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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Communication 
COM 49100 – Negotiation and  Conflict – Spring Semester 2014 – 3 credits 
Section 01 – Course Reference Number 23463 – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 p.m. – Neff Hall 147

Instructor: Professor Irwin Mallin – Office: Neff Hall 230J
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Please check the course website for exceptions.   Other times by appointment.

Phone: 481-6553 – E- Mail: mallini@ipfw.edu 
 Course Web Site: http://users.ipfw.edu/mallini/

I. Course Description: This is an advanced topics course in interpersonal and organizational communication, focusing on negotiation and conflict. In the first part of the course, we will explore theories of interpersonal conflict, including a look at marital argument.  The second part of the course will be devoted to studying and practicing a collaborative model of negotiation.

II. Prerequisite: COM 114 or consent of instructor.

III. Course Goals: Upon completing this course, you should be able to: 
1) demonstrate an awareness of your own conflict behavior; 
2) apply relevant theories to the conflict behavior of yourself and others; and
3) use a set of skills associated with a collaborative model of conflict.

IV. Portfolio Requirement for Communication Majors: If you major in either or both of Interpersonal and Organizational Communication or Media and Public Communication via the 2009-2010 bulletin or a later bulletin, you will be required to create a portfolio as part of the sequence of required one-credit classes: COM 12000, COM 30800, and COM 48000.  In COM 49100 you will create work product that can be used as evidence for some of the student learning objectives for that portfolio. 

V. Course Tools:

• One required textbook, available from Follett’s IPFW Bookstore in the Walb Student Union, The Bookmark on North Anthony Boulevard, and from various web-based booksellers

       Fisher, R., Ury, W., & Patton, B. (2011). Getting to yes: Negotiating agreement without giving in (3rd ed.). New York: Penguin. (ISBN: 9780143118756).

• Links to required readings and other important course information will be e-mailed to course participants.  Important information will be posted to the course web site.  Accordingly, you are required to have an e-mail account and access to the World Wide Web.  It is expected that your e-mail account will not be set to block e-mail from me as spam and that you will check this account regularly.


VI. Course Assignments:  This course will be graded on a 1000 point scale, as follows:

• Tests (2 at 225 points each = 450 points).  The tests will cover material in lecture, class discussions and the readings.  The tests will not be cumulative, except as explicitly noted in test review.

• Conflict Analysis Papers (2 at 150 points each = 300 points).  Each conflict analysis paper assignment will ask you to apply the course material to a conflict you have been part of  in a well-written, detailed, typed and stapled three to five page essay.  These papers will each be assigned approximately three to four weeks prior to their due date, as indicated on the Course Schedule.  You are responsible for keeping a copy of each  paper.

• Negotiation Report (150 points): A report and review of the practice negotiation experience.  This paper will be assigned prior to the second practice negotiation, as indicated on the Course Schedule. You are responsible for keeping a copy of each  paper.

• Class contributions (100 points) You are expected to attend class.  Beyond mere attendance, though, this is a participatory course.  Your productive contributions to class discussions and activities are important.  In addition, brief homework assignments beyond the readings will be assigned.  This portion of your grade reflects my assessment of your participation in class discussions and activities and brief homework assignments.  Each unexcused absence will reduce your grade for this component by 10 points.  11 or more unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for the course.  All that is required here is that you account for yourself for each class period, as follows: 1) If you know in advance you won’t be able to attend a given class, you should let me know the reason in advance, preferably by e-mail as that provides us with a written record.  2) In emergency situations where you can’t tell me in advance of your absence, it’s your responsibility to account for those absences as soon as possible afterward and in no event more than two weeks afterward. 3) I reserve the right to not excuse an absence if I believe you're abusing the privilege.  4) If you arrive to class after I have taken attendance, it’s your responsibility to see me after class to insure that I have recorded your presence.  5) Leaving class early without permission shall constitute an unexcused absence. 6) Use of a cell phone in class for any purpose without express prior permission from the instructor shall constitute an unexcused absence..

VII. Grading Scale:  A = 930-1000; A- = 900-929; B+ = 870=899; B = 830-869; B- = 800-829; C+ = 770-799; C = 730-769; C- = 700-729; D+ = 670-699; D = 630-669; D- = 600-629; F = 0-599.

VIII. Late or Missing Assignments and Tests: In the absence of extreme circumstances, written assignments will not be accepted after the class period in which they are due, and examinations not taken on the designated date can not be made up.  Failure to turn in an assignment or take a test will result in a grade of F for the course.

IX. Academic Integrity: You are expected to be familiar with what constitutes academic misconduct in this course and at IPFW, and with what the penalties are for such conduct, as set forth in  parts II and III of the IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, which is available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/code/>.

As Professor Carr used to say on his syllabi, “if caught cheating or plagiarizing, a student will receive no credit for the assignment and/or an ‘F’ for the course. Any instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and Vice Chancellor and may result in expulsion from the University. Most instances of academic dishonesty result from a combination of the last-minute rush, poor judgment and a lack of familiarity with academic propriety. Consult the instructor well in advance of an assignment due date to clarify your responsibilities.”

X. Incompletes: A grade of incomplete will only be given in compliance with IPFW’s policy on incomplete grades as set forth in Section 6.4 of the IPFW Academic Regulations, available online at <http://www.ipfw.edu/committees/senate/regulations/grades.html> and then only under extraordinary circumstances.  If such circumstances arise, please let me know and we will discuss whether an incomplete is appropriate.

XI. Campus Services:

• Services For Students With Disabilities, Walb Student Union 113, 481-6657, <http://www.ipfw.edu/disabilities/>, provides specialized academic support services and other assistance to persons with qualifying disability conditions.  You become eligible for those services in this class only after you deliver your SSD Accommodation Letter to me.

 The Writing Center, Helmke Library 2nd Floor, 481-5740, <http://www.ipfw.edu/writing/>, provides one-on-one assistance with writing, both in person and online.  There are also links to valuable writing resources on their web page.  

 Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA), Kettler Hall G21, 481-5419, <http://www.ipfw.edu/success/>, provides tutoring by appointment.  You may also find useful the hints on their web page for note taking, text reading, and test taking.

 Information Technology Services, Kettler Hall 206, 481-6030 <http://www.ipfw.edu/its/>, provides student e-mail accounts and web space and administers the student computing labs.  Valuable computing help is available on their web site and by telephone.

 The Learning Community, 2041 Reed Road (Cor. State), 424-8852 <http://www.tlckidsfirst.com/>, provides childcare services for students.

 A variety of other student services are described on pages 75-86 of the 2013-2014 IPFW Student Handbook.  You're encouraged to grab a paper copy on campus if you can.  Additionally, a PDF is available athttp://www.ipfw.edu/dotAsset/93e5db45-262a-4711-8421-0f598117d839.pdf

XII. Course Contract: This document, together with assignments and other handouts you may receive from the instructor throughout the semester, explains some of the official course policies.  Please read it carefully.  If you have any questions, ask your instructor immediately.  Your continued enrollment in this course after the first week of class signifies that you understand these policies and agree to participate in this course according to them.
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