Sinclair Community College
Communication Arts Department

Policies and Procedures

COM-235 - Winter 2009
Principles of Interviewing

David Bodary, Ph.D.       Phone: 512-2572         Faculty office: 2-222B


Office Hours: Monday Wednesday & Friday 10:00-11:00 a.m.; TuTh 11:00a.m. - 12:00 and by appointment

Description of the Course:

This course focuses on the development of effective interviewing skills for both interviewer and interviewee. Learners will participate in numerous in-class graded interviews, including: information-gathering/probing, recruitment/employment, and performance appraisal. Guest speakers when possible will be utilized to illuminate the role of interviewing in organizations. Assessment includes three interviews, two examinations and classroom exercises/discussions. Students will gain feedback for improvement from self-, peer- and faculty critiques (3 semester hours).

Purpose of the Course:

To prepare you to become a competent communicator in interviewing situations professionally and socially through exposure to relevant theory, personal application, and self, peer and instructor assessment.

Objectives of the Course:


Stewart, C. J. & Cash, W. B. (2008). Interviewing: Principles and Practices, 12th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13 9780073406718

Assignment Expectations:

General education:

This course views communication (both oral and written), thinking, values, community and citizenship as essential life skills. You will be expected to submit written materials in a professional format, including appropriate consideration toward ethics, organization, punctuation, spelling and critical thinking. You are encouraged to recognize values inherent in the interviewing process, as well as, your ethical responsibilities for what and how you communicate.


As a learner in this course you are expected to submit your best work. Any student engaging in plagiarism will be failed for the course. This simply means your work must be your own, take pride in it. Document borrowed material according to appropriate style guides as taught in English composition. It is your responsibility to document borrowed materials when ever and where ever they are used. Papers, outlines, exams, applications and all other assignments must be your own original work and should document appropriately any instances of others' thoughts or words. Citation of sources is a sign of scholarly work and is expected in all written assignments.

Grading Scale:

I use a standard scale for this course. To determine your grade at any point in the quarter simply divide the number of points you've earned by the number of points possible so far. For instance 400/500 = an 80%.

A = 90 - 100%; B = 80 - 89%; C = 70 - 79%; D = 60 - 69 % and below a 60 is an F.



Educational Support:


Research has revealed that the more people are involved in their education the more they get out of it. This means that when students ask questions, and actively engage in classroom discussions they learn more and retain what they learn longer. So ask and answer, you will find the time spent extremely valuable.


In this unlikely instance of an accident or serious medical illness the grade of "I" (Incomplete) can be given in cases where the student has completed more than half of the course satisfactorily. The unfinished exam or assignment must be completed within the first thirty (30) days of the next term. Incompletes are not given out often, the circumstances must be extraordinarily serious. An agreement of the terms of the incomplete must be signed by both the student and instructor and on file before semester end in order for an incomplete to be granted.

Campus police and security:

The Sinclair Campus Police officers are members of a fully certified police department. This means they are fully authorized to enforce all federal, state and local laws. The most common campus crime relates to theft of unattended property. You are reminded to keep your belongings with you at all times or lock them in lockers available through the Student Government office. If you need to report a crime or locate lost items you should contact the Sinclair Campus Police Department at 512-2700.

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Last modified: August 30, 2008