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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
U1T 2008 DLB
Senior Instructor of Communication Arts/Adjunct Faculty
Master of Arts in Speech, The University of TexasBachelor of Science in Speech, The University of TexasSecondary Speech Certification, The State of Texas
Austin, Texas - Central Time Zone (USA)
512.369.3653 (Home Office)
U1T 2008 - Monday, June 2, 2008 until Sunday, July 27, 2008
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Because all human beings "are created equal," and because many do not fully accept this fundamental principle, I have determined to facilitate an inclusive learning process for all who enter my class, recognizing diversity. This learning process is founded upon the development of interpersonal skills. Every student will be given an opportunity to grow in persistence, optimism, self-awareness, self-discipline, empathy, self-confidence, and social skills. I will employ every lawful, appropriate, and expedient method of instruction to instill within every student a real and genuine acceptance of the truth that all "are created equal," and therefore, all have an equal opportunity to achieve leadership status.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Portfolio: (20% to 30% of grade) The Core Assessment Portfolio is a collection
of student work. The portfolio must not
be assigned due before the last quarter of the course and should cover at least
8 (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course. It should involve research and emphasize
activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate
effectively. The rubric and core
assessment project must be included in all syllabi. The Core Assessment Portfolio should be
transmitted to the instructor in electronic form preferably via email.
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 59% F
Core Assessment Portfolio:
Minimum Requirements: The core assessment
for CA104 Interpersonal Communication will be a portfolio which
a variety of student assignments designed to show student mastery of at least
eight (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course.
at least one four-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three
at least one assignment that requires students to analyze their own
communication behaviors or the communication behaviors of others.
at least one assignment that requires students to develop a mini-research
project or a media or other creative work illustrating understanding of core
at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural
differences in values and communication.
not be assembled before the last quarter of the course although it may contain
work done as the semester progress, such as journals.
no more than two previously graded assignments.
activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Week 1- a 1-2 page paper on ambiguous terms.
Week 2, a 1-2 page article review on an article by Rebecca Morgan.
Week 3, a 1-2 page article review on an article of your choice.
Week 5, the outline for your Interpersonal Communication Report.
Week 6, a 1-2 page paper on your stages of relationship development.
Week 8, a 1-2 page summary on your team project.
Discussion: Active weekly participation in the discussion area is required. You need to post your initial response to the discussion question and then post replies to at least 3 peers throughout the week.
Weekly journal submissions: You will submit at least 2 journal entries each week throughout weeks 1-6. Please do not mark your journal entries as private; the instructor cannot view any entries marked private.
2 Progress Checks: In Week 4 and Week 7, you will complete an open book/open notes online test. The test will serve as your study guide for the final examination. Be sure to print a copy of your test.
Team Discussion and Participation: Active participation in the team discussion area is required. Again, you will need to post your response to the question and reply to at least 3 of your peers before the end of the week.
The Core Assessment Portfolio:
Various assignments throughout the course will assist you in preparing the Core Assessment Portfolio.
The weekly Journal Entries: You will be keeping an online journal of your own interpersonal communication and recording your experiences, observations and thoughts about those experiences throughout weeks 1-6 of the course. Try your best to relate your observations to things that we have covered in class or that have been presented in the text.
The Outline: You will be documenting your journal to assist you in preparing the week 5 assignment, which requires the submission of a complete outline for your Interpersonal Communication Report.
The Interpersonal Communication Report: The outline will then be used to prepare the 7-8 page Interpersonal Communication Report. This report will be in MLA format. Specific guidelines and instructions will be provided weekly.
All 3 major components will be submitted as the Core Assessment Portfolio in Week 7.
Final Exam: In Week 8, you will complete a proctored final examination.
Course Total Points: 530
Homework Assignments Week 1, 2, 3, 6 & 8 (5 @ 25 points)
Core Assessment Portfolio-30%
-Interpersonal Communication Report (1 @ 100 points) Week 7
-Weekly Journal Entries Week 1-6 (6 @ 6 points)
-Interpersonal Communication Report Outline Week 5 (1 @ 25 points)
Individual Discussion Weeks 1-8 (8 @ 10 points)
Team Discussion Weeks 5-7 (3 @ 8 points)
Examinations and Tests-27%
-Progress Check 1 and 2 (1 @ 25 and 1 at 35 points) or 60pts
-Final Examination (1 @80 points)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participation: Active participation in the classroom is a mandatory requirement. I review and participate in "Discussion" as well as "Just 4 Fun" and "Supplementary" areas. Students are expected to actively participate in the "Discussion" area. By actively, I mean that you will be awarded points based on your initial post and any subsequent posts illustrating clear and substantive interaction with other students. Your initial response to the material must be thorough. You can earn up to 7 points for your answer and you can earn up to an additional 3 points for providing feedback to 3 of your peers throughout the week. To earn the additional points you must post comments to at least 3 other students per week in the "Discussion" folder. This requirement is designed to generate further discussion, to offer feedback to class members and to further explore concepts. I will review and assess participation statistics through my gradebook and the eCollege platform.
Team Assignment Participation: You will be assigned to a team in week 4 of the course. Throughout weeks 5-7 you will be required to actively contribute to a team discussion. Your task will be to discuss controversial issues as a team. Your goal is to express your personal values in regard to the issue. You should respond to at least 3 peer posts as well. You will need to ask specific questions about your peers stance, offer support, or defend your stance. Feel free to support your replies with additional resources. Your team will select one person to be the moderator/facilitator. This person will be responsible for encouraging active participation, focusing on the level of commitment of the team members, fostering team dynamics, assisting with conflict and conflict resolution and providing feedback to the team. You will also need to assign another individual to be the recorder. In week 8 each participant will submit a summary of the activity to the dropbox. The team facilitator or moderator will post their summary/feedback in the week 8 team folder for review and will be allowed to submit the same paper for the HW in Week 8.
Again, your participation will be monitored by the instructor. You must be actively involved in the team discussion area to receive team participation each week. You can earn up to 5 points for your active contributions and you can earn up to an additional 3 points for providing feedback to 3 of your peers throughout the rest of the week. To earn the those additional points, your posts should promote additional thought, offer personal opinion, express concern, pose additional questions, seek clarification, and/or provide clear feedback.
Instructor Comments: I will provide each student with ongoing progress and feedback reports throughout the term. Please refer to the grading criteria listed here in assessing point awards and deductions for major course work. Remember, I work full time and have a family as many of my online students do... I promise to do my VERY best to get homework and feedback back in a timely manner. My general guideline is as follows: The week runs from Monday through midnight on Sunday. You have all week to do your assignments and must submit them to the dropbox no later than midnight Sunday.
Week 1: Read Chapters 1-2
Visit the "Introduction" area where you will introduce your self and greet other course members.
Complete homework 1, a 1-2 page paper on Ambiguous Terms and submit to the dropbox.
Complete the exercise in the "Just 4 Fun" folder and share your thoughts and comments on this activity in this folder.
Participate in this weeks discussion topic located in the "Discussion" folder. Remember, discussion and other activities will help to determine your participation points for this course.
Submit your first journal entry to the "dropbox - Journal" area
Week 2: Unit Overview: These chapters will cover The Self in Interpersonal Communication to include self- concept, self-esteem, and self-disclosure. We will also address Perception and Listening in Interpersonal Communication. Learning Outcomes Addressed: The student will be begin to understand the "self" in interpersonal communication through assigned readings, self-exploration and activities.
Weekly Activities and Due Dates:
During Week 2, read chapters 3-5
Be sure to visit this weeks discussion area
Complete homework 2, a 1-2 page review of the article by Rebecca Morgan, entitled "The Power of Words"
Try the Just 4 Fun exercise
Please review the "Guidelines" folder for detailed instructions for the week 5 and 7 assignment
Continue documenting your journal. Remember, the journal is a mandatory requirement in fulfillment of the Portfolio Project (Interpersonal Communication Report.) Finally, you should be able to submit your proctor request forms this week, if you need assistance please feel free to call me or email me. Complete instructions for the proctor form can be found on your homepage at www.parkonline.org scroll down to just below your course information.
Week 3: Unit Overview: We will now begin Part 2 of the text and our focus turns to Messages: Verbal and Nonverbal. This week’s readings will help the student to understand the significance of verbal and nonverbal messages and will focus specifically on Verbal Messages.
Weekly Activities and Due Dates:
Read chapters 6-7.
If you have not submitted your proctor form, please try to do so this week. Remember, if you are having difficulty finding a suitable proctor, refer to the student handbook or find complete instructions for the proctor form on your homepage at www.parkonline.org scroll down to just below your course information.
Complete Homework 3, a 1-2 page article review, (your choice), and submit it to the dropbox
Visit the Discussion area
Try the Just 4 Fun activity
Continue documenting your journal this week. Remember, the objective of the journal is twofold, self-reflection and observation. It is also to help you prepare your outline for your Interpersonal Communication Report in week 6 and the final paper in week 7. Guidelines on the paper can be found in the Week 2 folder entitled "Guidelines".
Week 4, we will continue the discussion on Verbal and Non-verbal messages focusing on Nonverbal Messages and Messages in Conversation.
Weekly Activities and Due Dates:
Read Chapters 8 and 9.
Complete Progress Check 1, an open book assessment to help test your knowledge of the chapters we have covered so far in the course
Try the Just 4 Fun activity
Continue documenting your Journal.
Visit the Team Discussion folder to identify which team you will be on and introduce yourself in the designated team area. Your team will also need to select a facilitator and recorder at this time. If you have not completed your proctor form, please do so immediately. If you are having problems, please let me know if I can be of assistance.
Week 5: Unit Overview: Welcome to Part III of the text. In this section, Interpersonal Relationships will be covered in detail. Chapter 10 will address the Universals of Interpersonal Relationships as the student will learn about the stages of interpersonal relationships. Chapter 11 will focus on the Growth and Deterioration of interpersonal relationships.
Read Chapters 10-11.
Complete the Week 5 Homework, prepare and submit your Interpersonal Communication Report Outline. Refer to the instructions in Week 2 and submit your outline via the dropbox.
Visit the Discussion Area
Visit the Team Discussion folder and remember to actively participate in the team area and to provide feedback to earn your additional points.
Begin working on your Interpersonal Communication Report. Follow your outline from this week to prepare your final paper. The paper is due in week 7. If you have any questions about the paper, now is the time to ask.
Continue documenting your journal
Please check your grades this week and let me know if we need to address any issues.
Week 6: Unit Overview: We now begin covering material related to Interpersonal relationships to include friendships, love, family, and workplace. We will also read and discuss Conflict.
Complete the HW for week 6, a 1-2 page paper on your stages of relationship development, and submit it to the dropbox
Read chapters 12-13.
Visit the Discussion folder
Read and submit your contribution to the "Web Quest" folder
Continue documenting your journal (Note: this is last week for mandatory journal entries)
Visit and participate in the Team Discussion area and actively participate in the discussion and to earn your points.
Week 7: Unit Overview: During Week we will focus on chapter on Chapter 14, Power in Interpersonal Relationships." This will complete our assigned readings for our text. Weekly Activities and Due Dates:
Read Chapter 14
Complete Progress Check 2 and submit your answers as soon as possible
Submit your Core Assessment Portfolio to the Dropbox. The final Interpersonal Communication Report should be presented in MLA format: Remember you do need to reference your text, and your journals as well as 1-3 additional references.
Contact your proctor to confirm receipt of your exam and verify your test date and time with your pre-approved proctor. If there is a problem, please contact me immediately.
Visit the Discussion area.
Visit and participate in the Team Discussion folder and actively participate in the area. Try the Just for Fun activity
Week 8: Unit Overview: We will summarize course materials and discussion.
Complete the Week 8 Homework a 1 page Team Project Summary and submit to the dropbox
Please complete the course survey located at Park: Survey
Visit the Discussion area
Study hard and good luck on the final examination
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