Sample Syllabi - COM125

COM125 Interpersonal Communication

Generic Syllabus

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The art of communicating "one to one" is the focus of this course.  Theories of self-concept, self-disclosure, nonverbal communication, listening and conflict are among those discussed and applied to romantic, social, family and professional relationships.

PREREQUISITES/CO-REQUISITES: None. College-level reading and writing abilities in English are expected.


            Mailbox: Room M4636


REQUIRED TEXT: Reflect and Relate, 2nd Edition. Steven McCornack. Bedford-St. Martin's Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-312612125

SPECIFIC COURSE COUTCOMES: The successful student will be able to

  1. Define important interpersonal concepts
  2. Distinguish interpersonal communication from other communication contexts
  3. Recognize and describe the basic aspects of self-concept development and the role interpersonal communication plays in this process
  4. Distinguish among self-concept, self-esteem, and self-image
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the process of perception in interpersonal communication and discuss issues such as dogmatism, prejudice and stereotyping as addressed through expanded world view
  6. Evaluate emotional expression in terms of appropriateness and maturity, and      recognize the effects of emotional expression on interpersonal interaction
  7. Develop greater understanding of the role of language use in relationships
  8. Recognize and interpret nonverbal cues in interpersonal interaction
  9. Recognize and describe the developmental and interactional effects of listening and response strategies in the interpersonal context.
  10. Recognize and describe appropriateness, individuality, and reciprocity in self-disclosure in interpersonal relationships
  11. Analyze conflict situations and propose approaches for conflict management and resolution
  12. Gain insight into communication with respect to gender and cultural phenomena


These will vary for each instructor.

Assignments: Classes will have written assignments and grades based on other projects, which will vary by instructor.

Exams:  Most classes will have a midterm exam and a final exam. These may or may not be comprehensive. Shorter exams, scheduled quizzes, and pop quizzes may also be possible.

Homework: Graded homework assignments may be required by each instructor.

Make-ups:  Your instructor will have his or her own policy on make-ups.

Originality of Work:  ACC does have a plagiarism policy: expect that policy to be enforced by your instructor.

Attendance Policy: Since you must be present in order to communicate, most (if not all) instructors at ACC have an attendance component for grading in their syllabi.

Classroom Etiquette: All students are expected to abide by the ACC Student Code of Conduct: Responsibilities and Rights contained in the Student Handbook. Your instructor may have other specific classroom expectations.

Academic Honesty Statement:
Arapahoe Community College is committed to academic honesty and scholarly integrity. The College can best function and accomplish its mission in an atmosphere of the highest ethical standards. All members of the College community are expected and encouraged to contribute to such an environment by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, grade tampering, misuse of computers and other electronic technology, and facilitating academic dishonesty. Those found in violation may also be subject to potential disciplinary sanctions under the Arapahoe Community College Code of Conduct.

Disability Statement:
Arapahoe Community College provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodations, contact Disability Services located in the Center for Academic Resources in Room M2710 or at 303.797.5937.

Contact Information for Learning Support Services


Room M2500 303.797.5090

Technical Support                            

797.5700 x3199

Student Success Center (includes writing support, math support,  tutorial services, and peer mentoring

Room M2720  303.797.5669


Room M2010   303.797.5651

Instructional Testing Center             

Room M2280   303.797.5993


Room M1200   303.797.5676

Computer Lab                                   

Room M1650   303.797.5907

Career Center                                   

Room M2025   303.797.5805


303.797.5700 x6700

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