CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
U1R 2012 SC
Wallace, Megan R.
MA, Communication - So. AlabamaBA, Communication - Michigan State University
June 4th - July 27th
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: DeVito, Joseph A. The Interpersonal Communication Book. 13th Edition. Indianapolis, IN: Pearson Education, 2013.
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The instructor believes
the most successful classrooms are built on informed dialogue and all
perspectives are welcome and respected. It is the goal of the instructor
to present current material of high academic quality in a manner that engages
students with a variety of learning styles. Learning and teaching are collaborative efforts. Students should come
well-prepared to learn, but also to enjoy the experience!
Busywork is NOT
a component of the class. Each graded
assignment is designed to build on each other to accommodate a variety of
learning styles and vehicles for success in the course reducing test anxiety
and the pressure to perform on exams. Assignments
are designed to integrate course material and encourage concept mastery in an
enjoyable and engaging way.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
MoStep Requirements 184.108.40.206 standards for CA104
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:
Journal Article Summary
Select a concept or construct described in your textbook and
locate a peer-reviewed journal article.
The article must present original research related to your selected
topic. Book reviews are not acceptable but monographs are. Write a single page summary (single-spaced 12
pt Times New Roman or Calibri font) of the research. Students
are encouraged to choose an article relevant to their dialogue analysis and use
the summarized article as a source for the paper. This paper will be worth 100
Choose a theory presented in your textbook or during lecture
to summarize using course material as your primary reference and books or journal
articles as additional sources. Write a
single page summary (single-spaced 12 pt Times New Roman or Calibri font), including
your perspective on how an understanding of the theory assists in how
communication is perceived and understood.
Also include how this understanding may improve interaction. Students are encouraged to choose a theory relevant
to their dialogue analysis and use the work and resources to prepare for the final
paper. This paper will be worth 100
Dialogue Analysis Paper (Core Assessment)
Select a movie with interesting dialogue (not necessarily your
favorite) that is commercially available on DVD or digital stream. Write an essay analyzing a specific
conversation or scene. The analysis can
be done on the same scene or different scenes of the same film. Each main section should analyze using the
frames of the major sections in the course textbook. Main point one will describe and analyze the
components of Interpersonal Communication (Chapters 1-4). Main point two will describe and analyze the
scene in terms of Interpersonal Messaging (Chapters 5-8). Main point three will describe and analyze
using Interpersonal Relationship frames (Chapters 9-12). In each section be
sure to address at least 3 features or concepts of communication (‘Key Terms’
from each of your textbook chapters) and one relevant communication theory in
each main body section. An appropriate
introduction and conclusion must be written proposing a holistic analysis of
the interpersonal communication messaging within the film and how it affects
the relationship between the characters involved. Three academic sources (books,
peer reviewed academic journal articles or essays) in addition to the course
textbook and film being analyzed are required and must be integrated within the
The paper will be at least five pages using double spaced,
12 pt Times New Roman or Calibri font.
Each paper will include a cover page with title, author name, date,
instructor name and course number. The
bibliography can be in APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian at the student’s
Have fun! There are no restrictions on the
content/theme/rating, etc of the films, however the choice must be submitted to
the instructor and approved prior to beginning work on the project.
Final paper will be worth 200 points.
Intercultural Experience Blog or Vlog (Core
We all experience intercultural communication on a daily
basis but without mindful reflection it often goes unnoticed. Over the course of the term, students will
create a weekly document of their intercultural experiences and reflection on
how culture impacts and is impacted by communication. It may be submitted as a Blog (Posted content
must be one Word-compatible document page, double spaced, 12 pt font per week)
with a unique blog address using
Blogspot (Google integrated) or a Vlog (video blog) uploaded to a unique
YouTube channel (Google integrated) with weekly videos at least 5 minutes in
length. Eight submissions are required
and will be submitted weekly but will be graded after the last submission. The total assignment is worth 100 points.
A comprehensive final exam will be administered
covering lecture and reading material. A study guide will be provided. The multiple choice exam will be
worth 250 points.
Active Classroom Participation
Research has shown engaged
students perform better in courses.
Attendance, classroom conduct, in-class activities and appropriate
interaction with classmates and instructor will be taken into account. This
component is worth 250 points.
10% Journal Article Summary (Due 6/28) – 100
10% Theory Paper (Due 7/10) - 100
20% Dialogue Analysis Paper (Due 7/24) – 200
10% Intercultural Experience Blog/Vlog (Due 7/26) – 100
25% Final Exam (7/26) – 250
25% Classroom Participation and In-Class Activities - 250
Total Available Points: 1000
900 - 1000 points = A
800 - 890 points = B
700 - 790 points = C
600 - 690 points = D
0 - 590 points = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of work will not be accepted except in cases with prior approval from the instructor. Please contact the instructor by email or phone if you must request that an absence be excused or if you encounter extenuating circumstances. Excused absences and arrangements will always
be confirmed in writing by email.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
To promote a classroom
environment conducive to learning, respectful behavior is a must. Please
leave cell phones and electronic devices off and out of reach. Please wait for scheduled break time to use
those devices. Students using electronic
devices during class will be asked to leave and will be marked absent. (Special
permission allowed for on-call personnel if cleared prior to class). Unfortunately,
building policies prevent eating in the classrooms. If you bring a
beverage, it must have lid.
Breaks will be provided.
The instructor commits to
maintaining open lines of communication and will respond to student contact by
email within 24-48 hours. Assistance is always available through email or in office hours.
Class Schedule (All reading assignments are to be completed
prior to attending class)
June 5th: Chapter One –
Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
June7th: Chapter Two – Culture and
June 12th: Chapter Three –
Perceptions of the Self and Others
June 14th: Chapter Four –
Listening in Interpersonal Communication
June 19th: Chapter Five –
June 21st: Chapter Six –
Nonverbal Messages (Film selection due)
June 26th: Chapter Seven –
June 28th: Chapter Eight –
Conversational Messages (Journal Article Summary Due)
July 3rd: Chapter Nine – Relational
Stages, Theories, and Communication
July 5th: Chapter Ten –
Interpersonal Relationship Types
July 10th: Chapter Eleven –
Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict Management (Theory Paper Due)
July 12th: Chapter Twelve –
Interpersonal Power and Influence
July 17th: In-Class
July 19th : Writing, Reviewing
& Communication Workshop
July 24th: Final exam review game and Intercultural Debrief
(Final Paper Due)
July 26th : Final Exam
(Complete Blog/Vlog Due)
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