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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
English, Scott B.


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

U1W 2012 TI

Faculty

English, Scott B.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS Occupational Education
MS Educational Leadership
CAGS Organizational Psychology

Office Hours

1000-1600 M-F

Daytime Phone

405-708-1642

E-Mail

Scott.English@park.edu

Scott.B.English@gmail.com

Semester Dates

June 4 - July 29

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

4:30 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Interpersonal Communication Book
Author: Devito, Joseph
Edition/Copyright: 13th/13
Publisher: Pearson
Type: Paperback
 
 

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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:
Class lectures reinforced through text reading, written assignments, oral presentation and/or academic tests.  Instruction will include personal experiences from both the teacher and students.  Students are expected to be prepared for class and participate in discussions and exercises.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

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


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:

Journals:  Students will complete a journal entry (1-3 pages) answering three of the questions in the "Applying" portion of each chapter discussed in the class.  These entries are due by midnight Sunday each week.  Exception:  Week 1 journal entries are due the same night as Week 2 journal entries.  All journal entries must have a title and reference page.  These pages do not count towards the total number of required pages for the assignment.  All entries will be in APA, 6th Ed. format.  A link to the APA homepage is provided above.  Students must use either Times New Roman or Arial 12 font.  There are no wrong answers for the journal entries.  Each entry will be graded on format, organization and how well the student presented and supported their ideas.  Entries will be submitted as an email attachment and sent to Scott.English@park.edu using MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF).

Communication Exercise:  This exercise will be conducted during class.  Students will choose a multicultural current event taken from any news periodical or program and describe the who, what, when, where, why and/or how pertaining to the event.  The teacher and class may then ask questions.  Afterwards, the teacher will discuss observed interpersonal communication skills.  This exercise is designed to prepare the student for the class presentation at the end of the course.  All objectives covered in class to this point will be discussed.    
 
Exams:  There will be two exams: a midterm and a final.  The final is not comprehensive. 
 
Portfolio:  The portfolio will include all journal entries, the research paper and the class presentation.  The portfolio will be submitted as an email attachment and sent to Scott.English@park.edu using MS Word or RTF.
 
Research Paper:  Students will chose from an appropriate topic covered in class and type a formal research paper discussing the topic.  The research paper will be 4-6 pages and must include a minimum of three scholarly references besides the class text.  All research papers will contain a title and reference page.  These pages do not count towards the total number of required pages for this assignment.  The research paper must be in APA, 6th Ed format.  A link to the APA homepage is provided above.  Students must use either Times New Roman or Arial 12 font.  There are no wrong answers.  Each paper will be graded on format, organization and how well the student presented and supported their ideas.  The paper will be emailed as an attachment to Scott.English@park.edu using MS Word or RTF.   
 
Presentation:  Students will present a 10-12 minute presentation on their research paper.  The presentation must contain some sort of visual aids.  If slides are used, a minimum of five slides are required (including the title and summary slide).  The presentation will be graded on content, organization and communication abilities.  Students must successfully demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using the objectives presented during the course.   
 
 
 
      

Grading:

1.  Written Work:
      Journal Entries (5): 20% of total grade (40 points each)
2.  Participation:
      Class Participation: 10% of total grade (100 points)
      Communication Exercise: 10% of total grade (100 points)
3.  Exams: 30% of total grade (150 points each)
4.  Portfolio:
      Research Paper: 15% of total grade (150 points)
      Class Presentation:  15% of total grade (150 points)
 
A:  900 - 1000 points
B:  800 - 899 points
C:  700 - 799 points
D:  600 - 699 points
F:  599 points or below
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All papers will be turned in at the required time as specified in the Class Assessment section.  Late submissions will be accepted; however, the teacher reserves the right to deduct 10 points for each unexcused late assignment. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please quiet all cell phones during class.  Students will be asked to step into the hall to accept or make calls.  Each student is expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.  The classroom is a non-attribution area as long as comments made are professional and stated for the educational benefit of the class.  Students should keep an open mind and be willing to listen and discuss other student's views and ideas.  Students should coordinate with the teacher prior to (or as soon as practical) missing any class time.  Please refer to the Park University Student Catalog for University policies and procedures. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1-----Introductions--Course Overview--Chapters 1-2--Journals due Sunday Week 2
Week 2-----Chapters 3-5--Research Paper Prep--Journals due Sunday Week 2
Week 3-----Chapters 6-8--Research Paper Prep--Journals due Sunday Week 3
Week 4-----Chapters 9--Communication Exercise--Review
Week 5-----Midterm Exam--Chapters 10-12--Journals due Sunday Week 5
Week 6-----Chapters 13-14--Research Paper Prep--Journals due Sunday Week 6
Week 7-----Presentations--Research Paper & Portfolio Review--Research Paper & Portfolios due Sunday Week 7
Week 8-----Review--Final Exam--Any Make Up Work due Sunday Week 8
 
The schedule may change slightly based on the number of students enrolled in the class. 

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

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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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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