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CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
Thomas, Frederick


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

F2SS 2012 RAH

Faculty

Thomas, Frederick

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA, Human Resource Management
BA, Human Resource Administration

Office Location

Randolph AFB Campus

Office Hours

By appointment or immediately after each class meeting

E-Mail

Frederick.Thomas02@park.edu

Semester Dates

22 October 2012 - 16 December 2012

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

4:55 - 10:20 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

DeVito, J.A. (2009) The Interpersonal Communication Book. 13th Ed. NY: Pearson

ISBN 978-0-205-03108-5 

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Course Description:
CA104 Interpersonal Communication I ( LE) : 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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactivity based on lectures about the readings and online and in-class discussions. Each student is expected to engage in classroom discussions (both online and face-to-face) in order to fully explore new ideas, current issues, contradictions, and questions as they arrive.

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:

Paper – Analysis paper of a movie that demonstrates achievement of competencies.  This should be a four-page research-based paper that utilizes a minimum of three sources.  Use 10 or 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, APA format.  You will pick your topic from my list of movie titles on the first day of class.  This paper will be included in your core assessment portfolio at the end of the term.

Journals – You will create a journal with entries due online on the dates indicated in Class Meetings and Examination Schedule in this syllabus.  These will be short (one paragraph, double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font) responses to a selection of questions (posted online) to demonstrate your competency of the learning objectives.  Label each with the journal entry number. At the end of the term you will combine them into one document, which will be graded and included in your core assessment portfolio.

Self-Tests – You may select from one of the chapters assigned each week.  Answer the "What will you do?" questions for each self-test.  Each response should be no less than one full page of text (double spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font).  Label each with your name, and the title and page number of the self-test in the upper right hand corner of the document.  You will not hand these in weekly; these will be included in your core assessment portfolio at the end of the term.

Intercultural Differences Project – You will complete this project during week 3 of class as an in-class activity.  More information for this project will be handed out on the first day of class.

PowerPoint Presentation – This assignment requires you to develop a media presentation illustrating understanding of core concepts.  Chapter assignments will be given out the first day of class.  You will present your chapter orally to the class when we are reviewing your assigned chapter.  Your presentation should be no longer than 7-10 minutes.  This assignment will be included in your core assessment portfolio at the end of the term.

Core Assessment Portfolio – This is a collection of student work.  It will include a table of contents, your completed journal, all Self-Test assignments, the intercultural differences project, PowerPoint presentation, and your paper.  This portfolio shall contain no more than two previously graded assignments.  In this case, your journal and intercultural differences project will be the only two previously graded assignments added to the portfolio.  It must be transmitted to me in electronic format, preferably by email. 

Grading:

Your final grade will consist of the following:

Written Work = 250 points - This consists of your Journal (50 points) and your Intercultural Differences Project (200 points) 

Class Participation/Discussion = 200 points

Tests = 250 points - This consists of your mid-term and final at 125 points each

Core Assessment Portfolio = 300 points - This consists of your Journal (previously graded, 30 points), Self-Tests (80 points), Intercultural Differences Project (previously graded, 30 points), PowerPoint Presentation (80 points), and your Paper (80 points).

Total = 1000 points

Final grades are computed by total number of points out of 1000 possible:

Points accumulated    Grade

        900-1000             A

        800-899               B

        700-799               C

        600-699               D

        599 and below    F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will only be accepted if the student has contacted prior to the due date of the assignment with a valid reason he/she cannot meet the deadline. All approvals for extensions are at the instructor’s discretion. Any assignments turned in late without prior approval from the instructor can still be turned in up to the last day of the course for half credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

THIS IS A HYBRID COURSE: This format provides some of the best features of face-to-face and online courses, such as: direct interaction with your instructor and classmates in a classroom environment, use of technology in the online component to enhance your learning experience, flexibility and convenience, and reduced commuting time and expense.

There will not be any more (or less) work to complete a course in a hybrid format. It will simply provide students and the instructor with a degree of flexibility not available in the standard face-to-face course. The course sessions will include five face-to-face meetings (on Tuesdays of weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8—from 4:55pm to 9:55pm) and the time spent working online make this hybrid course 60% face-to-face and 40% online. The face-to-face sessions are mandatory meetings. Each online activity is organized on a weekly basis with predetermined due dates and are not self-paced; however, since the online participation is asynchronous, students will enjoy the advantage of choosing the times they wish to participate outside of the face-to-face sessions during the week.

All students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in meaningful discussion of assigned reading and build upon this knowledge through respectful dialogue. Side-bar discussions are distracting and will not be tolerated: students must yield the floor to the speaker and conduct themselves professionally at all times. Other than in the face-to-face meetings, all discussion should take place in the online classroom (not via e-mail or chat room) so all students can benefit from course discussions outside of the face-to-face meetings. On the other hand, discussions begun in the online classroom will be continued in the face-to-face meetings in order to enhance the hybrid experience.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Assignments/Topics

Assigned Reading (Be prepared to discuss in online and face-to-face meetings)

1

Mandatory Face-to-Face Meeting on Tuesday

Introduction to the online classroom

Syllabus Q and A

Pick movie from my list for your papers

Assign chapters for PowerPoint Presentations

Journal entries 1 and 2 due online

Ch 1 –  Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

Ch 2 –  Culture and Interpersonal Communication

2

 

Journal entries 3 and 4 due online

Ch 3 –  Perception of the Self and Others in Interpersonal Communication

Ch 4 –  Listening in Interpersonal Communication

3

Mandatory Face-to-Face Meeting on Tuesday

Intercultural Differences Project

Journal entries 5 and 6 due online

Ch 5 –  Verbal Messages

Ch 6 –  Nonverbal Messages

4

Journal entries 7 and 8 due online

Mid-term Exam (chapters 1-6) online

Ch 7 –  Emotional Messages

Ch 8 –  Conversational Messages

5

Mandatory Face-to-Face Meeting on Tuesday

Journal entries 9 and 10 due online

Ch 9 – Interpersonal Relationships Stages, Theories, and Communication

Ch 10 – Interpersonal Relationship Types

6

Journal entries 11 and 12 due online

Finalize PowerPoint Presentations

Ch 11 – Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict Management

Ch 12 –  Interpersonal Power and Influence

7

Mandatory Face-to-Face Meeting on Tuesday

Journal entries 1 - 12 due (combined into one document)

PowerPoint Presentations and

Review for Final Exam

8

Mandatory Face-to-Face Meeting on Tuesday

Movie analysis paper due

Post core assessment portfolio in online dropbox no later than today

Final Exam (chapters 7-12)

 

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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 .

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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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