Studies in Interpersonal Communication – HSCO 508

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

Course Description

An interactive learning experience designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of self and the “listening-to-understanding” skills which facilitate improved interpersonal communications in establishing and maintaining relationships with God and others.




Effective communication skills are critical in the Human Services Counseling field. This course will facilitate self-discovery and personal and professional growth. Students will examine how their identity and behavioral blend influences their interactions and develop skills that will allow them to address barriers to effective interpersonal, family, and professional communication. By engaging in online assessments, reading assignments, self-reflection, and group interactions,

students will enhance their active listening, empathetic, attending, and reflecting skills with the goal of maintaining healthy, healing, and helping relationships with others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the various aspects of the interpersonal communication process.
  2. Critically evaluate self-assessments and examine the impact of personal strengths and weaknesses on interpersonal communication in a variety of contexts.
  3. Apply active and empathic listening to engage in authentic conversations.
  4. Identify appropriate and effective communication skills for developing and maintaining healthy, healing, and helping relationships in both personal and professional arenas.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations (MLO: A, D)

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student will participate in 5 Discussion Board Forums. For each forum, the student is required to create a 300–350-word thread addressing a specific topic. In addition, he/she must respond to at least 2 classmates’ threads with 200–250-word replies. For Discussion Board Forums 4–5, the student is required to write 3 replies of 200–250 words each. Threads and replies must demonstrate course-related knowledge and be supported by references to the course literature. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Reflection Papers (4)

The student will write a total of 4 reflection papers in which he/she responds to assigned readings, examines emerging insights about his/her interpersonal communication, and integrates course materials. Each paper must be 400–500 words and be submitted as a Word document in current APA format, including a title page and a reference page (an abstract is not needed). (MLO: A, B, D)

Practical Book Review

The student will complete a 5–6-page practical book review of the Petersen text that includes a response, a critique, and an application. Relevant ideas from 2 other course texts will be integrated as part of the review. The paper must be submitted as a Word document in current APA format and include a title page and a reference page (an abstract is not needed). (MLO: A, C, D)

Interpersonal Communication Project

The student will develop an interpersonal communication plan that addresses a goal, behavioral blend and background, barriers, resources and strategies, and implementation. The student will produce a 9–10-minute video of himself/herself presenting the project using a digital camera or recording device. The video file must be uploaded to YouTube and be accompanied by a 15–20-slide PowerPoint presentation that is submitted along with the link to the video. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

The student will self-administer 2 online assessments to prepare for Discussion Board Forum 1 and the Interpersonal Communication Project. (MLO: B)

Exams (2)

Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions based on the Stewart and France & Weikel texts. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and have a time limit of 2 hours. (MLO: A, D)