CA404 Seminar:SpecTop in Comm Arts:

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CA 404 Seminar:SpecTop in Comm Arts:


SP 2013 HOA


Noe, J. Mark


Chair, Department of Arts & Communication; Director Master of Arts in Communication & Leadership; Professor of Communication Arts

Office Location

Copley 203

Office Hours

8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Please call Cathy Boisen at 584-6263 to schedule an appointment.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Administrative Assistant, Cathy Boisen, 816-584-6263


Semester Dates

January 14 - May 10, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours


Close Encounters (3rd Edition) by Guerrero, Andersen and Afifi, Los Angeles: Sage, 2011

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Course Description:
CA404 Seminar: Special Topics in Communication Arts: Revolving topic seminar for advanced students which may be repeated under different topic headings. Topics deal with such matters as social responsibility in mass media, effects of technological change upon communications industry, film criticism, promotional strategies and case studies, or possibly issues and problems in broadcast management or public relations. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Vocational                                           Career                                    Liberal Arts

            Education                                           Education                                  Education

(emphasis on immediate goals)                                                                    (emphasis on long-term goals)


Colleges and universities are not designed to be vocational schools. Unlike trade schools that prepare students for a specific career (e.g. auto repair, hair dressing), the four-year college/university is dedicated to educating citizens for social, political, and economic life. Some classes that may not be perceived as “relevant” (i.e., direct application to a career) are relevant to the future of the student as an effective member of society. If the sole emphasis is on “getting a job,” the immediate goal may threaten the broader issue of what jobs might exist in the future. A person who is narrowly trained to do a job today may be out of a job tomorrow. Over specialization may result in the specialty becoming obsolete in the long run. The Communication Theory and Human Relations graduate is prepared not only for entry-level jobs, but also has the skills sought for middle management positions. Jobs in human resources, training and development, staff development, public relations, sales, or management are potential career choices. Others may choose to pursue additional study in graduate schools.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Varies according to topic.

Core Assessment:
Varies according to topic

Class Assessment:
Assessment will be based on attendance, participation, examinations, and papers.


Midterm Exam                            100 points

Final Exam                                  100 points

Reaction Paper 1                          30 points

Reaction Paper 2                          30 points

Participation and Attendance         20 points

                        TOTAL              280 points

A numerical grade will be given for each assignment. Final grades will be determined according to the following scale:   

                                  280 - 252 = A

                                  251 - 224 = B

                                  223 - 196 = C

                                  195 - 168 = D

                                  Below 168 = F   


If you have any questions concerning a particular grade, you should stop in and see me or request a conference.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Deadlines must be met on time. No assignment will be accepted late without an excuse.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Reaction Papers: Reaction papers must be typewritten. Your work should reflect college-level standards (rise to your level of competence). Paper should be good bond (no onion skin) and

8 ½ x 11. Any paper found to be plagiarized will receive a zero and may not be rewritten.


Extra Credit: No extra credit work will be assigned or accepted.


Examinations: Examinations may include any or all of the following: multiple choice, matching, short identification or definition, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and short essay questions. One class period will be allotted for exams. Students arriving late will not be allowed to work longer than the designated period. The final exam is not comprehensive in nature. You are responsible for lecture information not included in your textbooks.


Conferences: You are welcome to drop by my office to discuss papers or other concerns. I am willing to read early drafts of your papers if you want my opinion.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 Week 1:
January 15 ~ Get acquainted. Course Specifications
January 17 ~ Interpersonal Relationships and the Androgynous Person.
                     The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI): Assessment and Explanation
Week 2:
January 22 ~ Female-Male Conversation: Complementary Schismogenesis
                      Read Chapter 1: Conceptualizing Relational Communication
January 24 ~ Complementary Schismogenesis

Week 3:
January 29 ~ Guest Speaker
January 31 ~ Sentence Completion Exercise
                      Read Chapter 2: Communicating Identity
                      Reaction Paper 1 assigned
Week 4:
February 5 ~ Read Chapter 3: Drawing People  Together
                      Language and Gender
February 7 ~ Complete Chapter 3
                     Simulation: Headbands
                     Gender Differences and Money
Week 5:
February 12 ~ Read Chapter 5: Getting Closer
                        Nonverbal Communication and Gender
February 14 ~ Complete Chapter 5
                       Reaction Paper 1 due
                       Review for Midterm Exam
Week 6:
February 19 ~ He Said, She Said
February 21 ~ Discussion Group (Reaction Paper 1) A Sense of the Other
                       Reaction Paper 2 assigned
Week 7:
February 26 ~ Midterm Exam: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5 and additional lectures
February 28      ~ Read Chapter 7: Making A Love Connection
                       Read Chapter 14: Coping with Conflict
                       Return Midterm Exam
Week 8:
March 5 ~ Couple Communication: Initial Attraction and Dating.  Marriage: Is it Desirable?
March 7 ~ Predicting Divorce
                 Read Chapter 9: Staying Close
Week 9:
March 12 ~ Spring Break
March 14 ~ Spring Break

Week 10:
March 19 ~ Videotape: Comedy and Female-Male Communication
March 21 ~ Videotape: TBA

Week 11:
March 26 ~ Guest Speaker
March 28 ~ Reaction Paper 2 due
                   Discussion Group

Week 12:
April 2 ~     Read Chapter 8: Communicating Sexually
                  Communication Exercise: Jayne's Dilemma
April 4 ~     Guest Speaker

Week 13:
April 9 ~ Interpersonal Attraction and Physical Attraction
                Sexuality and Sexual Satisfaction
                Intimate Communication
April 11 ~ Intimate Communication

Week 14:
April 16 ~ Videotape: TBA
April 18 ~ Videotape: TBA

Week 15:
April 23 ~ Videotape: The History of Sex
April 25 ~ Relationship Therapy

Week 16:
April 30 ~ Videotape: TBA
May 2 ~ Review for Final

Final ~ May 7 10:15-12:15pm


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

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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