NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Interpersonal Communication

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Interpersonal Communication
    B. Course Number: SE 113 - 30131
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 12:00:00 PM - 12:50:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Stephenson, Cynthia
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: cstephenson@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH126
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Interpersonal Communication is a course centered upon the study of human communication. Specific emphasis is given to the analysis of the process of verbal and non-verbal exchanges in relationships. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    Students and faculty of New Mexico Junior College constitute a special community engaged in the process of education. The college assumes its students and faculty will demonstrate a code of personal honor that is based upon courtesy, integrity,common sense, and respect for others both within and outside the classroom.

    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of communication. Everyone communicates. The basis for the establishment of this course is the assumption that all individuals communicate by skilled and unskilled means.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    The Interpersonal Communication Book
    Joseph A. DeVito
    14th Edition

    ISBN-13: 9780133921465

    Suggested:

    None

    Dedicated notebook for lecture notes, homework assignments, etc.

    Four (4) Scantrons for exams.




    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Evaluation Procedures:


    Value:

    Exam #1 = 100 points
    Exam #2 = 100 points
    Exam #3 = 100 points
    Final Exam = 100 points

    Journal Articles 2 @ 100 = 200 points


    Attendance/Participation: Fall Classes:
    MWF 44 @ 2 points (+12 for chapter questions) = 100 points
    TTH 30 @ 3 points (+10 for chapter questions) = 100 points
    M Night classes 15 @ 6 points (+10 for chapter questions) = 100 points


    TOTAL POINTS = 700 points
    Scale:
    630 - 700 = A
    560 - 629 = B
    490 - 559 = C
    420 - 489 = D
    Below 420 = F

    ATTENDANCE POLICY:

    Students are expected to attend all sessions of this class and part of a student's final grade will be based on the regularity of that attendance. No determination will be made with regard to labeling absences as excused/unexcused or valid/invalid, except in the case of documented, "college approved excused absences." Those approved absences are limited to the following areas:

    1. College sponsored activities, such as active participation in college athletic or performing arts events, or class sponsored field trips.
    2. Required appearances in a court of law.
    3. Emergency hospitalization (note: doctor and/or dentist appointments are not considered as excused absences).
    4. Attendance at a funeral (one day only) for any of the following immediate family members: parent, child, siblings, and grandparents.
    5. Required military service.

    Note: Students with approved NMJC excused absences MUST provide this instructor with WRITTEN verification of that excuse from the activity sponsor, hospital, court of law, funeral home, etc., NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK after the absence. Although NMJC activity sponsors may provide the documentation automatically, it is the student's responsibility to make sure it is received by this instructor.
    With the exception of the "excused absences" indicated above, all other absences will be considered as "unexcused." However, since circumstances may arise when a student must miss a class (e.g. car breakdown, personal illness, illness of a child, vision problems, etc.)students will be permitted (three MWF,two TuThur,one M) "free" absence(s) during this semester without any affect on their final grade. But starting with the subsequent appropriate absence, for ANY REASON will reduce the student's final grade by the appropriate number of attendance/chapter points.
    It is the student's responsibility to drop a class; it is not the responsibility for the instructor to drop that student. However, the instructor CAN drop you from the course for excessive absenteeism, regardless of the grade the student has attained up to that point of the semester. Classes missed at the very beginning of the semester, due to late registration will not be counted against the student.

    BONUS FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE:

    Students with NO ABSENCES for the ENTIRE SEMESTER and who have an "A" after the first 3 exams and 2 journal articles will not have to take the final exam, and their grade on that exam will be recorded as an "A". Please note that you will still need to attend class until the last official day for the class. The "free" absences do not qualify for the final exam exemption. NOTE: It is your responsibility to make sure your name is on the sign in attendance sheet. This is especially important if you arrive late to class.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing this course, the student should be able to:

    Define the nature, elements, and axioms of interpersonal communication including the interaction between culture and interpersonal communication.

    Explain how the concept of self, the process of perception, the act of listening, and the use of verbal and nonverbal messages determine the quality of interpersonal communication.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the universals of interpersonal relationships, including knowledge of the growth and deterioration processes of relationships.

    Discuss the major types of interpersonal relationships, including those of friendship, love, family and workplace, and how conflict and power issues can be handled effectively in each.

  10. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    THE FOLLOWING POLICIES WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE APPLICABLE COURSE AND DURING THE APPLICABLE SEMESTER:

    *Students MUST accept the responsibility for keeping up with the course outline and its mandates.

    *Disruption of class, due to extraneous/nonconstructive/nonrelated interactions of any kind WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

    *No laptops, ipods, MP3 players, etc. allowed for the duration of any scheduled class session.

    *All backpacks, purses, etc. should be placed on floor and not on the desk.

    *ALL CELL PHONES/BEEPERS/PAGERS/ELECTRONIC DEVICES THAT MAKE NOISE MUST BE SET ON "OFF" OR "SILENT" OR "VIBRATE" MODE FOR THE DURATION OF ANY SCHEDULED CLASS SESSION. IN ADDITION, THEY MUST BE OUT OF INSTRUCTOR'S AND STUDENT'S SIGHT DURING THE DURATION OF ANY SCHEDULED CLASS SESSION.

    *IF the instructor establishes eye contact with a student and addresses the student using the "thumbs up and out" gesture, it has been determined by the course instructor that the student is being disruptive. This "gesture" should be accepted by the student as a nonverbal directive that means -- "quietly pick up your belongings and leave the classroom." The student in question IS EXPECTED TO IMMEDIATELY DO SO WITHOUT DISCUSSION. The student in question will not be permitted to return to any subsequent course sessions unless he/she has met personally [i.e., in person] with the course instructor, in the course instructor's office, for the purpose of addressing the inappropriate disruption.

    *IF a student is abesent for any session of the course that has a DUE date, the student is required to contact the course instructor - via voice mail message, inperson, over the phone, or by email - as soon as possible. If the student is calling the instructor on the phone prior to the absence, every attempt should be made to do so, allowing a minimum of :15 minutes before the start of the course session and if calling following an absence, every attempt should be made to do so within 24 hours of the absence.

    *The course instructor will consider make up work only if - 1) the student has contacted the instructor via in person, email, voice maio, by phone as soon as possible around the time of the absence [i.e., within :15 minutes prior to an absence and within 24 hours following an absence] and the instructor has advised the student IN WRITING that make up will be allowed.; and 2) the student has provided the course instructor with official documentation of an NMJC sponsored absence.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2016. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    This is a tentative outline, subject to change at the sole discretion of the instructor.

    Module 1 Introduction to Course

    Module 2 - Chapter 1
    During the 2nd week of class there will be an in-class activity resulting in a graded assignment.

    Module 3 - Chapter 2
    Assign journal article #1

    Module 4 - Chapter 3

    Module 5 - Chapter 4

    Module 6 - Examination #1 - Chapters 1-3

    Module 7 - Chapter 5

    Module 8 - Chapter 6

    Module 9 - Chapter 7

    Module 10 - Examination #2 - Chapters 4-6

    Module 11 - Chapter 8
    Assign journal article #2

    Module 12 - Chapter 9

    Module 13 - Chapter 10

    Module 14 - Examination #3 - Chapters 7-9

    Module 15 - Chapter 11

    Module 16 - Chapter 12

    Module 17 Examination #4 (FINAL) - Chapters 10-12