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Instructor: Denise Besson, M.A. E-Mail: email@example.com Phone: 408-848-4831 Office: CDC 132 Office Hours: MW 9-9:45, 2-3, or by appt.
Communication Studies Website: www.gavilan.edu/comm
Syllabus & Calendar
This is a general education course that will help you better understand the process of human communication. It is intended to provide you with the knowledge of the process of communication in an interpersonal (dyadic) setting. The class will explore the ways in which we can improve our communication with others. Verbal and nonverbal messages, self-concept, cultural and gender differences, perception, listening and conflict management will be explored.
Transferable: CSU, UC; CSU-GE:A1, IGETC:1C, GAV-GE:A1, F
Course Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Develop a clear understanding of self-concept.
Improve your communication skills through learning about the perception process, nonverbal and verbal communication, listening, and conflict management techniques.
Apply interpersonal communication theories to real life situations for the resolution of conflicts in interpersonal relationships.
Acknowledge and respect individual differences in communication styles, particularly gender and cultural differences.
Engage in self-reflexivity of one’s own communication style and behavioral patterns and understand how these affect interpersonal interactions.
Identify and improve on your listening habits and practice cooperative communication skills in your relationships.
Attendance & Participation:
Attending class regularly is critical to your success in this course. I cannot emphasize enough how important active participation is essential in this class. If you are a procrastinator, miss class frequently and/or are not dependable, drop this class now! I will take roll every class period and make note of who is actively participating and who is not.
You are allotted TWO absences for whatever reason (illness, unforeseen events such as a death, accident). Beyond the two allotted absences, you may be dropped from the class. Ten points will be deducted for every class you miss after the two allotted absences until being dropped. Those who leave class early will be deducted ten points for the day. The bottom line is if you aren’t in class, you can’t participate, you can’t engage in the in class learning and it will adversely affect your grade. In extreme cases, students have been dropped. This is a strict policy, so decide now if you want to remain in the class. If you remain, you have communicated to me that you accept the attendance policy of this course.
Please recognize you cannot make up missed assignments that we complete in class, so it is in your best interest to attend and actively participate in each class session. Should an emergency arise, please do everything in your power to contact me prior to missing class so that we might try to make alternative arrangements. I do not accept late work, except in cases of extreme personal emergency. Make up exams will not be permitted for any reason. If you know you will be missing an upcoming exam, arrangements can be made to make up the exam prior to exam day.
Cell Phones & Unnecessary DISTRACTIONS:
Talking, texting, passing notes, or doing homework during class is never acceptable. If your phone rings in class and/or I see you texting during class, you will be called out for your disruptive behavior and be required to provide snacks for the entire class next class period. If it’s your second offense, you will be provided the lyrics and sing RESPECT by Aretha Franklin in front of the class.
Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at Gavilan College, and the Student Honesty Policy, requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. You should, therefore, submit your own, original and new work for this course. You cannot reuse your past work from prior classes. This is also considered plagiarism. I will not tolerate any kind of academic dishonesty and will uphold Gavilan’s policy on academic honesty. Consequently an instance of academic misconduct (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, taking credit for others’ work, submitting work for another course as work for this one, etc.) will likely result in disciplinary action, which may include dismissal and a failing course grade.
Presentations, Exams, & Papers:
You will be required to deliver two individual oral presentations and one group presentation. There will be two exams that will cover all eleven chapters from your textbook and lecture. Exams include True/False, Multiple Choice, and Short Answer/Essay questions. Be sure to read your chapters, taken notes during class lecture, and study directly off the exam review sheets located in your course packet.
Your reflection paper is a two-part assignment. Earlier in the semester you will choose a relationship that you would like to improve. In your first paper you will describe the relationship and why it is less than satisfactory. You will then set specific goals for improving the climate in the interpersonal relationship. The intent of this assignment is for you to take what you have learned throughout the semester and apply the skills for improving the dynamics of the real life relationship. The second paper will be submitted toward the end of the semester addressing the relationship after your implementation of interpersonal communication goals. All assignments that include research must be in APA citation style. However, you do not need to include a cover page. For guidance with APA citations, please visit the following website:
Accommodations & Occupational/Vocational Students:
If you need course adaptations or accommodations, if you have emergency medical information you need to share with me, if you are concerned about a learning disability affecting your performance in class, please contact the Disability Resource Center at 408-848-4865. Special services and arrangements can be made for hearing, visual, and other learning disabilities to assist in meeting your academic needs.
Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance and participation in this course.
Required Course Materials
Adler, R., & Towne, N. (2014). Looking out, looking in. 14th ed. or 15thed. Harcourt Brace.
Chapman, G. (2010). The 5 love languages. Northfield Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8024-7315-8
Reliable internet access to iLearn course materials and ability to print course packet
A flash drive (4 GB or larger)
Two Scantrons #886-E
Highly Recommended, but not required: 15 Extra credit points for enrolling and successfully completing CMUN 129: MS Powerpoint- Presentation Graphics. 1.0 unit
Your grade will not merely be determined by speeches alone, but various other assignments and participation. You will be able to access all assignment criterion documents on the iLearn class website. Criteria for each assignment will be explained in class. Points will be awarded based on my judgment of how well you met the criteria.
Assignments Possible Points Your points earned
Collage presentation 25
How Others See Me presentation 25
Improving Communication Climate Paper (2 part) 50
The 5 Love Languages Group Presentation/Film 100
Exams (2 @ 100 pts. each) 200
Total Possible Points 500
Extra Credit Opportunities
Keeping time and door monitors during speech days are worth extra credit during class time. Additional opportunities such as attending COMMCLUB events and workshops as well as volunteering at Gavilan events can also earn you extra credit. Opportunities will be announced and/or posted on the iLearn class website.
The following is a tentative class schedule. Assignments and dates are subject to change. I will announce any calendar changes in class otherwise follow it as planned.
Week Course Content Homework
Week 1 – 8/29 & 8/31 Welcome! Course overview & getting acquainted READ Chapter 1
Typed Student Information Sheet
A First Look at Interpersonal Communication Print Syllabus, Calendar, Course
Week 2 – 9/5 & 9/7 Labor Day- No Class READ Chapter 2
Assign Speech #1
Communication & Identify: The Self Prepare & Practice Speech #1
Week 3 – 9/12 & 9/14 Speech #1 - Collage Presentations
Week 4- 9/19 & 9/21 Speech #1 – Collage Presentations READ Chapters 3 & 4
Assign – Speech #2- How Others See Me Presentation
Assign – Improving Communication Climate Paper
Perception: What You See is What You Get or is it? Watch COMMUNICATE Episode #3
Week 5- 9/26 & 9/28 Emotions: EQ: May Be Equally as Important as IQ! Complete & Print EQ
Language: Barriers & Bridge Assessment & Score Sheet
Gender Communication: Do Men & Women Communicate Differently? READ Chapter 5
Week 6 – 10/3 & 10/5 EXAM #1 Pong Review STUDY for Exam Chapters 1-5
Scantron #886-E needed for exam
EXAM #1 Chapters 1-5 Prepare & Practice Speech #2
Week 7 – 10/10 & 10/12 Speech #2- How Others See Me Presentations Improving Communication
Climate Paper Due – Part #1 10/12
Week 8 – 10/17 & 10/19 Speech #2 – How Others See Me Presentations READ Chapter 6
Week 9- 10/24 & 10/26 Listening: More Than Meets the Ear READ Chapters 7 & 8
Communication & Relational Dynamics Watch COMMUNICATE Episodes #1, #2, & #4
Week 10 – 10/31 & 11/2 Improving Communication Climates READ Chapters 9, 10, & 11
Managing Interpersonal Conflicts Complete & Print Conflict
Resolution Survey in Course
STUDY for EXAM Chapters 6-11
Scantron #886-E needed for Exam
Week 11 – 11/7 & 11/9 EXAM #2 PONG REVIEW READ 5 Love Languages by
EXAM #2 Chapters 6-11 Gary Chapman. Complete & Print
5 Love Languages Survey Online
Week 12 – 11/14 & 11/16 Assign Group Project - Groups Formed Watch Film: Hope Springs Group work on Presentation
Week 13- 11/21 & 11/23 Group work on Presentation Improving Communication
Group Presentation #1 Climate Paper Part #2 due 11/23
Week 14 – 11/28 & 11/30 Group Presentation #2
Group Presentation #3
Week 15 – 12/5 & 12/7 Group Presentation #4
Group Presentation #5
Week 16 – 12/12 & 12/14 FINALS WEEK Typed Final Course Evaluation
9:45 class: Mon. 12/12 8:30-10:00 due. Closing activities & Potluck
11:20 class: Wed. 12/14 10:30-12:30 Paper & Presentation grades
12:55 class: Mon. 12/12 10:30-12:30 returnede materials and ability to print course packet
The following is a tentative class schedule. Assignments and dates are subject to change. I will announce any calendar changes in c