Sample Syllabi - COM125

COM 125 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.


Mailbox: M4636



REQUIRED TEXT: There is a textbook required for this course. Please contact the ACC Bookstore at, (303) 797-5676, for the most current information.

Special Services: Arapahoe Community College provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodation, contact Disability Services located in the Center for Academic Resources, room M2710, (303) 797-5937 v/tty.

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 (also available online at
While we are in class, your focus should be on learning. Cell phones and pagers must be in silent mode; text messaging is not allowed. Chewing tobacco is not appropriate in class at any time.

Academic Honesty:  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 of academic honesty will be subject to the following disciplinary actions: a failing course grade.  All speeches are to be your work, original for this course, and presented "live" in the classroom.

The safety and security of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors is of the utmost importance to the Campus Police Department.  We rely on each of you to be an additional set of ears and eyes to help maintain campus safety. Please be diligent in your efforts to report suspicious or unusual behavior or circumstances to the Campus Police Department.  Trust your instincts when something doesn’t look, seem or feel right and tell someone. The Campus Police can be reached at 303-797-5800 or in M2600 on the second floor behind Information Central. Additional safety information can be found on the website at
E-mail Communication: Electronic correspondence from ACC employees will go to your student email account only.  When you activate your account you can forward emails to an e-mail account that you already have. To activate your student e-mail account, go to and click on “MyACC.” Questions? Please call 303-797-5621.

Contact Information for Learning Support Services


M2500 303-797-5090

Technical Support                            

797-5700 x3199

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

M2720  303-797-5669


M2010   303-797-5651

Instructional Testing Center             

M2280   303-797-5993


M1200   303-797-5676

Computer Lab                                   

M1650   303-797-5907

Career Center                                   

M2025   303-797-5805


303-797-5700 x6700


Online Course Evaluations: As this course nears completion, you will have the opportunity to complete a confidential evaluation of the class online. Login instructions will be sent to your ‘’ e-mail address. Your feedback is important, and ensures that ACC continues to offer quality instruction that meets your needs. Please take time to complete the survey – I appreciate your feedback.