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Course Description


This is a course on interpersonal communication, which is essentially a focus on communication within two-person relationships. This course presents concepts essential to understanding the complex dynamics that go into constructing and maintaining our relationships, offering a multitude of research-based insights that will help students better understand themselves, their relationship partners, and relationship dynamics. The concepts presented here can be applied to relationships of all types--personal and professional: family, friends, romantic partners, co-workers, and supervisors. 

Through this course, you will understand what our basic human needs are as we seek and engage in human relationships, as well as how to have your own needs met and meet the needs of the other person through your communication behaviors. Through more conscious communication, we can achieve happier and more fulfilling relationships.   Also, in understanding common pitfalls and challenges in communication within relationships, you will be better positioned to confront those challenging situations with knowledge to defuse the toughest ones and be effective in your communications nonetheless. 

Employing the insights presented here will very likely lead to increased satisfaction within your relationships as you learn to navigate those relationships with a consciousness of your own communication behaviors and the personal, human needs of the other person. When your own needs are increasingly being met and you are more sensitive to meeting the needs of the other person, how can your relationship not improve? 

This course is a must for anyone seeking to have a better, happier existence with more fulfilling and satisfactory relationships a key component of that contentment.


Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Communication Competence

Lesson 2: Intercultural Communication

Lesson 3: Communication and the Self

Lesson 4: Nonverbal Communication

Lesson 5: Interpersonal Perception

Lesson 6: Listening

Lesson 7: Social Relationships

Lesson 8: Emotions

Lesson 9: Conflict

Lesson 10: Argumentative and Aggressive Communication

Lesson 11: Communicating with Confidence and Assertiveness

Lesson 12: Targeting Your Message

Lesson 13: Being Approachable

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class .

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define communication competence.
  • Describe intercultural communication.
  • Know communication and the self.
  • Identify nonverbal communication.
  • Know interpersonal perception.
  • Describe listening skills and styles.
  • Recognize social relationships, emotions, and conflict and how to deal with them.
  • Describe argumentative and aggressive communication.
  • Demonstrate communicating with confidence and assertiveness.
  • Know techniques for targeting your message and being approachable, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment2
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment20
Lesson 4 Exam8
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam8
Lesson 10 Exam9
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam8
Lesson 13 Exam8
The Final Exam38
Total Points:200

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