Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PARC 206

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Monday and Wednesday
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

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SPCH-1318-002 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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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type


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 some online activities, worth 10% of your grade)

When you purchase the textbook code at the AC bookstore, the publisher will send a paper copy of the textbook to your home address.


  • Personal Computer with reliable internet access. Contact the AC bookstore for information on renting a laptop 371-5000
  •   Recommended browsers (Firefox or Chrome (to check your browser compatibility, click here)
  • Access to Microsoft word to type and submit papers

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.


Online etiquette, often referred to as "netiquette," is essential for life lived in the Internet.  As a society, it's oftentimes too easy to use keystrokes as missile attacks against others, and it's oftentimes too easy to mistake someone's keystrokes as personal attacks.

Because of those two elements, we will follow these guidelines:

We Honor Our Differences

  • Behind every keystroke is a living breathing soul.  They have people who count on them, love them, and trust them.  They may have a life story different from ours, but it is our duty to the integrity of the classroom environment to keep our classmates safe... safe from harassment, safe from bullying, safe from racism... safe.
  • When differences arise, use the tools we are learning in this course to ask for clarification.  Differences can be anything from personal beliefs to questions about truth of assertions.  
  • When differences do arise, take the time to understand the other point of view.  In the process, you may change your viewpoint, or may strengthen your own argument.  Either way, the only way to achieve this wisdom and knowledge is to put forth the effort to listen and understand your classmates. 
  • Find your voice.  Speak with clarity and kindness.  Always seek the truth.  Question everything.  Never make enemies, instead, build allies.  If you would not say it to their face, do not type it.
  • Your voice is not without a name.  A server records your every keystroke.  Participate with integrity.
  • Even if it is housed on a server, this is a college classroom.  Please respect the educational setting just as you would a traditional classroom.

We Honor the Craft of Communication

  • In this class, we are learning how to communicate.  We will practice that skill in every dimension during our time together.
  • TYPING IN ALL CAPS IS AKIN TO SHOUTING.  Do not shout, please.
  • Speaking fluent sarcasm is a gift many have; however, as of yet, there is no sarcasm font.  Be cautious when using humor and sarcasm in an online environment.  Insulting your audience will dilute your effectiveness as a communicator. 
  • When possible, check previous postings for content redundancy.  
  • Edit and review your online writing before submitting it.
  • LOL, OMG, SMH are perfectly fine when texting; however, this is a college classroom.  Write as a college-level student.  The same thing with emojis.  Use your words.
  • Know when to use email versus a discussion board.  Things to keep in mind:
  • Personal matters = email (i.e., asking instructor a question, finding out information about a campus event, etc.)
  • Class matters = discussion boards (i.e., if will benefit at least three other people in the class)

Grading Criteria




Weekly Tests


Paper 1


Paper 2 15%
Paper 3 10%
Paper 4 20%

Revel Bookwork


Coffee Talk Discussions   10%


Participation Activities:
This class relies upon two major things 1) your active participation in online 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.

Late Work Policy:

 It is your responsibility to manage your time and meet the deadlines. Generally, I do not accept late work; however, if you feel you have a valid reason that I should accept work after its due date, please contact me and we will discuss your circumstances.


Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Each absence from class will result in a deduction of 8 points from your attendance grade.


Course Calendar

All assignments due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday except for the final week of class. Please try to complete your initial Coffee Talk discussion postings by Thursday so that you and your classmates will be able to post replies by Sunday.

Week 1: August 23-29

  • Purchase your textbook (will be bundled with online Revel code and text) 
  • Read your Syllabus
  • Create your Revel Account Log-in
  • Complete: "Contact Information"
  • Read Chapter One: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication and complete revel bookwork.
  • Coffee Talk
  • Complete Week One Test

Week 2: August 30-September 5

  • Read Chapter Three: Perception of Self and Others and Chapter Four: Listening complete revel bookwork
  • Coffee Talk
  • Week Two Test
  • Read the Paper #1 Assignment that will be due next week by Sunday night at midnight. It requires that you have two other people complete worksheets about you before you type the paper, so leave yourself plenty of time to give them the worksheets, and get them back in time to analyze them for the paper.

Week 3: September 6-12

  • Read Chapter Nine: Interpersonal Relationships and complete revel bookwork
  • Coffee Talk
  • Week Three Test
  • Due: Paper #1:  Upload your paper in the dropbox by 11:59 on Sunday.

Week 4: September 13-19

  • Read Chapter Ten: Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories, and complete the revel bookwork
  • Read Relationship Paper Assignment so you can get started on it.
  • Coffee Talk
  • Week Four Test

Week 5: September 20-26

  • Read Chapter Eleven: Interpersonal Conflict Management and complete revel bookwork.
  • Coffee Talk
  • Turn in Paper #2: Relationship Paper
  • Week Five Test

Week 6: September 27-October 3

  • Read Chapter Five: Verbal Message and Chapter Six: Nonverbal Messages and complete revel bookwork
  • Coffee Talk
  • Week Six Test
  • Turn in Paper #3

Week 7: October 4-10

  • Read Chapter Seven: Emotional Messages and complete revel bookwork
  • Coffee Talk
  • Week Seven Test
  • If you haven't begun work on your last paper, you are behind--get to work.

Week 8: October 11-17

  • Turn in Paper 4 DUE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13
  • Coffee Talk

Additional Information

I would love to meet with you via Zoom or visit with you on the phone. I will also set aside office hours by appointment.

If you have questions about the course content, assignments, due dates etc., contact me.  I am here to be your advocate, coach and accountability partner.  Please, let me do my job!

Technical Assistance/Technology Access:  If you have questions about the course material, assignments, due dates etc. please contact me.  If you need technical support contact the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) student help center located in the Ware Student Commons in The Underground (basement) 806-371-5992, You can also access computers, printers, internet, study rooms, etc. in The Underground.

Hours of operation for CTL:

  • Monday – Thursday: 7:00am - 8:30pm
  • Friday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

To Access REVEL from your Blackboard Course:

Start from your Blackboard course.

Select the link called Revel Bookwork or the Open Revel link inside each week's folder.

Select Open REVEL.

  • If you have a Pearson account, enter your username and password. Otherwise, create a new account. Note: If you are also registering for a Pearson MyLab (like MyMathLab or MyVirtualChild) this term, you must register for the
  • MyLab first, in order to use the same username and password for REVEL.

When your accounts are linked, select an access option:

  • Redeem an access code purchased from the bookstore.
  • Buy access using a credit card or PayPal.
  • If available, get temporary access.

Your REVEL content appears.

To go back to Blackboard, look for the Blackboard tab or window in your browser.

That’s it. Throughout the semester, please access your REVEL content through Blackboard.

To upgrade temporary access to full access:

To upgrade your access before your temporary access expires, select the link in your confirmation email.

Once your temporary access expires, when you open REVEL from Blackboard, you’re prompted to upgrade your access. Redeem a pre-purchased access code, or buy access using a credit card or PayPal.

Need help?

If you have trouble getting access, make sure your laptop or other device is set up to work with REVEL.

Visit Pearson Support at

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Syllabus Created on:

08/21/21 3:28 PM

Last Edited on:

10/23/21 12:22 PM