Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Parcell Hall 204N

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My Office Hours are between 4 and 5 PM Tuesday and Thursday.  We can meet at other times if you want to.   

I also will gladly meet with you before or after our class time to discuss your questions.   

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SPCH-1318-021 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

Online 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 10% of your grade)



  • Personal Computer with reliable internet access. Contact the AC bookstore for information on renting a laptop 371-5000
  • Amarillo College email account (for more information click here)·        
  •   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.
  • 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




Quizzes (I drop the two lowest quiz grades)

200 (20%)


100 (10%)


200 (20%)

Love Lyrics Group Project

100 (10%)

Paper # 3

200 (20%)

Revel Bookwork

100 (10%)

Coffee Talk Discussions                                    100 (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:

I do not accept late work. Assignments are due Sunday nights at midnight each week. It is your responsibility to manage your time and meet the deadlines. I do not make exceptions to the late work policy.   If, however, you do have problems with class assignments please contact me via email and I will be glad to work with your situation.


Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement.   You will need to log into Blackboard several times per week for assignments and Revel bookwork.


This is a basic class assignment schedule.  The instructor may change some of the assignments at his discretion.

Week 1

  • Purchase your textbook (will be bundled with online Revel code and text).
  • Click the "Start Here" tab on your course menu and read it.
  • Read Chapter One: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication and complete revel bookwork.
  • Complete: "Contact Information".
  • Coffee Talk: Getting Acquainted.
  • Journal Entry: Strengths, Weaknesses and Goals.
  • Quiz: Chapter One.

Week 2

  • Read Chapter Three: Perception of Self and Others and complete revel bookwork.
  • Coffee Talk.
  • Journal Entry: Figure 3.1.
  • Quiz: Chapter Three.
  • 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

  • Read Chapter Nine: Interpersonal Relationships and complete revel bookwork.
  • Self-Test: Is Violence a part of Your Relationship? page 209 (Do not turn this in, it is for you to analyze your own relationships).
  • Coffee Talk.
  • Due: Paper #1:  Upload your paper in the dropbox by midnight on Sunday. No late papers will be accepted. 

Week 4

  • Read Chapter Ten: Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories, and complete the revel bookwork.
  • Self-Test: What is Attractive to You?  page 231 (Do not turn anything in, this is for your own personal benefit).
  • Love Lyrics Assignment - This assignment is a Power Point and should be at least 12 slides.  Please read the entire assignment.  If you have questions please contact me.  The project is due at the end of next week.
  • Quiz: Chapter Ten.

Week 5

  • Read Chapter Eleven: Interpersonal Conflict Management and complete revel bookwork.
  • Self-Test: Conflict Management Strategies  page 252 (Do not turn anything in. This is for your own benefit in dealing with conflict).
  • Journal Entry: Violence and Verbal Abuse.
  • Quiz: Chapter Eleven.
  • Turn in Love Lyrics Presentation.
  • Complete and turn in a performance review on yourself and your group members.

Week 6

  • Read Chapter Six: Nonverbal Messages and complete revel bookwork.
  • Self-Test: Psychological Time page 138 (Do not turn anything in. This is for your own personal benefit in learning your personal time orientation).
  • Coffee Talk: Ethical Messages and Ethical Choice Point page 138.
  • Journal Entry: Credibility page 143.
  • Paper Two: Relationship Paper will be due at the end of next week.
  • Quiz: Chapter Six.

Week 7

  • Read Chapter Seven: Emotional Messages and complete revel bookwork.
  • Quiz: Chapter Seven.
  • Turn in Paper #2, Relationships.

Week 8

  • Submit: Service Learning Presentations.
  • Coffee Talk.
  • Paper #3 Interpersonal Communication Skills Analysis

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

10/23/21 9:16 PM

Last Edited on:

10/23/21 9:19 PM