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Syllabus for CMCC Fall Semester 2008
Syllabus for CMCC Fall Semester 2008

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SyllabusINTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONFALL 2008Central Maine Community College6:00-8:50 P.M. Wednesdays 9/3-12/17/08
Instructor: Nancy A. Henry, JDEmail:
Office hours by appointment
(from College Catalog)Interpersonal Communication
COM -101
3 Credits (3 Lecture 0 Lab 0 Shop) 3 Hours/Week (3 Hrs. Lecture) This courseintroduces the student to the elements of interpersonal communication. The overall goal of the course is to enable students to improve the effectiveness of their interpersonalcommunication skills in their personal and professional lives. The course covers the nature of communication, the importance of one
s identity, the role of perception and emotions, and theimportance of active listening. It examines the nature of language and non-verbalcommunication and considers gender and cultural differences. It focuses on improvingcommunication in relationships, concentrating on relational dynamics, communicationclimates, and interpersonal conflict.
Total class hours45Lab or shop hours 0Estimated hours for outside work 90Total estimated student work time 135Course semester credit hours3
After completing this course, the student will be able to:1. experience greater confidence in interpersonal encounters,2. understand interpersonal processes,3. recognize nonverbal communication patterns,1
4. improve listening skills and develop/demonstrate empathy,5. improve speaking and self-disclosure skills,6. recognize and cope with ethical dilemmas that may arise in the context of interpersonalcommunication.
Adler and Proctor,
Looking Out, Looking In
, 12th Edition
Students will regularly be directed to online resources I havecompiled for the class. We will also have a Blackboard site. Please see “course websites”above and make certain you add or subscribe to those groups so you will have access tothese materials.
If you do not have regular computer access and an email address to which you have daily access, you should nottake this course.
CategoriesPercentageHomework20%Student Journal20%InterpersonalCommunications Anal
ysis20%Group Project20%In-class exercises and participation20%
Late Work Policy:
A student may turn in one assignment up to one week late without penalty. Other late work will not be accepted. If you must be absent from a class, your work must be turned in electronically by the beginning of the class period of that date.
Classroom etiquette:
No use of cell phones, laptops or other electronic devices isallowed in class
unless instructor explicitly directs you to use them.
That said, therewill be at least one class during which you will be asked to use your electronic devices.Apart from the aforementioned exception "electronic chat" during class will result indismissal from that class period.
Team Project:
A presentation of no less than 20 minutes will be required. This will be primarily a creative, rather than a written, project. Students will work in groups of 3-4depending on class size. Further information about this assignment will be provided toyou by Week Two.
Student Journal:
Each student will keep a notebook or journal for the purpose of recording reflections on the readings, class exercises, and class materials. Somereflections will be assigned, but the notebook is for broader work and response than justthe assigned questions. Aim for 10 handwritten pages or 3-4 single-spaced typed pages per week. If you elect to respond to issues on the blog, this will count towards your 2
 journal total. You will turn these in twice during the semester. YOUR JOURNAL MAYBE ELECTRONIC.
Class Participation and Homework:
You are an important part of this class, and I have provided many avenues for you to participate and interact with your classmates. Giventhe unique nature of this class, participation and attendance are especially crucial. If you
miss class please let me know immediately, as you will have group membersdepending on your attendance and I may have to rearrange class exercises.
I do not give“excused absences”—what I do is work with you to make a plan to cover thematerial you will miss.
I retain the right to lower the grade of any student who does notaddress attendance and absences in a responsible, adult manner. I will also inform astudent’s advisor if their academic work or attendance indicates that they may be havingdifficulty meeting course requirements.
Keeping up with the Class
Students who are having difficulty should notify the instructor as soon as possible. Iunderstand that problems and stresses arise and that we are dealing with difficult materialin this class. I have a wealth of links and study aids to share with you and would be happyto have an appointment to address any problems.
check your email AND OUR BLACKBOARD SITE
sometime in the afternoonof every Wednesday class day in case there has been some need to cancel. In the event of ANY sort of cancellation, WE WILL HAVE A VIRTUAL CLASS, not a “make-up” class.There is an abundance of excellent instructional material online and I have more thanenough of this for several classes. Blackboard and the blog provide a forum for classinteraction when it is not possible to be physically present in the classroom. This onlinework will be required and will count for classroom instructional time—it is not“additional homework”.
Disability Access Statement
If you are a student with a documented disability and plan to request an academic or other accommodation, you must register as soon as possible with the Central Maine CommunityCollege Disabilities Coordinator, Ms. Laura Rifkin. Visit the Coordinator’s office in JalbertHall or call for an appointment (755-5277). Please share any accommodation letter issued byher with the instructor. While the same policies must apply to all students, students with lifesituations that may adversely impact their academic achievement may wish to discuss thesewith the instructor so he can be supportive.
Affirmative Action Statement
Central Maine Community College is an equal opportunity / affirmative action institution andemployer. For more information, please call 755-5233.
Ethical Behavior Statement
Central Maine Community College requires all students to adhere to high standards of integrity in their academic work. Activities such as cheating on exams and plagiarizing the3

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