NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Interpersonal Communication

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Interpersonal Communication
    B. Course Number: SE 113 - 30175
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Hughes, Jennifer
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: jhughes@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 PM-10:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  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

    This course provides in-depth coverage of interpersonal communication, blending theory and research on the one hand and practical skills on the other. The course’s philosophical foundation continues to the notion of choice. Choice is central to interpersonal communication; as speaker, listener, and communication analyst, you are constantly confronted with choice points at every stage of the communication process.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    DeVito, J. (2009). The Interpersonal Communication Book (14th Edition)

    ISBN: 978-0133921465

    Suggested:

    None

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    1. Final Exam: There will be an open-book, cumulative final exam. The exam questions will come from the assigned readings, PowerPoint presentations, and class discussions. The exams must be taken by the due dates listed in this syllabus. The final exam composes 30% of your final course grade.

    2. Class Participation: Online course discussions and quizzes make up 20% of your final course grade.

    3. Mini Papers: You will write two 2-4 page mini-papers on the theme of your choice. These papers compose 30% of your final grade.

    4. Short Quizzes: You will take three short quizzes (10-15 questions) during these eight weeks. Your performance on these quizzes composes 20% of your final grade.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s 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

    1. Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
    2. Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
    3. Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.
    4. 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.
    5. Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
    6. Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    After completing the course, the successful 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. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Response Time Frames: The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for assignments will be posted within 10 business days of the due date.

    Time zone: It is important to note that this course operates on Mountain Standard Time. Students are responsible for adjusting due dates to their time zone.

  12. 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 krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 Friday, September 29, 2016. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Week 1/Module 1
    Read Chapter 1, 2
    Assignments: Complete Module 0, Complete Introduction Discussion, Submit Discussion 1 posts, All Assignments for Week 1 due June 4, 2017 by midnight


    Week 2/Module 2
    Read Chapters 3, 6
    Assignments: Quiz 1 Due 6/11/17, Submit Discussion 2 posts Due 6/11/17, Submit Mini Paper 1 Due 6/17/17 by midnight


    Week 3/Module 3
    Read Chapters 4, 5
    Assignments: Submit Discussion 3 Posts, Due 6/18/17 by midnight


    Week 4/Module 4
    Read Chapters 7, 8
    Assignments: Submit Discussion 4 Posts by 6/25/17, Complete Quiz 2 Due 6/25/17 by midnight


    Week 5/Module 5
    Read Chapter 9
    Assignments: Submit Discussion 5 posts by 7/2/17 by midnight, Participate in Discussion 5.1 (ungraded), due 7/2/17 by midnight


    Week 6/Module 6
    Read Chapter 10
    Assignments: Submit Discussion 6 posts by 7/9/17 by midnight, Complete Quiz 3 Due 7/9/17 at midnight, Submit Mini Paper 2, Due 7/15/17 by midnight


    Week 7/Module 7
    Read Chapters 11, 12
    Assignments: Submit Discussion 7 posts Due 7/16/17 by midnight, Take Final Exam (cumulative exam), Due 7/20/17 by midnight