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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Mata, Ramona L.


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

CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I

Semester

S1T 2006 DL

Faculty

Mata, Ramona L.

Title

Sr. Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Management
B.S. Human Resource Management
A. A. S.  Instructor Technology

Office Location

San Antonio, Texas

Office Hours

Online

Daytime Phone

CP:  609-346-3135

Other Phone

HP:  210-455-2759

E-Mail

ramona.mata@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Text:  The Interpersonal Communication Book, 10th ed and the Interactive CD Valuepack item
Author: DeVito
ISBN: 0-205-36765-8 w/ valu pak ISBN:  0205401260

Text Ordering:
http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
An introduction to the knowledge and skills of interpersonal communication.  The course content includes facilitation of more effective and supportive behavior, reduction of communication barriers and development of increased skill and confidence in relationships.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy is one that focuses on the assessment, exploration and understanding of indvidual differences and interpersonal communications abilities.  Through the use of various online resources, assessment tools, observation, journaling, reading, individual and team discussion and writings the student will learn the fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication.  The facilitator will provide the tools and the resources for the student reach 100 level undergraduate degree course objectives related to the knowledge level.  In addition, he/she will encourage the learner to actively participate in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the fundamental elements of the communication process.
  2. Illustrate how self-concept influences communication.
  3. Explain how perception affects communication.
  4. Demonstrate effective listening habits and skills.
  5. Explore why language can create communication problems.
  6. Contrast methods of resolving communication problems caused by verbal and noverbal communication.
  7. Formulate personal strategies for developing effective intercultural communication.
  8. Select appropriate strategies for maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
  9. Evaluate the effectiveness of methods of resolving conflict.
  10. Demonstrate how to develop a supportive communication climate.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify key aspects of interpersonal communication, its elements and basic principles through evaluation and identification of related axioms.
  2. Understand the ways in which cultures differ and intercultural communication impacts personal and professional relationships through guided discussion and journaling assignments.
  3. Understand the self in interpersonal communication: self-concept, self-awareness, self-disclosure and self esteem through various homework assignments and guided discussions.
  4. Understand the nature of listening and the influence of culture and gender on listening through self analysis and various practical exercises.
  5. Identify differences in verbal messages in interpersonal communication.
  6. Identify differences in non-verbal messages in interpersonal communication.
  7. Identify messages and meaning in interpersonal communication
  8. Identify the characteristics of interpersonal relationships and the various stages of those relationships and identify key concepts in the growth and deterioration of interpersonal relationships.
  9. Understand the nature of conflict and power in relationships through self-evaluation, guided discussion and various homework assignments.
  10. Learn to communicate more effectively and spontaneously in common life situations through practical exercises, applications and guided discussion.
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
Weekly individual discussion; team project and discussion; weekly journal entries; two open book progress checks; weekly homework assignments; a full length paper on interpersonal communication; one comprehensive, closed-book, examination.

Grading:
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Assignment      Point Value              Due Date

Homework (5 @ 25 points) or 125 points
Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

Team Assignment (3 @ 5 points and 1 @  20 points)
Week 4-6 & Week 7

Interpersonal Communication Report
Outline (Included in Homework points)
Week 4
Final Paper (1 @ 100 points)
Week 6

Journal Submissions (6  @  5 points) or 30 points
Weeks 1-6

Progress Check 1 and 2 (2 @  30 points) or 60 points
Weeks 4 & 7

Final Exam (1 @  100  points)
Week 8

Class Participation/Discussion (8 @ 5 points) or 40 points
Weeks 1-8

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work:  I will accept late work with a point reduction based on the number of days late.  However, if you know that you will be unable to submit the homework on time, you MUST email me and let me know before the actual due date.  I will determine the if an extension will be granted and for how long.

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 interaction with other students.  Your initial response to the material must be thorough.  A thorough answer will earn you 3 points.   To earn the additional 2 pts 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.  


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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Weekly Activities and Due Dates:  

Week 1:
Read Chapters 1-2
Visit the "Introduction" area where you will introduce your self and greet other course members.  
Complete homework 1and submit to the dropbox.
Complete the exercise in the "Just 4 Fun" folder and share your thoughts and comments on this activities 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:
During Week 2, read chapters 3-5
Be sure to visit this weeks discussion area, and complete homework 2
Try the Just 4 Fun exercise
Please review the "Guidelines" folder for detailed instructions for the week 4 and 6 assignment
Continue documenting your journal.  
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:
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
Visit the Discussion area
Read and review the "Team Discussion" folder contents
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 4 and the final paper in week 6.  Guidelines on the paper can be found in the Week 2 folder entitled "Guidelines".

Week 4:
Read Chapters 8 and 9.
Complete Progress Check 1, an open book assessment to help
test your knowledge of chapters 1-8.
Prepare and submit your Interpersonal Communication Report Outline. Refer to the instructions in Week 2 and submit your outline via the dropbox.
Try the Just 4 Fun activity
Continue documenting your Journal.
Visit the Team Discussion folder for the first active week of the team assignment.
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:
Read Chapters 10-11.
Complete Week 5 Homework  
Visit the Discussion Area
Try the Just 4 Fun activity
Visit the Team Discussion folder
Begin working on your Interpersonal Communication Report.  Follow your outline from week 4 to prepare your final paper.  The paper is due in week 6. If you have any questions about the paper, now is the time to ask.  
Continue documenting your journal  

Week 6:
Read chapters 12-13.
Please submit your Interpersonal Communication Report to the drop box by the assigned due date
Visit the Discussion folder
Try the Just 4 Fun activity
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 folder

Week 7:
Read Chapter 14
Complete Progress Check 2 and submit your answers as soon as possible  
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.
Complete and submit the your summary of the team exercise and submit it to the dropbox by the assigned due date.
Visit the Discussion area
Try the Just for Fun activity
Contact your proctor and confirm receipt of your final exam and test date/time.

Week 8:
Please complete the course survey located at Park:Survey
Visit the Discussion area
Try the Just 4 Fun activity
Review Progress Check 1 and 2 as a study guide for the examination.
Complete your final examination in the presence of your approved Park University Proctor.

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 .

Additional Information:

Objective

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum

Average

Above Average

Exceptional

The objective of the journal is to document significant communication events that focus on the differences and variations of communication based on gender, and cultural diversity that can be used to relate concepts from the course and text. The journal will be used to develop the Interpersonal Communication Report.

The student will observe and document observations of a communication event.

 

          

The student will observe and document observations of a communication event. In addition, they will indicate a relationship to course concepts.

 

 

The student will observe document and analyze their observations of a communication event. In addition, they will indicate a relationship to course concepts.

 

 

The student will observe, analyze and document their participation in or observation of a communication event. In addition, they will indicate a relationship to course concepts and be able to indicate suggested areas for improvement. 

Total Pts: 30

- 12 pts

- 6 pts

- 3 pts

- 0 pts

The objective of the Interpersonal Communication Report is to analyze, evaluate and interpret interpersonal communication events and relate them to text concepts. The student will demonstrate the ability to suggest areas for improvement.

The student will prepare a paper that offers 5 distinct topics of discussion and/or evaluation.

 

The student will prepare a paper that offers 5 distinct areas of evaluation or subject matter that is supported by journal entries and text concepts.

 

 

 

 

                            

The student will prepare a paper that offers 5 distinct areas of evaluation or subject matter that is supported by journal entries and text concepts. The student will provide references and relate specific terms and processes to each observation

                   

The student will prepare a paper that offers 5 distinct areas of evaluation or subject matter that is supported by journal entries and text concepts. The student will provide references and relate specific terms and processes to each observation. The student will offer various conclusions and suggestions for further exploration, self improvement or skills development.

Total Pts: 100

- 31 to 40 pts

- 21 to 30 pts- 11 to 20 pts

- 0 to 10 pts

The objective of the homework assignments is to reinforce weekly lessons and to provide the student with the opportunity to reflect, evaluate and research course concepts.

The student will prepare and submit the assignment.

The student will prepare and develop the assignment by relating text concepts.

The student will prepare and develop the assignment by relating text concepts and offering personal examples to support answers.

 

The student will prepare and develop the assignment by relating text concepts and offering personal examples to support answers.  In addition, the student will offer additional recommendations and references.                        

6 x 25 = 150 pts

- 8 pts

- 7 pts

- 5 pts

- 0 pts

Note: 

Additional points will  be deducted for late assignments, see below.

 

 

 


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