CA 301 Interpersonal Communication II
SP 2010 HO
Dr. J. E. Aitken
Professor, Arts and Communication
B.A. Michigan State U, Communication TheoryM.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Curriculum & Leadership.Doctorate and M.A., University of Arkansas
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10:00 - 10:50 AM
Textbook: Wood, J. T. (2004 or latest edition). Communication theories in action: An introduction. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
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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:
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
45% Minor Assignments, participation, quiz grades, Try-It-Outs.
10% Class Leadership on Cases and Written Reflections: Analyze the communication in a relationship (a case study of real or simulated interpersonal communication).
10% Presentation on Interpersonal Communication Theorist.
20% Portfolio with Research Paper (Core Assessment).
Late Submission of Course Materials:
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. For additional information, see
Week and Topic
Wood Chapter Reading
B & W Cases
Written reflection on your assigned cases are due the day you lead the class.
Weekly Assessment: Read & Apply Research Article for Research Paper
200 words due each week
In-class Assignments Due.
Interpersonal Communication as a Field of Study.
Skim webpage & course materials
Read Case 1
Discuss the philosophical roots of communication and the history of the field.
Quiz. Try-it-out. In class learning activities.
2 Understanding Interpersonal Communication Theories.
Read chapter 2
Read Case 2 & 10
Illustrate knowledge of the philosophical roots of communication and the history of the field.
3 Building and Testing Theory.
Read chapter 3
Read Case 3
Assess your communication strengths and needs and develop an action plan to improve weak areas.
4 Early Interpersonal Communication Theory.
Read chapter 4
Read Case 4
What are IC myths and what does the research say about them?
5 Theories about Symbolic Activity
Read chapter 5
Read Case 5 & 8
How can you use language more effective in IC contexts?
6 Theories about Performance.
Read chapter 6
Read Case 6
How does your face compare to back stage?
7 Theories about How People Construct Meaning.
Read chapter 7
Read Case 11 & 12
Discuss intercultural differences in values and communication and how that affects relationships
8 Theories of Interpersonal Dynamics.
Read chapter 8
Read Case 7
How can you be more rhetorically sensitive regarding interpersonal dynamics?
9 Interpersonal Theories about Communication and the Evolution of Relationships.
Read chapter 9
Read Case 13
Read Case 15
What do you need to understand about relational development?
Presentations about Theorists
11 Theories about Interpersonal Communities.
Read chapter 10
Read Case 14
Describe how mediated communication influences your relationships.
12 Media Effects on Relationships
Read chapter 11
13 Critical Communication Theories.
Read chapter 12
Read Case 17
14 The Frontiers of Interpersonal Theory.
Read chapter 13
Read Case 18
15 Communication Theories in Action: A Final Look.
Read chapter 14
Course closure and review for final.
No revision accepted after first class meeting of this week.
Final exam as scheduled.
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 87APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Read in detail APA ch. 1, 2, 6. Please read and KNOW the ethics sections.
Discussion of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20 and compliance checklist p. 20.
n8.04 Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, pp. 231-236.
Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.
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
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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