District Syllabus
SPC2300
Interpersonal Communication


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: This comprehensive course studies the speech communication principles involved in one-to-one interaction, family, social, and occupational group communication, comprehensive listening, and intrapersonal thought. Discussions and activities focus on application of verbal and nonverbal communication to convey messages about self, to create and maintain relationships, to improve academic and professional performance, and to manage/resolve conflict, among other concepts. Learning techniques may include formal and informal presentations, role play, simulation, and small group participation. Meets A.A. oral communications requirement.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Wood, Julia. Interpersonal Communication - Everyday Encounters, 7th ed., Cengage Learning - Copyright 2010, 2011. ISBN: 9781111346409
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: Students taking online sections of this course must: 1. Have reliable computer and Internet access throughout the semester. 2. Have access to a reliable audio OR video recorder for presentation recording. Students who video record their presentations should have access to an audience of at least four people who are at least 13 years old for live interaction during the presentation recordings. 3. Have the skills to record, edit, and convert audio from the audio recorder to mp3 files OR have the skills to upload the video to YouTube and submit the link to the online video. 4. Have a Yahoo or gmail e-mail account for submission of the mp3 files if recording in audio. 5. Be prepared to spend approximately nine hours each week on this course for Spring and Fall terms. Sections offered during Summer and Express terms require a higher number of coursework hours per week.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing the results into the creative process. To that end, 
they 
will:
    A.	Systematically research, analyze, organize, and acknowledge 
         materials from a variety of sources, assessing bias and 
         distinguishing among facts, inferences, opinions, and 
         judgments, and presenting findings in speeches and in 
         writing.
    B.	Define and analyze problems, and create solutions for a 
         variety of issues.
II. Communication: Students will develop effective reading, writing, 
speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
nonverbally 
on literal and figurative levels. To that end, they will:
    A.	Listen actively and demonstrate comprehension of 
         information and materials in speeches and in writing.
    B.   Deliver audience-centered speeches and presentations,   
         adapting speaking and writing to the requirements of the 
         assignment and audience.
    C.	Paraphrase and directly quote ideas and sources in speeches 
         and in writing.
VI. Social Skills: Students will develop and use skills and 
attitudes 
that integrate the individual into society. To that end, they will:
    A.	Use language and express emotions that demonstrate respect 
         for others’ opinions.
    B.	Demonstrate understanding of the effects of intrapersonal 
         communication upon individual behavior and interpersonal 
         relationships, and participate in communication which 
         reflects that knowledge.
    C.	Recognize unethical behavior and avoid plagiarism in 
         preparation and presentation of all assignments.
    D.	Work effectively alone and with others to achieve goals.

Major Learning Outcomes:
1. Analytic and pragmatic knowledge of interpersonal communication 
themes, including the communication process, intrapersonal 
communication and self-concept, perception, emotion and clear 
thinking, language barriers and bridges, nonverbal communication, 
listening, managing interpersonal conflict, and effective 
participation in group decision-making and problem solving. 
2. Composition of public speeches including audience analysis, 
researach, outlining, and practice.
3. Public speaking delivery skills include:
   A. Proper use of standard American English.
   B. Correct articulation and pronunciation.
   C. Correct volume and vocal intonations.
   D. Correct emphasis and vocal variety.
   E. Suitable and effective body language.
4. Active listening skills through analysis of other student 
speeches and additional exercises in literal and critical listening. 
5. Knowledge of the speech communication process.               
              
              
              
              
              
Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking skills, 
interpersonal communication, social skills, and public speaking 
through various written and oral assignments. 
              
              
              
              
              
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. These assignments may include, but are not limited to: 1. Attendance. 2. Active and effective class participation demonstrated through both speaking and listening. 3. Written exam(s). 4. Graded presentation(s). 5. Analytical paper(s). Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught. Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. Unforseen circumstances may limit coverage of course objectives. Hence, requirements are subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.