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SPCH 2100 - Interpersonal Communication Relationships

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly SPCH 1100)

A strong theory base is presented.  It is followed by one‑to-one communication skills, combined with experiences in verbal and non‑verbal interaction. The theory focus is on message preparation, theories of interaction, the role of body language, current issues in relational communication dynamics, expressing emotions, understanding self‑disclosure, and developing positive interpersonal relationships.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a skill base that will demonstrate “other” centeredness.


  1. Demonstrate “other” centeredness by giving attention to the conversational partner.
  2. Demonstrate “other” centeredness by showing interest in and concern for the conversational partner

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate improvement in communication interaction management.


  1. Demonstrate composure by modeling relaxed confidence.
  2. Demonstrate composure by modeling assertiveness.
  3. Demonstrate interaction management through turn taking, conversational initiation and conversational closings.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate personal control of verbal and nonverbal expressiveness.


  1. Demonstrate expressiveness through animation and variation in verbal and nonverbal forms of expression, including face, voice, body and gestures.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate language usage (avoiding excessive use of slang, vulgarisms, obscenities, and profanity).

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to identify and analyze facilitative and debilitative emotions.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to express facilitative emotions in a variety of context and situations
  2. Demonstrate the ability to express debilitative emotions and use coping mechanisms in a variety of contexts and situations.

Outcome 5:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate interactive communication models in a variety of contexts.

  1. Demonstrate ability in active listening with relational feedback.
  2. Demonstrate ability in conflict role management, problem solving and negotiating.

Outcome 6:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate interactive relational dynamics.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to interact and respond in an effective relational environment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze “dispreferred” relational experiences.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

Forming, Norming, Storming, Performing Model
Formation of Cooperative Learning Groups

  1. Unit One - Philosophical Underpinnings
    1. Problem: What is Interpersonal Communication?
      1. Theory Base
        1. Key Terms and Principles
        2. Communication and Self
        3. Interpersonal Communication and Perception
        4. Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural Diversity
    2. Skill Practice Assessment
    3. Performance
  2. Unit Two - Learning Interpersonal Communication Skills
    1. Problem: What are the most important skills?
      1. Theory Base
        1. Listening and Responding
        2. Communicating Verbally
        3. Communicating Nonverbally
        4. Conflict Management Skills
    2. Skill Practice Assessment
    3. Performance
  3. Unit Three ‐ Emotions
    1. Problem: What is the difference between feeling and emotions?
    2. Theory Base
      1. Physiological factors
      2. Cultural Influences
      3. Self‐Disclosure
      4. Facilitative and Debilitative emotions
      5. Relating to Family, Friends, and Colleagues
    3. Skill Practice Assessment
    4. Performances
  4. Unit Four - Applying Interpersonal Communication Skills to Interpersonal Relationships
    1. Problem(s): What is the cycle of relationships?
      1. Theory Base:
        1. Understanding Interpersonal Relationships
        2. Developing Interpersonal Relationships
        3. Relating to Family, Friends, and Colleagues
    2. Skill Practice Assessment
    3. Performance
  5. Post‐Assessment

Primary Faculty
McKenney, Janet
Secondary Faculty
Fox, Janice
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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