Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Moore County Campus, Rm. 150

Office Hours

On campus: Tuesdays@11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Also, 30 minutes before class in the Blackboard Classroom.

Video conference available by appointment

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SPCH-1318-045 Interpersonal Communication


Course Description

Application of communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance and termination in relationship contexts including friendships, romantic partners, families and relationships with co-workers and supervisors.

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Department Expectations

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Interpersonal Messages, 4th edition by Joseph Devito. You need the bundle package that includes Revel (this is the online book access code you will need to complete online activities. The online bookwork will count as 10% of your grade, so yes….you do need to purchase the book for the class.


Student Performance

Through reading the current literature, researching recent communication findings, and participating in group and individual oral assignments, the student will:

  1. Exhibit understanding of interpersonal theories and principles.
  2. Demonstrate ability to analyze and critique verbal and nonverbal interactions in mediated and face-to-face contexts.
  3. Identify perceptual processes as they relate to self and others.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking ability by effectively researching, evaluating, and applying communication theories in oral and/or written assignments.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of cross-cultural, co-cultural, gender and age influences on human communication.
  6. Demonstrate ability to identify, evaluate, and apply conflict styles and conflict management techniques in dyads and/or groups.
  7. Identify types of and barriers to effective listening.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Many communication courses ask students to engage in a level of self-disclosure not usually characteristic of other courses. Different people will feel comfortable with varying levels of self-disclosure. While I would like you to draw from your personal experience, you may choose to talk about yourself or someone you know. If it is the latter, in the interest of confidentially they should remain nameless. Interpersonal Communication is an interactive course, meaning you will be learning from each other’s personal experiences and examples. For this reason it is encouraged for you to be open to sharing with the class. Additionally, because some individuals will be sharing personal stories, I expect there to be a level of confidentiality among the members of the class and respect for their classmates' privacy.

Grading Criteria



Online Assignments




Vocabulary Exams





In-Class Activities :
This class relies upon two major things

1) Your active participation in discussions and class exercises and

2) A close, meaningful analysis of your own communication tendencies with family, friends, co-workers and people you meet. If these things occur along with attention to assignments and class readings you will find tools to better understand your own communication skills, relate better with others and succeed in this course.

Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Your participation in discussions and activities will directly affect your grade. Daily attendance will be recorded. Points will be deducted from your participation grade - regardless of the reason for the absence.

Late Work Policy:

I do not like to accept late work. Papers are due at the beginning of the class period. If you cannot make it to class, you need to get the paper turned in before class meets, by dropping it off in my office or emailing it to me before class. Quizzes cannot be made up.


Attendance Policy For Lecture:
It is the student’s responsibility to access the course online and complete all discussions, essays and exams according to the course calendar. Students are expected to access the online course every day to complete all requirements. Communications emailed to the instructor must be sent through Blackboard

Attendance is required to succeed in the course.  The attendance census report will be completed by 08/27/2021 If you do not attend class, you will be automatically be withdrawn from the course.

Final date to withdraw from the course without a failing grade: 10/05/2021

Disability Statement: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact Disability Services Phone: 806-371-5436 as soon as possible.

Attendance (10%): Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Your participation in discussions and activities will directly affect your grade. Daily attendance will be recorded. Points will be deducted from your participation grade for absences-- regardless of the reason for the absence.

The following criteria will determine the attendance grade:

No absence

1 absence



100 %


2 absences



3 absences



4 or more absences



Two tardies (or early exits) will equal an absence.


Week Month Day Activity/Assignment Chapter  Reading
1 August 23 Introduction/Syllabus/Lecture 1 Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
Online Chapter Assignment: 1 
Vocabulary Quiz: 1
Discussion 1
2 Culture and Interpersonal Communication
2 30 Lecturre/Classroom  3  Perception of Self and Others
Online Chapter Assignment:  2 & 3
Vocabulary Quiz: 2 & 3
Discussion 2 & 3
3 September 6 LABOR DAY Listeninig in Interpersonal Communication
Online Chapter Assignment:  4
Vocabulary Quiz:  4
Discussion 4
4 13 Lecturre/Classroom  5 Verbal Messages
Online Chapter Assignment: 5 & 6 6 Non-Verbal Messages
Vocabulary Quiz: 5 & 6
Discussion: 5 & 6
5 20 Lecturre/Classroom  7 Emotinal Messages
Online Chapter Assignment: 7 & 8 8 Conversational Messages
Vocabulary Quiz: 7 & 8
Discussion: 7 & 8
6 27 Lecturre/Classroom  9 Interpersonal Relationships
Online Chapter Assignment: 9 & 10 10 Interpersonal Types & Therories
Vocabulary Quiz: 9 & 10
Discussion: 9 & 10
7 October 4 Lecturre/Classroom  11 Interpersonal Conflict Management
Online Chapter Assignment: 11
Vocabulary Quiz: 11
Discussion: 11
EXAMS  40%
Assignments 40%
Discussions 10%

Additional Information

It is the responsibility of the student to check email messages, announcements and the course using AC Connect. Students will submit all assignments and discussions using AC Connect unless noted on the assignment or by the instructor.

Emails to the instructor must be through AC Connect and Blackboard. For any technical difficulties using Blackboard, please call 806-371-5992 for assistance.

Writers' Corner

If you feel you need help organizing and writing course work, check this out:
Writers’ Corner: Tutoring with Pizzazz - Writers' Corner is a great resource for help with writing papers and assignments. They can't help you with the content of your work, but they can help you write your work in the proper format.

The course syllabus is subject to change as needed.

Syllabus Created on:

07/13/21 1:00 PM

Last Edited on:

08/24/21 11:44 AM