Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1318- Section: 01
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 by appointment.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. 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 on human 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
Textbooks Loose-leaf textbook with LaunchPad access code: 9781319025557
McCornack, S. (2015) Interpersonal communication and you: An introduction. Boston: Bedford/st. Martins.

Sealed Copy: 9781595620156
Rath, T. (2007). Strengths finder 2.0. New York: Gallup Press.
Lecture Topics
I. Introducing Interpersonal Communication
II. Considering Self
III. Perceiving Others
IV. Experiencing and Expressing Emotions
V. Understanding Culture
VI. Listening Actively
VII. Communicating Verbally
VIII.Communicating Nonverbally
IX. Managing Conflict and Power
X. Relationships with Romantic Partners
XI. Relationships with Family Members
XII. Relationships with Friends

Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 9, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 9, 2019 - 10:30 AM
Grading Scale 1000 - 900 = A
899 - 800 = B
799 - 700 = C
699 - 600 = D
599 & below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests: 250 points or 25%
Chapter Journals: 300 points or 30%
Core Assignment: 250 points or 25%
Movie Assignment: 100 points or 10%
Homework/Participation: 100 points or 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late work is not accepted.

Work must be typed and use correct grammar and spelling.

Plagiarism is not tolerated. Minimum failure of the assignment for a first offense. Future offenses result in a grade of F for the course.

Work not following the directions provided will not be graded.

I will discuss grades and other sensitive subjects with you only in a one to one office visit.

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.
For consideration of an absence, students must email me before the start of class.
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 the Office for Disability Services 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.