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CA 420 Human Relations in Group Interaction
Noe, J. Mark


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER:  CA 420

COURSE TITLE:  Human Relations in Group Interaction

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall 2004 (FA04)

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:  J. Mark Noe, Ph.D.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Associate Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor of Communication Arts

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:  Copley Hall, Room 203

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:  (816) 584-6320

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  jmark.noe@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:

DATES OF THE TERM:  August 23 – December 10, 2004

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS:  Mondays

CLASS SESSION TIME:  1:50 – 4:40 p.m.

PREREQUISITE(S):  Advanced standing or permission of instructor.  CA 104

CREDIT HOURS:  3

 

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 DESCRIPTION:  Revolving topic seminar for advanced students, which may be repeated under different topic headings.  Topics deal with such matters as social responsibility in mass media, effects of technological change upon communication industry, film criticism promotional strategies and case studies, or possibly issues and problems in broadcast management or public relations.  Advanced standing pr permission of instructor.

 

Faculty’s Educational Philosophy:

            Vocational                    ¬¾¾®        Career               ¬¾¾®       Liberal Arts

            Education                                           Education                                   Education

(emphasis on immediate goals)                                                                     (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.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

  1. To collectively create a paradigm that emphasizes process, not product, and allows for the authentic exploration of feelings and communication obstacles.

 

  1. To reclaim our innate, intuitive ability to interact spontaneously with others.

 

  1. To experience new patterns of interacting and relating to others that transcends previous limits.

 

  1. To discover the unconscious filters that we employ to interpret the actions/statements of others.

 

  1. To employ insight and skill to overcome superficial differences in communication styles.

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):

Prather, Hugh. Notes to Myself.  Moab, Utah: Real People Press, 1970

Friedman, Paul G. Essays on Encounter.

 

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 Park.”

 

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 their instructors.”

 

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, log and agenda, and an outside meeting.

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

 

Extra Credit:  No extra credit work will be assigned or accepted.

 

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: www.park.edu/disability

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1

August 23

Introduction to the Fundamentals of Encounter

 

2

August 30

Read Chapter 1: Laying Your Cards on the Table.

Read Prather, pgs. 1-10

 

3

September 6

LABOR DAY– No classes

 

4

September 13

Read Chapter 2: The Encounter Group Relationship.

Read Prather, pgs. 11-20

 

5

September 20

Read Chapter 3: What is Encountering?

Read Prather, pgs. 21-30

 

6

September 27

Read Chapter 4: The Experience of Communication.

Read Prather, pgs. 31-40

 

7

October 4

Read Chapter 5: Pitfalls of Encounter.

Read Prather, pgs. 41-50

Summaries due of outside meetings.

 

8

October 11

Read Chapter 6: The Group as a Jazz Ensemble.

Read Prather, pgs. 51-60

 

9

October 18

FALL BREAK

 

10

October 25

Read Chapter 7: The Group as a Narrative in Process.

Read Prather, pgs. 61-70

 

11

November 1

Read Chapter 8: Risk Taking

Read Prather, pgs. 71-80

 

12

November 8

Read Chapter 9: This Group and Others.

Read Prather, pgs. 81-90

13

November 15

Read Chapter 10: Critiques of Intensive Group Experiences.

Read Prather, pgs. 91-100

 

14

November 22

No Class

 

15

November 29

Read Prather, pgs. 101 -145

 

16

December 6

Last day of class

 

 

GRADING PLAN:

Log and Agenda                         80 points

Questions (Friedman)               100 points

Outside Meeting                         20 points

Participation and Attendance     240 points

                        TOTAL            440 points

A numerical grade will be given for each assignment.  Final grades will be determined according to the following scale:   

                                  440 - 396 = A

                                  394 - 352 = B

                                  351 - 308 = C

                                  307 - 264 = D

                                  Below 264 = F   

 

If you have any questions concerning a particular grade, you should stop in and see me or request a conference.