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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 313
Course Title: Interpersonal Communication
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to the process of face-to-face communication within personal relationships, family, community and the workplace. Prerequisite: COMM 110.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: COMM 110

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Even Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Looking Out/Looking In
By Adler, Ronald B., & Neil Towne (Harcourt Brace Publishers)
Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication
By Braithwaite, Dawn O. & Wood (Wadsworth)
Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters
By Wood, Julia
Relational Communication
By Wood, Julia and Duck, Steven
IPC: Interpersonal Communication
By West, Richard and Turner, Lynn
Course Learning Outcomes
  1.  Explain theories of interpersonal communication.
  2.  Explain development of self- identity as a social construction.
  3. Demonstrate skills needed for effective interpersonal skills at each stage of dyadic communication.
  4.  Synthesize and evaluate communication strategies and processes in interpersonal situations.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Identity
  • Perception
  • Relational dynamics and climates
  • Professional and persona; relationship differences and smillarities
  • Power
  • Decision making
  • Conflict

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: April 12, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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