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CA 301 Interpersonal Communication II
Aitken, Joan Evelyn


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

SP 2009 HO

Faculty

Aitken, Joan Evelyn

Degrees/Certificates

BA Communication Theory
MA Speech, MA Curriculum and Leadership
Doctorate Higher Education and Communication

Office Location

229 Copley

Office Hours

See office door

Daytime Phone

816-584-6785

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

http://onlineacademics.org/CA301/

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Wood, J. T.  (2004 or latest edition).  Communication theories in action: An introduction.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Braithewaite, D. O., & Wood, J. T. (2000 or latest edition).  Case studies in interpersonal communication processes and problems.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Wood text companion site for each chapter Quiz, Try-It-Outs application assignments, and other learning activities.  These activities can be completed online or onground according to your professor's instructions:   

http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=0534566391&discipline_number=48

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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 Communication Arts Department at Park University combines theoretical learning, skills mastery, and practical experience for students.  See

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html#PHILOSOPHY

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:
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50% Class discussion, participation, minor assignments, weekly quiz, Try-It-Outs, reflection papers, 5-minute writes, cases discussion leadership, class leadership.


20% Electronic Portfolio (Core Assessment).  Include learning outcomes and portfolio audit.  Enter ten "Try it Out" activities and ten tutorial quizzes or final exam.  Include Action Research Project and all additional documentation to provide evidence to meet all aspects of the Portfolio grading rubric at "Exceeds Expectation" level.

 

20% Action Research Project.  Select a topic about interpersonal communication in the media to study.  Conduct a review of literature, analyze the media portrayal of interpersonal communication.

 

10% Final Exam


See webpage for assignment details.

Grading:

90-100 A
80-89.99 B
70-79.99 C
60-69.99 D
R= (70%) Revise--without penalty--and resubmit for additional credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Obviously in-class participation or collaboration assignments cannot be made up outside of class.  Because of the unique performance nature of many communication course, students need to be prepared to present speeches when scheduled. You should expect one or both of these policies to apply:

  1. LATE WITH ADVANCE ARRANGEMENTS  Make a proposal regarding how you will make up the work, what you will do, and when you will submit your work--and receive approval from your professor in advance.  Please do NOT expect time extensions without a physician's excuse or similar verification. Remember, if you fail to turn in an assignment by the original deadline, even if excused, you cannot revise the assignment to raise your grade.

  2. LATE WITHOUT ADVANCE ARRANGEMENTS  An additional assignment will be required in addition to the original late assignment.  Both are due within one week of the original due date. No extra credit points for this assignment.

If you miss a speech, give an additional 5-minute informative speech with outline on one of the following topics:  (a) respect for peers, (b) the communication meaning and value of being on time, (c) the importance of ethical public speaking presentations, or (d) the importance of being an engaged and respectful listener.

 

If you miss a test, you will need to write an additional essay questions on the final exam.  The question will not be listed on the exam, so you will have to remember to answer this question yourself.  Write a 300 word essay on this topic:  What are nonverbal communication behaviors of the successful business professional?  

 

If you miss a paper or weekly assignment, you you will need to complete an additional 3-page (750) research paper. Undergraduates should write on the topic of (a) communication value of being on time, (b) the importance of ethical communication, or (c) a topic relevant to the course.  Use, cite, and reference 3 peer-reviewed communication articles from EBSCO Host Communication and Mass Media Complete. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to submit their work on time and to actively engage in course learning.  Because of potentially sensitive topics, students will want to communicate in ways that show respect for different points of view.  Please do not interrupt student presentations by being late.  See

http://onlineacademics.org/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
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Quick Overview

Tentative Schedule

 

Wood Chapter Reading

 

B & W Cases

Written reflection on cases due the day you lead the class.

Quiz and Try It Out Assignment Due Tuesday of Each Week!

If you plan to miss class, submit by 5 PM Tuesday.

1

Jan. 13-15

Skim webpage & course materials

Chapter 1

Read Case 1 and use collaborative teamwork answer online.  Write in a word processor!  Then cut and paste into the online box.  MAKE A COPY and put into your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 1 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  MAKE COPIES AND Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

2

Jan. 20-22

Read chapter 11

Read Case 2 & 10 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 11 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

3

Jan. 27-29

Read chapter 2  

Chapter 2 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

4

Feb. 3-5

Read chapter 3

Read Case 3 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 3 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

5

Feb. 10-12

Read chapter 4

Read Case 4 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 4 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

6

Feb. 17-19

Read chapter 5

Read Case 5 & 8 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 5 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

7

Feb. 24-26

Read chapter 6

Read Case 6 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 6 quiz and one Try It Out.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

8

Mar. 2-4

Read chapter 7

Read Case 11 & 12 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 7 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

Spring Recess no class.

     

9

Mar. 17-19

Read chapter 8

Read 7 Case and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 8 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

10

Mar. 24-26

Read chapter 9

Read Case 13 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Chapter 9 quiz and one Try It Out assignment.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

Use class time to finalize poster presentations.

11

Mar. 31-Apr 2

Read chapter 11

Read Case 15 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

Attend March 30-April 4 Poster Presentation at Research & Creative Arts Symposium

Action Research Project Due Tuesday!

(10-Page Research Paper)

12

April 7-9

Read chapter 10

Read Case 14 and use collaborative teamwork answer to your electronic portfolio.

 

13

April 14-16

Read chapter 12

Read Case 17

Portfolio Due Tuesday!

Revised Action Research Project Due 

Chapter 10 quiz (extra credit).  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

 

14

April 21-23

Read chapter 13

 Read Case 18

Chapter 10 quiz.  Add quiz results and the Try-It-Out to portfolio.

15

April 28-30

Read chapter 14

Additional cases.

 

No revisions accepted after Monday of this week.

 

16

May 5-7

 n/a

 

Final Exam must be completed by the regularly scheduled exam time. Minimum score of 80% required for any grade!

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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