COMM105 Interpersonal Communication

Department of The Arts: Communication Studies

I. Course Number and Title
COMM105 Interpersonal Communication
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills the Personal Health Requirement in Category I: Essential Skills and Perspective and the Category III requirements of the Core for Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving. Departmental approved textbook required.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This introductory communication skills course helps students develop competencies in social and professional communication. Students engage in activities and assignments that focus on interactions in the workplace as well as in other social contexts.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of concepts and principles of interpersonal communication;
      2. practice effective listening and conflict management skills;
      3. practice effective use of verbal and nonverbal elements in communication;
      4. demonstrate an understanding of sensitivity to gender and intercultural differences in communication; and
      5. demonstrate an understanding of the role of technology in interpersonal communication in the workplace and in other social contexts.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I:
      Personal Health
      Students will:
      1. apply appropriate skills to manage stress and anxiety in order to maintain holistic health.

      Category III:
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications. (Interpretation)
      2. use methods and concepts and theories in new situations. (Application Skills)
      1. communicate and justify clearly the results of their reasoning.(Presenting Arguments Skills)
      2. demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by
        1. recognizing the problem
        2. reviewing information about the problem
        3. developing plausible solutions
        4. evaluating the results
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. introduction to interpersonal communication
    2. concept of self
    3. perception
    4. understanding emotion
    5. communicating verbally
    6. communicating nonverbally
    7. communicating electronically
    8. listening skills
    9. communication climate
    10. conflict management
    11. developing and maintaining relationships socially and in the workplace
    12. gender differences and intercultural communication
    13. job interview preparation and practice
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via tests, written class exercises, papers, critical listening assignments, and class participation.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Students satisfy the Core Learning Goals of Critical Thinking, Problem Solving by successfully completing a research paper and/or presentation that critically examines or analyzes a fundamental concept within Interpersonal Communication. Students satisfy the Core Learning Goal of Personal Health through papers and class discussions focusing on listening, conflict management, self-concept and assertiveness.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    A Departmentally approved textbook is required for this course. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is no longer being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Core Goals/Objectives added 11/06; Revised 10/2010; Revised 12/2012