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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Paden, Buddy L.


SYLLABUS
CA 104 Interpersonal Communications

COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: CA 104
COURSE TITLE: Interpersonal Communications
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Spring II
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Buddy Paden
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Instructor
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Building 5, Hill Air Force Base
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: N/A
FACULTY TELEPHONE NUMBERS: (801) 807-8173 (808) 775-0318
FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: Buddy.Paden@hill.af.mil
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: sbpaden@comcast.net
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: N/A
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: 14 March – 8 May 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: T, TH
CLASS SESSION TIME: 7:30pm -10:15pm Building 1279 Room 4
PREREQUISITE(S): N/A
CREDIT HOURS: 3

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is an introduction to the nature, skills, and problems associated with interpersonal communications. Areas of study include the following: mental process in communication, perception, content, amount of communication, interpersonal and task behaviors, norms, conflict, resolution and cohesion, creativity, interviewing, touch, distance, time usage, manipulation of environment, intervention, contexts, attitude change and opinions, and how communication fosters attraction, productivity, and leadership.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
This course will consist of lectures, discussion, presentations, and examinations. Students are encouraged to interact sharing their own ideas and experiences.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
On completion of this course, students should be able to understand the many aspects inherent in communication scenarios so they can self evaluate and improve the entire communication process. Also, this course will provide each student with current communication theories and models for a better understanding of communication encounters.

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):
Joseph A. Devito. The Interpersonal Communication Book. 10th edition

ACADEMIC HONESTY:
“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—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:
Course assignments submitted after the specified due date will not be accepted unless due to an excused absence and coordinated with and approved by the instructor.

COURSE ASSESSMENT:
Each student will be expected to read the assigned material prior to class meetings and to take a mid-term and final examination. Beginning the week of 21 March each student will be required to give a 5-7 minute presentation on a topic to be determined the week prior. Additionally, each student will be required to prepare a 4-5 page, typed double spaced case analysis which will be due NLT 8 May 2005. The student’s goal for the case analysis is to show a real world example of how interpersonal communications impacted a relationship, organization, or group and what could be done to change or improve the situation. Please follow APA guidance.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes. However, legitimate excuses will be accepted. Students are expected to make up all missed work. Two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences are defined as excessive and will result in an administrative withdrawal and a grade of “F” (attendance) for the course. For any absence (excused or unexcused), student will be required to submit a typed and double spaced five page paper discussing the chapter(s) missed. The five page paper is due the first class session following the absence. Please use APA guidance.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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: www.park.edu/disability.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
WEEK Chapters Covered
1 1,2, Introduction to course
2 3,4
3 5,6
4 7,8, Mid Term
5 9,10
6 11,12
7 13,14
8 Final, Case Analysis Due

GRADING PLAN:
Grades are based and will be computed as follows:
Presentations 10%
Mid-Term 25%
Written Case Analysis 30%
Classroom Participation 10%
Final 25%

The following scale will be used:
A 90% or higher
B 80%-89%
C 70%-79%
D 60%-69%
F Below 60% or 4+ unexcused absences