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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Kurkowski, Carol


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

F1HH 2008 PA

Faculty

Kurkowski, Carol

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS Human Resource Management
BA Communications/Management

Daytime Phone

937-427-4130

Other Phone

719-964-2302

E-Mail

Carol.Kurkowski@park.edu

CKurkowski@aol.com

Semester Dates

08/05/08-09/30/08

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
DeVito, Joseph. THE INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION BOOK. 11th.  Pearson Publishing Company, 2006. ISBN: 0205472885

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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 instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interaction based on lectures, reading assignments, outlines, PowerPoint presentations, student discussion groups, and student presentations. The instructor will challenge each student to be an integral part of each class session.

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. Illustrate why nonverbal cues can create communication problems.
  7. Contrast methods of resolving communication problems caused by verbal and nonverbal communication.
  8. Formulate personal strategies for developing effective intercultural communication.
  9. Describe theories of relationship development.
  10. Select appropriate strategies for maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
  11. Evaluate the effectiveness of methods of resolving conflict.
  12. Demonstrate how to develop a supportive communication climate.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment Portfolio:  (20% to 30% of grade)  The Core Assessment Portfolio is a collection of student work.  The portfolio must not be assigned due before the last quarter of the course and should cover at least 8 (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course.  It should involve research and emphasize activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate effectively.  The rubric and core assessment project must be included in all syllabi.  The Core Assessment Portfolio should be transmitted to the instructor in electronic form preferably via email.

  Grading Criteria:

   90 - 100%   A

   80 -  89%   B

   70 -  79%   C

   60 -  69%   D

    0 -  59%   F    

Core Assessment Portfolio:

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.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Assessment of learning will include class participation, exercises, written papers, oral presentations, and written examinations.
Individual student assessments will be based on the students on-going involvement and contribution to the class. The following tools will also assist in the assessment process:

Journals – You will create a journal with entries document at the end of every class.  These will be short (one paragraph, single-spaced) responses to a selection of questions to demonstrate your competency of the learning objectives.  Label each with your name and journal entry # on the top right hand of the document.  Journal entries will be checked for completion on the dates they are written. At the end of the term you will combine them into one document, which will be graded and include them in your core assessment portfolio.

Intercultural Paper.  Select an intercultural experience in which you have been personally involved and write a two to three page, typewritten, double-spaced paper to describe it. Select a contact you had with someone of another cultural background. Your analysis should take into account the ideas, customs, skills, beliefs, values, attitudes, and language associated with the experience. How did differences in your cultural expectations affect the encounter? What did you learn about another's culture? Did you uncover some special information that would help you in future intercultural communications? If you use sources beyond our textbook, be sure to include a works cited page and appropriate parenthetical citations in the body of the paper. Due on week 3. 

Mid Term Examination: A culmination of the information presented in Chapters 1 through 7 will be on week 4.

Movie Paper – Analysis paper of a movie that demonstrates achievement of competencies.  This should be a three to five page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three sources.     The paper is due on week 5.    This paper will be included in your core assessment portfolio at the end of the term.

Individual research paper - to show basic understanding of a communication theory and apply to every day communication events. 

Two options for the research paper

A)   Drawing from the theories discussed in the class, choose a theory that you are interested in learning more about.  Write a paper supporting or contradicting the theory you selected.  Define and diagram the components of the theory and give “real life” examples to support or contradict it.

B)    Create a communication theory or model-using information learned in class.  Write a paper supporting your ideas and components of your theory. Define and diagram the components of the theory and give “real life” examples to support it.  

This paper must have a cover page, introduction, body and conclusion, works cited page, and diagram of theory.  This should be double-spaced four to six page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three sources.  If you give me a draft prior to this date, I will gladly review it and provide feedback prior to your final printing. This paper is due Week 8,  in your portfolio.

Presentation - Present research paper or movie paper in class in the form of an informative or persuasive speech. Pay special attention to elements of the presentation such as visual aids, gestures,and eye contact. Presentations will be on week 8.

Core Assessment Portfolio – This is a collection of student work.  It will include a table of contents, your completed journal, the intercultural differences paper, movie paper and your research paper.  This portfolio shall contain no more than two previously graded assignments.  In this case, your movie paper and intercultural differences project will be the only two previously graded assignments added to the portfolio.  The Core Assessment Portfolio is due on Week 8 and must be transmitted to me in electronic form preferably by email.

Final Examination: A culmination of the information presented in Chapters 8-14 will be week 9.

Grading:
Evaluation of your work in accomplishing the following course requirements will carry the weights of the percentages as shown in determining your final grade.

Participation/Discussion:  20%=100 points

Intercultural paper: 10%=50 points

Midterm Examination:  10%=50 points

Movie Paper: 15%=75 points

Core Assessment Portfolio:  30%=150 points

Presentation: 5%=25 points

Final Examination:  10%=50 points

 

Course Grades

450-500=A

400-449=B

350-399=C

300-349=D

0-299=F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unexcused late homework papers and class reports will lose one letter grade after the deadline and an additional grade each week thereafter. You must complete all assigned work to receive a grade for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University. Please turn off cell phones and pagers while class is in session.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

DATES OF MEETING

CLASS ACTIVITIES

ASSIGNMENTS

5 Aug 2008
Meeting #1

Course Overview.
Universals of Interpersonal Communication (1)

Culture and Interpersonal Communication (2)

The Self in Interpersonal Communication (3)

Exercises. Journal entry.

Read Chapters 1, 2 and 3.

12 Aug 2008
Meeting #2

Perception in Interpersonal Communication (4)
Listening in Interpersonal Communication (5) Exercises. Journal entry.

Read Chapters 4 and 5.

19 Aug 2008
Meeting #3

Universals of Verbal and Nonverbal Messages (6) 

Verbal Messages (7)
Review for midterm.
Turn in your Intercultural Experience paper. Journal entry.

Read Chapters 6 and 7.
Complete the Intercultural Experience paper.

26 Aug 2008
Meeting #4

Midterm (Chapters 1-7)
Conflict Movie.

Journal entry.

 

2 Sep 2008
Meeting #5

Verbal Messages (8)
Conversation (9)
Turn in Movie Paper. Journal entry.

Read Chapters 8 and 9.
Complete your movie paper.

9 Sep 2008
Meeting #6

Universals of Interpersonal Relationships (10)
Relationships: Growth & Deterioration (11)

Journal entry.

Read Chapters 10 and 11.

16 Sep 2008
Meeting #7

Interpersonal Relationships (Ch 12)

Conflict in Interpersonal Communication (13)
Power of Interpersonal Communication (14)

Journal entry.

Read Chapters 12, 13, and 14.

23 Sep 2008
Meeting #8

Review for Final Examination.
Email Portfolio. Class presentations.

Complete Portfolio. Prepare to present research paper in class.

30 Sep 2008
Meeting #9

Return Portfolio Grade Sheet. Conflict Exercise.
Take Final Examination (Chapters 8-14).

 

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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Portfolio assignments synthesize information from the text and more than three additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from text and at least three additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from one to two sources and the text. Portfolio assignments show no evidence of additional sources. 
Analysis Outcomes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
CLO1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the assignment and identify motives and causes behind 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Outcomes
CLO 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  Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Outcomes
CLO 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 Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
CLO 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Outcomes
CLO 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
CLO 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 includes more than eight errors in writing conventions. 
Component Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
CLO 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. 
Values Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
CLO 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
The portfolio demonstrates the student's understanding of intercultural differences in communication and illustrates multiple strategies for dealing with these differences. The portfolio demonstrates the student's understanding of intercultural differences in communication and illustrates a single strategy for dealing with difference. The portfolio demonstrates only partial understanding of intercultural differences in communication. The portfolio does not demonstrate understanding of intercultural differences in communication. 
Critical Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Portfolio demonstrates the ability to write a clear paper using more than three library resources of different types (journal articles, books, etc.). Portfolio demonstrates the ability to write a clear paper using at least three library resources of different types (journal articles, books, etc.). Portfolio components/assignments lack the required sources, use internet sources, or the writing in the assignments is unclear. Portfolio components/assignments use no sources and the writing in the assignments is unclear. 

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