Dec 07, 2019  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Course Catalog
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COMM 1031 - Interpersonal Communication

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on basic communication theories and concepts, and the practice of interpersonal communication skills. Topics include the self and others as communicators, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, conflict management, self-disclosure, and the dynamics of human relationships. The course content applies to everyday communication situations at home and on the job.
MnTC Goals
1 Communication, 7 Human Diversity

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Eligible for college-level Reading and English.

Major Content

  1. Basic concepts in the communication process
  2. Conflict and conflict management
  3. Diversity issues
  4. Emotional messages
  5. Listening
  6. Nonverbal messages
  7. Online communication
  8. Perception
  9. Relationship development
  10. Self Disclosure
  11. Self-concept/Self-esteem
  12. Verbal messages (language)

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify basic theories and concepts in the processes of interpersonal communication.
  2. analyze the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in various interpersonal episodes and diverse contexts.
  3. identify skill sets in managing active listening, perception, disclosure, and conflict.

  4. articulate the role of interpersonal processes in the development and maintenance of relationships.

  5. identify barriers that impede effective interpersonal communication.

  6. engage in reflection of one’s own interpersonal communication strengths and weaknesses.


Competency 1 (1-6)
01. 02. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
01. 04. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
01. 06. Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
01. 07. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.
Competency 2 (7-10)
07. 01. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States’ history and culture.
07. 03. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
07. 05. Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.


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