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CA 400 Interviewing Theories and Practice
Davison, Eric M.


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Course

CA 400 Interviewing Theories and Practice

Semester

F2J 2006 PV

Faculty

Davison, Eric M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MBA - Management Baylor University
BA - Political Science/Speech Communication University of Nebraska

Office Hours

After class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 513-1063

Other Phone

(816) 587-4789 - no calls after 10:00 pm please

E-Mail

eric.davison@park.edu

HuskerEDKC@aol.com

Semester Dates

Fall 2 2006

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 

Stewart and Cash.  Interviewing: Principles and Practices.  11th Edition.  Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill 2006.

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Course Description:
Development and analysis of the interviewing process form the viewpoints of the interviewer and the interviewee. Consideration is given to strategies, ethics, and the interview as a management tool, and broad understanding of the communication variables involved in the interviewing context. Both practical and theoretical perspectives are examined. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on open, unfettered dialogue, lectures, examiniations, writings and hands-on practice of the skills taught.  The instructor will encourage your input and  expect you to share and incorporate your previous experiences and thoughts into the discussions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. To develop an understanding of the interviewing process from the perspectives of the interviewer and interviewee.
  2. To consider the strategies and ethics involved in the interview.
  3. To develop a broad understanding of the communication variables underlying the interviewing context.
  4. To acquire the skill of analyzing interviews as both a participant and an observer
  5. To develop the ability to design and assess survey interviews.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 6.  To gain an appreciation for the impact that interviewing skills will have on your career.
  2. 7.  To develp the ability to utilize interviewing techniques as a powerful management tool in the recruitment/selection process.
  3. 8.  To acquire the skill necessary to formulate interview questions that elicit information useful in the decision-making process and to effectively evaluate and assess participants in the interview process.
Core Assessment:

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is the Survey Interview Group Project.  The project will consist of a paper and an oral presentation by the group.  The project topic will be left to the discretion of the group members with instructorapproval.  A detailed instruction sheet will be distributed in class.  (100 points) While this activity is required,its weight related to the grade computation may be modified as long as it is at least 20% of the total grade for the course. (Rubric Attached) {Assesses outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

          Exam 1                           100 points

          Final Exam                      150 points

          Participation/Attendance  100 points

          Final Interview Project*   150 points

         

                                                450 – 500 points = A

                                                400 – 499 points = B

                                                350 – 399 points = C

                                                300 – 349 points = D

                                                Less than 300 points = F

 

*The final interview project will be a case study that consists of a comprehensive paper as well as a formal mock interview that will be conducted in class.  Fifty percent of the project grade will be based on a formal written paper.  The other half of the grade will be based on the in-class presentation, including the actual interview.

The paper should include the following components:

          -an overview of the organization conducting the interview

-a list of the individuals involved, including a brief overview of their responsibilities within the organization

-a job description or similar document detailing the specific goals/expected outcomes

-any other ancillary goals, expectations or concerns specific to the interview that should be considered within the context of the specific interview

-a list of questions that will be used in the interview

For the in-class presentation, an overview of the project will be presented and the interview will be conducted in class.  The interviewee will be selected at random from among the students in the class. 

Grading:

         

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No assignment will be accepted late without a valid excuse.  Late papers or assignments automatically lose 1/10 of the total point value.  If you fail to take the final exam when scheduled or fail to present your final project when assigned, you will receive zero points for that portion of your overall grade.  Assignments for extra credit will not be assigned nor accepted.  If you miss the mid-term exam you will need to make arrangements with the instructor to “make-up” the test.  A penalty of one grade point (10 points) will be assessed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.     Out of courtesy to your peers and to your instructor you are expected to be punctual in arriving to class as well as return from breaks.    

2.     Pagers and cell phones should not be allowed to disturb the class and only used in emergency situations, preferably during breaks.

3.     To encourage open and meaningful discussion it is important that everyone be respectful of the ideas and comments of their peers and act accordingly.

4.     As one of the purposes of your education is to prepare you for your professional career or to enhance your current career, all aspects of your learning experience should be conducted in the appropriate manner.   All assignments should be completed in a neat, organized, grammatically correct, professional manner.  Failure to do so will affect your grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Period        Topic                                                Assignment

 

1                    Get acquainted                                     Chapters 1-4

                  Course overview

                  Introduction to interviewing

                  The structure of the interview

                  Questions in the interview process

 

2                    Overview of the employment interview       Chapters 7-8

Recruiting/Selection

Video Tape

Introduce interview project

 

3                   Continuation of employment interviews  

           In-class exercises

Legal considerations

          

                      

 

4                    Mid Term Exam

Performance management interviews        Chapter 9

The probing interview                               Chapter 5

 

                 

 

           

5                No class - Thanksgiving Holiday               Out of Class Resume Project will be assigned

 

6.               The counseling interview                                   Chapter 12

The health care interview                                   Chapter 13

The persuasive interview                                   Chapter 10

 

7                The Survey interview                                        Chapter 6

 

8                Presentation of mock interviews

                  Final exam

 

 

THIS SYLLABUS IS TENTATIVE AND MAY CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                      
Constructs a specific, measurable problem statement that indicates mastery of the essential elements of what, where, who, when, why, and how. Also provides a situation analysis that supports, expands and illustrates the problem statement.

 
Constructs a specific, measurable problem statement that includes the essential elements of what, where, who, when, why, and how. Also provides a situation analysis that supports, expands and illustrates the problem statement.

 
Constructs a problem statement that is vague and not measurable and does not include all of the essential elements of what, where, who, when, why, and how. The situation analysis does not support, expand and illustrate the problem statement.

 
Problem statement is very vague and does not include any of the essential elements of what, where, who, when, why, and how. Does not include a situation analysis that supports, expands and illustrates the problem statement.

 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 5                                               
Research methodology is directly tied to the purpose and yields a rich data source that exceeds expectations. Research methodology is tied to the purpose and determines the information that is needed. Research methodology is not directly tied to purpose and does not yield the relevant information needed

 
Research methodology does not relate to the purpose and does not yield relevant information. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 5                                         
Results and Discussion shows mastery of systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions related to purpose of study. Results and Discussion shows use of acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions. Results and Discussion shows use of some acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions.

 
Results and Discussion does not show use of acceptable and systematic research methods and draws inappropriate conclusions. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 3                                               
Extensive use of professional-level vocabulary.



 
Acceptable use of appropriate vocabulary. Rudimentary, inappropriate use of vocabulary. Poor, inappropriate use of vocabulary. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                      
Professional mastery in all five project components: Introduction, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets some of the acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Does not meet acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research.



 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                  
The survey exceeds the requirements for validity and reliability, leading questions and other forms of bias are avoided, questions are designed to get the information needed, and questions pose no ethical dilemmas for respondents. The survey meets the requirements for validity and reliability, leading questions and other forms of bias are avoided, questions are designed to get the information needed, and questions pose no ethical dilemmas for respondents. The survey does not meet some the requirements for validity and reliability, contains some leading questions and other forms of bias, some questions lack design to get the information needed, and some questions may pose an ethical dilemmas for respondents. The survey does not meet most of the requirements for validity and reliability, contains many leading questions and other forms of bias, questions are not designed to get the information needed, and some questions may pose an ethical dilemmas for respondents.

 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                      
Project focus is clear, thoughtful and imaginative, sources are smoothly integrated and persuasively support the project focus, sequence of topics is smooth with a convincing rhetorical pattern, and there are no grammatical errors. Project focus is clear and sustained, sources clearly support the purpose, sequence of topics is logical, and occasional sentence structure or diction problems do not seriously distract the reader. Project focus is clear but commonplace, sources are not always relevant and critically discussed, sequence of topics is generally easy to follow but may occasionally wander, and there are enough mechanical problems to temporarily distract the reader.

 
Project lacks focus, makes no use of sources, sequence of topics is difficult to follow, and has severe problems with sentence structure or word choice. 

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