Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Office Location

Parcells Hall 204M

Office Hours

Office Hours: 

Tuesday – Thursday

8:00 – 9:00 am; 12:00 – 12:30 pm

I will be in class from 9-10:15, then 10:30 – 11:45 am Tuesday-Thursday, but I am in my office on campus before and after class unless otherwise noted on my door/through class email. If the door is open, I am likely in and happy to help!

If you cannot meet during office hours, just email me and we will figure out a mutually agreeable day and time to meet. My email is My office phone number is (806)371-5248.

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SPCH-1318-017 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).

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


  • Personal Computer with reliable internet access. Contact the AC bookstore for information on renting a laptop 371-5000; or visit the Underground on Washington Street Campus to use a campus computer 

  • Recommended browsers - Firefox or Chrome

  • Access to Microsoft Word or Google Docs to type and submit papers (you have access to Google docs through your Amarillo College email account)

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

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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

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





200 (20%)


200 (20%)

Love Lyrics Project

100 (10%)


100 (10%)

Final Paper

200 (20%)

Revel Bookwork

200 (20%)

Total Points                



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

Extra Credit Opportunities:
Anyone who seeks tutoring at either the Writer's Corner in Ordway Hall or the Tutoring Center in the Ware Student Commons building will receive 5 extra credit points on the assignment you get help with. Both the Writer's Corner and the Tutoring Center send time-stamped email verification of your appointments, so you have to actually seek help and stay and work on the assignment(s) to qualify for the extra credit points. If you do so well on the paper that you do not need extra credit points, I will add them to your lowest grade in the course. 

Late Work Policy:
I do not accept late work.
Assignment deadlines are set and you may view them below. It is your responsibility to manage your time and meet the deadlines. I do not make exceptions to the late work policy because of the 8-week format, it does not help you to be able to fall behind. Please let me know if you are dealing with extenuating circumstances and I will work with you, but as a general rule late work is not graded. I give you an entire class period off every week to ensure you have adequate time to complete assignments, please use your time wisely! 


Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. However, I do NOT want you to come to campus if you are sick. If you contact me in advance of your absence and you are not excessively absent, missing for sickness or true emergencies will not negatively impact your grade.

If you turn in all work on time all semester and you actively participate in the class when you are present, that should be an easy extra 100 points for you at the end of the semester!

I count off for participation only when a student is not engaging in the class by: spending class time on their phone, doing homework for other classes during lecture, distracting classmates from discussions, or derailing conversations consistently.


Week One: 3/21 - 3/27 (must attend at least once this week to remain enrolled in the course!)

Monday 3/21 names/syllabus/Revel/Speech 1 Instructions
Tuesday - Wednesday: lectures for chapters 1 & 2
*no class Thursday, 3/24 - work on introductory speeches*

Week Two: 3/28 - 4/3

Monday 3/28 NO CLASS - REVEL CHAPTERS 1 & 2 DUE BY 11:59 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: INTRO SPEECH DUE TUESDAY/lectures for chapters 3 & 4/Paper 1 instructions

Week Three: 4/4 - 4/10

Monday 4/4 NO CLASS - REVEL CHAPTERS 3 & 4 DUE BY 11:59 PM
Tuesday 4/5 PAPER 1 DUE
Tuesday - Thursday: lecture for chapter 9/personality test/goals

Week Four: 4/11 - 4/17 (campus closed for Easter Holiday April 15-17)

Monday 4/11 NO CLASS - REVEL CHAPTER 9 DUE BY 11:59 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: paper 2 assignment/lecture chapter 10/group assignment

Week Five: 4/18 - 4/24 

Monday 4/18 NO CLASS - REVEL CHAPTER 10 DUE BY 11:59 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: TUESDAY (4/19) LOVE LYRICS PRESENTATIONS DUE/lecture chapter 11/hostages study

Week Six: 4/25 - 5/1

Tuesday - Thursday: Speech 2 Instructions/lecture chapters 5 & 6/Final Paper Instructions

Week Seven: 5/2 - 5/8 (*last day to withdraw from the course is May 3rd!)

Monday 5/2 NO CLASS REVEL CHAPTERS 5 & 6 DUE BY 11:59 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: Lecture chapters 7 & 8/SPEECH 2 PRESENTATIONS DUE THURSDAY (5/5)

Week Eight: 5/9 - 5/10

Monday 5/9 NO CLASS REVEL CHAPTERS 7 & 8 DUE BY 11:59 PM

Additional Information

I look forward to a great semester with each of you!

Syllabus Created on:

03/10/22 11:48 AM

Last Edited on:

03/10/22 12:44 PM