Interpersonal Communication Theory and Practice – COMS 522

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Analysis of theories and practices in interpersonal communication in such areas as self-concept, gender, culture, language, paralanguage, and competence in interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to help the student learn the theories regarding interpersonal communication. The course allows students to research the scholarship in the discipline. Because interpersonal communication is such a large division of the communication discipline, it is vitally important that students understand the theories and research in this area of study. This course will allow the student to explore much of the research in this area of communication.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize interpersonal communication theories and genres within the field of communication.
  2. Compare differences in theories used to study various contexts of interpersonal communication.
  3. Outline the need for theories in the study of interpersonal communication.
  4. Apply interpersonal theory to a real communication context.
  5. Research scholarly literature that applies to interpersonal communication theory in order to get to know the discipline and the researchers in the discipline.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introductions

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for this forum. For the thread, the student must record a short video introduction answering the questions in the prompt. In addition to the thread, the student must respond to at least 2 classmates’ video introductions in written replies of at least 150 words each. Each reply must be supported by at least 1 course textbook reference in current APA style.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion Board Forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The thread should use current APA format, include at least 2 peer-reviewed source citations (in addition to the course textbook) and integrate at least 1 biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words, use APA format, and include at least 2 peer-reviewed source citations (in addition to the course textbook).

Chapter Summary and Application (4)

The student will write a summary of the designated chapters in the textbook. The summary should be at least 300-400 words. The student must outline each chapter, and biblically defend or refute each chapter’s content, using at least 2 Scripture references.

Biblical Principles and Practice Essay (1)

The student will find one concept in the text and apply it to an interpersonal relationship described in the Bible. This essay should be written in current APA format and will define the concept, lay out the Biblical relationship and make the connections between the two. Clean and concise writing is required, as the essay should be approximately 750 words. The paper must include a references page with at least 2 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Best of IPC Essay (1)

The student will write a research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on an interpersonal communication theory and the practical application of that concept to their personal and/or professional life. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible, and be at least 750 words.

Tests (2)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the module(s)/week(s) in leading up to the week in which it is assigned. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 essay questions, and have a 3-hour time limit.