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CA 301 Interpersonal Communication II
Ventresca, Thomas J.


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 301 Interpersonal Communication II

Semester

F1J 2008 PV

Faculty

Ventresca, Thomas J.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Counseling, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.A. English, Pittsburg State University
B.A. English, Rockhurst University

Daytime Phone

816-931-3428

E-Mail

tventresca@mail.park.edu

tventresca@kc.rr.com

Semester Dates

August 18-October 12

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Stewart, John, editor.  Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication. Tenth Edition. McGraw-Hill.  ISBN 0072862866.

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Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
CA301 Interpersonal Communication II: 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: CA104. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of critical thinking and exploration based on readings, lectures, dialogues, writings, presentations, and students' insights.  The facilitator will engage each learner in a lively discussion of issues and challenges, and explore how these ideas and insights can improve professional careers and personal lives.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to: 1. Summarize the philosophical roots of the field and the history of the field.
  2. Compare and contrast various approaches to studying interpersonal communication.
  3. Explain how we define ourselves as communicators.
  4. Create a model of relational development and dissolution.
  5. Illustrate how verbal and nonverbal communication affects relationships.
  6. Evaluate different communication strategies for relational maintenance and repair.
  7. Explain the influence of the social context on relationships.
  8. Evaluate perception's influence on interpersonal communication.
  9. Explain the role of listening and self-disclosure on relationships.
  10. Evaluate the different strategies for dealing with conflict.
  11. Explain barriers to communication and how to overcome them.
  12. Assess your own communication strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for improvement.


Core Assessment:

Minimum Requirements:  The core assessment for CA301 Interpersonal II 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 an eight to ten-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of eight sources. 


-Includes at least one assignment that requires students to analyze the communication in a relationship (a case study of real or simulated interpersonal communication).


-Includes at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural differences in values and communication and how that affects relationships.


-Includes at least one assignment assessing their own communication strengths and weaknesses and develop action plans to improve weak areas.


-Includes tests to illustrate knowledge of the philosophical roots of communication and the history of the field.


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


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


-Must be transmitted to the instructor in electronic form.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Assessment will be based on attendance, papers, presentations, and examinations.
 
All papers should be typewritten, double-spaced.  Name, title, number of assignment, and date in the upper right hand corner.  Students may rewrite their graded papers.  Hand in rewritten papers by the next class (include the original paper stapled underneath the rewrite).  The scores of the two papers (the original and the rewrite) will be averaged to get a new score.   The content, organization (opening, body, close), and mechanics (grammar, punctuation, spelling) of the papers are very important.

Grading:

Eight papers--including 3 portfolio papers (5 points each, total 40 points)
One or two chapter presentations (10 points)
Final portfolio research paper (15)
Midterm and Final Examinations (10 points each, total 20 points)
Perfect Attendance (4 points)
One Absence (0 points)
Two Absences (-6 points)
Three Absences (-12 points plus failing grade for the class)
 
A = 89-76
B = 64-75
C = 52-63
D = 40-51
F = below 40

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late papers may not be accepted; if accepted they will be subject to a reduced grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to honor the basic rules of classroom behavior: (1) only one person speaks at a time, (2) no side conversations while someone is talking, (3) full attention given to person speaking, (4) treat others as you would like to be treated (respect shown to everyone in the class), (5) no use of electoronic devices other than taking notes for class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class #1 (August 18)
Overview of course.  Syllabus. Introductions. Read Chapter One in textbook.
 
Class #2 (August 25)
Commnication and Interpersonal Communication, Communication Building Identities.  Read Chapters 2,3.  Presentations on Chapters 2,3.  Paper on something of interest and relevance in each chapter.  Discussion of chapters, presentations, and papers.
 
Class #3 (September 1)
Verbal and Nonverbal Contact, Inhaling: Perceiving and Listening.  Read Chapters 4,5.  Presentations on Chapters 4,5.  Paper on something of interest and relevance in each chapter.  Dicussion of chapters, presentations, and papers.
 
Class #4 (September 8)
Exhaling: Expressing and Disclosing, Communicating with Family and Friends.  Read Chapters 6.7.  Paper on something of interest and relevance in each chapter.  Presentations of Chapters 6.7.  Discussion of chapters, presentations, and papers.  Midterm exam.
 
Class #5 (September 15)
 Communicating with Intimate Partners, Coping with Communication Walls.  Read Chapters 8,9,  Presentations on Chapters 8.9.  Paper on something of interest and relevance in each chapter.  Discussion of chapters, presentations, and papers.
 
Class #6 (September 22)
Conflict: Turning Walls into Bridges, Bridging Cultural Differences.  Read Chapters 10,11.  Presentations on Chapters 10,11.  Paper on something of interest and relevance in each chapter.  Discusssion of chapters, presentations, and  papers.  Portfolio paper #1 due.
 
Class #7 (September 29)
Promoting Dialogue.  Read Chapter 12. Chapter presentation.  Portfolio papers #2 and #3 due. Discussion of chapter, presentation, and papers.
 
Class #8 (October 6)
Final exam.  Final paper and presentation.  Completion of class portfolio.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments synthesize information from the text and more than eight additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from text and eight additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from seven or fewer sources and the text. Portfolio assignments show no evidence of additional sources. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the assignment and identify motives, causes and effect of the communication. Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the work. Portfolio assignments fail to analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the work or have more than two factual errors. Portfolio assignments fail to analyze stages/elements of communication concepts. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation in terms of successfulness and usefulness and offers suggestions for improvement of strategy selection. Portfolio assignments evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation in terms of successfulness and usefulness. Portfolio assignments only evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation  in terms of successfulness OR usefulness OR have more than two factual errors. Portfolio assignments fail to evaluate communication strategies. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of more than eight concepts/terms associated with interpersonal communication. Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of six to eight concepts/terms associated with interpersonal communication. Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of fewer than six concepts/terms associated with interpersonal communication or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to demonstrate the student's ability to use the  terminology of interpersonal communication. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio defines more than eight concepts associated with interpersonal communication in the student's own words. Portfolio defines eight communication concepts in the student's own words. Portfolio relies on textbook definitions of communication concepts, or defines fewer than eight concepts in the student's own words, or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to define communication concepts. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio applies more than eight learned concepts to a given communication situation and explains the elements that need to be altered for communication to be more effective. Portfolio applies eight learned concepts to a given communication situation. Portfolio applies fewer than eight concepts to a given communication situation, or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to apply learned concepts to a given communication situation. 
Whole Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of more than eight of the competencies with no more than one to three errors in writing conventions. The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of eight of the competencies with no more than three to six errors in writing conventions. The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of seven or fewer competencies with no more than six to eight errors in writing conventions. Portfolio fails to demonstrate the student's achievement of  competencies and/or includes more than eight errors in writing conventions. 
Component Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's integration and mastery of multiple objectives beyond what was necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's partial mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio do not demonstrate the student's mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. 
Knowledge of roots and history of field-                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The portfolio demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field by achieving scores of more than 80 percent on all exams. The portfolio demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field by achieving scores of 75-80 percent on all exams. The portfolio demonstrates gaps in the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field illustrated by scores of  60-75 percent or less on all exams. The portfolio does not demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field because student achieved less than 60 percent on most exams. 
Assessment of personal strengths, weaknesses and plans for improvement                                                                                                                                                                                     
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The portfolio demonstrates the student's analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses and offers goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and tangible. The portfolio demonstrates the student's analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses and offers a plan that identifies several goals and how they will achieve them. Portfolio demonstrates only two of the following: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, plan for improvement. Portfolio demonstrates only one of the following: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, plan for improvement. 

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