CA200 Interviewing Theories & Practice

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CA 200 Interviewing Theories & Practice


F2T 2012 DL


Callihan, Lisa B.


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Marshall University Communication Studies M.A.
Jacksonville State University General Psychology M.A.
University of Kentucky Communication B.A.

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Semester Dates

10/22/2012 - 12/16/2012

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Interviewing Principles and Practices / Charles J. Stewart, William B. Cash Jr. -- 13th Edition. ISBN: 978-0-07-340681-7 (alk. Paper).

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Course Description:
CA200 - Interviewing Theories and Practice Development and analysis of the interviewing process from the viewpoints of the interviewer and the interviewee. Consideration is given to strategies, ethics, the interview as a management tool, and a broad understanding of the communication variables involved in the interviewing context. Both practical and theoretical perspectives are examined. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator believes in continuous learning over the entire lifespan. Sometimes in casual settings questioning, observing, discussing and debating, at other times researching, testing, hypothesizing, and engaging in structured university or higher educational settings. A world perspective rather than ethnocentric perspective generates the greatest knowledge gain, combined with real-world case studies and multifarious scenario investigation.

Class Assessment:

1. Survey Interview Project (100 points):

     The Survey Interview Project is the core assessment for this course and consists of four parts:

  • Part I: Introduction: The introduction consists of a problems statement and a situation analysis related to the topic.

The problem statement should be written in present tense and describe the situation in specific and measurable terms. It should address the five W’s and the H: what is the source of concern, where is the problem, when is it a problem, who is involved or affected, why is this a concern, and how are participants involved or affected. The problem statement is concise and can usually be written in a sentence or a short paragraph. 
The situation analysis adds depth and contains all the background information needed to expand upon and illustrate the meaning of the problem statement. It might include both internal factors (e.g. the policies of an organization or organizational structure) and external factors (e.g. the economy or global warming) that led to the problem.

  • Part II: Survey Questions

The questions should be designed to discover the kind of information that you are seeking. Since this is a pilot project the survey should not exceed 10 questions and should include a mix of closed and open questions. You should survey a minimum of ten people and your participants may be a “convenience” sample. In other words, for this study you are allowed to use friends, family, fellow students, and coworkers as your survey participants. For a more rigorous study you would be required to use random sampling techniques to yield a representative sample.

  • Part III: Results and Discussion

In this section you tabulate the results of your surveys and discuss your findings in a narrative form. In analyzing the results you should be looking for patterns of human interaction and drawing appropriate conclusions related to the purpose of your study.

  • Part IV: Directions for Future Research

In the final section of your project you answer the following questions: 
1. Have I added to the pool of information on this topic? 
2. Is there a need for further research in this area of inquiry? 
3. What is the major weakness of my project?

There are specific due dates for each of the four sections and the completed project is due during Week 7. Students should consult the lecture and notes for Chapter 6 regarding the design of questions. The written portion of the project will be evaluated using the grading criteria indicated in your syllabus. The Survey Interview Project carries a value of 100 points toward your final grade.

The Survey Interview Project is divided into 4 parts (20+40+30+10=100 points):  

    • Part I: Introduction is due by week 4. (20 points) 
    • Part II: Survey Questions is due by week 5. (40 points)  
    • Part III: Results and Discussion is due by week 6. (30 points)
    • Part IV and Complete Survey Interview is due by week 7. (10 points) 

2. Weekly Quizzes (Weeks 1-7): Students are required to take a 10 question quiz |during weeks 1-7.   Each quiz is worth 10 points for a total of 70 points for the eight weeks.

3. Uncritical Inference Test (Week 2): After completing the Week 2 lecture, students will take the Uncritical Inference Test. The test is worth 20 points.

4.  Homework: Information about the homework will be provided about 1-4 weeks before the assignment is due.

Here is a list of the Homework assignments:

Television Interview Report (Due in week 4). Homework information is provided in Week 1.  Worth 20 points. 
Would You Hire This Man? (Due in week 5).  Homework information is provided in week 4. Worth 15 points. 
Designing Your Resume: (Due in Week 6).  Homework information is provided in week 4. Worth 15 points.

5. Discussion: (Week 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8). Students are required to respond to the initial discussion question by Thursday at midnight and then respond to at least one classmate’s discussion post by Sunday at midnight. Please note: It is not enough to simply answer the questions posed in the discussion. You need to interact with your classmates to explore the topics more fully. Responses must be thoughtful and reflect knowledge of the week’s required readings. (More than just “I agree” or “Good Point!”). Each discussion is worth ten points for a total of 60 points for the eight weeks. 

6 Proctored Final Exam (Week 8): It will be a multiple-choice, and true and false questions exam that students will take in person with a proctor during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available. The exam is worth 120 points. 

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term. A proctor request form will be made available starting week 2 at Failure to arrange a proctor to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic F in the class. The proctor will be accepted and approved by the instructor. The final exam will be closed book/closed note.

Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred proctors, but K-12 school teachers, counselors or administrators, certified librarians, testing centers at accredited colleges or universities are acceptable. Approved proctors may also include U.S. Embassy officials, military education officers, or testing control officers at U.S. military bases. Excluded from approval as proctors are family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy, and employers, supervisors and co-workers.

For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.

*This course is being facilitated utilizing the above plan created by Park faculty member Pamela A. Callan

Activity Points Survey Interview Project - Core Assessment (100 points, complete project due by Week 7) The 100 points are divided into 4 parts: 

-Part I due by Week 4, (20 Pts)
 -Part II due by Week 5, (40 Pts)
 -Part III due by Week 6, (30 Pts)
 -Part IV and the complete project due by week 7. (10 Pts) 20+40+30+10=100 points 
Weekly Quizzes (Weeks 1-7) (10 points each, taken weeks 1-7) 70 points 
Uncritical Inference Test (Week 2) (20 points, taken week 2) 20 points 
Homework: Television Interview Report (20 points, due by Week 4) 20 points 
Homework: Would You Hire This Man? (15 points, due by Week 5) 15 points
Homework: Resume (15 points, due by Week 6) 
15 points Proctored Final Exam (120 points, due by Week 8) 20 points 
Threaded Discussion (6) (10 points each, Weeks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8) 60 points 
Total 420 points
Letter Grading: A = 90% = 378-420 points
B = 80% = 336-377 points 
C = 70% = 294-335 points
D = 60% = 252-293 points
F = Less than 60% = 0----292 points 
Grades and Feedback: Students can check grades and feedback in gradebook in eCollege.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Please be advised that assignments are due by 11:59:59 CST on any Sunday night, end of class week, every class week.
If the instructor accepts a late assignment, a 10% reduction of score daily can be expected.  When we stay on time and
on target, higher success rates are normally the outcome.  Do not stress if a few late submissions take place, but it 
should not become the norm.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
There will be a respect of the right of all classmates to communicate in an open marketplace of ideas.  All opinions are welcome other than illegal hate speech or slander.  The materials will guide us and our inquiry.  Research, current events, personal experiences, and theory will be discussed openly with attention toward stating facts and avoiding bias. We are engaging to learn, not to defend already held beliefs.  Take a perspective as a learner, no flames, but rather - courtesy, dignity, and equal respect will be upheld. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Week 1
Lecture: The Fundamentals of Interviewing 
Threaded Discussion: Feedback (10 points)
Read Chapter 1: An Introduction to Interviewing and Chapter 2: An Interpersonal Communication Process 
Reading Homework: Television Interview Report (20 points, due on Week 4 Thursday)
Quiz over Chapters 1 and 2 (10 points).
Week 1 Final Review Questions

Week 2
Lecture 1: Common Pitfalls of Asking Questions
Lecture 2: The Inference-Observation Confusion 
Lecture 3: Planning and Structuring the Interview (due week 4)
Threaded Discussion: Creating Rapport (10 points)
Read Chapter 3: Questions and Their Uses and Chapter 4: Structuring the Interview 
Quiz over Chapters 3 and 4 (10 points).
Uncritical Inference Test (20 points)
Week 2 Final Review Questions

Week 3
Lecture: Survey Interviews 
Read Chapter 6: The Survey Interview 
Reading Homework: Survey Interview Project.   Send your instructor an email indicating that you understand all the requirements and required due dates of the Survey Interview Project.
Threaded Discussion: Motivation (10 points)
Quiz over Chapter 6 (10 points).
Week 3 Final Review Questions

Week 4
Lecture 1: The Ten Most Dangerous Topics in an Employment Interview
Lecture 2: The Employment Interview from Both Sides of the Table
Read Chapter 7: The Recruiting Interview and Chapter 8: The Employment Interview 
Reading Homework: Would You Hire This Man? (15 points. Due Week 5) 
Reading Homework: Designing Your Resume (15 points.  Due Week 6) 
Due: Television Interview Report (20 points)
Due: Survey Interview Project, Part I (20 points)
Quiz over Chapters 7 and 8 (10 points).
Week 4 Final Review Questions

Week 5
Lecture: Performance Interview and Counseling Interviews 
Read Chapter 9: The Performance Interview and Chapter 12: The Counseling Interview 
Due: Would You Hire This Man? (15 points)
Due: Survey Interview Project, Part II (40 points)
Quiz over Chapters 9 and 12 (10 points).
Week 5 Final Review Questions

Week 6 
Read Chapter 10: The Persuasive Interview: the Persuader 
Threaded Discussion: Changing Your Image (10 points)
Due: Designing Your Resume (15 points)
Due: Survey Interview Project, Part III (30 points)
Quiz over Chapter 10 (10 points).
Week 6 Final Review Questions

Week 7
Lecture: Bypassing 
Read Chapter 11: The Persuasive Interview: The Persuadee

Due:  Discussion - Language Strategies and Persuasion (10 points).  
Due: Completed Survey Interview Project including Park IV (10 points)
Quiz over Chapter 11 (10 points).
Week 7 Final Review Questions

Week 8
Due:  Discussion - Changing Your Image (10 points).
Proctored Final Exam: Chapters 1-4, 6-12, (120 points) 

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Additional Information:

Lisa Callihan began teaching at Marshall University in 1990 as a graduate assistant in the Communication Studies Department.  She taught at a technical college in South Carolina and was The International Programs Director, assisting students and faculty to experience learning and teaching transnationally in person, via live-interactive televised courses, and through web based joint projects.  She served as the Director of the South Carolina World Trade Center in 2007, and enjoys teaching Communication and Psychology courses.


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