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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Butler, John,, Jr.


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

U1B 2006 BL

Faculty

Butler, John,, Jr.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Sociology
MA, Human Resources Development
BS, Sociology

Office Location

El Paso, Texas

Office Hours

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Daytime Phone

915.887.2064

Other Phone

915.252.6374

E-Mail

john.butler@poirate.park.edu

jbj713@aol.com

Web Page

http:// N/A

Semester Dates

5-22-2006 - 7-15-2006

Class Days

------S

Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Devito, J.A., The Interpersonal Communication Book, (10th Edition), 2004. New York, NY. Allyn & Bacon.


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:
This course is designed to help student become more aware and effective in the process of human communication. Engage in interactive techniques, lectures, quizzes, examinations, and provoctive exercises to stimulate interest, encourage debate, and demonstration application. Use special topics to help enhance student ability to see communication patterns, become articulate in the process, and to make choices.

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.


Core Assessment:

Minimum Requirements:  The core assessment for CA104 Interpersonal Communication will be a portfolio which



  • Includes a variety of student assignments designed to show student mastery of at least eight (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course. 

  • Includes at least one four-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three sources. 

  • Includes at least one assignment that requires students to analyze their own communication behaviors or the communication behaviors of others.

  • Includes at least one assignment that requires students to develop a mini-research project or a media or other creative work illustrating understanding of core concepts.

  • Includes at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural differences in values and communication.

  • Must not be assembled before the last quarter of the course although it may contain work done as the semester progress, such as journals.

  • Contains no more than two previously graded assignments.

  • Emphasizes activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate effectively. 

  • Must be transmitted to the instructor in electronic form.

The rubric and core assessment portfolio must be included in all syllabi.   


Suggestions:


This assignment is left intentionally vague so that instructors can customize this assignment to accommodate their own teaching preferences and local student needs and learning styles. 


Some ideas for the assignment include:




  • Journal responses to specific questions to show competency on the objectives.



  • PowerPoint presentations illustrating specific communication concepts.


  • Webpages constructed around specific competencies.

  • Student experiments testing ideas from the text (for example students interviewing a variety of individuals to determine influences on an individual's self concept) with a paper explaining the research.

  • Student written music, poetry, etc. that focuses on communication with a paper explanation of how the creative work illustrates communication concepts.

  • Student produced videos or plays that illustrate communication concepts (along with a paper explanation).

  • Analysis paper of a play, movie, television, show, commercial, etc. that demonstrates achievement of competencies.

  • Student analysis of their own communication behavior.

Class Assessment:
1. The student will be assessed using presentations based on organization of material, knowledge and elocution
2. Communication Portfolio will be used to reinforce knowledge, comprehension, and application
3. One comprehensive examination will be used to affirm student ability to synthesize, analyze,and evaluate silence, spoken word, and written content.

Grading:
1. Writing Assignments - 150 (see distribution)
  a. Research paper on student interest - 50 points
  b. Analysis of communication situation from historical or current events - 20 points
  c. Analysis of self communication and improvement strategy - 30
  d. 50 points for presentation outline
2. Communication Portfolio - 100 Points
3. Examination - 100 points
4. Class participation - 150
Letter Grade Point
A-400 - 500 - A
B-300 - 399 - B
C-200 - 299 - C
D-100 - 199 - D
E-000 - 099 - F
Student must participate in all assessments to earn a grade unless excused by instructor.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Five (10) points will be deducted for late submission of assignments as arranged.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class, be on time, and be prepared to participate in classroom activities. Students and instructor will maintain a high level of respect for each other.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1. Introduction, course overview, units 1, 2, and 3.
Week 2. Units 4, 5, 6, 7, and special projects.
Week 3. Units 8, 9, 10, 11, and special projects.
Week 4. Mid-course assessment
Week 5. Units 12, 13, 14, 15, and special projects.
Week 6. Units 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, and 20
       Turn in Communication Portfolio
Week 7. Course assessment and special project.
Week 8. All course work due and course review.  

Discussion Journals will be presented weeks 3 through 8  

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
Academic honesty will be the rule and practice for this course.

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
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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 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 .

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Last Updated:4/27/2006 3:37:35 PM