CICS program in USA context

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University has been around since 1986. This program is unlike any other graduate program offered at Ball State, as well as other universities around the United States. It is designed to complete within a mere 11 months, whereas other graduate programs are typically two years to completion. I believe that this program offers great leadership and social learning skills, while also obtaining the knowledge to excel in the technology industry. Most technology related graduate programs throughout the United States are geared towards students that have an undergraduate degree in technology, such as Computer Technology, or Computer Science; however, CICS strives for diversity. In my experience beginning this program, I have quickly learned that there are more students with degrees outside the tech realm. For me, this program was a great fit because I have a Bachelors in Business Administration, but did not want to obtain an MBA. I felt that this program would allow me to diversify myself from others with the business background and hopefully would make finding a job after graduation much easier.

As stated on the CICS webpage at Ball State, “We have a placement rate of 90 percent, and our alumni report significant increases in salary after graduation” ( Companies all over the world strive to recruit graduates from CICS because it is such a well-known program that prepares us for the real world in a significant way. CICS also states that “Companies such as AT&T, Cisco, IBM, and Accenture continue to recruit our graduates because they know that we prepare students like you to lead and serve in challenging and progressive environments” ( This program also allows you to work on groups projects related to specific companies, such as the Accenture Challenge.

Please click the following link to see the vast list of companies that look to recruit specifically from CICS: I have also heard from previous graduates that CICS will also assist you in getting placed in a job within the scope or work you are looking for. I truly believe that you would not find another program like this in the world.


Information Renaissance

Over the decades, we have evolved in to a world known as the ‘information renaissance’. This was not a term that was known decades ago because of the lack of technology; however, with technology rapidly advancing people have been forced to learn about the information renaissance and incorporate it in to their everyday lives. Those individuals who believe they are not technologically savvy have learned that they need to be because technology is everywhere now. For example, something as easy as learning how to use a smartphone to quickly research a topic to something as advanced as how to work a smart appliance, such as the smart refrigerator. Let’s say you go to the grocery store and realize you have forgotten your list, you are now able to download an application on your phone that allows the ability to open your refrigerator at home to view the contents. This will help to ensure that you do not forget any necessities that you might really need.

This new era of renaissance has information and technology everywhere. It is almost impossible to escape technology in today’s society unless you are living off the grid. The evolution of technology has even made its way to making purchases much faster at retail stores with the concept of Apple pay. We are now able to store our credit card information in to our cell phones and with one tap over the credit card machine in the checkout line, your bill is paid.

Plagiarism in the Work of a Scientist

Merriam Webster Dictionary’s website defines plagiarism as “an act of copying the ideas or words of another person without giving credit to that person” ( Merriam Webster Dictionary also states that plagiarism is rooted from the Latin word “plagiarius”, which means “kidnapper” (

Plagiarism is a topic that was talked about early on in your educational career. I remember being in middle school when teachers started introducing the concept of plagiarism and how it is extremely unacceptable. I believe that it is very important that teachers continue to talk about plagiarism early on in education because technology has made it much easier to plagiarize and also to get caught doing it.

Before technology evolved, individuals would believe that they could get away with plagiarizing since it was not as easy to check the sources due to the fact that teachers would have to physically look up the book to ensure it was cited correctly. Throughout the years, there have been programs come about that teachers could submit the student’s assignment to in order to quickly search for any plagiarized text. For example, Blackboard has the Safe Assign program built in to it so that students have the ability to check their own work before submitting to see the percentage of their paper that is considered to be plagiarized. Professors can also use this program to easily see if a student has submitted someone else’s work without proper citations. Also, the nice thing about the interest today is that there are websites that can be used free of charge to properly cite your source in whichever format you may need (APA or MLA). An example of one of these websites is

Theory of Human Communication Through My Eyes


            Human communication is an extremely complex topic. After studying human communication, there is no one theory that will cover the same information or examples. One’s theory can be built in a matter of months, but also continue to evolve over years to come.

This paper will cover various topics within human communication. It will begin with the basic understanding of communication, which will then go in to describing human communication. Finally, the discussion will cover how this topic relates to being successful in the industry today.

Communication: What is it?

            Before an individual can completely understand human communication, they must have basic knowledge and understanding as to what communication is. Communication is “the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc, to someone else” ( Table 1 is derived from the Transmission Model of Communication online and explains the basic understanding of how communication is delivered. If you follow this link: it will take you to the chart that I was explaining in Table 1. I could not get it the chart to post in this weblog.

As shown in Table 1 on that webpage, communication has a specific path to take to be successful with delivering a message to another individual. First, individual A will determine a message and encode it to travel through the channel. Once the message has gone through the channel, the receiver or individual B can decode the message to successfully deliver the message to the appropriate destination. Now that there is an understand of what communication is, we will cover the concept of human communication.

Human Communication

            There is never only one answer to the question of “what is human communication?” or “what is your theory of human communication?” “My understanding of human communication is the way that humans send messages to one another. Communication can be done by yourself, with another individual, or even a group of any size. Messages can be sent verbally or nonverbally” (Turner, 2016). I decided to come up with a very basic definition of human communication so that any audience would be able to understand.

One of my fellow colleagues came up with a great example to interpret human communication. “Human communication is like a tree. A tree has multiple limbs, each with their own individual branches, and from each branch sprouts leaves. Depending on what one’s purpose in studying human communication is, it is more practical to focus on just one limb or branch” (Roche, 2016). This is a great way to easily explain that human communication has various components and theories that make up a very complex topic.

Another colleague of mine defines human communication as “the practice of behaviors, formation of patterns of behaviors, and use of various communication channels that form the relationship between oneself and people around them to establish and reaffirm one’s identity” (Bender, 2016). This take on human communication is more complex, but still takes on the similar understanding of my concept of human communication that was stated previously. As you can see there is no one definitive answer to what human communication is, or even one solid theory.

While researching my theory of human communication, I came across a great example about referring to Adam and Eve. “Two humans are born into a world, knowing nothing of how they came to be and nothing of what is in front of them” (Bender, 2016). This situation really helps to understand how human communication has evolved over time. When Adam and Eve came about, they had to figure out a way to communicate. First through gestures, drawings, and body language; however, over time the ability to communicate verbally evolved between the two of them.

While determining my own theory of this topic, I found that there were specific skills needed to be part of a great theory. The skills are as follows: self-presentation skills, relationship skill, interviewing skills, group interaction and leadership skills, presentation or public speaking skills (DeVito, 2014). Self-presentation skills are a necessity to ensure that an individual is approachable, confident, and credible. Relationship skills are important when trying to build and maintain friendships. Next, interviewing skills must be a skill that individuals excel at to obtain the job they strive for to become successful in the industry they desired. Group interaction and leadership skills are valuable when it comes to being able to work well with a team or be an efficient and effective leader. Lastly is the skill that most individuals fear the most, which ha presentation or public speaking skills. If an individual can overcome this fear, it allows them to develop a skill that will allow the ability to present information to audiences of any size.

Society or Industry Today

            Practical theories of human communication allow individuals to “aim to improve life in concrete ways” (Littlejohn, 2011, p 30). The practical theory of human communication allows individuals to achieve goals in any situation because they will be able to adapt to various situations with sets of different challenges. “As we move into an exploration of theories, we need to think about groups or genres if theories – some organizing scheme to help them make sense in relation to one another” (Littlejohn, 2011, p 43).  This concept is helpful to find out what communication styles fit your own personality, as well as goals you have set in your personal or professional life.

When approaching situations in the industry today, it is important to understand direct and indirect communication. Direct communication is easy to understand because it is just the verbal messages that are sent to another individual, maybe a hiring manager or boss. Some might not realize when they are sending messages using indirect communication. “Indirect communication is body language. For example, having great posture and a firm handshake can send a message to a potential employer, which can speak volumes in a job interview” (Roche, 2016). Many individuals do not realize these indirect gestures, so it is very important to always be aware of your actions at all times.

Management is about getting work done through people (Peters, 1987, p 544). When discussing human communication in class lecture and how it can relate to the real world, I learned that a great theory is “making other people comfortable is a way to set them at ease” (Gillette lecture, 2016). To be a great leader in a career, or even in graduate course studies, one must be able to know and understand human communication because they will be the person that others look up to or go to when needing assistance with an issue. “Delegation is “hot!” We must learn to let go, or suffer the consequences of unacceptably slow action-taking (Peters, 1987, p 544). A great communicator must be able to successfully delegate tasks to other individuals and give clear instructions when needed about the task, as well as a deadline.


            After reading about human communication, it is obvious that this topic is very complex. There are so many theories in the world about this topic, which can be used for any industry. No one will ever have the exact same theory of human communication; however, multiple theories can build upon one another. It is inevitable that individuals will communicate one way or another on a daily basis, so “the more you communicate, the better your communication will be” (DeVito, 2014). Many factors of human communication have been discussed; however, the list of more areas that could be covered is infinite. I will end with a great quote as it ties human communication to the technology industry. “W. Barnett Pearce describes this development as revolutionary, in large part because of the rise of communication technologies: “new technologies of communication have empowered communicators to do more, faster, at greater distances, and with less effort than ever before” (Littlejohn, 2011, p 5).

References List

Bender, Aaron. (2016). Human Communication: The Medium That Makes Us. Ball States University, Center for Information and Communication Sciences.

“Communication”, Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Retrieved on August 26, 2016 from

DeVito, Joseph A. (2014). Essentials of human communication. (8th ed.). Chapter 1 of online text. Pearson. Retrieved on August 27, 2016 from

Littlejohn, Stephen W and Karen A. Foss. (2011). Theories of Human Communication. (10th ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Peters, Tom. (1987). Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution. New York: Harper and Row.

Roche, Megan. (2016). Defining Human Communication Through the Lens of Theory. Ball State University, Center for Information and Communication Sciences.

Turner, Kristina. (2016) What is Human Communication? Ball State University, Center for Information and Communication Sciences.

Transmission Model of Communication. (1994). Digital Image. Retrieved on October 31, 2016 from


When trying to decide upon a Masters degree that suits your desires, it is best to do significant research to ensure that you choose the right program for you. Most Masters programs are 2 year programs; however, The Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University offers a non-traditional Masters program which can be completed in just 11 months. The Masters of Science in Information and Communication Sciences program is designed to pass knowledge and skills to students through hands-on and theory based teaching. This program will also prepare students to work in teams once they enter the workforce and also excel at leadership. This specific Masters program is unlike any other program in at it is extremely demanding and must have highly disciplined individuals, especially if they choose to graduate in just under 1 calendar year.

As far as the classes offered within the program, it has the potential to be a highly technical degree. One does not need to have a technical background to excel in the program.  This program does also allow students to build on their business communication and leadership skills. CICS has the ability to assist students in finding employment after graduation within company’s that are highly known in the technology industry, such as CISCO and AT&T.

Every student has their own individual reasons as to why they choose the course of study they did. For me, I have a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, as well as an Associate of Science in Applied Management so most would assume I would want to pursue a MBA. Even though I do not have a background in the tech field, I felt that CICS would still be a great fit for me because I would be able to diversify myself from other students looking for jobs with a business background. By expanding my knowledge base within the technology industry, I hope to present myself to potential employers within the tech world and offer my skills through business and marketing, as well as technology and leadership. I am hoping that once I graduate, I will be able to get in with a company whom I can excel at managing a team and/or provide excellent marketing ideas with the added knowledge of the technology. When companies are choosing the right person, I am confident that CICS will set me apart from the other candidates that strictly have a business background.

The Center for Information and Communication Sciences webpage, as well as the additional links on that page were extremely helpful in making this huge decision to go back to pursue a Masters degree after being out of school for a couple years. The website is as follows: