Davis A. Foulger, Ph. D.

Fall, 2005-Spring, 2006
and Fall 2001-Spring 2003

COM 212: Interpersonal Communication

Semester Syllabus - Fall, 2002

Section 800: Tuesday/Thursday - 11:10AM-12:30PM - Mahar 111
Section 810: Tuesday/Thursday - 2:20PM-3:40PM - Lanigan 107A

GradesTexts and Course InformationLecture Notes

Grading Criteria

Course BibliographyApproved Department Course Syllabus
DateClass Focus/ActivityAssignments DueModule

Sept. 3

(1 of 27)

First Day of Class
  • Course Overview.
  • A Course Dialectic: You and your communication
  • Interpersonal Communication in Context.
  • Introductions.
None.Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Sept. 5

(2 of 27)

How and why we communicate.

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 1-17

Sept. 10

(3 of 27)

The Variety of Interpersonal Media

Principles of Interpersonal Communication


Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 17-33

Index Card Assignment 1: Who is the most important person in your life? Why?

Sept. 12

(4 of 27)

Self-Concept: How communication shapes who we are and who we can become

  • The Communication Origins of Self.
  • Family, Friends, Community, Society and Self.
  • The Social Construction of Self

Section Quiz: Introduction to Interpersonal

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 34-46

Sept. 17Tuesday is Monday. No class.Communication and Self
Sept. 19

(5 of 27)

Communication and Self-Esteem

Improving self-esteem through interpersonal communication

Self-Esteem and Interpersonal Relationships

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 46-60

Sept. 24

(6 of 27)


Section Quiz: Communication and Self

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 60-68


Sept. 26

(7 of 27)

The Process of Perception.
  • Selection, Organization, and Interpretation.
  • Perceptions, Impressions, and Descriptions

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 72-86

Communication and Other
Oct. 1

(8 of 27)

Perception Barriers and Skills

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 86-94

Wheatley, p. 1-77


Oct. 3

(9 of 27)

Cultural Diversity: Adapting to others

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 98-128

Oct. 8


The Listening Process.
  • Hearing, Listening, and Remembering
  • Mindful Listening and Appropriate Feedback
  • Obstacles to Effective Listening
  • Forms of Non-Listening
  • Listening for Pleasure, Information, and SupportGuidelines for Effective Listening

The Term Paper Process.

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 132-153

Wheatley, p. 78-85

Oct. 10


Responding Effectively
  • Empathy and Compassion

Section Quiz: Communication and Other

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 153-167

Wheatley, p. 86-93


Oct. 15


The Nature of Language.
  • Signs, Symbols, and Language
  • The Nature of Symbols
  • Principles of Verbal Communication
  • Language Rules
  • Punctuation and Meaning

Discussed Term Paper Requirements

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 170-176

Oct. 17


The Power of Language

  • Labeling, Language, and Other.
    • What Symbols Enable.
    • Speech Communities
    How Symbols Shape Us.
  • Abstract Language and Abstract Values.
  • Discovering Your "Shoulds".

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 177-189

Oct. 22


Harnessing the Power of Language.
  • Relationships and Language
  • Learning from and Reframing Mistakes.
  • The Habit of Awareness.
  • Dual Perspective.
  • Owning and Respecting Feelings and Thoughts

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 189-202

Oct. 24


Mid-Term ExamMid-Term
Oct. 29


Non-Verbal Communication: The "hidden" message.
  • Defining Non-Verbal Communication.
  • Principles of Non-Verbal Communication.
  • Interfaces, Translators, and Modalities.

A Non-Verbal Communication Inventory.

  • Gesture and Touch.
  • Physical Appearance, Artifacts and Environment.
  • Proxemics and Personal Space.
  • Paralanguage and Silence.

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 204-226


Non-Verbal Communication
Oct. 31


Improving Non-Verbal Communication.
  • Caution: Real but not always controlled or intended.
  • Non-Verbal Communication and Lying.
  • Non-Verbal Communication and Attraction.
  • Dressing for Success.
  • The Hidden Message in Mass Media.

Section Quiz: Non-Verbal Communication

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 226-235
Nov. 5


Understanding Conflict


Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 238-248


Communication and Conflict
Nov. 7


Conflict as Process

Conflict Management Styles

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 249-258


Nov. 12


Conflict Management Skills

Section Quiz: Communication and Conflict

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 258-276

Wheatley, p. 94-101

Nov. 14


Relationship as System and ProcessBeebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 282-311Communication and Relationships
Nov. 19


Starting Relationships

Friendship and Romance

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 314-331
Nov. 21


Term Paper Working Day

At NCA in New Orleans

Nov. 26


Term Paper Consulting Day

I will be available to review drafts and discuss questions of content and organization

Nov. 28


Thanksgiving. No class. Ski Season Arrives!
Dec. 3


Building and Maintaining Relationships

Section Quiz: Communication and Relationships

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 332-353

Dec. 5


Family Communication

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 356-373

Wheatley, p. 102-111

Interpersonal Communication Contexts
Dec. 10


Interpersonal Communication at work

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 373-384

Wheatley, p. 112-129

Term Paper Due

Dec. 12


Community, Ecology and The Global Village.
  • An Unending Study of Interpersonal Communication
  • We Cannot Not Communicate Interpersonally, so we might as well do it well.

Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond, p. 385-397

Wheatley, p. 130-145

Communication Journal Due


Dec. 16-17

Final Exam

  • Section 800 December 17 10:30am
  • Section 810 December 17 2:00pm