The Entrance Portfolio is a collection of the student’s work for evaluation. Credit should be given for completing all parts of the portfolio. The instructor must assess each student’s writing, and if the student’s writing is weak, develop a plan (tutoring, extra work, grammar review, online workshops, office conferences) to help the student improve. It is the instructor’s primary obligation to help the student to carry out his or her development plan.
The portfolio report consists of:
- Title Page (Reference Title Page and Table of Contents Handout)
- Table of Contents (Reference Title Page and Table of Contents Handout)
- Work completed in previous classes. One to two edited essays written as part of the course assignments in other Communication Skills classes or other college courses. Essay samples should include a researched essay with sources listed in full bibliographic citation.
- Work completed in previous classes. One to two short pieces of writing from previous Communication Skills classes (journals, peer critiques, self-critiques, Toulmin analyses, etc.), or other college classes. Samples should be edited and selected by the student and should demonstrate metacognitive awareness or analytical skills.
- APA-formatted reading log: the student documents his or her range of reading. The log should list, in full bibliographic citation, five sources which may include: scholarly or relevant trade book, scholarly article, magazine article, newspaper article, and electronic source. (Reference Reading Log Handout and Examples on Blackboard)
- Communication Self-Assessment Letter: the student describes his or her skills and experiences in relationship to each of the CSCM2040 learning goals listed on the syllabus. 1-2 Pages (Reference Examples on Blackboard)
CSCM2040 COURSE LEARNING GOALS
Students will be able to:The Entrance Portfolio is a collection of the student’s work for evaluation
- Find and accurately summarize and evaluate issues and arguments from a variety of business, scholarly, popular, and professional sources
- Write for a variety of audiences, using standard business formats, including résumés and cover letters
- Create texts that possess conciseness, clarity, technical correctness, clear organizational structure, and conformity to the conventions of Standard Written English
- Adapt texts to various and multiple audiences
- Integrate presentation software into effective, interesting, audience-oriented, professional and purposeful presentations using appropriate presentational aids and media
- Meaningfully interact with a speaker through appropriate feedback, questions, and decision-making
- Evaluate and incorporate appropriate research into documents and presentations
- Interact effectively with others to analyze a shared task into its component parts, divide and perform tasks to meet group expectations, and evaluate and integrate mutual contributions into a coherent and professional product for a specific audience