COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: CA 301
COURSE TITLE: Interpersonal Communication II
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Summer 2005 (UIJ05)
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: J. Mark Noe, Ph.D.
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Associate Dean, School of
Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor of
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Copley Hall, Room 203
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Before and after class or by
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 584-6263
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
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DATES OF THE TERM: June 6 – July 31, 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Tuesdays
CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:30 – 9:50 p.m.
PREREQUISITE(S): Advanced standing or permission
from the instructor.
CREDIT HOURS: 3
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
Park University will be a renowned international
leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the nature of and
problems in communication. Areas of study include: mental process in
communication, perception, content, amount of communication, interpersonal and
task behaviors, norms, conflict, creativity, touch, distance, time usage,
manipulation of environment, intervention, attitude change and opinions, and how
communication fosters attraction, productivity and leadership. The course
focuses on the development of a framework for analyzing the various approaches
to interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: CA 104.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
¬¾¾® Career ¬¾¾®
(emphasis on immediate
(emphasis on long-term goals)
Colleges and universities are not designed to be vocational
schools. Unlike trade schools that prepare students for a specific career (e.g.
auto repair, hair dressing), the four-year college/university is dedicated to
educating citizens for social, political, and economic life. Some classes that
may not be perceived as “relevant” (i.e., direct application to a career) are
relevant to the future of the student as an effective member of society. If the
sole emphasis is on “getting a job,” the immediate goal may threaten the broader
issue of what jobs might exist in the future. A person who is narrowly trained
to do a job today may be out of a job tomorrow. Over specialization may result
in the specialty becoming obsolete in the long run. The Communication Theory
and Human Relations graduate is prepared not only for entry-level jobs, but also
has the skills sought for middle management positions. Jobs in human resources,
training and development, staff development, public relations, sales, or
management are potential career choices. Others may choose to pursue additional
study in graduate schools.
1. To introduce
the literature of the eclectic field of interpersonal communication.
2. To improve
the ability to think about the process of communication as it occurs between
To develop a framework for comprehending, comparing/contrasting, and
analyzing the various approaches to interpersonal communication.
Stewart, John. Bridges Not Walls. 8th Edition. New
York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
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
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
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. Instructor’s Note: The goal of
an attendance policy is to promote quality participation. If you must miss
class because of some school activity or other excused reason, please notify me
in advance at 584.6320.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Deadlines must
be met on time. No assignment will be accepted late without an excuse.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Assessment will be based on
attendance, participation, examinations, and papers.
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:
Reaction Papers: Reaction
papers must be typewritten. Your work should reflect college-level standards
(rise to your level of competence). Paper should be good bond (no onion skin)
8 ½ x 11. Any paper found to be
plagiarized will receive a zero and may not be rewritten.
Extra Credit: No
extra credit work will be assigned or accepted.
may include any or all of the following: multiple choice, matching, short
identification or definition, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and short essay
questions. One class period will be allotted for exams. Students arriving late
will not be allowed to work longer than the designated period. The final exam
is not comprehensive in nature. You are responsible for lecture information not
included in your textbooks.
Conferences: You are
welcome to drop by my office to discuss papers or other concerns. I am willing
to read early drafts of your papers if you want my opinion.
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:
June 7, 2005
Instructional policies, course specs.
Introduction to interpersonal communication: Ancestral
terms, models, and methatheory.
Interpersonal communication as social action: Freud.
Minority group experience assigned.
June 14, 2005
Read Stewart, Chapters 1 & 2, Introduction to
Symbolic Interactionism: Mead.
A psychiatric approach to interpersonal relations:
Harry Stack Sullivan.
Communication Perspective assigned.
June 21, 2005
Read Chapter 5, Understanding and Listening and
Chapter 6, Engaging Others.
Attitude, attribution, and attraction theories: Heider
Perception theory: R. D. Laing.
Review for Midterm Exam
June 28, 2005
Read Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16, Approaches in
Interpersonal Communication (Christensen, Rogers, Palmer & Buber)
Read Chapter 3, Defining Ourselves as Communicators.
Social exchange theories: Thibaut & Kelley et al.
Kenneth Burke, Burkology.
July 5, 2005
Midterm Exam: Stewart (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6,
13, 14, 15, 16) and additional materials.
Read Chapter 9, Recognizing Communication Walls.
Communication as a Rules-based System: Pearce and
July 12, 2005
Read Chapter 10, Turning Walls into Bridges and
Chapter 12, Promoting Dialogue.
The Structure of Conversation: Grice, Lakoff, and
Nonverbal communication: Knapp
Communication and the double bind: Bateson, Jackson,
Haley, and Weakland.
Midterm exam returned.
Reaction Paper due.
July 19, 2005
Read Chapter 11, Bridging Cultural Differences.
Relational Communication: Millar and Rogers.
Communication episodes: Goffman
Perspective Paper due.
July 26, 2005
Final Exam: Stewart (Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12 and
Presentation of interpersonal communication
Exam 100 points
Exam 100 points
(Minority Group Experience) 30
Perspective 30 points
Leader 30 points
Attendance 10 points
TOTAL 300 points
300 - 270 = A
269 - 240 = B
239 - 210 = C
209 - 180 = D
Below 180 = F
If you have any questions concerning a particular grade,
you should stop in and see me or request a conference.
any student who misses two classes, regardless of whether or not the absence
is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.