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Effective Communication Skills Psychology 367, Section 1 CRN: 40787, 3 units, Tuesdays & Thursdays; 2:30pm-3:45pm, Room SBS-B238 Psychology 367, Section 2 CRN: 40788, 3 units, Tuesdays & Thursdays; 7:00pm-8:15pm, Room SBS-B209 California State University Dominguez Hills Fall 2010 Instructor: Dr. Keisha C. Paxton Phone: 310-243-3411 Email: [email protected] Office: SBS-A330 Office Hours: Mondays 1:30pm-3:30pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:45pm-4:15pm, 4:45pm- 5:15pm Required Course Texts West, R. & Turner, L. H. (2009). Understanding interpersonal communication: Making choices in changing times (second edition). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. ***Blackboard will be used throughout this course. Please make sure to check Blackboard at least once a week and check your CSUDH email regularly. Course Description This course will introduce you to interpersonal communication theory and methods. You will develop an understanding of the nature of face-to-face communication, the impact of messages sent via various forms of communication, and methods to evaluate communication. During this course, you will use real-life interactions and introspection to assess and elucidate communication concepts and theories discussed in the course and text. You will learn valuable techniques to enhance your communication skills in a number of personal and professional interpersonal domains. Course readings, lectures, in-class exercises and assignments will be used to impart communication methods. Learning Objectives At the successful conclusion of this course, students should be able to: Identify the importance of interpersonal communication in their lives Identify and understand various forms of communication and the ambiguity inherent in communication Explain how we form impressions of others, describe others, and interpret others’ behavior and how these issues impact effective communication Improve the accuracy of their own interpersonal perceptions Improve intercultural communication competence Describe the functions of verbal and nonverbal communication in interpersonal relationships 1
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Develop methods of improving communication skills Graded Course Activities (Evaluation) Weekly participation in class lectures, discussions and activities is expected of all enrolled students. Course grades will be based upon the points accumulated on the following activities: 1. Exams (36.5% of grade) Two exams (40 points each) Possible total of 80 points There will be two exams—one midterm and a non-cumulative final. Each exam is multiple choice and worth 40 points. Examination dates are indicated on the class schedule.
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