. Students are made conscious of the behaviors and communication patterns typical of the groups to which they and other students belong; they learn to see themselves as audiences for others as they explore how different audiences have different patterns of communication and different expectations; they are encouraged to value and respect differences in communication patterns exhibited by others; and they are encouraged to adapt to the patterns of behavior and communication expected in academic and professional life. Though all the communications skills are introduced and practiced, reading, interpreting, and writing are emphasized. 
3 Credits 

 

CSEN1020 - Argument and Research 
Fall 2017 

This course reinforces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the significance of communications for a successful life and career. By learning to analyze and understand their professors as audiences, students are made conscious of the communications and behavioral expectations of their professors and of the reasons for variations in those expectations. While acquiring strategies for researching, interviewing, interpreting, and speaking, students focus on principles of logic, critical thinking, argumentation, and audience analysis necessary to create their own arguments as well as critique the arguments of others. Though all the communications skills are practiced, speaking and writing are emphasized. All written work is to be done on a word processor. 
Prerequisite: CSEN1000 (COSK1201) or CSEN1010 (COSK1220) 
3 Credits 

 

CSCM1030 - Public Speaking and Persuasion 
Fall 2017 

This course underscores the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the importance of communications skills for a successful life and career. While refining research and writing skills, students develop computer-assisted presentational materials to enhance the delivery of speeches. Among the communications topics explored are personal and professional relationships, ethical and legal issues, the impact of changing technology, audience analysis, and diversity in the workplace. This course emphasizes the development of a professional style of oral delivery and the production and use of relevant supporting materials. 
Prerequisite: CSEN1020 (COSK1221) or CSHR1020 (COSK1225) 
3 Credits 

 

CSCM2040 – Professional Communication In Workplace 
Fall 2017 

This course underscores the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the importance of communications skills for a successful life and career. While refining research and writing skills, students develop computer-assisted presentational materials to enhance the delivery of speeches. Among the communications topics explored are personal and professional relationships, ethical and legal issues, the impact of changing technology, audience analysis, and diversity in the workplace. This course emphasizes the development of a professional style of oral delivery and the production and use of relevant supporting materials. 
Prerequisite: CSCM1030 (COSK2220) or CSHR1030 (COSK2225) 
3 Credits 

 

CSCM2050 - Intercultural Communications 
Fall 2017 

This course reintroduces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and underscores the importance of communications for a successful life and career. While introducing small group process, CO221 extends the study and practice of communications skills into multicultural and global contexts. Focusing on the complexity and diversity of group activity in the contemporary workplace, this course provides an understanding of and strategies for coping with groups comprised of persons having different ethnic gender, racial, religious, organizational, and professional backgrounds and perspectives. Attention is given to multi cultural and ethical awareness, leadership styles, small group processes, and problem-solving methods. Besides demonstrating their command of the communications skills developed in the previous communications courses, students are expected to use appropriate support technologies in course projects and presentations. 
Prerequisite: CSEN1020 (COSK1221) or CSHR1020 (COSK1225) 
3 Credits