CA200 Interviewing Theories & Practice

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CA 200 Interviewing Theories & Practice


SP 2009 HO


Norris, Virgil "Rusty"


Senior Instructor of Humanities/Adjunct Faculty


MA: Communication & Leadership (in progress), Park University
MLA: Social Science concentration, Baker University
BA: Liberal Arts, Park University

Daytime Phone

816-886-6123 (home/office)

Other Phone

816-506-5536 (mobile)


Semester Dates

January 12 - May 8, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

12:25 - 1:40 PM

Credit Hours


Stewart, C. J. & Cash Jr., W. B. (2008). Interviewing: Principles and practices, 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 13: 978-0-07-340671-8; ISBN 10: 0-07-340671-6.

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Course Description:
CA200 - Interviewing Theories and Practice. Development and analysis of the interviewing process from the viewpoints of the interviewer and the interviewee. Consideration is given to strategies, ethics, the interview as a management tool, and a broad understanding of the communication variables involved in the interviewing context. Both practical and theoretical perspectives are examined. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:

Self-evaluation, resume, and cover letter. 100 points. 10% of course grade

Job interview: interviewer. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will conduct a mock job interview of another student. Interviewer will be responsible for following      
EEOC guidelines, incorporating job specific information provided by interviewee, and selecting appropriate
challenge questions for the interviewee.

Job interview: interviewee. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will be interviewed by another student in a mock job interview. Interviewee will be responsible for
providing a prep sheet to the interviewer which incorporates a variety of information about the specific job,
company, and field.

Research interview and report. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will be responsible for conducting a research interview. A written report of the interview experience and the information gained will be required.

Journalistic interview & submission of article for Stylus. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will be responsible for conducting an appropriate journalistic interview and submitting an article for
the Stylus based on the interview .

Final Exam. 100 points. 10% of course grade

Quizzes. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Periodic quizzes on chapters and other learning assignments.

Chapter presentation. 50 points. 5% of course grade
Students will be responsible for developing a presentation of one chapter of the textbook. May be conducted in cooperation with one or more other students. Details will be provided in class.

Participation. 250 points. 25% of course grade
This is a highly interactive class, requiring significant participation in role plays, mock interviews, group
discussions, etc. Students are expected to be prepared to discuss assigned reading material and to be
involved with all other activities.

  Self-evaluation, resume, and cover letter  100  10
  Job interview: interviewer  100  10
  Job interview: interviewee  100  10
  Research interview and report  100  10
  Journalistic interview & submission of article for Stylus  100  10
  Final Exam  100  10
  Quizzes  100  10
  Chapter presentation
 50  5
  Participation  250  25
 TOTAL  1000  100

Grading Scale
A = 90-100% (or 900-1000 points)
B = 80-89% (or 800-899 points)
C = 70-79% (or 700-799 points)
D = 60-69% (or 600-699 points)
F = < 60% (or 599 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Contact the instructor in advance about any late submissions. The instructor reserves the right to accept no late submissions for credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Communication Devices
All communication devices must be turned off, or set on silent, during the class session. No phone calls or text messages are to be sent or received without the instructor's permission.

If you are expecting an important message, notify the instructor in advance. You must have permission from the instructor to answer messages during class.
Respect for every member of the class must be maintained at all times. Disagreements are natural and may occur, but respect can still be maintained.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 1  1/12  Course introduction.
 Read: Chapter 1.
   1/16  Introduction continued.
 2  1/19  NO CLASS
 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
   1/23  Interviewing process.
  Read: Chapter 2.
 3  1/26  Questions.   Read: Chapter 3.
 4  2/2  Structure.   Read: Chapter 4.
 5  2/9  Journalistic interviews.
  Read: Chapter 5.
 6  2/16  NO CLASS
 Presidents Day
   2/20  Research interviews.
  Read: Chapter 6.
 7  2/23    Journalism article due.
 8  3/2  Interviewing job applicants.
  Read: Chapter 7.
   3/6    Research interview report due.
 9  3/16  Being interviewed for a job.
  Read: Chapter 8.
 10  3/23  Performance interviews.
  Read: Chapter 9.
 Job interviewer questions due.
 Resume due.
 Conducting employment interviews 1.
 11  3/30    Conducting employment interviews 2.
   4/3    Conducting employment interviews 3.
 12  4/6  Persuading.   Read: Chapter 10.
   4/10  NO CLASS
Good Friday
 13  4/13  Being persuaded.   Read: Chapter 11.
 14  4/20  Counseling interviews.
  Read: Chapter 12.
 15  4/27  Health care interviews.
  Read: Chapter 13.
   5/1  Review for final exam.
 16    Final Exam
Schedule subject to change at instructor's discretion.

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
NOTE: All suspected incidents of academic dishonesty will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the infraction.

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
NOTE: All suspected incidents of plagiarism will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the infraction.

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
NOTE: Excused absences will be granted for legitimate and verifiable student activities or illness. Two additional sessions may also be excused. All other absences will be considered unexcused. You must notify the instructor in advance of scheduled absences or within 24 hours for emergency absences.

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