Due Sunday, July 19 at 11:59 p.m. via D2L
The theory portfolio is a 10-13 page document that provides a full report of your assigned communication theory. You have already created much of the portfolio content in previous assignments. In addition to the portfolio, you will create a Revise and Resubmit document (submitted separately) that addresses the changes that you made to previous assignments that are included in the portfolio.
This will not be a traditional research paper. Think of this more like a business-style report. Feel free to use creative design for this assignment.
10-13 pages (single-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins)
The Concept Map and Theory Handout are excluded from the font and margin requirements.
Must use headings and subheadings
APA style in-text and full citations
Must be submitted as a PDF document
Cover Page (does not count toward page limit)
Official Name of Your Theory
Class Number (COM 4480 W01 or COM 4480 W02)
Semester and Year (Summer 2020)
Concept Map (1 page)
You have already completed the Concept Map earlier in the class. You will include your revised document in this section.
Tip: Resave your Concept Map as a .jpg or .png image. Then you can insert it as a picture on a page.
Theory Synopsis (2-3 pages)
Provide a detailed description of the theory.
Who developed the theory?
Provide a short bio
Who are additional key researchers?
Why is the theory important to the field of communication research?
What are the key concepts of the theory?
Explore all of the key concepts
How is the theory commonly applied in communication research?
Use in-text citations to give credit to your sources of information.
Write this section in your own words.
Do not cut-and-paste sentences from outside sources.
Do not use long direct quotes from outside sources.
Theory-in-Action (1-2 pages)
Describe an application of the theory to five “real-world” or dramatized communication scenarios. This can be a television/movie clip, news story, a speech, or similar. Do not use a video that was created for a class (at KSU or another university). Each listing should include:
Include an clickable link (Use Bit.ly or YouTube shortlink”
A full description of the communication scenario (1-2 paragraphs per video)
A full explanation of how at least one key concept of your assigned theory may be applied to the communication scenario (1-2 paragraphs per video)
Tip: You can re-use the video examples from your Concept Map, Theory Handout, and/or relevant Discussion Posts.
Recommended Readings (3-5 pages total) Note: I increased the upper page limit if you need some extra space
You have already completed an extended annotated bibliography earlier in the class. You will include your revised document in this section.
Additional Resources (1-2 pages)
List five additional resources to learn more about your theory. This can be a video, website, blog, industry/news article, etc. Each listing should include:
A link to the resource
A full description of the resource and why it is beneficial for understanding your assigned theory. (1-2 paragraphs per listing)
Tip: You may re-use resources included in your Theory Handout
Theory Handout (1-2 pages)
You have already completed the Theory Handout earlier in the class. You will include your revised document in this section.
Tip: Resave your Theory Handout as individual pages in .jpg or .png format. Then you can insert those as a picture on a page.
References (does not count toward page limits)
All resources used for your Theory Synopsis should be included in the References page.
This does not include the citations from your Annotated Bibliography unless you directly cite those in your Theory Synopsis.
All references must be in correct APA format.
Additional Theory Portfolio Tips
Start working on the Theory Portfolio now. While you have completed a lot of work toward the portfolio in previous assignments, you will need to plan sufficient time for revisions and to write the new content.
You can use Word, but also feel free to use a design app like Canva or InDesign to give your portfolio a professional look.
If you are unsure about a portfolio requirement, ask me about it. I am happy to answer your questions.
I am happy to provide draft comments. Drafts must be received no later than 72 hours before the assignment deadline.
Breakdown of Grade
Cover Page 1 point
Concept Map 10 points
Theory Synopsis 25 points
Theory-in-Action 10 points
Annotated Bibliography 25 points
Additional Resources 10 points
Theory Handout 5 points
APA Style References (in-text and reference page) 5 points
Spelling/Grammar/Formatting 5 points
Revise and Resubmit Document (submitted separately) 4 points
Total 100 points