CM 199-S2008_Syllabus - CM 199 02 Interpersonal...

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CM 199: 02 -- Interpersonal Communication LRC Room 327 -- Instructor: Joe Klimavich, APR Telephone: 508-892-1882 Fax: 508-526-5890 e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment . I am also available by AOL Internet Messenger whenever I am in the office – my AIM name is joeklim2 . NOTE: All students are already enrolled in this course on Blackboard. Please see me if you have not used Blackboard before or do not know how to access it. From time to time, course materials may be available there or you may use it to keep in touch with other members of this class. COURSE DESCRIPTION : This course is an introduction to issues in interpersonal communication, examined from the perspective of communication competence. You and your classmates will be asked to become critics of everyday conversation. To do this, you will be introduced to an array of scientific concepts and theories. In the end, we will encourage you to not only analyze others’ competence as communicators, but also to apply the theoretical principles you learn to your personal effectiveness, appropriateness and adaptability in conversing with others. Students in this course can expect to achieve the following general objectives: 1. Obtain a working knowledge of -- and demonstrate the ability to apply – core concepts and processes relevant to interpersonal communications. 2. Become more aware of one’s own communicative practices in order to acquire or improve skills, which will enhance one’s competence. 3. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of theoretical principles through an analysis of a transcribed interpersonal interaction, and 4. Improve analytical, critical thinking and writing skills. In more specific terms, upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Define the process of interpersonal communication in terms of models and principles 2. Explain how perception impacts communication and interaction. 3. Trace the development of self-concept and its influences on communication. 4. Demonstrate the ability to observe and express emotions effectively and responsibly in a variety of communication situations. 5. Identify the influences of attitudes, beliefs and values on communication. 6. Identify and describe the purposes, elements, risks and impact of self-disclosure. 7. Describe the relationship between language and communication.
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