CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
S2Q 2010 FEW
Stewart, Stephanie M. "Shelli"
M.A. – Organizational ManagementB.A. – English/JournalismB.A. – Legal Studies
F.E. Warren Air Force Base
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Interpersonal Communication: The Whole Story by Kory Floyd. ISBN# 978-0-07-340664-0
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is based on lectures, readings, exams, group projects, writing and interaction. Learners will be engaged and encouraged to actively participate in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Portfolio: (20% to 30% of grade) The Core Assessment Portfolio is a collection
of student work. The portfolio must not
be assigned due before the last quarter of the course and should cover at least
8 (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course. It should involve research and emphasize
activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate
effectively. The rubric and core
assessment project must be included in all syllabi. The Core Assessment Portfolio should be
transmitted to the instructor in electronic form preferably via email.
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 59% F
Core Assessment Portfolio:
Minimum Requirements: The core assessment
for CA104 Interpersonal Communication will be a portfolio which
a variety of student assignments designed to show student mastery of at least
eight (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course.
at least one four-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three
at least one assignment that requires students to analyze their own
communication behaviors or the communication behaviors of others.
at least one assignment that requires students to develop a mini-research
project or a media or other creative work illustrating understanding of core
at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural
differences in values and communication.
not be assembled before the last quarter of the course although it may contain
work done as the semester progress, such as journals.
no more than two previously graded assignments.
activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Total Point Value
Weekly Participation (10 points each week) (Based on attendance and participation in discussion)
Discussion Questions (20 points each week)
Personal Inventory Assignment
Culture and Communications Paper
Film Review Presentation
Communication Concepts Paper
Total Points Available
Extra Credit Opportunities:
- Extra Credit Assignment
- Course/Instructor Evaluation
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due as indicated in the Course Topics/Dates/Assignments section of this syllabus. These assignments are expected to be either handed in to the instructor during the class in which it is due or electronically submitted using the drop box feature on the class website (http://www.parkonline.org/) no later than 8:00 p.m. on the Wednesday following the due date. Any assignments not received by 8:00 p.m. Wednesday following the due date will not be graded and returned to the student.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Guidelines for Student Conduct and Expectations:
Chapters Covered in Lecture
Small Group Discussion
· Read 1, 2, 3, 4
· Discussion Questions
· Personal Inventory Assignment
· Read 5, 6
· Culture and Communications Paper
· Film Review & Presentation
· Study for Mid-Term
No lecture – will take mid-term and do Presentations
· Read 7, 8
Mid-Term to Cover Chapters 1 - 6
· Read 9, 10
· Communication Concepts Paper
· Read 11, 12
· Conflict Paper & Presentation
· Study for Final
· Final Portfolio
No lecture – will take final
Final over Chapters
1 - 12
Assignments, Papers & Presentations
All Weeks (with the exception of Weeks 1 and 8) Discussion Questions – Each week, except for the first week (Week 1) and finals week (Week 8), students will submit their Discussion Questions. At the end of each class, the instructor will had out a series of Discussion Questions that are to be answered and turned it at the next class. The student should answer the questions in 1 to 2 typed paragraphs.
Small Group Discussion – During each class, students will be divided into small groups and will discuss questions presented by the instructor that correspond to the lecture. All students are expected to play an active role in the Small Group Discussion. Participation points will be earned during the Small Group Discussion.
Week 2: Personal Inventory Assignment – Students will complete the below assignment:
1. Make a list of 10 words or phrases that best describe the most important features of who you are. Features can be character-based or physical-based.
2. Rank your list with 1 being the most valuable feature and 10 being the least valuable among the list.
3. Mentally picture yourself as having all of the features on your list.
4. Keeping your mental image in focus, subtract one feature at a time – visualizing how different you would be without that characteristic.
5. Write a paper (4 to 7 pages) that address each of the following:
a. How do you feel after completing this exercise?
b. What did you learn about yourself?
c. How to these important features affect your interpersonal communication?
d. Do some of these traits have both positive and negative sides? What are those positives and negatives?
What students will turn in:
- List of 10 most important features ranked from most valuable to least valuable
- 4 to 7 page paper that answers all elements of #5 above.
Week 3: Culture and Communications Paper
In Chapter 2, we read about culture and communication. Students will select a culture and write a 4 to 7 page paper as to how that culture communicates. Remember, a culture can be based geography, age, ethnicity, hobby, etc. (i.e. the biker culture, the Jewish culture, the Warren AFB culture, etc.) Be sure to read the definition of culture on page 41 in the text. In this paper, students must identify the culture’s symbols, values, norms, codes, jargon and gestures – both positive and negative. Students must also address how members of the culture communicate with one another and with others outside of that culture.
Paper Format – 4 to 7 typed pages, double-spaced. Paper will have an introduction with a thesis statement, a body with main points, and a conclusion, and a Works Cited pages in MLA or APA format that contains all of the student’s sources. Students are expected to have at least 3 sources. The observations in the paper should relate to the lessons learned in class and in the text.
Week 4: Film Review & Presentation – Throughout Chapters 1 – 6, students have been learning about a number of interpersonal communication factors, such as culture, gender, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, perception, and much more. All of these factors have an affect on the outcome of any type of communication interaction. For the Film Review, students will select a film and write a 4 to 7 page review on the intrapersonal processes (how the characters act, how they perceive themselves and how they perceive the world) involved among the characters of the film. Students will then explore in their papers how those intrapersonal processes either help or hinder the characters in achieving their objectives. Film examples that would be excellent for this assignment include: Twelve Angry Men, Dean Man Walking, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Catch Me if You Can, etc. Students, however, are not bound by this example list, and may select a film of their liking.
Paper Format – 4 to 7 typed pages, double-spaced. Paper will have an introduction with a thesis statement, a body with main points (examples of the intrapersonal processes in the film and how those examples either help or hinder the characters in achieving their objectives), a conclusion, and a Works Cited pages in MLA or APA format that contains all of the student’s sources. Students are expected to have at least 3 sources (one of which can be the film itself). The observations in the paper should relate to the lessons learned in class and in the text.
Presentation – During Week 4, students will give a 5 to 7 minute presentation on the film that they choose, why they choose that film, the intrapersonal processes of the characters and how those processes either helped or hindered the characters. The observations should relate to the lessons learned in class and in the text.
Week 6: Communication Concepts Paper – Students have been studying a variety of communication concepts throughout this course. For this assignment, students will identify three communication concepts outline in the text and relate each concept to a particular event in their lives (the concepts can relate to three different life events or the three concepts can relate to one life event…it is the student’s choice). For example, a student could select the communication concepts we’ve discussed on Communication Issues in Families, Closed-Mindedness, and Nonverbal Communication and used those as a basis to relate a personal experience to those concepts. The student’s analysis of these events will be enhanced by the knowledge obtained through reading, lectures and exercises.
Paper Format – 4 to 7 typed pages, double-spaced. Paper will have an introduction with a thesis statement, a body with main points (the three communication concepts and how the life experience relates), a conclusion, and a Works Cited pages in MLA or APA format that contains all of the student’s sources. Students are expected to have at least 3 sources (one of which can be the text). The observations in the paper should relate to the lessons learned in class and in the text.
Week 7: Conflict Paper & Presentation – In Chapters 10, 11, and 12, we’ve been studying conflict, deceptive communication and emotion’s role in interpersonal communication. Students will write a Conflict Paper. The purpose of this paper is to apply a specific aspect of the course material on conflict, deceptive communication and emotion to an actual situation in the student’s life. Students will select an example from their personal experience where they encountered a conflict in communication. The paper will address the following:
1. Description of the conflict (can be a conflict in family, friends, work, school, etc.)
2. The Source of the Conflict
3. Power and Conflict in this particular situation
4. Problematic behaviors during the conflict
5. Strategies that worked to manage the conflict and why
6. Strategies that did not work to manage the conflict and why
7. Was there deception involved? How so?
8. What role did emotion play?
9. What was the end result? Was the conflict resolved? If so, how? If not, why and what changes could have been made to reach resolution?
Paper Format – 5 to 7 typed pages, double-spaced. Paper will address each of the above questions in a narrative format. Students are expected to have at least 3 sources (one of which can be the text) and a Works Cited page in MLA or APA format. The observations in the paper should relate to the lessons learned in class and in the text.
Presentation – During Week 7, students will give a 5 to 7 minute presentation on their paper. They will address in their presentation each of the questions above. The observations should relate to the lessons learned in class and in the text.
Week 8: Final Portfolio
The Final Portfolio must include the following:
· Introductory section (1 to 2 pages) where students will describe the most valuable lessons they have learned in the class and how the assignments included in the portfolio contributed to that learning. This section must be typed and double spaced.
· Includes a variety of student assignments designed to show student mastery of at least eight (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course.
o Example: Discussion Question Assignments
o Students must include a section in their portfolio for all the Discussion Question Assignments
· Includes at least one four-page research-based paper that utilizes a minimum of three sources.
o Example: Papers from Weeks 4 or 6 would satisfy this requirement (only one of these papers is necessary to meet this requirement).
· Includes at least one assignment that requires students to analyze their own communication behaviors or the communication behaviors of others.
o Example: Week 2 Paper
· Includes at least one assignment that requires students to develop a mini-research project or a media or other creative work illustrating understanding of core concepts.
o Example: Week 7 Paper
· Includes at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural differences in values and communication.
o Example: Week 3 Paper
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