CA301 Interpersonal Communication II

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Interpersonal Communication II


CA 301

Course Title:  Interpersonal Communication II

Semester:  Spring 2005

Faculty Member:  Dr. J. Mark Noe

             Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Humanities

Office:   203 Copley Hall

Office Hours:  Monday:         9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                             Tuesday:          2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

                             Thursday:         2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

                             Friday:             9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

                             Other times by appointment.

Office Phone:  (816) 584-6320 or Laure Christensen (Assistant) (816) 584-6263

Email Address:

Dates of the Semester:  January 10, 2005 – May 6, 2005

Class Session Days:  Tuesday and Thursday

Class Session Time:  8:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Prerequisite(s):  CA 104       

Credit Hours:  3



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.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.



Course Description:  A study of the nature of and problems in communication.  Areas of study include: mental process in communication, perception, content, amount of communication, interpersonal and task behaviors, norms, conflict, creativity, touch, distance, time usage, manipulation of environment, intervention, attitude change and opinions, and how communication fosters attraction, productivity and leadership.  The course focuses on the development of a framework for analyzing the various approaches to interpersonal communication.


Course Textbook:

Stewart, John.  Bridges Not Walls. 8th Edition.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 2002.


Course Objectives:

1.      To introduce the literature of the eclectic field of interpersonal communication.

2.      To improve the ability to think about the process of communication as it occurs between people.

3.      To develop a framework for comprehending, comparing/contrasting, and analyzing the various approaches to interpersonal communication.

Course Assessment: 
Assessment will be based on attendance, participation, examinations, and papers.


Grading Plan:

Midterm Exam                                                 100 points

Final Exam                                                       100 points

Reaction Paper (Minority Group Experience)            30 points

Communication Perspective                                30 points

Discussion Leader                                              30 points

Participation and Attendance                               10 points

                                                         TOTAL   300 points


A numerical grade will be given for each assignment.  Final grades will be determined according to the following scale:   

                                                  300 - 270 = A

                                                  269 - 240 = B

                                                  239 - 210 = C

                                                  209 - 180 = D

                                                  Below 180 = F           


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Academic Honesty:  Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.


Plagiarism:  Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.


Attendance Policy:  Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.  Instructor’s Note:  The goal of an attendance policy is to promote quality participation.  If you must miss class because of some school activity or other excused reason, please notify me in advance at 584-6320.


Reaction Papers:  Reaction papers must be typewritten.  Your work should reflect college-level standards (rise to your level of competence).  Paper should be good bond (no onion skin) and

8 ½ x 11.  Any paper found to be plagiarized will receive a zero and may not be rewritten.


Examinations:  Examinations may include any or all of the following: multiple choice, matching, short identification or definition, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and short essay questions.  One class period will be allotted for exams.  Students arriving late will not be allowed to work longer than the designated period.  The final exam is not comprehensive in nature.  You are responsible for lecture information not included in your textbooks.


Late Submission of Course Materials:  Deadlines must be met on time.  No assignment will be accepted late without an excuse.


Extra Credit:  No extra credit work will be assigned or accepted.


Conferences:  You are welcome to drop by my office to discuss papers or other concerns.  I am willing to read early drafts of your papers if you want my opinion.


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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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:


Course Topics, Dates, and Assignments:

Week              Date                            Assignment                                                    

    1                  January 11                                Introduction and course specs.


January 13                                Introduction to interpersonal communication; ancestral

terms, models, and metatheoretical assumptions.


    2                  January 18                                Interpersonal communication as social action: Freud     

                        January 20                                Symbolic interactionism: Mead.


    3                  January 25                                A psychiatric approach to interpersonal relations: Harry

Stack Sullivan.

January 27                                Read Stewart, Chapters 1 and 2: Introduction to Inter-personal Communication.


    4                  February 1                               Attitude, attribution, and attraction theories: Heider et al.

                        February 3                               Read Chapter 5: Understanding and Listening:

Communication as Inhaling and Chapter 6: Engaging Others: Communication as Exhaling.

Minority Group Experience assigned.

Communication Perspective Paper assigned.


     5                 February 8                               Social exchange theories: Thibaut and Kelley et al.

                        February 10                             Read Chapter 3: Defining Ourselves as Communicators.


   6                   February 15                             Kenneth Burke:  Burkology.

                                                                        Review for Midterm Exam.

February 17                             Complete Kenneth Burke.


   7                   February 22                             Read Chapter 13: A Teacher’s Approach and

Chapter 14: A Counselor’s Approach.

February 24                             Read Chapter 15: Spiritual Approach and

Chapter 16: A Philosopher’s Approach.

Reaction Paper due (Minority Group Experience).


    8                  March 1                                   Discussion of minority group experiences.                                 

                        March 3                                   Complete discussion of minority group experiences.


    9                  March 8                                   Spring Break

March 10                                 Spring Break


   10                 March 15                                 Read Chapter 8: Communicating with Intimate Partners.

                        March 17                                 Midterm Exam. (Stewart chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 13-16 &

                                                                        additional materials.)


   11                 March 22                                 The Structure of Conversation: Grice, Lakoff, & Nofsinger.

            March 24                                 Nonverbal Communication: Knapp et al.


   12                 March 29                                 Communication and the double bind: Bateson, Jackson,

Haley, and Weakland.

                        March 31                                 Read Chapter 9: Recognizing Communication Walls and

                                                                        Chapter 10: Turning Walls into Bridges.


   13                 April 5                                      Relational Communication: Millar and Rogers.              

                        April 7                                      Read Chapter 12: Promoting Dialogue.


   14                 April 12                                    Communication Episodes: Goffman.

                                                                        Communication Perspective Paper due.                  

                        April 14                                    Communication as rules-based system: Pearce and Cronen.


   15                 April 19                                    Read Chapter 11: Bridging Cultural Differences.

                        April 21                                    Presentation of Communication Perspectives.


   16                 April 26                                    Presentation of Communication Perspectives.

                        April 28                                    Presentation of Communication Perspectives.


    17                May 5                                     Final Exam: 8:00 – 10:00

(The final will include chapters 9-12 and additional materials.)



Faculty’s Educational Philosophy:

            Vocational                    ¬¾¾®        Career               ¬¾¾®       Liberal Arts

            Education                                           Education                                   Education

(emphasis on immediate goals)                                                                     (emphasis on long-term goals)


Colleges and universities are not designed to be vocational schools.  Unlike trade schools that prepare students for a specific career (e.g. auto repair, hair dressing), the four-year college/university is dedicated to educating citizens for social, political, and economic life.  Some classes that may not be perceived as “relevant” (i.e., direct application to a career) are relevant to the future of the student as an effective member of society.  If the sole emphasis is on “getting a job,” the immediate goal may threaten the broader issue of what jobs might exist in the future.  A person who is narrowly trained to do a job today may be out of a job tomorrow.  Over specialization may result in the specialty becoming obsolete in the long run.  The Communication Theory and Human Relations graduate is prepared not only for entry-level jobs, but also has the skills sought for middle management positions.  Jobs in human resources, training and development, staff development, public relations, sales, or management are potential career choices.  Others may choose to pursue additional study in graduate schools.