Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1318- Section: 71
Interpersonal Communications
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Instructor Information
Instructor Mary Dubois
E-mailduboismr@lamarpa.edu
Phone(409) 984-6330
Office
Location:Educational I - Room: 131
Hours:T/Th 9:30-11:30 online
Department
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
E-mail:davisml1@lamarpa.edu
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Application of communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance, and termination in relationship contexts including friendships, romantic partners, families, and relationships with co-workers and supervisors.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes: Upon Successful completion of this course, students will
    Exhibit understanding of interpersonal theories and principles
    Demonstrate ability to analyze and critique verbal and nonverbal interactions in mediated and face-to-face contexts.
    Identify perceptual processes as they relate to self and others.
    Demonstrate critical thinking ability by effectively researching, evaluating, and applying communication theories in oral and or written assignments.
    Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of cross-cultural, co-cultural, gender and age influences on human communication.
    Demonstrate ability to identify, evaluate, and apply conflict styles and conflict management techniques in dyads and/or groups.
    Identify types of and barriers to effective listening.
Core Objectives Core Objectives: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Teamwork & Personal Responsibility
    Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication
    Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
    Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
    Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook : 2 Required Texts.
1.     Looseleaf textbook. McCornack, S. (2015) Interpersonal Communication and You: An Introduction. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. ISBN: 9781595620156
2.     Rath, T. (2007) Strengths Finder 2.0. New York: Gallup Press.
Lecture Topics
Outline
Expectations for Assignments:
This course is writing intensive. There will be public discussions and private journals along with self analysis papers and research assignments. Please read the expectations below:

Discussions - For discussions, you will be expected to initially respond to the prompt with a paragraph and respond to at least two (2) students on the discussion board. There are 5 Discussions at 20 points each. You will be graded on your thoughtful and thorough answering of the question. And also your response to 2 others in the Discussion Board.

Journals - There are twelve (12) journal entries in our course, each journal entry is worth 25 points. You will have a journal assignment for every week/chapter. The journal entries are based on an understanding of the chapter readings. Most entries have 2 questions/thought considerations. You are required to respond in paragraph form to both questions to receive credit. THE JOURNALS ARE COMPLETELY PRIVATE AND BETWEEN YOU AND ME. THESE WILL NOT BE SHARED PUBLICALLY OR WITH THE CLASS.

Exams You will have two online exams. One Midterm and One Final exam. These exams will have 50 questions based on the textbook and readings. The exams are timed and you take them online. You only have one attempt for your midterm and final exams!

Written Assignments:
All homework assignments must be submitted electronically. References that are turned in must be done in accordance with the most recent APA style guide see www.purdue.edu (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/) for excellent information. All work should be free of spelling and grammar errors and include content appropriate for an academic discussion. The assignments & submissions will be checked for plagiarism using SafeAssign.
Plagarism will not be tolerated. Minimum failure of the assignment for the first offense. Future offenses result in a grade of F for the Course.
Work not following the directions will not be graded.

Communication with Instructor: Please email me at this email:    duboismr@lamarpa.edu

Keep in mind, I have 24 hours to respond to your sent email. If you choose to send an email after 9:00 PM, please do not expect a response until the next day. Keep in mind, if you choose to start an assignment after this time (9:00 PM), and need to send me an email to get directions to complete your work, you will not receive a response to the email that is sent after 9:00 PM until the following day. You are also still responsible for assignments that are due on that day. I will not accept late work for poor planning on your part.

Course/Classroom Policies

The following rules and guidelines about class behavior are to be memorized, internalized, and strictly adhered to. Failure to do so will negatively impact your experience of this class, not to mention your grade.

    Deadlines: All deadlines for this course are non-negotiable and fixed. The due dates listed on our Blackboard site serve as your guide. If you fail to turn in an assignment or speech (via the appropriate channels) by 11:59:00 PM CST (Central Standard Time) of the due date, you will receive zero points for the assignment, regardless of extenuating circumstances. Because life happens, I strongly encourage you to turn in all work early. There will be absolutely no deviation from this late work policy. I will not respond to emails requesting extra time on ANY assignment.
    Participation: Course Check in and participation is strongly encouraged. Your active participation in all class discussions and activities is very important to the success of this course and is expected. It is expected that students will display mature behavior in the course. Be responsible for your words, responses and online behaviror. Treat your classmates, instructor and yourself with mutual respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.
Methods of Instruction

This is an online class, and as such it may include assigned readings, discussions, presentations, videos, electronic documents, PowerPoints, and more.
Major Assignments
Schedule


Week I.    Introducing Interpersonal Communication
Week II.    Considering self
Week III.    Perceiving others
Week IV.    Experiencing and Expressing Emotions
Week V.    Understanding Culture
Week VI.    Listening Actively
Week VII.    Communicating Verbally
Week VIII.    Communicating Nonverbally
Week IX.    Managing Conflict and Power
Week X.    Relationships with Romantic Partners
Week XI.    Relationships with Family Members
Week XII.    Relationships with Friends
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15 Final Research Project Due
Week 16 Final Exam

Final Exam Date December 5, 2020 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale Grading Scale:
1000-900=A
899-800=B
799-700=C
699-600=D
599 & Below=F

Discussions 5 @ 20 points=100 Points
Journals 12 @ 25 points=100 Points
Midterm Exam = 100 Points
Personality Assignment=100 Points
Strength Finder Assignment=100 Points
Movie Analysis Assignment=100 Points
Final Analysis Paper/Powerpoint=100 Points
Final Exam = 100 Points

Determination of
Final Grade
25% Exams
25% Journals/Discussions
50% Writing, Analysis, Research Papers
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Expectations for Assignments:
This course is writing intensive. There will be public discussions and private journals along with self analysis papers and research assignments. Please read the expectations below:

Discussions - For discussions, you will be expected to initially respond to the prompt with a paragraph and respond to at least two (2) students on the discussion board. There are 5 Discussions at 20 points each. You will be graded on your thoughtful and thorough answering of the question. And also your response to 2 others in the Discussion Board.

Journals - There are twelve (12) journal entries in our course, each journal entry is worth 25 points. You will have a journal assignment for every week/chapter. The journal entries are based on an understanding of the chapter readings. Most entries have 2 questions/thought considerations. You are required to respond in paragraph form to both questions to receive credit. THE JOURNALS ARE COMPLETELY PRIVATE AND BETWEEN YOU AND ME. THESE WILL NOT BE SHARED PUBLICALLY OR WITH THE CLASS.

Exams You will have two online exams. One Midterm and One Final exam. These exams will have 50 questions based on the textbook and readings. The exams are timed and you take them online. You only have one attempt for your midterm and final exams!

Written Assignments:
All homework assignments must be submitted electronically. References that are turned in must be done in accordance with the most recent APA style guide see www.purdue.edu (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/) for excellent information. All work should be free of spelling and grammar errors and include content appropriate for an academic discussion. The assignments & submissions will be checked for plagiarism using SafeAssign.
Plagarism will not be tolerated. Minimum failure of the assignment for the first offense. Future offenses result in a grade of F for the Course.
Work not following the directions will not be graded.

Communication with Instructor: Please email me at this email:    duboismr@lamarpa.edu

Keep in mind, I have 24 hours to respond to your sent email. If you choose to send an email after 9:00 PM, please do not expect a response until the next day. Keep in mind, if you choose to start an assignment after this time (9:00 PM), and need to send me an email to get directions to complete your work, you will not receive a response to the email that is sent after 9:00 PM until the following day. You are also still responsible for assignments that are due on that day. I will not accept late work for poor planning on your part.

Course/Classroom Policies

The following rules and guidelines about class behavior are to be memorized, internalized, and strictly adhered to. Failure to do so will negatively impact your experience of this class, not to mention your grade.

    Deadlines: All deadlines for this course are non-negotiable and fixed. The due dates listed on our Blackboard site serve as your guide. If you fail to turn in an assignment or speech (via the appropriate channels) by 11:59:00 PM CST (Central Standard Time) of the due date, you will receive zero points for the assignment, regardless of extenuating circumstances. Because life happens, I strongly encourage you to turn in all work early. There will be absolutely no deviation from this late work policy. I will not respond to emails requesting extra time on ANY assignment.
    Participation: Course Check in and participation is strongly encouraged. Your active participation in all class discussions and activities is very important to the success of this course and is expected. It is expected that students will display mature behavior in the course. Be responsible for your words, responses and online behaviror. Treat your classmates, instructor and yourself with mutual respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.
Methods of Instruction

This is an online class, and as such it may include assigned readings, discussions, presentations, videos, electronic documents, PowerPoints, and more.
Attendance Policy     Participation: Course Check in and participation is strongly encouraged. Your active participation in all class discussions and activities is very important to the success of this course and is expected. It is expected that students will display mature behavior in the course. Be responsible for your words, responses and online behaviror. Treat your classmates, instructor and yourself with mutual respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.