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Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
SPCH-1318-003 Interpersonal Communication
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.
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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:
Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:
You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.
(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
Interpersonal Messages, 4th edition by Joseph Devito. You need the bundle package that includes Revel (this is the online book access code you will need to complete some online activities, worth 15% of your grade)
When you purchase the textbook code at the AC bookstore, the publisher will send a paper copy of the textbook to your home address.
Through reading the current literature, researching recent communication findings, and participating in group and individual oral assignments, the student will:
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Many communication courses ask students to engage in a level of self-disclosure not usually characteristic of other courses. Different people will feel comfortable with varying levels of self-disclosure. While I would like you to draw from your personal experience, you may choose to talk about yourself or someone you know. If it is the latter, in the interest of confidentially they should remain nameless. Interpersonal Communication is an interactive course, meaning you will be learning from each other’s personal experiences and examples. For this reason it is encouraged for you to be open to sharing with the class. Additionally, because some individuals will be sharing personal stories, I expect there to be a level of confidentiality among the members of the class and respect for their classmates' privacy.
Online etiquette, often referred to as "netiquette," is essential for life lived in the Internet. As a society, it's oftentimes too easy to use keystrokes as missile attacks against others, and it's oftentimes too easy to mistake someone's keystrokes as personal attacks.
Because of those two elements, we will follow these guidelines:
We Honor Our Differences
We Honor the Craft of Communication
This class relies upon two major things 1) your active participation in online discussions and class exercises and 2) a close, meaningful analysis of your own communication tendencies with family, friends, co-workers and people you meet. If these things occur along with attention to assignments and class readings you will find tools to better understand your own communication skills, relate better with others and succeed in this course.
Late Work Policy:
I do not accept late work. Assignments are due Sunday nights at midnight each week, except for the final week (see course schedule and make note of final project dates..the final week assignments are due early in the week). It is your responsibility to manage your time and meet the deadlines. I do not make exceptions to the late work policy. I do not reset quizzes. Two of the lowest quiz grades are dropped, and this is to help you out when there are technical difficulties, etc. and they will not count against you.
Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Attendance for this course means logging in several times per week and engaging in discussions, journals, and Revel bookwork.
I will check emails several times a week, and will stay off my computer on the weekends (Fri-Sun) to take a break and get outside. I suggest you take a couple of days off from schoolwork as well, to refresh and recharge mentally and physically. if you want to set up an online video chat or come to my office and meet on campus you can. I am happy to meet at a time that works for you, day or night. Just ask and we can set something up. I am mostly working from home in the summer, so email me for an appointment to meet.
This course requires that you write several papers, and requires me to read all of your papers and give feedback. I often am teaching up to 130 students in one semester, and it takes a while to grade all of those thoroughly. While I will often have them graded within a week of the due date, please know that it can take up to two weeks at times, depending on other circumstances. I appreciate your patience. Mrs.Orcutt
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