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Special Topics Practicum
SPEC PRACTICUM
CLASS CODE: COMM 497R CREDITS:  1
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Practicums designed to enhance student knowledge, skills and abilites in such ways as a professional speaker series, internship and career application/portfolio preparation, leadership training, and specific software application instruction.
TAUGHT: SF 2004, SF 2005, SF 2006, SF 2007, SF 2008
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Careers and Leadership Practicums designed to enhance student knowledge, skills and abilites in such ways as a professional speaker series, internship and career application/portfolio preparation, leadership training, and specific software application instruction.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: CAREERS:Examine and develop basic concepts needed in career path, reading “What Color is your Parachute,” by John Bolles. Develop a credible, up-to-date personal resume and tailored cover letter. Find resources—book, periodical and internet—that help with career search, information and development of career paths. Understand good principles of types of interviewing: practice, informational hiring. Create individual plan for schooling and career paths; discover personality types and styles. Originate and complete at least two real or contrived interviews for internships or jobs. Summarize and evaluate over-all experience in developing new viewpoints and skills in job and career planning. Complete a final “report” on career plans, personality profiles and interview experiences.

LEADERSHIP:Define leadership as a concept and the principles of various leadership styles. Develop a personal profile of student leadership interests and styles. Research leadership literature book, periodical, and internet that help develop leadership understanding and assessment. Learn about leadership traits and styles from serving, current leaders in church, education and business. Create an individual leadership development project serving a church or community group, a company or college organization. Apply things learned to a prospective position of leadership within a church, business or other organization. View examples of problems in leading people using video-tape “Coping with Difficult People” and “High Impact Leadership.” Complete a final “report” on leadership style, personality profile, project results and plans for future leadership development.
REQUIREMENTS: Readings, lectures, discussions, research and short papers, resumes, review resumes, group evaluations, expert feedback, teacher feedback, practice interviews, examples, writing exercises, on-line tests, experience evaluations, Myers-Briggs, Eneagrams, presentations, final report, course work.
PREREQUISITES: COMM 100 or consent of Instructor.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002