Summary of Selected Communication Intensive Courses (CICs) Supported
ENG/CMP 2800, 2850
The only CIC at the 2000 level and the only course all Baruch students (both native and transfer) must take is Great Works of Literature (ENG 2800, ENG 2850, CMP 2800 or CMP 2850), a four-hour, three-credit course; the additional course hour is intended to enable faculty to engage the students in communication intensive activities without restricting course content. The Institute supports GW courses through the work of writing and communication fellows who conduct regularly scheduled writing workshops. Topics include thesis development, prewriting, working with primary and secondary sources, writing about poetry and revising their work. Fellows also conduct periodic in-class writing workshops by faculty request. The number of requests from faculty has been steadily increasing from semester to semester.
In supporting ANT 1001, the Institute provides a Senior Communication Fellow to the department, as well as Communication and CUNY Writing Fellows to work with faculty and students. Institute staff conduct in-class workshops on course-specific writing concerns as well as workshops for small groups of students tailored to the concerns of the faculty. Faculty and fellows work together to identify specific writing concerns and then develop in-class workshops specifically tailored to the learning goals of each course. Past workshops have focused on such issues as getting started on an essay, developing body paragraphs, writing ethnographies, giving oral presentations, and putting together research papers. Institute staff also holds office hours for one-on-one meetings with students and administer an organizational Blackboard site. Fellows assigned to ANT 1001 also support a number of other courses in the department as unofficial CICs. These have included ANT 3153, Geog 3009, SOC 3085, SOC 3136, SOC 4900 at one section per course. The nature of support for these courses is identical to that for ANT 1001.
ECO 4100/4200, FIN 4610/4710
A team of Communication Fellows prepare and conduct faculty development workshops focused on assigning and responding to writing and speaking-based assignments. In some sections, Fellows conduct one-on-one tutorials for students preparing drafts of their final written projects or oral presentations. The Fellows also conducts periodic workshops focused on topic development for weekly written assignments. Neither the workshops nor one-on-one meetings with the Fellow are typically required by the instructors.
Fellows supporting BPL 5100 work with up to four separate sections of the course. For each section, the Fellow meets with an average of seven different groups, of 4-6 members each. Fellows meet at least twice with each group, and are responsible for rehearsing the students as they prepare their group oral presentations. The rehearsals are videotaped and reviewed at the end of the rehearsal sessions. In addition to the two required meetings, students are encouraged to meet with the Fellows to discuss any writing assignments they receive. Occasionally, some faculty require the fellows to film the final presentations in the classroom. When this happens, teams are also required to meet with the faculty member and the Fellow to review the teams’ performance.
MKT 5750, ACCT 4100
Structured similarly to BPL5100, support of MKT 5750 and ACCT 4100, focuses on aiding students in preparing for their final presentations, which constitute a large portion of their course grade. The Communication Fellows assigned to the courses, meet regularly with students throughout the semester, helping them research and structure their presentations. They rehearse the presentations with the students and review video recordings of the rehearsal session. They likewise work with students in groups in preparing a research paper related to their presentation.
ACCT 2101, FIN 3000
The Schwartz Institute works closely with graduate student recitation leaders and provides training in effective oral communication pedagogy. The institute likewise trains the recitation leaders in the use of VOCAT and facilitates the use of the tool in the recitation sections. Institute staff also attend the final presentations and offer formative feedback to students in each section.
Much of the Institute’s support of MGT 3800 is focused on helping students prepare for required team debates. Fellows meet with each team several times over the course of the semester to practice debating and public speaking skills. Practice sessions are often videotaped and reviewed by the Fellows and the students at the end of the session. Fellows also work individually with students on required writing assignments and are in the process of developing in-class workshops focused on the required debates.