Interpersonal Communication


  2. A. Course Title: Interpersonal Communication
    B. Course Number: SE 113 - 10224
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:45:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 1:15:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:45:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 1:15:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet during my scheduled office hours, please contact me for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): There are no prerequisites for this course
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH126

    Interpersonal Communication is a course centered upon the study of human communication. Specific emphasis is given to the analysis of the process of verbal and non-verbal exchanges in relationships. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed to assist the student in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to effectively communicate with other people. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student's responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution. Although, likely, it is not guaranteed.



    The Interpersonal Communication Book
    Author: Joseph A. DeVito
    Publisher: Pearson
    14th Edition
    ISBN 978-0133921465


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F



    Note:  The following information may be adjusted, as needed, at the discretion of the instructor.






    (Number of assignments may vary)

    Practice Tests

    (12) 1 per chapter = 10 points


    (4) Assignments = 25-100 points ea.


    (15 -17) Discussions = 20 points ea.


    (6)  Tests (2 chapters per test) = 100 ea.

    *Those with “A” average may be exempt from Final Exam

    *Lowest test grade will be dropped at end of semester



    1.       Grading:  Multiple choice exams are graded immediately, so students will be able to view their scores and which questions were missed as soon as a test is submitted.  The feedback and grades on written assignments will vary according to the nature of the assignment.  Grades on simple or short assignments can be expected within a few days after the deadline.  More in depth written assignments may take 1-2 weeks after the deadline for grading and feedback to be completed.  Students can, however, expect to have an assignment graded prior to submitting a similar subsequent assignment in order to make any needed adjustments.

    2.      Course Grades:  Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted.  The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized. Midterm and Final Grades can also be seen through NMJC’s T-Bird Web-Portal (see website).

    3.      Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).



    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis. 



    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible.  I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you.  If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first.  A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an “F”.  Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to do so, not the instructor’s.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The Departmental Student Learning Outcomes and our objectives for Communication are as follows:

    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:

    Define the nature, elements, and axioms of interpersonal communication including the interaction between culture and interpersonal communication.

    Explain how the concept of self, the process of perception, the act of listening, and the use of verbal and nonverbal messages determine the quality of interpersonal communication.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the universals of interpersonal relationships, including knowledge of the growth and deterioration processes of relationships.

    Discuss the major types of interpersonal relationships, including those of friendship, love, family and workplace, and how conflict and power issues can be handled effectively in each.


    1.    How to get “into the course” and find assignments and tests: 

    ·         Log-in to Canvas from the NMJC Home Page.  Then click on your course listed in a colored box. DO NOT click “Do List” (you will see on the right) because you will miss the important pages of information and instructions I have included in the module, which do not show up in the Do List. 

    ·         Check:  When you are actually "in the course," you will see a grey box with the course title and my name.  Click Modules (on left) to find assignments/tests.

    2.    Important - How do we “talk” to each other? 

    ·         Messages - Check your Inbox each time you log-in for questions from me or information about assignments.  

    ·         I highly recommend you connect your Canvas Inbox to your personal e-mail:  Go to “Account” (red menu on left), click “Profile,” and link your Canvas Inbox messages to your personal e-mail.  If you have your personal e-mail connected to your phone, then you will receive any messages from me right away.

    ·         How to contact me:  Use your Canvas Inbox when you need reach me.  I check my messages daily Monday - Friday (noon), so you should hear from me in less than 24 hours.  If not, please send it to me, again.  (Something is unusual or I somehow missed it.)  When you receive a message, you’ll see a number appear in your Inbox. 

    ·         Important:  Feedback on Assignments – Check for comments I have written either in the Comment Box and/or the feedback directly on your reports. You may have missed something or need to know something before submitting your next report. 

    ·         Go to Grades –

    ·         Click on the assignment name

    ·         Read comments and feedback when grading is completed.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Overview of Class Sessions and Assignments

    ·         Class will contain regular discussions over topics from the textbook chapter and often include videos and/or class exercises.  Emphasis is on personal application and improving our communication skills and relationships.  Face-to-face classes will have attendance/participation points.  Online courses will earn points through participation in the Discussion Board.

    ·         Practice Tests are available for each chapter.  The questions are taken from the same Testbank as the chapter test, so the more times the student takes the Practice Tests, the more chance they will receive identical or similar questions on the chapter test.  Only the highest score is recorded.

    ·         Films and videos will be shown in class and/or assigned as part of the online assignments.

    ·         Tests (multiple choice) will be open-book and cover two chapters.  Students will take the tests on Canvas (online).  The following helps students prepare for the tests and to achieve a high grade in the course:  reading the chapter, reviewing the Power Point slides, taking the Practice Tests numerous times, and earning a high grade for Attendance/Participation and Bonus Points (Face-to-Face classes) or Discussion Board points (Internet students).

    ·         All assignment and test deadlines are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).  Students are responsible for submitting assignments according to MST time.

    ·         The lowest test or assignment grade will be dropped at the end of the semester.

    ·         Students are encouraged to contact me if they have any difficulty, at any point in the course.  I’m easily reached through Canvas (online) or will meet you on campus.  I want you to succeed!


    **NOTE:  The following outline is a general idea of what students can expect.  However, the schedule and deadlines will be adjusted to accommodate the NMJC Academic Calendar and national holidays.  The actual Canvas course modules contain assignments and tests grouped by weeks, which will include assignment and test deadlines that are coordinated with the current school calendar.**



    Week 1


    ·         Course Information Module – Contains important information and how to navigate and locate assignments

    ·         Module Zero – Brief assignments to help develop understanding of working online (using Canvas) and the course and to submit basic information (Internet students)

    Chapter 1:  Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 2

    Chapter 2:  Culture and Interpersonal  Communication

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 3

    Chapter 3:  Perception of the Self and Others in Interpersonal Communication

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    ·         2 Assignments on Self-Awareness (30 points, 50 points)

    ·         Ch. 1-2 Test

    Week 4

    Chapter 4:  Verbal Messages

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 5

    Chapter 5:  Nonverbal Messages

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    ·         Ch. 3-4 Test

    Week 6

    Chapter 6:  Listening in Interpersonal Communication

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    ·         Assignment:  Listening (100 points - Observe others listening and analyze your own listening skills.  Assignment will be opened ahead of time; 2 weeks or more notice.)

    Week 7

    ·         (Above continued)

    ·         Ch. 5-6 Test

    Week 8

    Chapter 7:  Emotional Messages

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    Week 9

    Chapter 8:  Conversational Messages

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 10

    Chapter 9:  Interpersonal Relationship Stages, Theories, & Communication

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    ·         Ch. 7-8 Test

    Week 11

    Continue Ch. 9

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    ·         Assignment:  Relationship (100 points - Analyze a relationship that is important to you—stage, how to maintain, how to strengthen. 

    Week 12

    Chapter 10:  Interpersonal Relationship Types

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 13

    ·         Continue Ch. 10

    ·         Film:  Loving Relationships

    ·         Ch. 9-10 Test

    Week 14

    Chapter 11:  Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict Management

    ·         Discussion in class or online

    ·         Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 15


    Week 16

    Chapter 12:  Interpersonal Power & Influence

    ·        Practice Test (Unlimited attempts; no time limit)

    Week 17

    Finals Week

    ·         Ch. 11-12 (Final Exam)

    ·         Those with “A” average may be exempt from Final Exam.

    ·         Lowest test or assignment grade dropped after grading has been completed.


      Note:  The schedule will be changed, as needed, at the discretion of the instructor and to accommodate school holidays.  See NMJC Academic Calendar.