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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Vasquez, Ashley


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

S1J 2010 IN

Faculty

Vasquez, Ashley

Title

Adjunct Instructor of Communication Arts

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Park University
Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership/Park University

Office Location

By Appointment

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816-694-5442

E-Mail

Ashley.Vasquez@park.edu

Semester Dates

Jan. 14 - March 4

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Interpersonal Communication: The Whole Story by Kory Floyd. ISBN#: 978-0-07-340664-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
CA104 Interpersonal Communication I (GE): 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 interactiveness based on lectures, readings, exams, group projects, writing and more. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions

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 will be based on examinations, a core assessment portfolio including a journal and movie reaction paper, written work and class participation and discussion.
 

Grading:

Participation – 25%
Class participation - Points awarded each week for being present and participating in class lectures and discussions. Total points: 150. Percent of Grade: 13%.
Movie Paper Presentation – Each student will be expected to make a presentation of their movie paper to the class. Total points: 100. Percent of Grade: 12%.

Written work – 20%
Book exercises – 5 points will be awarded for completing textbook exercises and being prepared to discuss in class. Total points: 50. Percent of Grade: 5%.
Homework assignments – At least five homework assignments will be required throughout the semester on subjects as outlined by professor. Total points: 150. Percent of Grade: 15%

Core Assessment Portfolio – 30%
Journal – 15 points will be awarded for completing reflection journal entries. There will be eight entries in total. The journal will be collected in bulk at the end of the semester. Total points: 120. Percent of Grade: 12%.
Movie Reaction Paper – A movie reaction paper will be due Week 8 in hard copy form. The paper is six-pages in length and must include citations and conclusions between reading and lecture material. Total points: 180. Percent of Grade: 18%.

Tests – 25%
Mid-term exam – This is a multiple choice, short answer in-class exam that will be given Week 4. Total points: 100. Percent of Grade: 10%.
Final essay exam – This comprehensive multiple choice, short answer and essay question exam will be given Week 8, the final night of class to be taken during the class period. to take home. Total points: 150. Percent of Grade: 15%.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All course work is expected to be completed on time. If you know you will not be able to complete an assignment before the assignment due date during particular class period, talk to me or email me with at least 24 hours notice and you will be allowed to turn the assignment in late. The instructor must receive all authorized late assignments before the beginning of the next class period to avoid a 20% grade deduction. All assignments more than one week late will not be accepted.

The 24-hour Rule
As mentioned above, anytime you need to schedule an alternative day to turn in an assignment, you must contact me 24 hours prior to the assignment deadline you are trying to avoid. Additionally, if you are dissatisfied with a grade on an assignment, you must wait 24 hours to talk to me about it. There are no exceptions. In case of sudden illness on a day a major assignment is due, you must contact me, or at least leave a message, before the class meets, not the next class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Group Work
Often during the semester we will be working in groups. Get your group members’ phone numbers and call them when you are absent to get notes, assignments, etc. When an activity or assignment is designated as a group activity, collaboration is expected. When an activity is not specifically designated as a group activity you are to be the only individual to work on that assignment. If you collaborate on an activity not designated as a group activity and there is enough evidence of that collaboration to catch my attention you and your collaborators will receive a 0 for that assignment. I will neither ask for, nor accept, any explanations.

Late arrivals
I will deduct points from all students that arrive late to class more than once (freebie). Beyond that, half of your participation points for that particular evening will be deducted. Be on time please.

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.

Class Cancellations
If class is canceled for any reason, the class period following the canceled class will cover the material that should have been covered on the canceled day. Be sure to check your Park University email for any canceled class information and what to expect when you return after a canceled class.

Word Processing
All work is expected to by typed and double-spaced for full credit.

Instructor Availability
Please feel free to discuss papers, presentations, and any problems you are having. I am available by email at least once per day and often more. Also, I will provide students with a cell phone number to reach me in case of emergencies since I do not have a permanent office. However, abuse of this privilege – forcing me to change my number – will result in limited email contact only in the future.
 
Extra Credit
At various times during the semester, extra credit opportunities will be given. You must have at least a C grade at the time the extra credit is recorded to be able to attempt the extra credit assignment. No extra credit will be allowed during the last two weeks of class.

Student/Teacher Responsibilities
• As a college student you must accept responsibility for your own actions. Reading for class, preparing for tests, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussions are the major responsibilities I expect from you as your part of the learning process. 
• My responsibility is to give you my best teaching effort, to create a positive learning climate, and to challenge you.  It takes work from both of us to make this a worthwhile experience. I vow to do my very best for you and if you have any suggestions for improvement, those are welcome in a private setting.
• Additionally, at times we will discuss controversial topics and have people who disagree with each other. You and I both must remember that while each of us has a right to our own opinion, we must respect the right of others to have differing opinions. Calling someone or some idea “stupid” creates a defensive communication climate and hampers the ability of all of us to learn. Think before you criticize. 
• Finally, come talk to me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the class. It is less frustrating for both of us if you ask questions before the assignment is due, rather than after it has affected your performance. Additionally, if someone in the class or I make a comment you are uncomfortable with, please contact me immediately and first. Apologies and policy changes are best handled as soon as possible.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Topic Reading   Assignment
Week 1 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, The Self Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Exercises 1 and 2

Week 2 Listening, Perceptions and Emotions Chapters 4, 7, and 12
Homework 1
Exercises 3 and 4
Week 3 Language and Non-Verbal Communication Chapters 5 and 6
 
Homework 2
Exercises 5 and 6
Week 4   Relationships Chapter 8 and 9

Homework 3

Mid-term in Class
 
Week 5 Interpersonal conflicts resolution Chapter 10

Homework 4

 Exercises 7 and 8
Week 6 Deception Chapter 11
Homework 5
Exercises 9 and 10
Week 7 Wrap up, group project presentations None
Movie Paper Presentation
 
Movie Paper
Week 8 Final in class None

Final in Class

Journals
 

 

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
If you have a question about whether you may or may not be plagiarizing, just ask! There are some significant gray areas in plagiarism and there are no “stupid” questions. It is always safe to side with caution.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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