Fall 2011 Speech 9 Syllabus

Fall 2011 Speech 9 Syllabus - Riverside Community College...

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Unformatted text preview: Riverside Community College Communication Studies 9: Interpersonal Communication Section 49438 Mondays/Wednesdays 11:10 a.m.‐12:35 p.m. Quad 212 “Good Communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and as hard to sleep afterward.” Anne Lindbergh Instructor: Estrella (Star) Romero, PhD email: Estrella.Romero@rcc.edu Office: Portable 6F (Behind Landis Auditorium) phone: (951) 222‐8288 The BEST way to reach me is by email! (you may also reach me via the RCC online faculty directory @ www.rcc.edu) Office Hours Mondays/Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m.‐11:00 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays: 1:00 p.m.‐2:00 p.m. I am also in the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) in AD 125 on Mondays/Wednesdays from 1:45 p.m.‐6:00 p.m. If you would like to meet with me during a time outside my office hours, please contact me and I would be happy to set up an alternative time. Website http://academic.rcc.edu/romero This website is personalized for my communication classes and has helpful information on the course. You will find that my lecture power point presentations have “missing information” and are very simple. It is important that you print these out before class and come prepared to take additional/detailed notes. Course Description This course deals with learning about communication with other people (family, friends, significant others, bosses etc.). The focus of the course is to ultimately better understand YOUR own communication style in hopes of improving communication with others. Theories and concepts covered in this course will shed light on your everyday communication interactions that are otherwise often taken for granted such as nonverbal communication, gender, culture, identity and verbal communication. Student Learning Outcomes Upon Successful Completion of the course, students should be able to: Identify communication foundations include models, myths, principles and purpose. Evaluate the role of listening in dyadic communication in various contexts. Analyze the use of verbal and nonverbal communication in dyadic communication in various contexts. Analyze the role of perception of self and others while appraising the significant of self‐concept/self‐ esteem, including values, in dyadic communication in various contexts. Critically assess the impact of emotion management in relationships in various contexts. Analyze theories of dyadic communication (Self‐Disclosure, Impression Management, Stage Model, and Dialectic Perspective) and synthesize the theories to evaluate relationship development maintenance and termination. Analyze conflict in two‐person interaction and identify appropriate styles/methods of conflict management in various contexts. 1 Required Text Adler, R. Towne, N., Proctor, R. “Looking Out, Looking In” 13th Edition. ISBN: 9780495095804. *Please check with the RCC Bookstore for Rental Options as well as the RCC Library for “Loan Copies.” The Successful Student will Participate in the Following: Skill Builder Journals Students will turn in a 2‐4 full page, double spaced, typed skill builder journal on a topic provided. These are due at the beginning of the class. They are worth 10 points each and may not be made up. Journals are graded on content, completeness of assignment and grammar/spelling/punctuation. Please do NOT email me your journals unless I specifically instruct you to do so. Emailed assignments will NOT be accepted. In Class Teaching Assignment Because interpersonal communication focuses on communication with others, you will be required to present a class lesson as a team with your fellow classmates. This assignment will allow you to be an “Instructor for the day!” I encourage you to be creative, have fun and help your fellow classmates learn while ensuring they you are presenting the chapter content accurately and successfully! This assignment will be worth 50 points. In addition, you will also be evaluating yours and your group mates’ interpersonal communication skills in an evaluation. Equal participation IS required and expected. IF you experience any challenges within your group, please email me immediately. If for some reason any of your group members drop the class, it is expected that the remaining group members continue the assignment and re‐divide the material equally. Interviews In order to put into practice your understanding of interpersonal communication while utilizing various skills of listening, self‐concept, perception among a few, you will be participating in a one‐on one interview with a classmate. You should consider this a formal occasion and you will be graded not only on your professionalism, appearance but most importantly, your communication skills! Reflection Paper Each student will be required to write a 5‐8 page double spaced, typed paper examining an interpersonal relationship. This paper will be a reflective piece which incorporates interpersonal concepts. This assignment will be worth 75 points. More information to follow. Exams/Quizzes There will be weekly quizzes to measure progress and learning. Quizzes will be worth 10 points each (unless otherwise specified) and may NOT be made up. Being on time to class is extremely important. Late students will not be able to take the quiz. I distribute the quizzes promptly at the beginning of class. If you are late, you will not be allowed to take the quiz. I will go by the clock provided in the classroom. There will be a final exam at the end of the semester worth 75 points. In‐Class Assignments/Homework There will be sporadic in‐class assignments and homework. In class and home work assignments may NOT be made up. All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class. DO NOT email any assignments to me unless I specifically request you to do so. Emailed assignments will NOT be accepted. Since the in‐class assignments are sporadic, it is very important that you do not miss any as they may be worth a hefty amount of points towards the overall grade. 2 Attendance/Participation Your participation is vitally important to the successful completion of this course and is both expected/required. You cannot participate if you are not present for every class session. Excessive lack of participation, which may be due to tardiness and/or absenteeism may result in a D or F in the course regardless of the other points earned. According to School and Department Policies a student may be dropped for missing one week of class time (three hours). The instructor reserves the right to drop a student who has missed more than three hours of class time. If an emergency arises and you are unable to attend class, please send an email and/or leave me a message. You are in a communication course…be sure to communicate! Adds/Drops Any student who adds the class after the first session is fully responsible for registering and/or paying any fees by the ADD date. The student is also responsible for inquiring what information had been missed as a result. Students who choose not to continue the course are fully responsible for officially dropping the class via web advisor/admissions. Please do not assume that I have taken care of the paperwork. Failure to officially drop the course by the given deadlines may result in an “F.” Academic Honesty Academic Honesty is highly valued at RCC. You must submit work that reflects your original thoughts and ideas and cite all relevant sources when your thoughts and ideas are not used. Anyone caught PLAGIARIZING may earn an “F” for the assignment and depending on the severity of the infraction may earn an “F” for the semester. Because of the nature of the class, you will be required to research topics and present them in an organized manner. Please refer to the Academic Honesty Policy provided by RCC. Class Conduct As in many college courses, and especially in a communication course, this class may discuss at length several highly controversial/taboo topics. I expect students to maintain an environment that is friendly, supportive, and safe. I expect every student to feel free to express his/her opinion in a mature and well thought out manner. Likewise, everyone is required to respect the opinions of others (even if you do not agree with them). Any view presented in this class on any topic is not necessarily endorsed or supported by the instructor. However, I DO support open‐minded and respectful students! Please be sensitive to what might offend or distract other students (i.e. language/profanity). I also expect every student to abide by all “Standards of Conduct” as outlined by the school board, policy 5500. Cell phones (ringing and texting) are a serious distraction to the learning process in this course and disrespectful to your fellow classmates and instructor. Therefore, you are expected to TURN OFF all cell phones and beepers before entering the class and keep them out of sight. If you are caught texting in class, you may be asked to leave and/or asked to bring your phone up to the front table where it will remain until class is dismissed. Likewise, if your cell phone goes off during a classmate’s performance, you may lose points on YOUR grade as a consequence. I do NOT want to see cell phones out during class time. Likewise, if a problem persists, 10% points may be taken away from your most recently completed quiz/test scores. Please turn off all electronic devices (i.e. laptops) during class session. 3 Students with Special Needs If you require special accommodations due to physical, psychiatric/emotional, medical or learning need, you are urged to contact the staff in the Disabled Student Services in Administration Building (951) 222‐8060. DSPS will review your concerns and determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information will be kept confidential. I am always happy to make necessary accommodations Student in Special Programs If you are a student enrolled in a special program/activity at RCC (i.e. athletics, band, Gateway, etc.) which may require “grade checks” throughout the semester, I expect you to contact me at the beginning of the course to inform me of any special needs/dates/documentation you will need during the semester so that I may accurately keep track of your grades. Center for Communication Excellence The Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) is located in the Administration Building ‐125 and is open to any RCC student seeking help for presentations, speeches and other communication related assignments. The CCE is staffed with Speech Communication professors who can help you with all of your communication needs. Be sure to bring your assignments and other relevant information when visiting. All students welcome...tell a friend! Hours of Operation are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m.‐6:00 p.m. Fridays: Closed 4 Communication Studies 9: Interpersonal Communication Riverside City College Grading Scale Students will be graded on a straight percentage. 605‐545 Points A (Met all academic requirements beautifully and/or went above and beyond expectations) 544‐484 Points B (Completed assignment with minor errors) 483‐424 Points C (Satisfactory work, met minimum requirements) 423‐363 Points D (Below Satisfactory level; did not fulfill assignment fully) 362 Below F (Severely below average) Assignments Total Points Earned Skill Builder Journals (x 10) 100 ________________ HW/In‐Class Assignments 100 (subject to change) ________________ Quizzes (x10) 100 (subject to change) ________________ Team Teaching Assignment 50 ________________ Group Evaluation 25 ________________ Interviews 30 ________________ Reflection Paper 75 ________________ Midterm 50 ________________ Final Exam 75 ________________ _______________ Total Points Possible 605_ Extra Credit ________________ *The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus at any point during the semester and may be written or spoken. 5 6 ...
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