Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1318-015 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. Do not open this book until after our first class session. Do not break the cellophane or crack the seal or tear off the perforated sides. 


A reliable internet connection, a device that can connect to both Blackboard and your AC student email, and a camera that can record and upload video.

Student Performance

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

1.   Define and explain basic communication terms and principles which undergird competent communication in personal, social, and              professional settings.

2.   Analyze various communication contexts.

3.   Understand the process of perception and the part perception plays in communicating with others.

4.   Improve listening skills.

5.   Understand the process of intercultural communication.

6.   Apply communication principles and theory in diverse circumstances and demonstrate effective communication, distinguishing                    effective from less effective responses.

7.   Become aware of the stages of relational development and deterioration.

8.   Describe the influence of both verbal and nonverbal messages in communication.

9.   Demonstrate use of appropriate citations for all reference work used in papers and presentations.

10. Participate in class and group processes.

11. Demonstrate courtesy and respect for classmates.

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

This is a points-based class, not a percentage-based class. A total of 500 points will be awarded for quizzes, discussion boards, the final project, and attendance. If you have questions about the grading criteria please contact me.



Quizzes (3) 50 points each


Discussion boards (3) 50 points each


Final Project


Attendance (measured by submission dates and login reports) 


Discussion Boards:
Some discussion boards will be conducted using FlipGrid, which is part of the Blackboard suite. You'll read the prompt, watch my video, and then respond with your own thoughts and insights based on the content learned that week. Your response will be recorded via video, so you will need access to a video camera to complete these assignments. Once you post your own response, you'll reply to other peers in the class. NOTE: I do not require a specific number of responses for discussion boards. I do require at least one, as anything less than that would not be a discussion. Instead, I grade based on the quality of your responses to each other. Quality is preferred over quantity!

This class relies upon two major things 1) your active participation in 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 lectures and materials, you will find tools to better understand your own communication skills, relate better with others, and succeed in this course.

Final Project:
This semester, you will write a 3-4 page paper detailing what you have learned about your interpersonal skills and how they have evolved throughout the semester. You can view more details about this assignment and start on it at any time by accessing the "Common Assessment" tab within the Blackboard course. It is due no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 11.

I do not accept late work. Assignments are due by the published due date with only 1 exception--extenuating circumstances. If you are faced with a situation that is out of your control and is causing you to fall behind, please contact me directly immediately so we can create a plan for you to be successful. 


Attendance (100 points): Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Your participation in discussions and activities will directly affect your grade. Attendance will be based on your successful submission of assignments each week by the published due date and the use of login reports if needed. Points will be deducted from your grade for absences.

The following criteria will determine the attendance grade:

No absence

1 absence



 100 points

  90 points

2 absences


  70 points

3 absences


  60 points

4 or more absences


  0 points


Interpersonal Communication Course Schedule

Mrs. Montgomery – Email me at

*Subject to change by instructor as needed





What to Read/Complete Activities for each chapter


Major Assignments/Tests



Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

*Access chapter assignments by clicking the “Content” tab on the left menu of the course

Discussion Board 1: This is Me


Perception of Self and Others

Quiz Chapter Three 


Interpersonal Relationships

Discussion Topic 2: Interpersonal Relationships


Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories

Quiz Chapter Ten


Interpersonal Conflict Management

Discussion Topic 3: Conflict Management Styles


Nonverbal Messages

Quiz Chapter Six


Verbal Messages

Work on your Final Project


Final Project Due May 11

Final project due

Additional Information

I will communicate with you via your student email account. If you email me from a personal email account, I may not receive it due to the updated security firewalls our IT department has put in place. Please check your student email account regularly!

Syllabus Created on:

03/20/22 10:14 PM

Last Edited on:

03/20/22 10:34 PM