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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Face to Face or Virtual - Communication

[COMM 5013] Introduction to Graduate Study - 101

Ioana Cionea

Course Description

COMM5013-101-22: Introduction to Graduate Study

Professor Ioana Cionea - Oklahoma City, Virtual

This course is an introduction to graduate study in communication at the University of Oklahoma. It is designed to introduce graduate students to the nature of advanced professional study. The focus of the course will be on the major social science theories and theoretical perspectives of the communication discipline. In addition, the course will introduce students to current trends in communication theory and research, as well as many of the major theoretical and research issues facing communication researchers today. This course concerns the essence of scholarship, including reading and writing for science research, and the nature and role of theory in the process of academic research. 

Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

Dates: January 21-January 23 & January 28-January 30, 2022.
Format: Course to take place via Zoom and Canvas.
Hours: Fridays, 6 pm – 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm.
Last day to enroll or drop without penalty: December 23, 2021

Site Director

NameKristen Dennis
Phone 405-314-6773

Professor Contact Information

Course Professor:Dr. Ioana A. Cionea
Mailing Address:130 Burton Hall, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma, 610 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK 73019-3141
Telephone Number:405-325-3018
Fax Number:405-325-7625
Professor availability:The professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

Student materials are available at the OU Bookstore Website at The website has book selling, renting, buying, returning, and order tracking capabilities. If you need help with an order, or if you have any questions contact the toll-free phone at 1-(855)-790-6637, agents are available from 9a – 5p (EST) Monday – Friday. Text prices are available online.

Additional readings will be posted on the Canvas course page. 

The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition
The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition
by Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G., Williams, Joseph M., Bizup, Joseph
Published by University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226239736
Theories of Human Communication
Theories of Human Communication
by Stephen W. Littlejohn; Karen A. Foss; John G. Oetzel
Published by Waveland Press, Inc.
ISBN: 9781478646679

Course Objectives

Students will become familiar with the various traditions of communication theory, the nature, assumptions, and assessment of a theory, as well as current issues that rely on and generate research within the communication discipline.

Course Outline

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

To be adequately prepared for this course, please read the textbook prior to the beginning of classes. Take notes and especially make note of concepts or issues that pose you difficulty. Bring these up as we cover the respective theories in class. 

In-class performance (20% of course grade)

You are expected to attend all classes and come to class prepared with pertinent comments. You should also make significant and substantive contributions to class discussions and offer constructive feedback on others’ work when applicable.

Each person is responsible for identifying one practical application, comment, or critique for each theory we discuss. You should post it in the appropriate thread on Canvas>Discussion board the day before a theory is to be discussed. Please do not repeat other students’ posts.

Theories presentation (30% of course grade)

Throughout the course, you will be responsible for leading discussion on two theories. You will have the opportunity to sign up for the theories you prefer on the first day of class, but you can also email the instructor in advance of the first day to claim your theories. On the day that theory is covered, it is expected that you will have a 2-3-page handout for the rest of the class that explains the theory, its background, its domain of application, assumptions, strengths and weaknesses, as well as theoretical and practical implications of the theory for communication research. Please upload a copy of your handout to Canvas>Dropbox the day before your presentation.

Analysis paper (30% of course grade)

The course paper for this class asks that you choose two communication theories from the same domain (e.g., interpersonal theories, organizational theories, etc.) and write a comparative critique of the theories. You should identify the type of research these theories have generated in the communication discipline in the past five years (2016-2021). Briefly describe/summarize the studies each theory has generated, explain the main results of these studies, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each theory according to the criteria discussed throughout the course.

The paper should be between 10 and 12 pages (excluding cover page and references) and follow APA 7th edition in respect to formatting, writing, and citations.

The paper should be submitted electronically to Canvas>Dropbox>Course papers by February 12. Late assignments may not be accepted – you should always check with your instructor if you believe you will have difficulty meeting the deadline. The instructor will return feedback electronically via Canvas.

Papers will be graded based on their content, structure, and writing. Further details about how to write a good paper as well as a detailed evaluation form for the paper will be discussed in class.

Final examination (20% of course grade)

The final examination will take place during the last class session. It will test your understanding of communication concepts and the theories studied, as well as the reading material assigned for the class. 


This is a letter-graded course: A(90%-100%), B(80%-89%), C(70%-79%), D(60%-69%), or F(<60%). 

AssignmentDue DatePercent of Grade
Attendance and participationAll class sessions20%
Theory presentationSaturday, January 22 and 2930%
Final examSunday, January 3020%
Course paperSunday, February 12 30%

Incomplete Grade Policy

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid. Note, however, that the grade of I is not automatic and that both student and instructor need to agree to it and sign an incomplete contract. 

Hardware/Software Requirements

-         Access to a stable Internet connection, Zoom, Canvas, and MyMedia to access course materials, meetings, and upload work

-         Access to a computer/laptop/iPad/Surface on which you can complete work


Zoom Behavior/Netiquette

Please treat the classroom as an educational setting. Be prepared and engage in all activities and class discussions. Refrain from any collateral activities during class time and do not disrupt the class and your classmates’ educational experience.

Sessions of this course may be recorded or live streamed. If recorded, when you engage in the course via Zoom, you agree to be recorded for class purposes, which includes your image, video feed, and voice.

Zoom meetings are classroom meetings. Please treat them as such. Please plan your surroundings and background so that they are appropriate and reduce distractions, wear appropriately school attire, and “arrive” to class (i.e., sign in to Zoom) a few minutes before the start time. When joining the meeting, please make sure that your video feed is on, and your microphone is unmuted. Remember to mute and unmute yourself as needed throughout class.

Copyright of Materials

As students, you are not permitted to share any portion of the course materials (including but not limited to course slides, assignments, class recordings) with others, in any format, without my explicit permission.

Zoom course recordings constitute my intellectual property and are reserved for your personal use only. These recordings should not be shared with or accessed in the presence of any other individuals who are not enrolled in the course, nor should they be uploaded to any other online environments in any circumstances.


Electronic Communication

           Communication via email is welcomed and encouraged. Please make sure your emails demonstrate professionalism (i.e., subject line, name, full sentences) and email me for information that is not obtainable through other means (e.g., by checking Canvas or asking a classmate). Please know that I answer email primarily during business hours. Finally, you should not send any grade inquiries over email.


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

For more information about OU Extended Campus, visit our website at:

Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Ioana A. Cionea


·        2013: Ph.D. in Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

·        2006: M. A. in Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

·        2004: LL. B., Dimitrie Cantemir University College of Law, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Current Position

Associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

·        Argumentation

·        Intercultural communication

·        Interpersonal communication

·        Quantitative research methods

Representative Publications and Presentations

·        Cionea, I. A., Kavya, P., & Wyant, M. H. (2020). Dialogue orientations in workplace meetings. Management Communication Quarterly, 35(2), 315-331.  

·        Cionea, I. A., Piercy, C. W., Bostwick, E. N., & Wilson Mumpower, S. (2019). Argumentative competence in friend and stranger dyadic exchanges. Argumentation, 33, 465-487.

·        Cionea, I. A., Van Gilder, B., Hoelscher, C. S., & Anagondahalli, D. (2018). A cross-cultural comparison of expectations in romantic relationships: India and the United States. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. (Advanced online publication).

·        Cionea, I. A. (2017). Interpersonal argumentation across cultures. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (pp. 1-12). Malden, MA: Wiley.

·        Guo, Y., & Cionea, I. A. (2017). “Do it this way, not that way:” An exploration of Chinese workplace conflicts. International Journal of Conflict Management, 28(2), 202-221.  

·        Cionea, I. A., Van Gilder, B., & Bruscella, J. S. (2017). Modeling serial argument goals, tactics, and their effects on arguers’ satisfaction in the case of three ethnic groups in the United States. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 46, 74-95.

Representative Honors and Awards Received

·        University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences, Irene Rothbaum Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor, 2016

·        University of Oklahoma, Office of the Vice President for Research, Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2014

·        University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication, Faculty/Staff Service and Support Award, 2014, 2017, 2019

Major Professional Affiliations

National Communication Association, 2004-present.