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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Wallace, Megan R.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I

Semester

U1R 2012 SC

Faculty

Wallace, Megan R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA, Communication - So. Alabama
BA, Communication - Michigan State University

Office Location

Scott AFB

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

251.243.3421

E-Mail

Megan.Wallace@park.edu

meganryanwallace@gmail.com

Semester Dates

June 4th - July 27th

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
DeVito, Joseph A. The Interpersonal Communication Book. 13th Edition. Indianapolis, IN: Pearson Education, 2013.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional resources may be supplied by the instructor throughout the course. 

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Course Description:
CA104 Interpersonal Communication I ( LE) (GE): 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 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

  • Identify the fundamental elements of the communication process.
  • Illustrate how self-concept influences communication.
  • Explain how perception affects communication.
  • Demonstrate effective listening habits and skills.
  • Explore why language can create communication problems.
  • Illustrate why nonverbal cues can create communication problems.
  • Contrast methods of resolving communication problems caused by verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Formulate personal strategies for developing effective intercultural communication.
  • Describe theories of relationship development.
  • Select appropriate strategies for maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of methods of resolving conflict.
  • Demonstrate how to develop a supportive communication climate.

    MoStep Requirements 1.2.1.1 standards for CA104



    Core Assessment:

    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.

      Grading Criteria:

       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

    -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. 

    -Includes at least one four-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three sources. 

    -Includes at least one assignment that requires students to analyze their own communication behaviors or the communication behaviors of others.

    -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.

    -Includes at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural differences in values and communication.

    -Must not be assembled before the last quarter of the course although it may contain work done as the semester progress, such as journals.

    -Contains no more than two previously graded assignments.

    -Emphasizes activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate effectively. 

           -Must be transmitted to the instructor in electronic form.

    Link to Class Rubric

    Class 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 points.

    Theory Paper

    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 points.

     

    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 main sections.

    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 discretion.

    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 Assessment)

    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.

    Final Exam 

    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.

     

     

    Grading:

    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

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    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.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Class Schedule (All reading assignments are to be completed prior to attending class)

    Week one:

    ·         June 5th: Chapter One – Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

    ·         June7th: Chapter Two – Culture and Interpersonal Communication

    Week two:

    ·         June 12th: Chapter Three – Perceptions of the Self and Others 

    ·         June 14th: Chapter Four – Listening in Interpersonal Communication 

    Week three:

    ·         June 19th: Chapter Five – Verbal Messages

    ·         June 21st: Chapter Six – Nonverbal Messages (Film selection due)

    Week four:

    ·         June 26th: Chapter Seven – Emotional Messages

    ·         June 28th: Chapter Eight – Conversational Messages (Journal Article Summary Due)

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    Week five:

    ·         July 3rd: Chapter Nine – Relational Stages, Theories, and Communication

    ·         July 5th: Chapter Ten – Interpersonal Relationship Types

    Week six:

    ·         July 10th: Chapter Eleven – Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict Management (Theory Paper Due)

    ·         July 12th: Chapter Twelve – Interpersonal Power and Influence

    Week seven:

    ·         July 17th: In-Class activity 

    ·         July 19th : Writing, Reviewing & Communication Workshop

    Week eight:

    ·         July 24th:  Final exam review game and Intercultural Debrief  (Final Paper Due)

    ·         July 26th : Final Exam (Complete Blog/Vlog Due)

    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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
    This includes self-plagiarism which is defined as copying one's own previous work.

    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 "F".
    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

    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. 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 .

    Additional Information:





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    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Portfolio assignments synthesize information from the text and more than three additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from text and at least three additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from one to two sources and the text. Portfolio assignments show no evidence of additional sources. 
    Analysis Outcomes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Outcomes
    CLO1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the assignment and identify motives and causes behind the communication. Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the work. Portfolio assignments fail to analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the work or have more than two factual errors. Portfolio assignments fail to analyze stages/elements of communication concepts. 
    Evaluation Outcomes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Outcomes
    CLO 1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Portfolio assignments evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation in terms of successfulness and usefulness and offers suggestions for improvement of strategy selection. Portfolio assignments evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation in terms of successfulness and usefulness. Portfolio assignments only evaluate the communication strategies used in a given situation  in terms of successfulness OR usefulness OR have more than two factual errors. Portfolio assignments fail to evaluate communication strategies. 
    Terminology  Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Outcomes
    CLO 1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of more than eight concepts/terms associated with interpersonal communication. Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of six to eight concepts/terms associated with interpersonal communication. Portfolio demonstrates a consistent use of fewer than six concepts/terms associated with interpersonal communication or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to demonstrate the student's ability to use the  terminology of interpersonal communication. 
    Concepts Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    Outcomes
    CLO 1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Portfolio defines more than eight concepts associated with interpersonal communication in the student's own words. Portfolio defines eight communication concepts in the student's own words. Portfolio relies on textbook definitions of communication concepts, or defines fewer than eight concepts in the student's own words, or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to define communication concepts. 
    Application Outcomes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Outcomes
    CLO 1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Portfolio applies more than eight learned concepts to a given communication situation and explains the elements that need to be altered for communication to be more effective.

     
    Portfolio applies eight learned concepts to a given communication situation. Portfolio applies fewer than eight concepts to a given communication situation, or has more than two factual errors. Portfolio fails to apply learned concepts to a given communication situation. 
    Whole Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Outcomes
    CLO 1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of more than eight of the competencies with no more than one to three errors in writing conventions. The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of eight of the competencies with no more than three to six errors in writing conventions. The portfolio demonstrates the student's achievement of seven or fewer competencies with no more than six to eight errors in writing conventions. Portfolio fails to demonstrate the student's achievement of  competencies and includes more than eight errors in writing conventions. 
    Component Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Outcomes
    CLO 1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's integration and mastery of multiple objectives beyond what was necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio demonstrate the student's partial mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. Single components/assignments of the portfolio do not demonstrate the student's mastery of the objective necessary for the assignment. 
    Values Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Outcomes
    CLO 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    The portfolio demonstrates the student's understanding of intercultural differences in communication and illustrates multiple strategies for dealing with these differences. The portfolio demonstrates the student's understanding of intercultural differences in communication and illustrates a single strategy for dealing with difference. The portfolio demonstrates only partial understanding of intercultural differences in communication. The portfolio does not demonstrate understanding of intercultural differences in communication. 
    Critical Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Portfolio demonstrates the ability to write a clear paper using more than three library resources of different types (journal articles, books, etc.). Portfolio demonstrates the ability to write a clear paper using at least three library resources of different types (journal articles, books, etc.). Portfolio components/assignments lack the required sources, use internet sources, or the writing in the assignments is unclear. Portfolio components/assignments use no sources and the writing in the assignments is unclear. 

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