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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Deverman, Michelle L.


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.
CourseCA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
SemesterF2R2004
FacultyDeverman, Michelle L.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesM.A. Speech Communication
Office LocationScott AFB
Office HoursBy Appointment
Daytime Phone618-558-7099
E-Mailmichelle.deverman@park.edu
m_deverman@yahoo.com
Semester DatesOct 18 - Dec 12, 2004
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time7:45 - 10:15 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Adler, Ronald B., Proctor, Russell F.II., & Towne, Neil., Looking Out Looking In, Eleventh Edition

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
               assignment

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
               interviews.

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.

  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 "WH".
  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 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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