Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1318- Section: 1D
Interpersonal Communications
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Michelle Davis
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Education Annex - Room: 133
Hours:Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

- Exhibit understanding of interpersonal theories and principles.

- Demonstrate ability to analyze and critique verbal and nonverbal interactions in mediated and face-to-face contexts.

- Identify perceptual processes as they relate to self and others.

- Demonstrate critical thinking ability by effectively researching, evaluating, and applying communication theories in oral and/or written assignments.

- Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of cross-cultural, co-cultural, gender and age influences onhuman communication.

- Demonstrate ability to identify, evaluate, and apply conflict styles and conflict management techniques in dyads and/or groups.

- Identify types of and barriers to effective listening.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
Textbooks ISBN 978-1-319-06847-9
McCornack, S. & Morrison, K. (2018). The essential guide to interpersonal communication. 3rd Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Lecture Topics
I. Communication Process
II. Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
III. Perception of Self and Others
IV. Listening
V. Verbal and Nonverbal Messages
VI. Culture and Interpersonal Communication
VII. Interpersonal Relationships
VIII. Interpersonal Relationship Types and Theories
IX. Interpersonal Conflict Management
X. Interpersonal Challenges
XI. Developing Interpersonal Skills
Major Assignments
To Be Determined
Final Exam Date December 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale 900 - 1000 = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
0 - 599 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Journal Entries     50% or 500 points
Tests     20% or 200 points
Homework/In Class Activities     15% or 150 points
Group Presentation     15% or 150 points
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late work is not accepted.

Work should be typed or written (journal entries only), using correct grammar and spelling.

Plagiarism, written or oral, will result minimally in the failure of the assignment (1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense).

Work not following the directions provided, will not be graded and will receive a grade of zero.

Appropriate dress expected on presentation days. Specific guidelines provided in class.

Students will display mature behavior in the classroom: Be responsible for your actions and treat your classmates, instructor and yourself with respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the classroom.

Attendance Policy Attendance is expected daily and on time.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.