Interpersonal Communication


  2. A. Course Title: Interpersonal Communication
    B. Course Number: SE 113 - 30134
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Miles, Nathan
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH121

    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 - Bundle includes access code for Revel (e-text) and loose-leaf textbook
    (The access code for Revel is required to complete class assignments.)


    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


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís 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.


    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 itís 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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    All assignments and tests are due through Canvas. Check Canvas regularly so as to not fall behind.

    Week 1 (Aug 21)
    Orientation and Ch1

    Week 2 (Aug 28)
    I Am due by Sep 1
    Begin work on Culture Project

    Week 3 (Sep 4)

    Week 4 (Sep 11)
    Present Culture Project
    Ch 2

    Week 5 (Sep 18)
    Ch 3
    Ch 1 and 2 Test due by Sep 22

    Week 6 (Sep 25)
    Ch 4

    Week 7 (Oct 2)
    Ch 5
    Ch 3 and 4 Test dy by Oct 6

    Week 8 (Oct 9)
    Ch 6
    Inside Out

    Week 9 (Oct 16)
    Ch 7
    Ch 5 and 6 Test due by Oct 20

    Week 10 (Oct 23)
    Emotions Paper due Oct 27
    Watch Rabbit Hole

    Week 11 (Oct 30)
    Ch 8

    Week 12 (Nov 6)
    Grief Paper due Nov 10
    Ch 9

    Week 13 (Nov 13)
    Ch 10
    Ch 7 and 8 Test due by Nov 17

    Week 14 (Nov 20)
    Watch King's Speech
    NO CLASS NOV 22-24

    Week 15 (Nov 27)
    Ch 11

    Week 16 (Dec 4)
    Friendship Paper due Dec 4
    Ch 9 and 10 Test due by Dec 8
    Ch 12

    FINAL EXAM Week (Dec 11-13)
    Your Final Exam will be announced in class and will cover Chapters 11 and 12