CA200 Interviewing Theories & Practice

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CA 200 Interviewing Theories & Practice


SP 2013 HO


Vasquez, Ashley


Adjunct Instructor of Communication Arts


Bachelor's Degree in Communication - Park University
Master's of Arts Degree in Communication - Park University

Office Location

By Appointment

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Jan. 14 - May 10

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


 Interviewing Principles and Practices by Stewart and Cash. ISBN: 9780073406817. 13th Edition,  McGraw-Hill - Communications

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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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, exams, group projects, writing and more. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions

Class Assessment:
Grading in this course is based on a 1000-point scale. Scores are based on examinations, written work, core assessment and participation. Grades will be administered as follows:

900-1000 - A
800-899 - B
700-799 - C
600-699 - D
0-599 - F


Tests - 25 percent of total grade
Mid-term exam - A mid-term exam will be administered at the half-way point in the semester worth a total of 100 points.
Final exam - A final comprehensive exam will be administered on the final exam period worth a total of 150 points.
Core Assessment - 30 percent of total grade
Job Project - Students will complete a variety of documents to create the "perfect" resume/job preparation experience. Included in this project are: resume, cover letter, self-analysis, practice interview, questions and analysis. The entire project will be turned in portfolio style at the end of the semester including changes made during class sessions. Total points: 300.
Written work - 25 percent of total grade
Interview Analysis Papers - Two three-paged, double-spaced papers will be due as assigned by instructor. Each paper is worth 50 points for a total of 100 points of total grade.
Interview Projects - Three in-person interviews will be conducted by students, typed and turned in. Each interview project is worth 50 points each, totaling 150 ponts of total grade.
Participation - 20 percent
Peer Evaluations - Several peer evaluations and peer editing will take place based on other's resume and class work. Each evaluation will be worth 20 points - totaling 100 points.
In-Class Participation - 100 points will be awarded for attending class regularly and participating in class discussions.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All course work is expected to be completed on time. If you know you will not be able to complete an assignment before the assignment due date during particular class period, talk to me or email me with at least 24 hours notice and you will be allowed to turn the assignment in late. The instructor must receive all authorized late assignments before the beginning of the next class period to avoid a 20% grade deduction. All assignments more than one week late will not be accepted.

The 24-hour Rule
As mentioned above, anytime you need to schedule an alternative day to turn in an assignment, you must contact me 24 hours prior to the assignment deadline you are trying to avoid. Additionally, if you are dissatisfied with a grade on an assignment, you must wait 24 hours to talk to me about it. There are no exceptions. In case of sudden illness on a day a major assignment is due, you must contact me, or at least leave a message, before the class meets, not the next class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Group Work
Often during the semester we will be working in groups. Get your group members’ phone numbers and call them when you are absent to get notes, assignments, etc. When an activity or assignment is designated as a group activity, collaboration is expected. When an activity is not specifically designated as a group activity you are to be the only individual to work on that assignment. If you collaborate on an activity not designated as a group activity and there is enough evidence of that collaboration to catch my attention you and your collaborators will receive a 0 for that assignment.

Late arrivals
I will deduct points from all students that arrive late to class more than once (freebie). Beyond that, half of your participation points for that particular evening will be deducted. Be on time please.

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

Class Cancellations
If class is canceled for any reason, the class period following the canceled class will cover the material that should have been covered on the canceled day. Be sure to check your Park University email for any canceled class information and what to expect when you return after a canceled class.

Word Processing
All work is expected to by typed and double-spaced for full credit.

Instructor Availability
Please feel free to discuss papers, presentations, and any problems you are having. I am available by email at least once per day and often more. Also, I will provide students with a cell phone number to reach me in case of emergencies since I do not have a permanent office. However, abuse of this privilege – forcing me to change my number – will result in limited email contact only in the future.
Extra Credit
At various times during the semester, extra credit opportunities will be given. You must have at least a C grade at the time the extra credit is recorded to be able to attempt the extra credit assignment. No extra credit will be allowed during the last two weeks of class.

Student/Teacher Responsibilities
• As a college student you must accept responsibility for your own actions. Reading for class, preparing for tests, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussions are the major responsibilities I expect from you as your part of the learning process. 
• My responsibility is to give you my best teaching effort, to create a positive learning climate, and to challenge you.  It takes work from both of us to make this a worthwhile experience. I vow to do my very best for you and if you have any suggestions for improvement, those are welcome in a private setting.
• Additionally, at times we will discuss controversial topics and have people who disagree with each other. You and I both must remember that while each of us has a right to our own opinion, we must respect the right of others to have differing opinions. Calling someone or some idea “stupid” creates a defensive communication climate and hampers the ability of all of us to learn. Think before you criticize. 
• Finally, come talk to me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the class. It is less frustrating for both of us if you ask questions before the assignment is due, rather than after it has affected your performance. Additionally, if someone in the class or I make a comment you are uncomfortable with, please contact me immediately and first. Apologies and policy changes are best handled as soon as possible.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Reading Assignment Due

Week 1

Jan. 14, 16, 18

Chapter 1 None
Week 2
Jan. 25


Chapter 2 None

Week 3

Jan. 28, 30, Feb. 1
Chapter 3, 4   - Interviewing Analysis 1 - M                       

Week 4

Feb. 4, 6, 8

Chapters 5, 6 Interview Analysis 2 - F

Week 5

Feb. 11, 13, 15

Chapters 7, 8 None

Week 6

Feb. 18, 20, 22

Chapter 9 Interview Project 1 - M

Week 7

Feb. 25, 27, March 1

Chapters 10, 11 Interview Project 2 - M

Week 8  

March 4, 6, 8   
Chapters 24, 25 - Midterm exam - F

Week 9

March 11-15

Week 9  

March 18, 20, 22

Chapters 12, 13 Interview Project 3- F

Week 10

March 25, 27, 29

Chapters 14, 15

Portfolio Part 1- M

Portfolio Part 2 - F

Week 11

April 1
None None

Week 12

April 8, 10, 12

Chapters 16, 17

Portfolio Part 3 - M

Portfolio Part 4 - F

Week 13

April 15, 17, 19

Provided Reading   Portfolio Part 5 - F

Week 14  

April 22, 24, 26   

Provided Reading Portfolio Part 6 - M

Week 15

April 29, May 1, 3

Provided Reading Final Finished Portfolio - F

Week 16

Wednesday, May 8
9 a.m. Same Room
Final Exam Final Exam - W

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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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
If you have a question about whether you may or may not be plagiarizing, just ask! There are some significant gray areas in plagiarism and there are no “stupid” questions. It is always safe to side with caution.

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: .


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