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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

COMM 313: Interpersonal Communication

Course Description

An introduction to the process of communication as it operates in personal and small group relationships.

Prerequisite: COMM 110

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Adler, Ronald B. and Russell F. Proctor II. Looking Out, Looking In. 14th. Boston: Wadsworth, 2014.
    • ISBN-978-1-285-07056-8

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Every single day we engage in interpersonal communication. Arguably, this form of communication has one of the most resonant, intimate effects on our lives. This course will introduce students to the varying methods of communicating interpersonally—from our touch to our clothing, our classrooms to our boardrooms, we are always at varying stages of interpersonal relationship building.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To provide an extensive overview of interpersonal communication theory.
  • To address the personal and professional aspects of communication in the workplace.
  • To explore the stages of relationship building and dissolution.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Explain theories of interpersonal communication.
  • Explain development of self- identity as a social construction.
  • Demonstrate skills needed for effective interpersonal skills at each stage of dyadic communication.
  • Synthesize and evaluate communication strategies and processes in interpersonal situations.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 562-625 90-100%
B 500-561 80-89%
C 438-499 70-79%
D 375-437 60-69%
F 0-374 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (25) 175 28%
Dropbox Assignments (2) 150 24%
Midterm and Final Exams (2) 300 48%
Total 625 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 1-4 28 Friday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 5-8 28 Friday
Proctor Information N/A Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 9-12 28 Friday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 13-16 28 Friday
Midterm Exam (proctored) 150 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 17-19 21 Friday
Dropbox 1: Reality Television Analysis 50 Saturday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 20-22 21 Friday
Dropbox 2: Interpersonal Application Paper 100 Saturday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussions 23-24 14 Friday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 25 7 Friday
Final Exam (proctored) 150 Saturday
Total Points 625

Assignment Overview

Discussions

This course is dependent upon the exchange of ideas and experience and peer critique. Therefore, your participation and positive citizenship in this course is fully expected. To receive an average participation grade of 75% a student will regularly contribute to a positive learning environment in class. Each week discussion topics will be opened by 12:00 a.m. Central Time (CT) on Monday. Students can receive up to seven points per discussion topic. Although you are only required to respond to two peers per discussion topic, I do assess the quality of your responses. “I agree,” is perfunctory, not engaging and will not receive full credit.

All discussion posts and responses are due to 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.

"Reality" Television Analysis

This 2-3 page MLA formatted paper will analyze an hour-long episode of reality television in relation to how emotion is displayed in the episode. Are the emotion displays of the episode indicative of ‘real’ interpersonal communication or are the emotion displays unbelievable? If they’re inauthentic, why are they contradictory to what we know regarding communication? This paper must be submitted to the Dropbox in D2L. Only documents saved as .doc, .docx, or .pdf are acceptable. Other formats will not be graded. Plagiarized papers will result in a score of zero for the assignment and a 15% deduction from the total class grade.

This analysis is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 5.

Interpersonal Application Paper

This 4-6 page MLA formatted paper will explore course concepts in further detail. You must choose one film listed in the Content area and critique the film’s exploration of interpersonal and family communication, through one to three terms that are discussed in the textbook. Only documents saved as .doc, .docx, or .pdf are acceptable. Other formats will not be graded. Plagiarized papers will result in a score of zero for the assignment and a 15% deduction from the total class grade.

This analysis is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 6.

Exams

These exams will test knowledge gained from the texts and viewings assigned in class. Both exams are multiple-choice in format, 75 questions worth two points each. Both exams will be proctored. Exams are not open for review, meaning that you will not be allowed to look over your exam after you’ve taken it. Do not ask to have it opened especially for you. Exams have a two hour time limit with a five minute grace period. For each minute you go over the time limit (125 minutes) you will lose 1% of your exam score. For example, students who go ten minutes past the grace period will lose 10% of their exam score.

No notes or books are allowed while taking proctored exams. Additionally, the use of flash drives and outside websites is not allowed during proctored exams. Proctor information can be found in the Content area of the course. The instructor has final approval of all proctors.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Why Study Interpersonal Communication?
Readings
Chapter 1
Discussions 1-4
In this first week we will begin our discussions by examining the shifting populations crucial in studying interpersonal communication (IC). You will assess the needs that communicators are attempting to satisfy in relationships. As well, you will be able to describe the degree to which communication is qualitatively impersonal or interpersonal and to what degree there are consequences to those levels of behavior. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Week 2: Communication and Identity
Readings
Chapter 2
Discussions 5-8
In our second week of studying IC, students will begin to distinguish between self-concept, self-esteem, and communication. As well, you will understand how self-fulfilling prophecies shape the self-concept and influence communication. You will be able to describe the role that identity management plays in both face-to-face and mediated relationships. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Perception
Readings
Chapter 3
Discussions 9-12
In this week of studying IC, students will articulate how the processes of selection, organization, interpretation, and negotiation shape communication in a given situation. Additionally, students will be able to explain the influences on perception and how these tendencies have distorted their own perceptions of another. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Week 4: Emotion and Language
Readings
Chapters 4 and 5
Discussions 13-16
You will begin your midterm week of study by identifying the ways in which emotional expression affects communication within relationships and the fallacies that create debilitative emotions. You will begin to construct messages at the optimal level of specificity or vagueness for given situations. This will include recasting “you” statements into “I” or “we” statements to reflect one’s individual responsibility for the content of messages. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Midterm Exam (proctored)
The exam will cover Chapters 1-5 and the required viewings. Students will have two hours for the exam. Test must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Week 4.
Week 5: Nonverbal Communication and Listening
Readings
Chapters 6 and 7
Discussions 17-19
As we begin the second half of the term, students will focus on the defining characteristics of nonverbal communication and how to monitor and manage nonverbal cues in ways conducive to your personal goals. You will also identify the situations in which they listen mindfully and mindlessly, and the appropriateness of each style. Specific discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Dropbox 1: Reality Television Analysis
Reality Television analysis due to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Week 6: Relational Dynamics and Intimacy
Readings
Chapters 8 and 9
Discussions 20-22
Students will be able to identify factors that have influenced their choice of relational partners. Using Knapp’s model to describe the nature of communication, students will be able to describe the various stages of a relationship. Within relationships, students will identify the dimensions of intimacy and how they are expressed in a relationship. As a component of intimacy, students will become familiar with the nature of self-disclosure and the benefits and risks of disclosing in selected situations. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Dropbox 2: Interpersonal Application Paper
Interpersonal Application Paper due to the appropriate Dropbox folder by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Conflict and Communication Climates
Readings
Chapters 10 and 11
Discussions 23-24
As we near the end of the term, students will begin their reflection upon and application of IC in their individual lives. Students will investigate how confirming, disagreeing, and disconfirming messages and patterns threaten or honor the self of communicators involved. Students will be able to identify personal conflict styles, evaluate the effectiveness of those styles, and suggest alternatives if needed. Students will be able to articulate how the win-win situation is possible in interpersonal conflict. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Week 8: Course Summary
Discussion 25
As we near the end of the term, students will begin their reflection upon and application of IC in their individual lives. Students will investigate how interpersonal communication impacts individuals in their daily interactions. Specific discussion topics discussion topics will be opened by 8:00 a.m. CT on Monday.

Discussion responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday.
Final Exam (proctored)
The exam will cover Chapters 6-11 and the required viewings. Students will have two hours for the exam. Test must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of Week 8.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

I do not give credit for any late assignments; however, I will provide feedback if assignments are turned in after the due date.

The only exception to this late policy is that students who are on a documented deployment or who have a documented illness will be allowed to submit assignments after returning from deployment or hospitalization. If you have advance notice of such deployment and/or hospitalization, I prefer that you submit assignments in advance when possible. Please note that problems with your computer and/or Internet Service Provider do not constitute legitimate excuses for submitting assignments late.

In regards to exams, if you miss an exam, you will also receive a grade of zero.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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