CA200 Interviewing Theories & Practice

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CA 200 Interviewing Theories & Practice


S1T 2010 DL


Callan, Pamela A.


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts in English
Master of Arts in English (additional graduate hours in Communication)
Master of Science in Education

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San Angelo, TX

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Semester Dates

January 11 - March 7

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Interviewing Principles and Practices / Charles J. Stewart, William B. Cash Jr. -- 12th Edition
ISBN: 978-0-07-340671-8; ISBN: 0-07-340671-6 (alk. Paper)

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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

Educational Philosophy:
I strongly believe in collaborative learning. My philosophy of teaching is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, peer editing, web sites and videos. I strongly encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by reading, questioning, reviewing and discussing.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop an understanding of the centrality of communication in the interviewing context.
  2. Examine the strategies and ethics involved in the interview
  3. Articulate a broad understanding of the communication variables underlying the interview.
  4. Acquire the skill of analyzing interviews as both a participant and an observer.
  5. Design and assess the results of a survey interview.
Class Assessment:


          1. Discussion. Students are required to respond to discussion (Week 1, 2, 3 and 6). Response to
            all the question for discussion, and at least one response to another student’s response. Responses
            must be thoughtful and reflect knowledge of the week’s required readings. (More that just “I agree,”
            “Good Point!”…) Five points each week for this activity=40 points for the eight weeks.

2. Homework: I will give you informations on a homework about 1-4 weeks before the assignment is due.

Here is a list of the Homework assignments:

Television Interview Report: Due in week 4, homework information is provided in Week 1 

Would You Hire This Man? Due in week 5, homework information is provided in week 4


Designing Your Resume: Due in Week 6, homework information is provided in week 4

3. Proctored Final Exam: It will be a multiple-choice, and true and false questions exam that students will take in person with a proctor during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term. A proctor request form will be made available starting week 2 at Failure to arrange a proctor to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic F in the class. The proctor will be accepted and approved by the instructor. The final exam will be closed book/closed note.

Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred proctors, but K-12 school teachers, counselors or administrators, certified librarians, testing centers at accredited colleges or universities are acceptable. Approved proctors may also include U.S. Embassy officials, military education officers, or testing control officers at U.S. military bases. Excluded from approval as proctors are family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy, and employers, supervisors and co-workers.

For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.



Activity Points

Survey Interview Project - Core Assessment 
(100 points, complete project due by Week 7

The 100 points are divided into 4 parts:
-Part I due by Week 4, (20 Pts)
-Part II due by Week 5, (40 Pts)
-Part III due by Week 6, (30 Pts)
-Part IV and the complete project due by week 7. (10 Pts)

20+40+30+10=100 points

100 points  
Homework: Television Interview Report  
(20 points, due by Week 4)
20 points  

Homework: Resume
(50 points, due by Week 6)

50 points

Homework: Would You Hire This Man?  
(50 points, due by Week 6)

50 points
Proctored Final Exam
(120 points, due by Week 8)
120 points
Threaded Discussion (4)
(10 points each, Week 1, 2, 3, 6)
40 points


380 points

Letter Grading:

A = 90%                = 342-380 points
B = 80%                = 308-341 points
C = 70%                = 275-307 points
D = 60%                = 236-274 points
F = Less than 60%  = 0----235 points

Grades and Feedback: Students can check grades and feedback in gradebook in eCollege.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

This is an interactive class and not a correspondence class; therefore, assignments are expected to be posted by the deadline indicated for the assignment. It is not fair to the other students in the class to permit late assignments to receive credit.  Assignments that are posted after the deadlines will not receive credit unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor, and late assignments should be the exception and not become a pattern.

Learning in online courses is the most effective if assignments are timely. Not having face-to-face contact is a great challenge for this new medium of instruction and one way to feel a part of the class is to keep discussions going.  The most optimal learning environment for an online class is when assignments are posted and responded to in the week they are due. After each week is completed, the class moves onto another topic and students are not expected to go back to read and respond to a late posting.  

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Classroom Rules of Conduct:

In this course, some people may have different opinions which you do not agree with. Be objective and respectful when responding to different points of view. Working online may make communication more difficult since you don't see each other's body language. To find out issue involving your online writing and posting please go to the The Core Rules of Netiquette.

  1. Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.
  2. It is important not to take disagreement personally.
  3. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.
  4. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.
  5. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness, which does not promote learning.

You can see more about core rules of netiquette at If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.

Academic Honesty:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Lecture: The Fundamentals of Interviewing
Threaded Discussion: Feedback (10 points)
Read Chapter 1: An Introduction to Interviewing and Chapter 2: An Interpersonal Communication Process
Homework: Television Interview Report (20 points, due on Week 4 Thursday)
Week 1 Final Review Questions

Week 2
Lecture 1: Common Pitfalls of Asking Questions
Lecture 2: The Inference-Observation Confusion
Lecture 3: Planning and Structuring the Interview (due week 4)
Threaded Discussion: Creating Rapport (10 points)
Read Chapter 3: Questions and Their Uses and Chapter 4: Structuring the Interview
Week 2 Final Review Questions

Week 3
Lecture: Survey Interviews
Read Chapter 6: The Survey Interview
Homework: Survey Interview Project
Week 3 Final Review Questions

Week 4
Lecture 1: The Ten Most Dangerous Topics in an Employment Interview
Lecture 2: The Employment Interview from Both Sides of the Table
Read Chapter 7: The Recruiting Interview and Chapter 8: The Employment Interview
Homework: Would You Hire This Man? (due Week 5)
Homework: Designing Your Resume (due Week 6)
Due: Television Interview
Due: Survey Interview Project, Part I
Week 4 Final Review Questions

Week 5
Lecture: Performance Interview and Counseling Interviews
Read Chapter 9: The Performance Interview and Chapter 12: The Counseling Interview
Due: Would You Hire This Man? (50 points)
Due: Survey Interview Project, Part II
Week 5 Final Review Questions

Week 6
Read Chapter 10: The Persuasive Interview: the Persuader
Threaded Discussion: Changing Your Image (10 points)
Due: Designing Your Resume (50 points)
Due: Survey Interview Project, Part III
Week 6 Final Review Questions

Week 7
Lecture: Bypassing
Read Chapter 11: The Persuasive Interview: The Persuadee
Due: Completed Survey Interview Project (100 points)
Week 7 Final Review Questions

Week 8
Proctored Final Exam: Chapters 1-4, 6-12, (120 points) 
Additional lectures


Academic Honesty:
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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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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I have served as an adjunct instructor for Park University since 2002 through the Goodfellow AFB campus in San Angelo, Texas. I received an MA in English with a minor in Psychology from Angelo State University in 1989 and an MS in Education from Capella University in 2002. I earned a graduate certificate in Diversity Studies in 2003 from Capella University, and have earned additional graduate hours in English, communication, history, management, psychology, and sociology(human services). My areas of interest are communication (both small group and interpersonal), English literature, public speaking, race and ethnic relations, the study of the lifespan, and the study of the family.


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