Division: Fine Arts, Communication, and New Media
Course: COMM 2110
Title: Interpersonal Communication
The study of interpersonal communication is the study of interaction between people. It is not only the conversation, but the study of relationships, problems, and situations and how they can be dealt with in an effective manner. This course is designed to study interpersonal communication from a descriptive as well as analytical point of view. The topics of interpersonal relationships, self-concept, perception, emotions, verbal and nonverbal language, listening, intimacy, climate, and conflict will be discussed. Possible methods of enhancing interpersonal communication situations will be practiced through discussion, role play, writing, critical evaluation, feedback and observance.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to analyze the oral communication of oneself and others.
Students will know the basic theory, ethics, principles and practice of interpersonal communication in a variety of settings. Students will be encouraged to learn presentation skills which may including the following: delivery, organization, outlining, assessments, and communication apprehension management. Students will also learn how to research, write, and reference thorough research projects or other writing assignments. As students become more aware of communication patterns and the importance of effective communication skills, they will be able to analyze and critique oral communication skills of oneself and others. As students understand their audience, they will be exposed to the importance of human communication. Students will demonstrate an understanding of oral communication skills through assignments, presentations, class discussions, quizzes and exams.
2. Students will develop appropriate rhetorical patterns to influence attitudes, beliefs and actions, while demonstrating speaking skills from process to product.
Students will gain an understanding of oral communication skills along with basic communication principles. As students learn to use appropriate rhetorical patterns, they will construct and arrange ideas in an organized and compelling fashion. As students gain an understanding of both personal and public speaking skills they will learn to understand their audience, and how their speaking choices can influence attitudes, beliefs and actions. Students will demonstrate an understanding of rhetorical patterns through assignments, personal presentations, group presentations, class discussions, self-evaluations and peer evaluations.
3. Students will be able to communicate orally in ways that are appropriate to the goal, communication channel, context of the communication episode while employing effective use of organizational strategies, communication ethics, verbal and nonverbal language, vocalics, and communication apprehension techniques.
Students will be able to understand and explain the importance of effective communication skills. These skills are essential in a variety of settings in their lives. As students look at communication goals, they will gain an understanding of the importance of the communication channel, the use of proper vocalic, and an awareness of nonverbal communication cues. Through classroom discussions, observations, presentations and exams, students will demonstrate their ability to articulate an understanding of communication goals and their influence on personal development.
4. Students will be able to manage and coordinate credible/relevant information gathered from multiple sources for the purpose of problem-solving, decision-making, speech building, and supporting an argument.
Students will be required to at least one research presentation. This presentation will encourage students to manage and coordinate information. They will learn how to build an effective speech and how to use credible information to support their argument. Students will be encouraged to develop and effectively apply critical thinking skills to their communication patterns. Students will be exposed to a variety of theories and models used in problem solving, decision-making, conflict management and appropriate self-disclosure. Through classroom discussions, observations, and at least one research presentation, students will demonstrate their ability to understand and manage aspects of scholarly research.
5. Students will be able to understand and manage conflict in a variety of communication contexts with an emphasis on team building.
Students will be encouraged to participate in a variety of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. These activities are intended to improve performance in a team-based environment. Through classroom discussions, observations, and at least one group presentation students will demonstrate their ability to understand and manage conflict as part of a team.
6. Students will be able to explain the role human communication plays in the development and maintenance of societies including academic, social, and professional endeavors; communicate an understanding of vocabulary, concepts, materials, techniques, and methods of intellectual inquiry in communication.
The study of interpersonal communication looks at a variety of elements that contribute to the interpersonal communication experience. Both quantitative/social scientific methods and qualitative methods are used to explore interpersonal communication. Some of the concepts explored include, but are not limited to the following: personality, social interaction, language, nonverbal signals, emotions, social networks, life of relationships, interpersonal skills, etc. Students will demonstrate an understanding of this outcome through assignments, class discussions, quizzes and exams.