Interpersonal Communication II
Dr. J. Mark Noe
Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Humanities
Monday: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Other times by
Office Phone: (816)
584-6320 or Laure Christensen (Assistant) (816) 584-6263
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.
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.
will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational
opportunities for learners within the global society.
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.
Stewart, John. Bridges Not Walls. 8th
Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
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
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.
Exam 100 points
(Minority Group Experience) 30
Perspective 30 points
Leader 30 points
Attendance 10 points
TOTAL 300 points
300 - 270 = A
269 - 240 = B
239 - 210 = C
209 - 180 = D
Below 180 = F
Classroom Rules of
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—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.
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 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 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.
No extra credit work will be assigned or accepted.
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.
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
1 January 11 Introduction and
January 13 Introduction to
interpersonal communication; ancestral
and metatheoretical assumptions.
2 January 18
Interpersonal communication as social action: Freud
20 Symbolic interactionism: Mead.
25 A psychiatric approach to interpersonal
27 Read Stewart, Chapters 1 and 2: Introduction
to Inter-personal Communication.
1 Attitude, attribution, and attraction theories:
Heider et al.
3 Read Chapter 5: Understanding and Listening:
Communication as Inhaling and
Chapter 6: Engaging Others: Communication as Exhaling.
Minority Group Experience
8 Social exchange theories: Thibaut and Kelley et
10 Read Chapter 3: Defining Ourselves as
15 Kenneth Burke: Burkology.
for Midterm Exam.
17 Complete Kenneth Burke.
22 Read Chapter 13: A Teacher’s Approach and
Chapter 14: A Counselor’s Approach.
24 Read Chapter 15: Spiritual Approach and
Chapter 16: A Philosopher’s
Reaction Paper due
(Minority Group Experience).
1 Discussion of minority group
3 Complete discussion of minority group
8 Spring Break
10 Spring Break
15 Read Chapter 8: Communicating with Intimate
17 Midterm Exam. (Stewart chapters 1, 2,
3, 5, 6, 13-16 &
22 The Structure of Conversation: Grice, Lakoff,
24 Nonverbal Communication: Knapp et al.
29 Communication and the double bind: Bateson,
31 Read Chapter 9: Recognizing Communication
10: Turning Walls into Bridges.
13 April 5 Relational
Communication: Millar and Rogers.
7 Read Chapter 12: Promoting Dialogue.
12 Communication Episodes: Goffman.
Communication Perspective Paper due.
14 Communication as rules-based system:
Pearce and Cronen.
19 Read Chapter 11: Bridging Cultural
21 Presentation of Communication
26 Presentation of Communication
28 Presentation of Communication
17 May 5 Final
Exam: 8:00 – 10:00
(The final will include chapters
9-12 and additional materials.)
¬¾¾® Career ¬¾¾®
(emphasis on immediate
(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.