IPS255 - Interpersonal Skills

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Subject Title
Interpersonal Skills

Subject Description
This subject provides an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation for, and an understanding of, the importance of dealing effectively with others. The course introduces students to the need for effective interpersonal skills to enhance their career success and contribute to creating a positive workplace environment. It also addresses the fundamentals of engineering ethics, as well as the impact of engineering on society and the environment.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, or Electronics Engineering Technician programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1.  Identify interpersonal skills to discuss their value in the workplace.
  2.  Assess developmental needs for interpersonal skills to set goals for improvement.
  3.  Compare interpersonal skills practised in traditional and digital modes within the communication process.
  4.  Apply strategies to foster teamwork in the workplace.
  5. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills strategies to advance career development.
  6.  Use strategies to develop self-confidence and effective leadership skills.
  7.  Apply ethical engineering practices to demonstrate professional, environmental, social and moral responsibility.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAC149 or equivalent.

Topic Outline
          Building Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
·         Goal Setting
·         Digital and Traditional Interpersonal Communication Skills
·         Teamwork and Leadership Skills
·         Cross-Cultural Relations and Diversity
·         Conflict Management Skills
·         Ethical Behaviour
·         Job Search and Career Management Skills 

Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be used, such as lectures, case study analysis, individual and group discussions and presentations, individual self-assessments and guest speakers.  This course is Hybrid.  One period will be on-line.

Prescribed Texts
See professor's addendum for specific texts.

Reference Material
All students are required to use the following Research Guide for their assignments: Seneca Libraries. Guide to Research & Citation MLA Style. 5th ed. [Toronto]: Seneca Libraries. 2015.  As this is no longer available in print, it can be found at the following.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

Promotion Policy
To be successful in this course you must achieve a final grade of 50% or higher.

Promotion Policy: Online Courses
Students must earn a cumulative passing grade (minimum 50%) for the term work in order to write the final examination.  Students who fail the term work will automatically fail the course, although the professor can allow you to write the exam for practice purposes.
Students who have passed the term work and write the final examination must pass the final examination (minimum 50%) in order to pass the course.  Students who fail the examination will automatically fail the course.

Exams for Online Courses
The final exam for this course will be held at Newnham campus. It is your responsibility to ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to write the final exam at Newnham. Should you happen to have another final exam that conflicts with your exam for this course, please inform your professor as soon as possible.

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
    • writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
    • spelling and punctuation are correct
    • sentences are structured correctly
    • main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
    • work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
    • work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
    • up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.   

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Term Work                                                               70%
Final Examination or Summative Assignment         30%
Total                                                                       100%  

Evaluation of Work
Evaluation is based on correct language usage, organization and mastery of the subject at a post secondary level.  Students are expected to learn professional standards of performance in the subject areas, and tests and assignments will be graded on that basis.  In recognition of the significance of exceptional communication skills in the work place, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests and exams.  A student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone.

Academic Support and Expectations
Missed Tests / Presentations / In-Class Assignments

Students who miss scheduled tests, presentations, or in-class or online assignments will receive a grade of zero.  If there are valid reasons for missing the test, presentation, or in-class assignment, the student MUST:
a)       Contact the professor or student advisor by email prior to the start time of the test, presentation, or in-class or online assignment, and
b)       Provide documentation where appropriate.                           
At the professor’s discretion, a make-up test/in-class assignment or new date for the presentation may be granted or the value of the test may be added to a subsequent test or final exam.

Late Assignments
Students who hand in late assignments will receive a penalty of 5% per day to a maximum of five consecutive days (weekends included).  Assignments will not be accepted after five consecutive days or as otherwise indicated by your professor.  If there are valid reasons for the late assignment the student MUST:
a)       Contact the professor by email no later than the date the assignment is due to indicate the assignment will be late, and
b)       Provide documentation where appropriate.  If the reasons are deemed to be valid by the professor, there will be no penalty.

Attendance and Participation
Consistent attendance is important for success in this subject.  If you are absent from class, please notify your professor by e-mail. You are still responsible for the material and assignments missed and may be required to provide documentation.  For extensions or special considerations, speak with your professor well in advance of any due dates. Any extensions will not be automatically granted.
Considerate classroom conduct, adequate class preparation, and constructive participation will enhance your academic experience and that of your colleagues.  In particular, you are asked to be prompt, courteous, responsible, and collaborative.

Participation in Online Courses
Consistent online access is important for success in this subject. You are responsible for all online material and assignments; in addition, you need to be checking your Seneca e-mail on a daily basis for updates and other related information. While weekly updates and related e-mails will be provided, it is your responsibility to keep up with the content and maintain an active online presence.
Considerate online conduct, adequate preparation, and constructive online participation will be expected from each student and will enhance your academic experience and that of your fellow students. In particular, you are asked to be prompt, courteous, responsible, and collaborative, where relevant.

Learning Centre
The Learning Centre offers academic support to all Seneca students in the form of one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, and workshops and can be located at either the Newnham, Markham, York, or King campus.  Students can visit The Learning Centre in person to book an appointment or watch a tutorial on booking a tutoring appointment online at www.senecacollege.ca/learningcentres. 

Dropping a Subject
There are two deadlines for dropping this subject.  If you drop by Day 10 of the semester, the subject will not appear on your transcript.  If you drop by the last drop date, the subject will appear on your transcript with a grade of DNC.  To drop, please notify your professor, complete a “Timetable Change Form,” and return it to Registration by the deadline.  Discuss any possible negative consequences of dropping the subject with your academic coordinator or student advisor.

Approved by: Denis Gravelle