Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Handouts provided by the instructor, www pages, personal examples.
Course Description: 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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactivenss based on classroom activities, lectures, dialogues, media, and exams. The facilitator encourages vast classroom participation by engaging participants in active participation, encouraging idea exploration, debates, conflict management and discussions of assigned reading material.
Learning Outcomes:The students will be able to define interpersonal communication and understand the importance of this process; identify and apply communication models; explain the role and importance of self-concept; explain and demonstrate the process of perception checking; and describe the role emotions play in the communication process. Students will be able to explain and identify nonverbal communications; describe effective and ineffective listening behaviors and explain the concepts of relationships and their effect on the communication process. Students will be able to identify and demonstrate ways of improving the communication climate and describe and demonstrate ways of resolving interpersonal conflicts. This course will provide students an opportunity to improve interpersonal communication skills through the study of the communication process and practice of effective communication principles.
Course Assessment: Three exams consisting of true/false, multiple choice, matching, short answer essay questions worth 100 points each. Students will also complete a Stranger/Friend (Dyadic Encounter) Paper. Each student will be given a packet during the 4th week of class. The student is then to interview someone who is considered a “friend” and interview someone who is considered an acquaintance or stranger. This is an observation paper in which the student distinguishes key interpersonal concepts displayed by both interviewees and the differences between the interactions. This paper should be 4-6 pages in length, neatly typed and conform to either MLA or APA style rules. Each student will then discuss his or her findings in class in a discussion format.
Grading: Examinations: Three 100 points each Total: 300 points
Term Paper and presentation: 100 points.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will be assessed a 10 point penalty per each day late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Class attendance and participation are required and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (illness, death in family, work assignments, temporary duty) are excusable; however, students must inform the instructor or college office prior to class and must make up missed work. Missed classes due to taking ordinary leave or vacation are not considered excused absences. Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and may be grounds for awarding a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the resident Center Administrator. All material are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss. During classroom discussions students will respect the ideas and input of all other students.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Tentative Schedule
The schedule may change to adapt to class progression of topics. It is the student's responsibility to keep updated on any changes
Oct 19 Introduction
Axioms of Communication
Read Ch 1 although lecture notes will
not be from the book this time.
Oct 21 Self and Communication Ch. 2
Oct 26 Perception and emotions Ch. 3, 4
Oct 28 Listening Ch 7
Nov 2 Exam 1
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Nov 4 Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Ch 5 and 6
Nov 9 Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Ch 6
Discussion of Stranger/Friend paper
Nov 11 Veteran's Day, Class will not meet
Nov 16 Exam 2
Interpersonal Relations Ch. 9
Nov 18 Interpersonal Relations
Nov 23 Conflict Ch 10
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 30 Open Forum Discussion (Let's help
each other and talk about
Our experiences with relationships.)
Dec 2 Stranger/friend papers due. Students
will discuss their findings from the
Dec 7 Exam 3
Dec 9 Semester Wrap Up
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100
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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .
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