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 Course Title:   Interpersonal Communication II

 Title Abbreviation:   INTERPERSONAL COMMUN II

 Department:    CMST

 Course #:    211

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     Yes

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

A review of research and theory in the study of interpersonal communication.


Prerequisite: CMST 210

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W 103
WSU 245
WWU 327

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the influence of culture on interpersonal communication by
    • Describing the impact of culture on interpersonal theory and research
    • Characterizing the interpersonal communication patterns of a given culture in terms of beliefs, values, and/or norms
    • Discussing the function of communication in studying culture
  2. Develop critical thinking skills by applying interpersonal communication theory to research, specifically
    • Analyzing and discussing interpersonal communication strategies and outcomes
    • Demonstrating appropriate supportive techniques in dyadic and group contexts
    • Using analytical skills to develop connections between interpersonal theory and research and other academic areas and/or individual outcomes
  3. Integrate basic skills and interpersonal communication knowledge by
    • Applying textbook and supplemental reading assignments/research to individual or group projects
    • Participating in activities associated with textbook readings and classsroom discussions
    • Communicating confidently and effectively about interpersonal communication orally and in writing in various communication roles
    • Identifying and charaterizing theories, models, conditions, and common terminology of interpersonal communication

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.
6.5 Develop self-monitoring and self-advocacy skills to effect positive life changes.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Identity and self-concept development
  2. Social/cultural cognition
  3. Nonverbal behaviors
  4. Relational processes
  5. Conflict management
  6. Perception
  7. Linguistic theories and conversational styles
  8. Listening environments
  9. Self-disclosure
  10. Emotions and communication climates