Study Guide for Final Exam


CP 129                                                                                                                                             I 07

                       SPCH 320:  Introduction to Research in Speech Communication                       


Instructor:  Dr. John Reinard                             Office:  CP Suite 420, Room 15

Phone:  278-7176                                            Office Hours:  MTW 8:15-9:45; 1:30 – 2:30,

e-mail:                                          and by appointment

Class web page:


TEXTBOOK:  Ting-Toomey, Stella & Chung, Leeva (2005).  Understanding Intercultural Communication.  Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury.

              Book webpage and student study guide materials:  


COURSE OBJECTIVES:  This course is a critical survey of major theories and concepts in intercultural communication encounters. It emphasizes an "identity & meaning-centered" approach to the study of communication between persons of different cultures.  The course objectives are:

1.   To help you understand how different cultural values can influence everyday communication;

2.   To increase your self-awareness and other-awareness concerning cultural/ethnic group membership and personal identity issues;

3.   To cultivate your mindful attitude and adaptive competencies in dealing with culture shock stressors;

4.   To compare and contrast different culture-based verbal and nonverbal communication styles;

5.   To identify challenges and perceptual biases in intercultural/intergroup relationship development;

6.   To reinforce your respect for the diverse ways of communicating in different cultural situations.


This course will be taught in a lecture-reading-discussion format.  You will be expected to participate actively in all classroom discussions and activities.  


This course satisfies a University’s general education requirement.  To satisfy this requirement, a grade of “C” (2.0) or better is needed.  A grade of “C minus” (1.7) or below will not satisfy this General Education requirement


COURSE FORMATBy use of electronic "slides," examples, and activities you will spend most class periods applying concepts you are learning.  The class requires active, not passive involvement.  Though, admittedly, lectures are a regular part of the course, knowledge necessary for your progress will be obtained though in-class contributions, class activities, text readings, and collateral assignments.  Thus, you must read assigned material before coming to class.  You should be prepared to summarize positions taken in the book so that you can apply them in class.  Questions and issues should be raised during class and are welcomed since they often illuminate matters of concern for new students of research methods.  The instructor will not read the book for you in class, though questions and exercises based on the book will be included prominently.



·   there will be a midterm exams during the term, which will count 25% toward your final grade);

·   a cumulative final exam will count 30%;

·   active (not passive) participation in class activities and completion of study sheet assignments will count 20%.  Some of these matters will be considered graded on a simple pass or fail basis (0% or 100%)and others involve work that is graded on an item by item basis.

·   a group oral and written report on a topic in intercultural communication will count 25%.

Unexcused late written assignments will be penalized by 20% the first day and 10% each subsequent day.  Students who do not turn in an assignment will be presumed absent.  All assignments are graded on a percentage basis. 


The University grading system has adopted a system including plus and minus grades. For instance, an A- is computed as 3.7 grade points rather than a 4.0. Since this course has never been troubled by unrealistic grades, the plus and minus system for this class does not reflect an attempt to punish students. Instead, it corresponds to the university arrangement of scores. Hence, the following range of class cumulative grades will result in the following grades: 

96+ = A+;  88.5 to 95.9 = A;  86.5 to 88.4 = A-

83 to 86.4 = B+;  78.5 to 83.9 = B;  76.5 to 78.4 = B-

73 to 76.4 = C+;  68.5 to 72.9 = C;  66.5 to 68.4 = C-

63 to 66.4 = D+;  58.5 to 63.9 = D;  56.5 to 58.4 = D-

below 56.5 = F


Each class session is the equivalent of one and a half weeks of class during the regular semester. Thus, attendance is vital. Furthermore, given that the course has a lot of "learning by doing" in the form of activities or active feedback sessions, you cannot master the course by getting notes from friends. If you are ill, have a personal emergency, or cannot attend due to a religious holiday, please leave a message on the professor's telephone at (657/278-7176) or in the main office (657/278-3617) before class. Such delayed work will not be penalized if a telephone call is received before class, but the work generally must be completed after returning to class (check with the instructor regarding the specific assignment in question). No late work may be turned in after the last regular session of class (prior to final exams). No late assignments will be accepted on the day of the final exam. Students must be in attendance to benefit from the class. Unexcused absences are handled according to the separate policy statement.


POLICIES:  The following additional policies guide this course:

·         Plagiarism is cause for failing the class.  See the University Catalog for an official description and discussion of plagiarism.  Students may find it useful to study together.  Even so, with the exception of group projects, worksheets that are turned in must not use same wording or examples.

·         It is impermissible to look at, copy, or consult the work of another student or one’s books during a quiz or exam. It is impermissible to copy someone else’s written work, or allow someone else to copy yours.  Doing so constitutes plagiarism, which is punishable by expulsion. 

·         According to the University Catalog, grades of “incomplete” can be given only when a student who is doing otherwise acceptable work is unable to complete a course because of illness or other conditions beyond his or her control.  But any requirements to make up the course "shall not include retaking the course."  Not attending regularly, failing to complete assigned coursework, or just doing poorly in class is not cause for an incomplete grade.  Work must be completed during the time provided for the course.

·         By University regulation, following the University Census date, a class may not be dropped "except for the most serious reasons."  A serious reason is defined as "a physical, medical, emotional, or other condition which has the effect of limiting the student's full participation in the class."  According to the policy "the reasons must be documented by the student."  The policy states specifically that poor academic performance is not evidence of a serious reason for withdrawal.  The University does not accept a change in work schedule to justify a late withdrawal from classes.  Your instructor is willing to talk to your boss to help you secure a reasonable work schedule if it becomes necessary (at least let him help you).  Review of such documentation is completed by the instructor, the Department Chair and, if required, by the Dean of the School.

·         Students must be in attendance to benefit from the class.  Students who miss more than two unexcused class sessions will be subject to a lowering of their final cumulative grade by four full percentage points.  Additional days of unexcused absence may be penalized at the rate of an additional 2% per day.  Students will be excused from attendance due to personal illness, personal emergency, or observance of a religious holiday.  To be excused, students must telephone the instructor prior to the class sessions to be missed.

·        No late work or "extra credit" (whatever that means) assignments may be turned in after the last regular session of class (prior to the final exam).  The University will not permit “late completion of requirements” as a cause for changing a grade after the semester is completed.


PREPARATION OF WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS Except for those assignments completed in class and other assignments completed on special "study sheets," all assignments are to be typed (double spaced) and are expected to follow the APA style sheet.  Papers are to use standard grammar and correct spelling--those that do not meet these standards will be returned to the students ungraded so that they may be resubmitted after corrections.   The University Writing Center is available to CSUF students who need some additional help.  They are eager to help you with matters of grammar, clarity, punctuation, and the like.  But they are not in the business of editing your work before submission.  Furthermore, they will help you with your writing, but they will not help you do your class assignments.  To receive help on assignments, please talk to Dr. Reinard in advance of the due date for assignments.


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Please let the instructor know if you have a disability that might affect your participation or study in this class.  The instructor will keep this information in strict confidence, of course.  Often, however, immediate and simple steps can be taken by the instructor to improve your learning environment in this course.  Your instructor and Disabled Student Services will cooperate to help meet your needs.  If you have not yet contacted Disabled Student Services, you should do so very soon since they must first identify student-clients prior to offering their services.


A PERSONAL NOTE TO STUDENTS Dr. Reinard really loves and he hopes that you will develop that same love for it as well. Please let him help you on assignments or just drop by to chat about your ideas for your career in this field.


Course Outline


DATE      TOPIC                                                                       Readings from Textbook

1-2             I.    Introduction

                        A.  Orientation to Course

                        B.  A Working Language                                                          

1-3                   B.  Culture and Values                                            Chs 1-3

1-5             II.  Ethnic Identities and Roles Conflicts                         Chs 4

1-8             III.       Culture Shock                                                   Ch 5

1-9             IV. Elements of Intercutlural Messages

                        A.  Language                                                          Chs 7

1-10            Midterm Exam (9-10:45am)

                        B.  Ethics (11am-1:15pm)                                        Ch 13

1-12                  C.   Nonverbal Cues                                                Ch 8

1-16            V   Bias and Conflict                                                     Ch 9-10

1-17            Group Presentations
(Based on materials from Chs 6 and 12

                  VI. Relationships                                                           Ch 11

1-19            Final Exam