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2023-2024 General Catalog 
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SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication

Last Date of Approval: Fall 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
Interpersonal communication is the study of one-on-one communication in a variety of settings. The study of the primarily dyadic form of communication will focus on the workplace, family, friends, and romantic partners. Verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, and conflict management will also be addressed. This course helps students build confidence in their communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: Traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): Interpersonal Communication Project

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
A. Demonstrate understanding of the communication process.

  1. Explain the relational, transactional nature of interpersonal communication.
  2. Recognize the challenges that can impede effective listening.
  3. Recognize the stages and dialectical tensions typically experienced in interpersonal relationships.

B. Develop verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

  1. Recognize the impact, both positive and negative, of language in interpersonal relationships.
  2. Recognize the distinguishing characteristics of nonverbal communication.
  3. Explain five styles of handling conflict and how they are communicated.

C. Identify strengths and weaknesses in communication.

  1. Identify characteristics of effective communication and competent communicators.
  2. Identify an optimal level of self-disclosure and non-disclosure in effective relationships.
  3. Explain the challenges that can impede effective listening.

D. Understand the impact of context, gender and culture on communication.

  1. Understand the relationship between intercultural and interpersonal dimensions of communication.
  2. Recognize the range of co-cultures and how co-cultural factors can affect interpersonal communication.
  3. Describe the influence gender has on language use in interpersonal relationships.

E. Develop understanding of communication in variety of relationships.

  1. Distinguish between facilitative and debilitative emotions, and explain how reappraisal may be used to manage emotions effectively.
  2. Identify specific skills communicators can use to maintain and improve their interpersonal relationships.
  3. Recognize and explain the factors that create defensive and supportive communication climates.

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