CA 104 Interpersonal Communication I
F1QQ 2012 HI
Brown, Ronald A.
EdD Organizational LeadershipM.A. Human Resource DevelopmentB.S. Occupational Education
801 628 4622
8/20/2012 to 10/14/2012
7:30 - 10:15 PM
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Educational Philosophy: I believe that in the online educational environment students must be held accountable for actively participating and contributing to this class. I commit myself to providing the instructional guidance and expect my students to commit to reading the text, participating in discussion, completing assignments and offering personal experience. It is my goal to work together to achieve the course objectives and to provide you with an exceptional learning experience.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
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
a variety of student assignments designed to show student mastery of at least
eight (75 percent) of the core learning objectives for the course.
at least one four-page research based paper that utilizes a minimum of three
at least one assignment that requires students to analyze their own
communication behaviors or the communication behaviors of others.
at least one assignment that requires students to develop a mini-research
project or a media or other creative work illustrating understanding of core
at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of intercultural
differences in values and communication.
not be assembled before the last quarter of the course although it may contain
work done as the semester progress, such as journals.
no more than two previously graded assignments.
activities associated with the ability to think critically and communicate
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Writing 30 points (30%)
- * Submit one five-page (not including title and reference pages) research paper (APA format) that utilizes a minimum of five scholarly sources (at least one must be web-based) (Due: 3rd Week) -- 15 points
- * Develop a one-page (double-spaced) scenario of a real personal/professional experience that illustrates intercultural differences in values and communication (Due 4th week) -- 5 points
- * Complete a three-page (not including title and reference pages) synthesis paper (APA format) on concepts interpersonal communication (Due prior to the final week of semester) -- 10 points
NOTE: All assignments must be transmitted to the instructor in electronic form.
Participation 20 points (20%)
- Provide written responses to weekly topical discussions assigned from core learning objectives for the course -- 10 points
- Respond to two or more submissions of fellow students-- 10 points
Core Assessment 30 points (30%)
- Complete TRUE COLORS inventory provided by your instructor and analyze your own communication behaviors and the communication behaviors of others. (Due 3rd Week) -- 10 points
- * Respond to a key interpersonal communication scenario which reflects two or more core learning outcomes. Subject or title recommendations must be approved by the end of the second week of class (Due 5th week) -- 20 points
Tests 20 points (20%)
- Formative -- 0 points
- Summative: Chapters 8-14 -- 10 points
Total course points: 100
- Research paper -- 15 points
- Scenario of a real personal/professional experience -- 5 points
- Synthesis paper -- 10 points
- Weekly exercises -- 10 points
- Follow up responses -- 10 points
Core Assessment (30%)
- TRUE COLORS inventory -- 10 points
- Interpersonal scenario exercise -- 20 points
- Pre-test (0%)
- Midterm: Chapters 1-7 -- 10 points
- Formative (0%)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: The instructor will accept late work on a case by case basis. Late work may be accepted with a point reduction based on the number of days late. PLEASE NOTE: If you know that you will be unable to submit the homework on time, you MUST email the instructor and let him/her know before the actual due date. The instructor will determine if the extension will be granted and for how long.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: The Department of Communication expects students to behave in ways consistent with the program goals.
Professionalism: Be present and actively engaged in the course, be on time, submit work on time.
Intercultural Sensitivity: Respect others and value diversity.
Critical Thinking: Conduct effective research, analysis, evaluation, and application.
Ethics: Be honest, credit the works or others whether paraphrasing or quoting.
Free Speech: Respect the opinions and rights of everyone in the course.
Symbolic Acuity: Employ effective writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Participation: Active participation in the classroom is a mandatory requirement. The instructor will review and participate in "Discussion" as well as "Just 4 Fun" and "Supplementary" areas. Students are expected to actively participate in the "Discussion" area. By actively, it means that you will be awarded points based on your initial post and any subsequent posts illustrating clear interaction with other students. Your initial response to the question must be thorough. You may earn up to 7 points for your answer and you may earn up to an additional 3 points for providing feedback to 3 of your peers throughout the week. To earn the additional points you must post comments to at least 3 other students per week in the "Discussion" folder. This requirement is designed to generate further discussion, to offer feedback to class members and to further explore concepts. The instructor will review and assess participation statistics through the gradebook and the eCollege platform.
Team Assignment Participation: You will be assigned to a team in week 4 of the course. Throughout weeks 5-7 you will be required to actively contribute to a team discussion. Your task will be to discuss controversial issues as a team. Your goal is to express your personal values in regard to the issue. You should respond to the question yourself and the respond to at least 5 peer posts throughout the week. You will need to ask specific questions about your peers stance, offer support, or defend your position on the issue.
Week 1: Unit Overview: The first chapter of the book provides you with the “Foundations of Interpersonal Communication.” Here we will explore the nature and importance of interpersonal communication and its fundamental concepts. In chapter two, “Culture and Interpersonal Communication,” we will look at the central role of culture in all aspects of interpersonal communication, understand the importance and aims of a cultural perspective, understand how cultures differ and consider the nature and principles of interpersonal communication.
Learning Outcomes Addressed: 1, 5, 8 and 12.
Reading Assignment: Chapters 1-2
Homework 1a & 1b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Paper topic due!
Week 2: Unit Overview: Chapter three will address “Perception and the Self in Interpersonal Communication.” This chapter will discuss the basic dimensions of the self, the nature and principles of perception, impression formation and impression management. Chapter four, “Listening in Interpersonal Communication,” considers the importance of listening, the process of listening, listening barriers, the role of culture and gender in listening and styles of effective listening.
Learning Outcomes Addressed: 2, 3, 4 and 8.
Reading Assignment: Chapters 3-4
Homework 2a & 2b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Week 3: Unit Overview: We will now begin Part 2 of the text and our focus turns to Messages: Verbal and Nonverbal. Chapter five, “Verbal Messages,” focuses on the verbal message system, identifying the major principles of verbal messages and offering guidelines for making language more accurate, more logical and more effective. Chapter six, “Nonverbal Messages,” covers the major nonverbal channels and the research on nonverbal communication functions and examines the influence of culture on all aspects of nonverbal communication.
Learning Outcomes Addressed: 6 and 7.
Reading Assignment: Chapters 5 - 6
Homework 3a & 3b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Term paper due before Friday of week 3!
Week 4, Unit Overview: Chapter seven, “Emotional Messages,” explains the basic principle of emotions and emotional messages, the major obstacles to communicating emotions and the skills for both expressing emotions and responding to the emotions of others. Chapter eight, “Conversational Messages,” brings the material on messages together in an examination of the conversation process, then considers how conversation works, how it can be managed, the nature and role of self-disclosure, organizational conversations, and how conversational problems can be prevented and repaired.
Learning Outcomes Addressed: 4, 5 and 12.
Reading Assignment: Chapter 7 – 8
Homework 4a & 4b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Interpersonal Scenarios due before session 4b!
NOTE: Mid Term Test on Chapters 1-7
Week 5: Unit Overview:
Welcome to Part III of the text. In this section, “Interpersonal Relationships: Stages and Theories.” Chapter 9 will introduce the characteristics of interpersonal relationships, the stages relationships may pass through and some of the major theories explaining how relationships work. Chapter 10, “Interpersonal Relationships: Development and Deterioration,” traces the stages of relationships and the research and theory relevant to each of the stages of development, of relationships and the research and theory relevant to each of the stages: development, maintenance, deterioration, repair and dissolution.
Learning Objectives Addressed: 8, 9 and 10.
Reading Assignment: Chapters 9 – 10
Homework 5a & 5b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Week 6: Unit Overview: Chapter 11 covers “Interpersonal Relationship Types: Friendship, Love, Family, and Workplace.” The chapter discusses the major types of interpersonal relationships and especially the role of interpersonal communication in forming and in maintaining these relationships. Chapter 12, “Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict Management,: covers the principles of interpersonal conflict, the stages people go through in resolving or managing conflict and the strategies that can aid in more effective conflict management. Learning Outcomes Addressed: 8, 10 and 11.
Reading Assignment: Chapter 11 - 12
Homework 6a & 6b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Week 7: Unit Overview: During Week 7 we will focus on “Interpersonal Power and Influence.” In this last chapter we will cover the principles of power and influence; relationship power, personal power, and message power; and the misuse of power (as in sexual harassment and power plays.)
Learning Outcomes Addressed: 2, 3, 10 and 12.
Reading Assignment: Chapter 13
Homework 7a & 7b: Complete chapter review exercises & post weekly discussion
Term paper revisions due
Week 8: Unit Overview:
Session 8a (Tue) Group presentations & Course Summary
Synthesis papers due
Session 8b (Thur) Final test (Chapters 8-13)
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