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CA 321 Interpersonal Conflict Solution
Barwick, Mary Helen T.


SYLLABUS: CA 321
Park University
COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: CA 321
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: LL
COURSE TITLE: Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Summer 2005 or U1M05
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Mary Helen Barwick
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Cherry Point
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 466-2655 or 447-0461
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: candmhbarwick@cox.net.
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: May 30 – July 24, 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Monday-Wednesday evenings
CLASS SESSION TIME: 7:30-10:00PM
PREREQUISITE(S): none
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: 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.



COURSE OBJECTIVES: On completion of this course the student should be able to: 1) establish an understanding of variables affecting conflict management; 2) create a pattern/foundation for developing acquired course skills applicable to one’s personal life; and, 3) demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of conflict resolution skills.



COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Cupach, William R. and Canary, Daniel J. Competence in Interpersonal Conflict. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc. 1997. (Required supplemental reading: Fisher, Roger and Ury, William. Getting to Yes. New York,NY: Penguin Books, 1991.)

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.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Class discussion/participation, term paper, skills presentation, quizzes, and final exam.



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:

May 30 No class – Memorial Day
June 1 Introduction & Course Overview
June 6 Chapters 1 & 2 (Cupach & Canary), quiz
June 8 Introduce to Listening Skills
June 13 Chapters 3 & 4 (Cupach & Canary), quiz
June 15 Exercise in toleration
June 20 No Class – outside assignment TBA
June 22 Chapters 5 & 6 (Cupach & Canary), quiz
June 27 Chapters 7, 8, (C & C) quiz
June 29 Chapters 9 & 11, (C&C)quiz
July 4 No class – July fourth
July 6 Chapter 10, (C&C)quiz
Structure of a Negotiation
July 11 Structure of a Mediation
July 13 Term papers due , skills presentations
July 18 skills presentations
July 20 Final Exam


GRADING PLAN:
Class discussion/participation 100 points
Term paper 200
Skills Presentation 200
6 quizzes @ 50 pts. Each 300
Final Exam 200

Grading Scale:

930 - 1000 = A
860 - 929 = B
790 - 859 = C
720 - 789 = D