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Communication 100 section #64667 - Process of Communication - Karyl Kicenski

Course:Process of Communication
Professor:Karyl Kicenski
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Picture of Dr. Kicenski who is blond and has a twinkle in her eye

First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Dr. Karyl Kicenski, and I am excited to tell you that I love this particular course and my job more generally!  A lot of people have trouble with my name and so many just call me Dr. K or Professor K.  If this works for you, please feel free to follow suit.  I began my career at CSU, Northridge, went to George Mason for my Ph.d and came to COC as a full-time faculty member in the spring of 2000.  So, this will be my 22nd year as a full time professor here!  

In my spare time I love to travel !  I probably love Italy, Greece and the Caribbean the most!  And, put me on a cruise and I am a happy camper!

My BA and MA degrees are in the field of Communication Studies; but, my doctoral degree is in Cultural Studies.  I am interested in the links between meaning-making and the structures of social power, privilege and disprivilege.  My central research questions tend to ask how meanings are created through cultural frameworks and how these meanings either advance or limit human emancipation and dignity.  This leads me to wonder about topics like propaganda, marketing, youth cultures, gender--especially masculinity--and rhetorical discourses that are popular in society.  

I recognize that we have been in pandemic mode for the last few years now and I know all of us have dealt with so much.  I am aware of and sensitive to the challenges these years have had upon us and education and I am committed to getting us through this semester with as much grace as possible.  I will care for your learning and shepherd you through the term. You have my promise on this...Thank you for visiting this page and caring about your education!

If you have special concerns, please let me know--don't be afraid to reach out. 


Course Description

This course is an overview of the communication field. Each week we will be examining a different aspect of the discipline of communication studies.  The course is a LATE START format--meaning it is 8 WEEKS in length.  The course begins 10/17/22.  The Canvas page will be available for you by this start date.  Please be sure to log in and begin working or you may be dropped for non-attendance.

What to Expect in this Course

Each week students will read, complete some discussion board posts and often finish a case study. There are two exams in the course. All of the assignments will be on our canvas page and so you will need access to canvas and a good internet connection.  There are no live class sessions.

Types of Assessments

Most of the work will be discussion board posts and case studies. There will also be quizzes and reading and two online exams.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

The textbook is Communication Mosaics--please purchase a used textbook.  You are welcome to purchase another edition, BUT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ONE YOU CHOOSE AND THE ONE BELOW.  The required book is:


Wood, Julia T. Communication Mosaics: An Introductionto the Field of Communication 7th Ed.Belmont, CA: Cengage. ISBN-10: 0840028180

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Last updated: 07/06/2022 Sub#: 440