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CA 321 Interpersonal Conflict Solution
Whitlock, David


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseCA 321 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
SemesterS2HH2005
FacultyWhitlock, David
TitleAdjunct Senior Professor
Degrees/CertificatesB.G.E., M.A., Ph.D.
Daytime Phone(937) 864-1458
E-MailDavid Whitlock@park.edu
DCWhitlock@MSN.com
Semester Dates21 March - 22 May 2005
Class DaysMonday evenings
Class Time5:30 - 10:30 PM
Perquisitesnone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Lulofs, Roxane S. and Dudley D. Cahn. CONFLICT: FROM THEORY TO ACTION, Second Edition. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
Presents various strategies for dealing with conflict in a positive manner.  Emphasizes the development and practice of skills of listening, assertiveness, problem solving, conflict management, and mediation.

Educational Philosophy:
I believe every student is capable of intellectual growth. My role is to facilitate individual learning through lecturing, discussing, coaching, counseling, interpreting, evaluating, encouraging, and persuading. Discovering ideas, collecting evidence, reasoning logically, and defending theses are essential activities in the students' quest for scholastic achievement. As they pursue academic development, my students will engage this course's content through writing, speaking, reading, researching, analyzing, criticizing and interacting.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will
a. learn the theory and practice of interpersonal conflict,
b. understand how to seek a satisfactory solution to conflict,
c. know the forms of escalating and deescalating confrontations,
d. learn how to practice the process of negotiation,
e. and recognize the characteristics of communication behavior.

Course Assessment:
Assessment of learning will include class participation, exercises, written papers, oral presentations, and examinations.

Grading:
Evaluation of your work in accomplishing the following course requirements will carry the weights of the percentages as shown in determining your final grade.

Attendance and Participation: 10%=100 points
Quiz Number One: 5%=50 points
Conflict Description Paper: 10%=100 points
Midterm Examination: 20%=200 points
Quiz Number Two: 5%=50 points
Term Paper: 20%=200 points
Oral Report: 10%=100 points
Final Examination: 20%=200 points
Totals: 100%=1,000 points

Grading Scale
90-100=A
80-89 =B
70-79 =C
60-69 =D
0-59 =F

Course Grades
900-1000=A
800-899 =B
700-799 =C
600-699 =D
 0-599 =F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unexcused late homework papers and class reports will lose one letter grade after the deadline and an additional grade each week thereafter. You must complete all assigned work to receive a grade for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
"Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University." Please turn off cell phones and pagers while class is in session.

DATES

21 March 2005
Meeting # 1
CLASS ACTIVITIES

Course Overview. Understanding the nature of conflict. Introductions and exercises.
ASSIGNMENTS

Chapters 1, 2, and 3.
28 March 2005
Meeting # 2
Understanding How Conflict Works. Exercises and Quiz Number One.Chapteers 4, 5, and 6.
4 April 2005
Meeting # 3
Analyzing Conflict: Theory and Research in Interpersonal Conflict. Review Quiz Number One. Turn in Conflict Description Paper. Discuss Midterm Examination.Chapters 7, 8, and 9. Complete Conflict Description Paper.
11 April 2005
Meeting # 4
Take Midterm Examination. Turn in topic for Term Paper. Exercises.Prepare for Midterm Examination. Finalize topic for Term Paper.
18 April 2005
Meeting # 5
Review Midterm Examination. Effective Communication Behavior.Chapters 10, 11, 12, and 13.
25 April 2005
Meeting # 6
Turn in Term Paper. Escalating and De-Escalating Conflict. Quiz Number Two.Chapters 14, 15, and 16. Finalize Term Paper.
2 May 2005
Meeting # 7
Review Quiz Number Two. Present Oral Reports.Appendix A and Appendix B.
9 May 2005
Session # 8
Present Oral Reports. Study Guide, Final Examination. 
16 May 2005
Session # 9
Return Term Papers. Take Final Examination.Prepare for Final Examination.
   

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
"Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park."

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
If you are uncertain about proper documentation methods, ask your instructor.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
Contact your instructor before or immediately after each absence. If you are absent for some reason beyond your control, such as illness, directed travel, emergency at work, or similar causes, turn in substantiating documentation as soon as possible. Students will receive a deduction in Attendance and Participation points for unexcused absences, lateness, and early departures.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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