SRJC Course Outlines

7/21/2024 1:27:25 PMPSYCH 52 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYCH 52Title:  INTERPERSONAL COMM  
Full Title:  Interpersonal Communication
Last Reviewed:2/27/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PSYCH 32

Catalog Description:
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This psychology course examines interpersonal communication theory, principles, and skills that lead to effective interpersonal relations.  Major emphases of study will be on the understanding of self and others in interpersonal communication.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This psychology course examines interpersonal communication theory, principles, and skills that lead to effective interpersonal relations.  Major emphases of study will be on the understanding of self and others in interpersonal communication.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2024
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe theoretical communication systems that address the principles of conveying feelings,
    attitudes, facts, beliefs, and ideas between individuals.
2.  Identify various concepts of "self" and "other" in understanding behavior,
    communication, and interpersonal relationships.      
3.  Describe the influences of gender, ethnicity, and culture on communication and the
    development of interpersonal relationships.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe interpersonal communication.
2. Analyze the relationship between perception and communication.
3. Describe how the "self-concept" is multidimensional when communicating.
4. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and gender elements of communication.      
5. Explain the correlation between emotions and communication.
6. Analyze the importance of verbal and nonverbal skills in communication.
7. Recognize patterns of conversation and communication style.
8. Identify listening and responding skills for improving communication.
9. Compare and contrast conflict management styles and interpersonal conflict.
10. Differentiate between relationships of choice and relationships of circumstance.
11. Describe how to manage relational expectations.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Interpersonal Relations
    A. Characteristics of Personal Relationships
    B. Principles of Interpersonal Communication
    C. Interpersonal Communication Myths
    D. Patterns and Variations of Communication
II. Interpersonal Communication and Perception
    A. Understanding Interpersonal Perception
    B. How We Define and Form Impressions of Others
    C. Barriers to Accurate Interpersonal Perception
    D. How to Improve Interpersonal Perception Skills
III. The Self-Concept and Communication
    A. The Formation and Development of the Self-Concept
    B. Characteristics and Components of the Self-Concept
    C. Defensiveness and Non-defensive Reactions
     D. Overcoming Communication Challenges: Inflated Self-Esteem
IV. Interpersonal Communication and Diversity
    A. Understanding Others: Adapting to Differences
    B. Stereotyping and Prejudice
    C. Barriers to Effective Intercultural Communication
    D. Improving Intercultural Communication Competence
V. Emotion and Communication
    A. The Importance of Understanding Emotions and Communication
    B.  Emotions and Physiology
    C. Types of Emotions
    D.  Managing Our Emotions
VI. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
    A. Interpersonal Communication Motives and Verbal Communication
    B. Skills for Improving Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
    C. The Challenge of Interpreting Nonverbal Messages
    D. Overcoming Communication Challenges
VII. Conversation and Communication Style
    A. Studying Conversation and Engaging in Conversational Analysis
    B. Conversation, Communication, Apprehension, and Motivation
    C. Skills of Competent Conversationalists
    D. Overcoming Conversational Dilemmas
VIII. Listening and Confirming Responses
    A. Listening Defined
    B. Stages in the Listening Process
    C. Types of Confirming Responses
    D. Enhancing Listening Comprehension and Responding Skills
IX. Conflict Management Skills
    A. Conflict Defined: Myths, Types, and Styles
    B. Conflict and Power
    C. Managing Anger
    D. Setting Boundaries with Assertive Communication
X. Understanding Interpersonal Relationships
    A. Characteristics of Personal Relationships
    B. Theoretical Perspectives and Models of Relational Development
     C. Stages of Interpersonal Relationship Development
    D. Skills in the Life Cycle of a Relationship
XI. Managing Relationship Challenges
    A. Violations of Relational Expectations and Failures
    B. Deception, Jealousy, and Obsessive Intrusion
    C. De-Escalation and Termination of Relationships
    D. Skills and Strategies for Managing Relationships

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1. Read approximately 25-35 pages per week and discuss material in the textbook and
2. One to three writing assignments that may include a term, interview, or research paper, journal
    writing, or portfolio for a minimum of 1250 words
3. Exams (2-3) and one final exam or project/portfolio
4. Oral presentations and/or group projects

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 25%
Written homework, term, interview, or research papers; journals. A minimum of 1,250 words for the course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
75 - 90%
Exams: Midterm exams and final or portfolio for examination purposes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 15%
Class discussions that may include group projects and oral presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others. 8th ed. Beebe, Steven and Beebe, Susan and Redmond, Mark. Pearson. 2016
Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships. 7th ed. Knapp, Mark and Vangelisti, Anita and Caughlin, John. Pearson. 2013 (classic)
Interpersonal Communication: Competence and Contexts. 2nd ed. Lane, Shelley. Pearson. 2009 (classic)

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