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Electronic Portfolio information for the
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - COMM 4098

An electronic portfolio is a collection of work samples that illustrates a graduate’s proficiency in research, writing, speaking and multimedia development. Students are encouraged to add files that highlight work from internships, community outreach activities, and participation at the Center for Public Deliberation.

A student enrolls in COMM 4098 during the final semester before graduation. However, you should begin to collect your best written, oral and media projects throughout your upper-level coursework.


Your electronic portfolio will be compiled in Blackboard Learn. Upon enrollment, you will have access to documents (e.g., syllabus, instructions) to guide you through the process of creating an e-portfolio.

Your e-portfolio should include each of these documents, from upper-level coursework:

  • • Resume (optional)
  • • Cover letter (optional)
  • • Essay (400-500 words) Topic to be determined by professor.
  • • Research paper ( 10-15 pages with references)
  • • Video of presentation with PowerPoint or other media program (recorded during the semester enrolled in COMM 4098, submitted as a link)
  • • Outline used for creating a presentation (may be different from the recording)
  • • Communication and Citizenship self-evaluation (rubric included in course)


The portfolio is graded S for Satisfactory or I for Incomplete. Only a grade of S, certified by the professor of COMM 4098, allows for graduation.

The e-portfolio will be used for degree assessment. Yearly evaluation of graduates in Communication Studies is integral to maintaining an excellent program to meet the needs of the 21st century global workplace. There are five learning outcomes in the current assessment plan:

  1. • Graduates will explain the elements common to all communication contexts.
  2. • Graduates will use theories, principles, and concepts to analyze communication interactions.
  3. • Graduates will evaluate, prepare, and deliver effective oral messages using technology.
  4. • Graduates will access, interpret, and conduct research in communication studies.
  5. • Graduates will discuss the impact of communication in real-world contexts.

If you have questions about the Communication Studies E-portfolio, please contact the program director:

Jean DeWitt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 713-221-8995
Office: Main Building, S-1058

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Last updated or reviewed on 8/20/14

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