Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1318-014 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

On Campus Course

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 20% of your grade)


Student Performance

SPCH 1318: Interpersonal Communication

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.


Learning Outcomes:

  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

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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

  • The use of cell phones in class is strictly prohibited.  This includes phone calls, phones ringing, and text messaging in class.  Please feel free to take calls and texts in the hallway.
  • Speeches/presentations are delivered on assigned days.  If you know well in advance, other arrangements might be possible. 
  • Tests will be made up only in emergencies.  Prior approval must be obtained from the instructor.
  • Late papers will be accepted no later than the following class meeting, with a 20 point penalty.
  • No substances or equipment in violation of Amarillo College’s Student Code of Life will permitted in speech communication courses.
  • Plagiarism is considered serious academic misconduct.  All speeches and papers presented should be the work of the student enrolled in the course.  Proper documentation should be made of materials cited from all sources.  If it is determined that a student has plagiarized a speech, paper, or exam, student will receive a grade of 0 and disciplinary proceedings against the student could ensue.
  • The instructor AND student will initiate administrative withdrawals.  If you need to withdraw from (drop) the class, you must contact your instructor, and then your instructor will approve the withdrawal with the Registrar’s Office.  If you stop attending class, but do not officially withdraw from the class, grades will be assigned based on the work required for the class, not just work completed. 
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Grading Criteria



Grade Criteria

Grade Equivalents


Group Project

   A = 90 - 100
   B = 80 - 89
   C = 70 - 79
   D = 60 - 69
   F = Below 60



The Way We See Me
Love Lyrics

Scavenger Hunt 

Relationship Paper


Participation & Attendance




Revel book work





IPC Schedule of Assignments

FALL II 2021

October            25       Syllabus/Explain Brown Bag 

             26       Brown Bag Sharing / Ch. 1 Revel book work due

             27       Ch. 1: Foundations of IPC / Ch. 2 Revel book work due/ Soft Skills: Lesson One

             28       Ch. 2: Culture and IPC / email due

Nov.       1        Ch. 2 continued / Ch. 3 Revel book work due

                          2        Ch. 3:  Perception / “The Way We See Me” paper assigned / Ch. 4 Revel book work due                  

              3        Ch. 4: Listening

                          4        Soft Skills: Lesson Two

              8        Team 1 prep day (Teams 2 & 3 do not come to class) / “The Way We See Me” paper due

              9        IPC team-building activity

             10        Team 1 presents in class over chapters 1-4

                         11         Exam 1 online / Ch. 5 Revel book work due

  15        Ch. 5: Verbal Messages Assign Scavenger Hunt paper / Ch. 6 Revel book work due

  16        Ch. 6: Nonverbal Messages / Ch. 7 Revel book work due

                         17         Ch. 7: Emotional Messages /Ch. 8 Revel book work due

              18         Ch. 8: Conversation Messages / Scavenger Hunt paper due

              22         Team 2 prep day (Teams 1 & 3 do not come to class)

                          23        Team 2 presents in class over chapters 5-8

              24         Exam 2 online / Ch. 9  Revel book work due - no class

              25         Thanksgiving Holiday - no class

              29          Ch. 9: Interpersonal Relationships / Ch. 10 Revel book work due/ Assign Love Lyrics project

               30        Ch. 10: Relationship types and theories

Dec.        1        Soft Skills: Lesson Three / Love Lyrics project due online / Ch. 11 Revel book work due

                2        Ch. 11: Conflict Management                              

                            6        Team 3 prep day (Teams 1 and 2 do not come to class)                   

                7         Soft Skills, Lesson Four- Resume/Interviewing

                            8         Team 3 presents on chapters 9-11  

                            9          Relationship Paper Due - no class

                           13         Exam 3 (Final online) - no class  



Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

10/22/21 3:24 PM

Last Edited on:

10/25/21 8:35 AM