District Syllabus
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.  General Education, Communications.





Required Materials: Books:
  • Wood, Julia. Interpersonal Communication - Everyday Encounters, 7th ed., Cengage Learning - Copyright 2010, 2011. ISBN: 9781111346409
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Students IN ONLINE SECTIONS ONLY must have the equipment and the skills to record and upload presentations.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:

I. Critical Thinking: The student evaluates the validity of ideas, 
developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions. 

II. Communication: The student effectively communicates knowledge and 

VI. Information Literacy: The student effectively locates, evaluates 
and applies information from a variety of sources. 






Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate competency in the following:

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, 
research, outlining, and practice. 

3. Public speaking delivery skills include:

   A. Proper use of 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.






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).






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.

Equity Statement: Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its educational programs, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding Title IX and the college’s nondiscrimination policies, contact the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity/Title IX Officer at (850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.