Interpersonal Communication

SPCH 1318

  • State Approval Code: 2310015412
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Theories and exercises in verbal and nonverbal communication with focus on interpersonal relationships. (2313045412) Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 0

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

Specific Course Objectives

After studying the material presented in this course of study the student will be able to do the following:
1. Identify the potential problems when trying to communicate.
2. Discuss the importance of listening and ways to improve listening skills.
3. Express emotions and feeling more openly.
4. Criticize constructively and be able to take criticism more openly.
5. Discuss the concept of Assertiveness and how to use it.
6. Discuss the importance of nonverbal communication, use of language, and be able to cite good and poor examples of each.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Communication process


Expressing emotions




Nonverbal communication

Crisis communication

Conflict management

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

A combination of lectures and class exercises supplemented by films, instructor-provided supplementary handout materials, textbook assignments, exams and assigned self-evaluation exercise.


Three major tests and a comprehensive final exam, homework, a self-concept project and presentation, a group project and a research paper

Test and final exam 1/3

Self-concept project and group project 1/3

Research paper 1/3

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Looking Out/Looking In 12th ed. by Adler and Proctor