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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: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, writings, and other resources introduced in the classroom. The facilitator will encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated:
•An understanding of the principals of interpersonal communications theory;
•An increased awareness of self and of their role in the communication process;
•Skills for improving and enhancing their own communications and relationships;
•An enhanced ability to work together with others in accomplishing a common goal.
Course Assessment: Course Assessment
Assessment of student learning in this course will be based on class participation (including punctuality and attendance), weekly journal assignments, and individual and group performance in the accomplishment of a group project.
Grading: Class Attendance & Participation - 80 points: 10 points for each class session.
Active participation in class discussions/exercises/projects. This includes being continually present from the start of class until the class is dismissed by the instructor. Consideration will be given to quantity and quality of involvement, and demonstrated attitude toward learning.
Weekly Journal - 35 points: 5 points for each of 7 journal entries.
At least one full page per week. (If hand-written, it must be legible and at least one and one-half pages.) Due every week starting with week two. The focus of each journal should be on your own experiences with interpersonal communication 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.
Group Project - 25 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. Groups will be allotted time, in class, to work toward this goal. Final presentation should involve the entire class and should last 30-45 minutes. Presentations will be scheduled for Session 8.
126-140 points = A (90-100%)
112-125 points = B (80-89%)
98-111 points = C (70-79%)
84-97 points = D (60-69%)
0-83 points = F (0-59%)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late testing approved only if pre-arranged. 10% reduction in grade for late assignments.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Mobile Phones and Pagers
All communication devices 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.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Course Topics/Dates/Assignments
Note: Reading assignments should be read prior to the class period for which they are listed.
Jan 12, 2005: Course Introduction
Jan 17, 2005: Group Activity-Library Research.
Jan 19, 2005: Chapter One Presentation.
Due: Journal Entry for week 1.
Jan 24, 2005: Chapter Two Presentation.
Due: Journal Entry for week 2.
Jan 26, 2005: Chapter Three Presentation
Jan 31, 2005: Chapter Four Presentation
Due: Journal Entry for week 3.
Feb 2, 2005: Chapter Five Presentation
Feb 7, 2005: Chapter Six Presentation
Due: Journal Entry for week 4.
Feb 9, 2005: Chapter Seven Presentation
Feb 14, 2005: Chapter Eight Presentation
Due: Journal Entry for week 5.
Feb 16, 2005: Chapter Nine Presentation
Feb 21, 2005: Project Day
Feb 23, 2005: Chapter Ten Presentation
Due: Journal Entry for week 6.
Feb 28, 2005: Chapter Eleven/Twelve Presentation
Due: Journal Entry for week 7.
March 2, 2005: Chapter Thirteen Presentation
March 7, 2005: Chapter Fourteen Presentation
Due: Journal Entry for week 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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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