CMM 225W: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SYLLABUS

Fall 2000

Dr. Lynne Kelly                                                                                                                                          Gray Center E216
Office Hours: MW 10:30-12, TR 1:30-2:30 & by appt.                                                                              768-4647 or 4633
email: kelly@mail.hartford.edu

 Most of our daily communication involves talking to friends, lovers, family members, acquaintances, and people in service positions.   We do this routinely, usually without much thought, unless some problem occurs or the relationship starts to go down the tubes.  Then we become painfully aware of the poor communication we have had with another.  I hate to think of the number of relationships that have slipped away in my life because we couldn't talk to each other or didn't bother to try.
 In this course we will look at the mundane, yet remarkable, process of dyadic (one-on-one), face-to-face (mostly) communication.  We'll examine cognitive and behavioral elements, including perception of self and others, interpersonal needs, attraction, social roles and rules, verbal and nonverbal messages. We will spend a lot of time on the role of communication in the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships of all types.  You will learn new terms and theories and how they apply to your own relationships and communication abilities.
 Class is conducted through discussion and lecture.  To be prepared for class you need to complete all reading and writing assignments as indicated on the attached schedule of classes.

TEXTS:
 Canary, D. J., Cody, M. J., & Manusov, V. L. (2000).  Interpersonal communication: A goals-based approach (2nd ed.).  Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martinís Press.
 Hacker, D. (2000).  A pocket style manual (3rd ed.).  Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martinís Press.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1. You will learn about a wide range of concepts, models and theories of interpersonal communication.
2. You will become aware of internal and external variables that influence interpersonal communication and relationships.
3. You will become aware of communication patterns that can lead to constructive or destructive relationships.
4. You will develop increased awareness of yourself as a communicator and begin to work to become a more competent communicator.
5.  You will work to improve your analytical abilities through writing.
 

WRITING INTENSIVE COMPONENT
 This course is designated as writing intensive, which means that writing will be an integral part of the course.  You will be writing something either for or in almost every class period.  There are several purposes that the writing intensive component of the course will serve:

1.  Writing promotes learning of the material.  When you write about course content you will often discover that the act of writing has helped you clarify your thinking.

2.  Frequent writing should help you improve your writing skills, which will be important to you in other courses as well as on the job.

3.  Writing is obviously a form of communication.  Through writing, your ability to organize thoughts, develop arguments, and analyze audiences can be developed.  Each of these are important elements in the oral communication process, and thus, your oral skills may be enhanced.

HOW WRITING WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE COURSE
1.  Mini-lectures.  I will present mini-lectures and conduct class discussions  on writing principles.  We will use examples from course material to illustrate these principles such as supporting a thesis statement, adapting to audiences, style, and clarity of organization.

2.  In-class writing.  During some class periods, you will do some in-class writing about that day's topic or reading.  This is designed to help you clarify your thinking about course material, improve your class participation, and help you recognize that every time you write you do not have to produce some polished, finished product.

3.  Student reading of written work.  You will be asked to read what you wrote from time to time to help kick off class discussion of course material and writing principles.

4.  Although I will discuss grammatical problems that I see in your work, this will not be something I emphasize.  That doesn't mean you should be careless about grammar and spelling, but you also should not focus all of  your attention on those issues at the expense of the content of your writing.

5.  Not all of your writing will be graded.  I will record that you completed each assignment, but many of the smaller writing assignments will not be given a letter grade.
 
 
 

REQUIREMENTS:
1. Exams.  There will be three exams on lecture and reading material.  The exam dates are listed on the attached schedule.

2. Analysis Papers.  You will write 3 papers, approximately 4-6 typed pages each.  These papers will be analysis papers in which you demonstrate that you can apply course concepts.  Details will be presented in class.

3. Interaction/Response Notebook.  In a notebook, you are to make weekly entries in which you share your thoughts or reactions to course material or readings and/or summarize and discuss specific interpersonal interactions you experienced that week which you feel are relevant to course topics. Please do not use the actual name of the other person involved, especially if she or he is a member of the campus community.  Sometimes I will give specific assignments to complete in the notebooks. These notebooks will be collected every other Thursday and will be graded.   You will be graded on how well your entries reflect understanding of, insight into, and/or application of course concepts.  Notebooks will be accepted on Thursday only and returned on Tuesday.  Please use a relatively thin notebook, put your first and last name on the front cover, and date each entry.  When we do informal writing during class, you will use this notebook and label the entry as "In class."

COURSE POLICIES:
1. Due Dates.  Papers must be handed in on time.  If a paper is late, your grade will be reduced 1 letter grade for each day that it is late.
2. Requirements.  ALL assignments must be completed in order to pass the course.
3. Attendance.  You are expected to attend class and arrive on time.  You will be graded on class participation.
4. Paper Rewrites.  You may turn papers in early, get feedback from me (I need 1-2 days to evaluate the paper), and then rewrite them as long as you turn the final version in by the scheduled deadline.  I do not allow rewrites after the deadline for the paper.

GRADING:
Exams . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . 35%
Interaction/Response Notebook . . 15%
Analysis paper #1 . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 15%
Analysis paper #2 . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 15%
Analysis paper #3 . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 15%
Participation & other writing . .  . . .  5%
 
 
 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:

R 9/7   Introduction to the course; potential "dangers" and benefits of
  studying interpersonal communication.

T 9/12  What is interpersonal communication?; definitions of key terms;
  axioms of communication; developmental model of
  interpersonal relationships.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 1

R 9/14 Social cognition and communication;
  assignment of the Interaction/Response Notebook.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 2

T 9/19  The self in interpersonal communication.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 5 & 6

R 9/21 The self in interpersonal communication continued; discuss
  notebooks; what is an analysis paper?
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 7
  DUE: Notebook.

T 9/26  Cognitive consistency theories; review any
  problems/questions about notebooks; assignment of analysis
  paper #1; distribute reading for next time.
  Reading Due: Hacker pp. 1-9

R 9/28 Social roles and rules.
  Reading Due: Handout on social roles and rules &
  Hacker pp. 10-19
  DUE: Notebook

T 10/3  Exam #1

R 10/5 Verbal communication; discussion of analysis papers.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 3 & Hacker pp. 21-32
  DUE: Analysis Paper #1

T 10/10  Nonverbal communication.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 4 & Hacker pp. 32-40

R 10/12 Variables that affect interpersonal relationships.
  Reading Due: Hacker pp. 40-47

T 10/17  Variables that affect interpersonal relationships continued.
  Reading Due: Hacker pp. 57-65
 

R 10/19 Interpersonal attraction; escalating relationships; stages of
  relationship formation; assign analysis paper #2.                 Reading Due: CCM Ch. 8.
  DUE: Notebook.

T 10/24     Maintaining relationships.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 9 & Hacker pp. 65-68

R 10/26 De-escalating relationships; stages of relationship dissolution.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 10 & Hacker pp. 69-74

T 10/31 Destructive patterns of communication.
  DUE: Analysis Paper #2

R 11/2 Interpersonal conflict.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 13 & Hacker pp. 75-79
  DUE: Notebook.

T 11/7  Exam #2

R 11/9 No Class--NCA convention

T 11/14  Friendship relationships; assign analysis paper #3.
  Reading Due: Hacker pp. 81-87

R 11/16 Romantic relationships.
  Reading Due: Hacker pp. 88-92

T 11/21 Marital and family relationships.
  Reading Due: Hacker pp. 143-153

R 11/23   NO Class--Thanksgiving Break.

T 11/28  Topics as needed; distribute reading for next class.
  Reading Due:  Hacker pp. 153-157

R 11/30 Computer-mediated communication.
  Reading Due: Article on computer-mediated communication.
  DUE: Notebook

T 12/5  Interpersonal influence.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 11
  DUE: Analysis Paper #3

R 12/7 Compliance gaining.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 12

T 12/12 Interpersonal communication competence.
  Reading Due: CCM Ch. 15

R 12/14 Distribute take-home final exam; summary and course
  evaluation.

Take-home final exam due on Tues. December 19 by 4:00 pm.
 

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