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CA 301 Interpersonal Communication II
Norris, Virgil W.


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 301 Interpersonal Communication II

Semester

SP 2012 HO

Faculty

Norris, Virgil "Rusty"

Title

Senior Instructor of Communication Arts/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA: Communication & Leadership (in progress), Park University
MLA: Social Science concentration, Baker University
BA: Liberal Arts, Park University

Office Location

None

Office Hours

Before and after class, or by appointment

Daytime Phone

816-886-6123

E-Mail

rusty.norris@park.edu

rusty.norris.park@comcast.net

Semester Dates

January 16 - May 11, 2012

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Prerequisites

CA104 Interpersonal Communication I

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Braithwaite, D. O. & Wood, J. T. (2011). Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships. ISBN: 978-0-7575-7273-9.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Any textbook from Interpersonal Communication I will be helpful to you throughout the course.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
CA301 Interpersonal Communication II: 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. Prerequisite: CA104. 3:0:3 @

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to: 1. Summarize the philosophical roots of the field and the history of the field.
  2. Compare and contrast various approaches to studying interpersonal communication.
  3. Explain how we define ourselves as communicators.
  4. Create a model of relational development and dissolution.
  5. Illustrate how verbal and nonverbal communication affects relationships.
  6. Evaluate different communication strategies for relational maintenance and repair.
  7. Explain the influence of the social context on relationships.
  8. Evaluate perception's influence on interpersonal communication.
  9. Explain the role of listening and self-disclosure on relationships.
  10. Evaluate the different strategies for dealing with conflict.
  11. Explain barriers to communication and how to overcome them.
  12. Assess your own communication strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for improvement.


Core Assessment:

Minimum Requirements:  The core assessment for CA301 Interpersonal II 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 an eight to ten-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of eight sources. 


-Includes at least one assignment that requires students to analyze the communication in a relationship (a case study of real or simulated interpersonal communication).


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


-Includes at least one assignment assessing their own communication strengths and weaknesses and develop action plans to improve weak areas.


-Includes tests to illustrate knowledge of the philosophical roots of communication and the history of the field.


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


-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:
Discussion & Participation. (20 points per week for 15 weeks.) 300 points total.
Active participation in class discussions, exercises, and projects. This includes being continually present from the start of each class until the class is dismissed by the instructor. Consideration will be given to quantity and quality of involvement and demonstrated attitude toward learning.

Theory Summations. (5 @ 80 points each.) 400 points total.
Each summation will cover a specific interpersonal communication theory related to the focus of the class. Summations will consist of:

  • one full-page handout for each class member with key elements of the theory and major contributors to the development of the theory;
  • a copy of the handout with full APA citation of the sources used;
  • an expanded presentation of the theory to the class;
  • discussion of a case study from the viewpoint of the theory.

Research Paper. 200 points.
An analysis of interpersonal communication within the context of a film.
The paper will:
  • incorporate at least 5 theoretical approaches in the analysis;
  • be a minimum of eight pages in length;
  • be double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font;
  • have appropriate APA documentation, including a References section;
  • use at least 8 academic-quality sources.
More details will be provided in class.


Final Examination. 100 points.
The final exam will consist of the analysis of a case study using interpersonal communication theories.


Grading:
A = 90-100% (900-1000 points)
B = 80-89% (800-899 points)
C = 70-79% (700-799 points)
D = 60-69% (600-699 points)
F = 59% or less (0-599 points)

Total Points: 1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions will not be accepted unless arranged in advance or because of significant emergencies.

Make-up assignments for participation points will be accepted for excused absences only. Missed assignments must be made up within one week of the excused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Communication Devices

All communication devices must be turned off, or set on silent, during the class session. No phone calls or text messages are to be sent or received without my permission.

If you are expecting an important message, notify me in advance. You must have permission from me to answer messages during class.

CAUTION: If I see a cell phone in your hand during class, without prior permission from me, you will lose all participation points for the day.

Respect

Respect for every member of the class must be maintained at all times. This includes respecting the confidences of members of the class who may share personal information during exercises or discussions.

Disagreements are natural and may occur, but respect must still be maintained.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 WEEK DATE
FOCUS
ASSIGNMENTS DUE
 1  1/16  MLK DAY
NO CLASS
   1/18  Course Introduction
 
   1/20     Reading: Introduction. p. xvii
 2  1/23  Identity and Individuality

   1/25    Theory Summation 1
   1/27    
 3  1/30    
   2/1    
   2/3    
 4  2/6  Developing Relationships
 
   2/8    Theory Summation 2
   2/10    
 5  2/13    
   2/15    
   2/17    
 6  2/20  PRESIDENTS DAY
NO CLASS
   2/22  Continuing Relationships
 
   2/23    Theory Summation 3
 7  2/27    
   2/29    
   3/2    
 8  3/5    
   3/7    
   3/9    
   3/12 -
 3/16
 SPRING BREAK
NO CLASS
 9  3/19  Relationship Challenges
 
   3/21    Theory Summation 4
   3/23    
 10  3/26    
   3/28  Research Day
 Library
   3/30  Research Day
 Library
 11  4/2
 
   4/4    
   4/6  GOOD FRIDAY
NO CLASS
 12  4/9  Continuity and Change  
   4/11    Theory Summation 5
   4/13    
 13  4/16    
   4/18    
   4/20    
 14  4/23  Holistic Applications
 
   4/25    
   4/27    
 15  4/30    Research Paper
   5/2    
   5/4    
 16  5/7 Monday 10:15-12:15
 Final Exam

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
***

NOTE: All suspected incidents of academic dishonesty will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the infraction, including the potential for failing the course.

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
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NOTE: All suspected incidents of plagiarism will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the infraction, including the potential for failing the course.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments synthesize information from the text and more than eight additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from text and eight additional sources. Portfolio assignments synthesize information from seven or fewer sources and the text. Portfolio assignments show no evidence of additional sources. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Portfolio assignments analyze stages/elements of all communication concepts illustrated in the assignment and identify motives, causes and effect of 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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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
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
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/or includes more than eight errors in writing conventions. 
Component Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
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. 
Knowledge of roots and history of field-                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The portfolio demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field by achieving scores of more than 80 percent on all exams. The portfolio demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field by achieving scores of 75-80 percent on all exams. The portfolio demonstrates gaps in the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field illustrated by scores of  60-75 percent or less on all exams. The portfolio does not demonstrates the student's knowledge of the philisophical roots and history of the communication field because student achieved less than 60 percent on most exams. 
Assessment of personal strengths, weaknesses and plans for improvement                                                                                                                                                                                     
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The portfolio demonstrates the student's analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses and offers goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and tangible. The portfolio demonstrates the student's analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses and offers a plan that identifies several goals and how they will achieve them. Portfolio demonstrates only two of the following: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, plan for improvement. Portfolio demonstrates only one of the following: analysis of strengths, weaknesses, plan for improvement. 

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