Communication content of proposed ci-m subject Please

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CI-M Proposal
Proposal to Designate a Communication Intensive Subject in an Undergraduate Major
For a subject to be designated as CI-M for an undergraduate major, the subject must be approved by
both the CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement (SOCR) and the Committee on
Curricula (COC). This form (along with an updated syllabus) should be submitted to SOCR and is
intended for proposing designation of a new CI-M subject or revisions to the communication-intensive
components of a current CI-M; the standard COC proposal form must be submitted to that committee
as well. This form should not be used to propose a CI-H subject; please email [email protected] for
information on proposing CI-H subjects.
Subject number:
Subject name:
For which degree program(s) will this serve as CI-M?
Department:
Contact name:
Contact email:
Date submitted:
Completed CI-M proposal forms should be sent with an updated syllabus [email protected] (If
formal learning objectives and measurable outcomes have been established for this subject, these may
also be included.) The due date for AY2015-16 CI-M proposals is December 5, 2014.
Further information on the Communication Requirement is available at http://web.mit.edu/commreq/ or
by contacting Kathleen MacArthur, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Support, at 253-2783 or
[email protected] For more information on the proposal process, contact Lauren Reemsnyder, Staff
to the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement, at 253-6309 or [email protected]
Further information on designing assignments and integrating communication instruction into your CI-M
subject is available on the web at http://cmsw.mit.edu/wrap or by contacting Suzanne Lane, Director of
Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, at 452-5009 or [email protected]
CI-M
Proposal for AY2015-16
The criteria for CI-M subjects may be found at: http://web.mit.edu/commreq/faculty ci-m.html
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Communication Intensive subjects in the major (CI-M) must:
o integrate writing and speaking assignments that relate to the professional discourse in the
major field;
o require at least 5,000 words of writing including one mandatory revision, an equivalent
amount of oral communication, or an equivalent combination of the two;
o include substantial instruction and feedback on student work; and
o count communication-intensive activities as ≥ 25% of the final grade
General information
1. When do you expect students to take this subject? Check all that apply:
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
2. Units:
12 units
Other (please explain):
9 units
3. Prerequisites:
4. Other Institute Requirements satisfied by this subject. Check all that apply:
Lab
HASS Distribution
REST
HASS Elective
Category
5. Academic year(s) subject is to be offered. Check all that apply:
AY2015-2016
AY2017-2018
AY2016-2017
AY2018-2019
6. Term(s) offered. Check all that apply:
Fall
IAP
Spring
Summer
7. What is the expected enrollment for this subject in each term?
Fall term:
Spring term:
Communication content of proposed CI-M subject
8. Please indicate whether the subject is new, modified, or existing and unmodified.
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If new or modified, when will the subject first be offered in the format proposed for CI-M designation?
If modified, please describe the modifications as they relate to the communication-intensive activity:
9. Describe how the communication-intensive activities are integrated with the educational objectives
of this subject. How do these activities develop students’ skills within your particular field’s specific
conventions of communication?
10. Mode(s) of communication
Written
Other (please explain):
Oral
11. Describe the instruction in communication skills and who will provide it:
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12. Please describe the number, type, and length of the communication assignments including when
they occur during the course of the semester. Normally, each CI-M subject should require a
minimum of 5,000 words of individual writing, the equivalent amount of individual oral
communication, or an equivalent combination of written and oral communication. (As a rule of
thumb, a minute of formal presentation is considered equivalent to approximately 100-120 words.)
Please also attach an updated syllabus for the subject. (If formal learning objectives and
measurable outcomes have been established for this subject, these may also be included.)
13. If team or group assignments — written or oral — are involved, please describe how these
assignments are structured to ensure that each student contributes an appropriately substantial
component of the communication-intensive work and how that individual contribution is evaluated:
14. CI-M subjects must provide each student with the opportunity to revise a communication assignment
based on feedback. Please indicate which assignment(s) will be revised, and when during the term
the revision(s) will occur:
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What kind of feedback will be provided and by whom?
15. Describe how the communication component of the subject will affect the grade given to students.
The communication portion of each CI-M subject should count significantly toward the overall grade,
i.e., at least 25% of the subject grade.
16. Are you interested in assistance in any of the following areas: (i) integrating communicationintensive activities into your course design, (ii) assignment development, (iii) communication
instruction or (iv) evaluation of communication assignments?
Yes
No
If yes, please describe what type of assistance you are seeking:
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Resources to support communication-intensive activities
17. Describe the instructional resources required for communication instruction and feedback including
the use of Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication staff, additional TAs, or other
instructional support.
Indicate whether these resources are new or existing.
New resources
Existing resources
Please note that SOCR evaluates requests for new resources and makes recommendations to the
Dean for Undergraduate Education. The Subcommittee cannot guarantee that all requests for
resources will be funded. Preliminary questions about resources may be addressed to Kathleen
MacArthur, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Support.
Additional remarks
If there is additional information that will aid SOCR in its review of the subject, or if you have a comment
on this proposal form, please include it here.
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