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Speech 321 - Interpersonal Communication

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Alisa Shubb

Phone: 484-8468

Office: D311

Office Hours Fall 2003: MWF 11-12AM; T/Th 12:15 – 1:15 & by appointment

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The purpose of Speech 331 is to acquaint students with the techniques and skill essential to self-actualization and cultivating healthy relationships. Students will learn concepts and skills of communication through selected readings, lectures, class activities, and most importantly their own willingness to examine and confront their personal communicative strengths and weaknesses.

 

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Exams: [total 150 points]

1. midterm #1 - 50 points

2. midterm #2 - 50 points

3. midterm #3 - 50 points

Research Paper: [total 125 points]

1. Paper - 100 points

2. Abstract presentation - 25 points

Participation: [total 125 points]

1. Journal - 50 points

2. Attendance & participation - 50 points

3. Homwork assignments - 25 points

 

 

GRADING POLICIES

400 - 360 = A / 359 - 320 = B / 319 - 280 = C / 279 - 240= D / Below 239 = F

 

 

Speech 10 Course Calendar Fall 2003

Tuesday

Thursday

8/19

Introduction to class

8/21

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Read:  Ch. 1 & 12

8/26

Barriers to communication :

Communication Apprehension

Read:  Ch. 11

8/28

Stereotyping

Read:  Ch. 10

TURN IN JOURNALS #1

9/2

Understanding Diversity

9/4

Listening

Read:  Ch.  7

9/9

Listening & Responding

Homework: ex. 7.1

9/11

Emotion & Conflict

9/16

Exam #1

TURN IN JOURNALS #2

9/18

Principles for understanding communication:

The Communication Process

Read:  Ch. 4

9/23

Nonverbal Codes

9/25

Perception

9/30

Self Disclosure

Read:  Ch. 2

10/2

Trust

Read:  Ch. 3

10/7

Self Concept / Roles

Homework:  Self Concept map

10/9

Self Concept - Concept Structures

10/14

Self Concept exercise

10/16

EXAM #2

TURN IN JOURNALS #3

10/21

Building Blocks of relationships:

Building Relationships exercise

10/23

Patterns of Relationship Development

10/28

Love

10/30

Social Exchange theory

11/4

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

TURN IN JOURNALS #4

11/6

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

11/11

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

11/13

PAPER PRESENTATIONS

11/18

Improving Relationships:

Identification and expression of feelings

Read:  Ch. 5

11/20

Conflict Management & Identifying Conflict Management Strategies

Read:  Ch.  8

11/25

 Negotiating

(Suggested paper outline due date)

11/27

HOLIDAY

 

12/2

Describing & Decoding NonVerbal Behavior

Read:  Ch. 6

12/4

Deception/ Impression Management

 

12/9

TBA

RESEARCH PAPER  DUE

JOURNALS #5 DUE

Tuesday Dec. 16 @ 10:15

EXAM #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST JOURNAL ASSIGNMENT

 Explore these questions.  (Journals which do not begin with this assignment thoroughly completed will receive an automatic "D")

 I.  What is my own definition of Interpersonal Communication?

How important is Interpersonal Communication to me?

 

II.  What are my goals and expectations of this class?

What am I willing to do to meet my goals and expectation of

this class?

What are my expectations of the instructor?

What concerns or feelings do I have about being in this class at this time?

 

III. Explore the question –“Who am I?” 

 

 

 

Journals:

Your journals are personal, and should be done in your own writing/thinking style and reflect your personal journey of self discovery in this class. To keep you on track, the following are suggested journal entry topics by day.

 

 

8/21

“First Journal Assignment”

(found in this packet.) 

 

8/26

Describe and gauge your level of

communication apprehension both in this class and in other social situations.

 

8/28

TURN IN JOURNALS #1

 

9/2

 

Compare your experiences being stereotyped with the experience shared by your classmates. Explore the positive as well as negative experiences you have had with stereotyping  Consider what diversity issues are most relevant to you at this point in your life and what you are willing to do to better understand communication diversity.

 

9/4

What do you believe are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in listening.  Give an honest appraisal of the importance you accord listening in your daily interpersonal interactions.

9/9

Determine and evaluate your most predominant listening responses.  Explore some of the responses you tend NOT to use and reflect upon your attitudes about these responses.

9/11

Take an honest look at your attitudes and feelings about conflict, what has shaped those attitudes and how this affects your communication today. 

9/16

 

MIDTERM

TURN IN JOURNALS #2

 

 

9/18

Try to describe the communication process in your own words.  What are the most important elements to you?  How does understanding the communication process shed light on communication difficulties you have had in the past? 

9/23

Of the various types of nonverbal codes discussed in class, which do you believe you pay most attention to and why?  Do you believe you have adopted any biases with regard to certain types of nonverbal behavior over your years as a communicator?

 

9/25

Explore a situation where you and a communication partner had different perceptions... how can knowing what you now know about perception assist you in communicating more effectively?

 

9/30

Reflect upon instances of both appropriate and inappropriate self disclosure.  What is your opinion on the relevance of self disclosure in interpersonal communication and how does your own behavior match your opinion?

 

10/2

What are the most important issues of trust for you and why?

 

10/7

Reflect upon the different behaviors you display in the different roles you play in life.  How do you think your behaviors influence your feelings about these roles. Describe one or more of your social roles in terms of the model presented in class.

10/9

Describe your reaction to the Self Concept mapping assignment explained in class.  How do you feel about embarking on this project and why?

 

10/14

Discuss your feelings about the class exercise and your thoughts on the classes’ comments about you.

 

10/16

Exam #2

TURN IN JOURNALS #3

 

10/21

Discuss your priorities for building relationships and explore the differences your encountered in the class exercise.  Consider whether your priorities change depending upon the role or nature of the relationship

10/23

Describe a past or current relationship in terms of the model presented in class.  What insight does this offer you?

 

10/28

Examine the idea of give and take in your own relationships.  List the primary “things” you believe you give and what you take. 

10/30

Apply the different modes of love discussed in class to relationships you have had, past and present.  Explore the feelings you have had while experiencing different types of love

 

11/4

Paper presentations

TURN IN JOURNALS #4

 

11/6

Paper presentations

Journal entries optional

11/11

Paper presentations

Journal entries optional

11/13

Paper presentations

Journal entries optional

 

11/18

Describe your own emotional map – do your feelings fluctuate frequently, predictably, rarely?  Do you believe you are in control of your feelings or do they control you?  Do you experience your feelings as primarily responses to outside events or do you view your feelings as the catalyst for viewing outside events in a certain way?

11/20

Explore some of ways in which you may have used of the various conflict management styles in the past and your attitudes about these methods, and/or

Experiment with an alternative method of conflict management and discuss both the results of the conflict itself and your feelings about the method.

 

11/25

Explore your reactions to the class exercise OR determine how you might incorporate the negotiation technique into current conflict situations.

 

11/27

HOLIDAY

(Happy Thanksgiving)

 

12/2

What are the most important things you convey to others nonverbally?  Explore the effective and ineffective ways you utilize nonverbal behavior towards these ends

12/4.

How have your attitudes about deception and opinions about deception detection been influenced by today’s class?

 

12/9

Before today, do the Final journal assignment (page 9 of this packet)

TURN IN JOURNALS #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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