CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
S1J 2007 IN
Lynn Marie Norris
Adjunct Instructor of Communication Arts
M.A. in Communication, Pittsburg State UniversityB.A. in Mass Communication, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Before or after class or by appointment
January 20, 2007 to March 10, 2007 -
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: DeVito, Joseph A. Messages: Building Interpersonal Communication Skills, Sixth Ed. New York: Longman, 2005. ISBN: 0-205-44096-7
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor has an interactive, student-centered approach to teaching. She strives to create a safe, comfortable class environment, and to include course materials that are both enjoyable and relevant, as well as academically sound. She may involve students in any or all of the following: class discussions, critiquing, demonstrations, exercises, field trips, games, group projects, guest speakers, internet, interviewing, journaling, problem solving, reading, role playing, self exploration, quizzes, web sites, and/or writing.
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: The instructor will evaluate student performance based on class Participation/Discussion, five Skill Quizzes, seven Journal entries, a 45-60 minute Group Project, and a 4-page Research Paper. For Park University Core Assessment Purposes, students will be required to assemble a Portfolio, which includes a DVD video of the Group Presentation, the Research Paper, and two of the Journal entries. This Portfolio is to be submitted electronically, preferably by e-mail.
Skill Quizzes – 30 points: 6 points for each of 5 quizzes* A Skill Quiz is a exercise that demonstrates your ability to apply the concepts and techniques we've discussed in class. They can be oral, written, or a combination of both. No more than one Skill Quiz per class session. *Unfortunately, Skill Quizzes cannot be made up, but students will be allowed to drop their lowest Skill Quiz score, so only 4 out of the 5 will count toward their grades.
Class Participation/Discussion - 64 points: 8 points for each class session. -Attendance: This includes being continually present from the start of class until the class is dismissed by the instructor. The instructor for this course does not allow ANY excused absences. All absences will be considered UNEXCUSED regardless of reason. With one absence, an A for the course is still possible; with two absences, a C for the course is still possible. Three absences will result in a grade of F for the course. -Participation/Discussion: This course will feature role-playing, skill-developing exercises, and class discussions to illustrate concepts and techniques while allowing students the opportunity to experience and develop concrete expressions of that knowledge. It is vital for all students to participate in these. Consideration will be given to quantity and quality of involvement, and demonstrated attitude toward learning. Students are expected to be respectful toward each other as well as the instructor, and to keep any personal information revealed during the class confidential. Part of participation is listening. A student who is daydreaming, reading a magazine, and/or chatting with friends about the weekend, etc., rather than paying attention to what is happening in class, is not participating.
Weekly Journal - 56 points: 8 points for each of 7 journal entries. Due every week, by midnight on the date of the class session in which it is due, starting with week two. Journals must be submitted electronically, either pasted into an e-mail, as a Word or PDF or RTF attachment to an e-mail, or submitted in class as a Word or PDF or RTF file on a CD. Each journal must be AT LEAST ONE FULL page long, in Times New Roman 11 pt font, with 1.5 spacing and 1-inch margins. It is expected that during the course, students will practice the concepts being learned by applying them to real-life as well as in-class situations. The world is your laboratory. So the focus of each journal should be on your own experiences with the interpersonal communication topic of the week and analysis of your interpersonal communication skills. It should have both a “book note,” discussing how some aspect of that week's reading assignment relates to your personal experience, and a “class note,” discussing something from the previous class that you related to or that benefited you. A good journal will not focus solely on paraphrasing or explaining concepts you read about in the book and/or heard in class, or listing everything you saw in the book that you already knew. The instructor is familiar with the book and class materials. What she wants is to know more about YOU and how you are applying what you are learning.
Portfolio - 50 points total, 30 pts for Group Presentation and 20 pts for Research Paper. The Portfolio includes a Group Presentation, a 4-page Research Paper, and two previously-graded assignments, Journal 3 or 4, and Journal 6. (More information about the Group Presentation and Research Paper will be provided during Session 2.) The Portfolio is to be submitted electronically preferably by e-mail. -Group Presentation (30 points): Each group will be responsible for teaching a particular aspect of Interpersonal Communication to the remainder of the class. This will include doing additional research on the topic; developing a teaching strategy; sharing responsibilities among group members; and involving all members of the class in the learning experience. Also considered will be the ability of the group members to accomplish tasks, confront differences, and resolve conflict. Groups will be allotted time, in class, to work toward this goal. Final presentation should involve the entire class and should last 45 minutes to 1 hour. Presentations will be scheduled for Session 8. -Research Paper (20 points): Each group member will be responsible for writing a 4-page research paper about some aspect of the group's topic. It must use at least three properly-documented sources other than the textbook. The research paper should be grammatically correct, and is to be submitted Session 8.
GRADING SCALE: 200 Possible Points 180-200 points = A (90-100%) 160-179 points = B (80-89%) 140-159 points = C (70-79%) 120-139 points = D (60-69%) 0-119 points = F (0-59%)
Late Submission of Course Materials: The instructor will not accept late assignments. Assignments not submitted on the due date and time will receive a grade of “zero”. E-mail all assignments to the instructor by midnight the day they are due. It is best to send them to both of the instructor's e-mail addresses, and use a reliable computer. Please Note: Having a computer problem is not an excuse for late assignments, because if your computer breaks down, you can use the computer labs at the Park campuses.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Pirate mail is the official channel of communication for all Park students. Thus, the instructor will occasionally contact students via their Park accounts to notify them of schedule changes, assignments, and other important information related to the class. All students are responsible for checking their Park e-mail accounts regularly, thus they are considered by the instructor to be informed, and expected to properly utilize the information provided and be prepared for class. Ignorance is not an excuse.
2. During class, all communication devices, such as mobile phones and pagers, must be turned off or set on silent. If you must answer a call, please leave the room as quietly as possible so as not to disrupt the class. If you are participating in an exercise, turn phones & pagers off.
Note: Reading assignments should be read prior to the class period for which they are listed.
Session 1: Course Introduction & Basics of Communication Reading Assignment: Chapter 1
Session 2: Perception Reading Assignment: Chapters 2 & 3 Due: Journal Entry 1: Free Topic
Session 3: Verbal Communication Reading Assignment: Chapters 4 & 5 Due: Journal 2: Free Topic
Session 4: Nonverbal Communication Reading Assignment: Chapter 6 Due: Journal 3: Adventures in Verbal Communication
Session 5: Listening Reading Assignment: Chapters 7 & 8 Due: Journal 4: Adventures in Nonverbal Communication
Session 6: Intercultural Communication Reading Assignment: Chapters 9 & 10 Due: Journal 5: Adventures in Listening
Session 7: Conflict Reading Assignment: Chapters 11 & 12 Due: Group Project Research Paper Due: Journal 6: What Is The Key To Successful Intercultural Communication?
Session 8: Relationships & Power Due: Group Project Presentations Due: Journal 7: What Did You Learn In CA104? Due: Portfolio Schedule subject to change at the instructor's discretion.
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90NOTE: The instructor for this course does not allow ANY excused absences. All absences will be considered UNEXCUSED regardless of reason. With one absence, an A for the course is still possible; with two absences, a C for the course is still possible. Three absences will result in a grade of F for the course.
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