Interpersonal Communication


  2. A. Course Title: Interpersonal Communication
    B. Course Number: SE 113 - 10475
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Murphy, Tracy
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    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.


    Students and faculty of New Mexico Junior College constitute a special community engaged in the process of education. The college assumes its students and faculty will demonstrate a code of personal honor that is based upon courtesy, integrity, common sense, and respect for others both within and outside the classroom.

    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of communication. Everyone communicates. The basis for the establishment of this course is the assumption that all individuals communicate by skilled and unskilled means.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    The Interpersonal Communication Book
    Author: Joseph A. DeVito
    Publisher: Pearson
    15th edition

    You may choose between the two options below. One includes a loose-leaf text with the E-text; the other is the E-text only.

    a) E-text and loose-leaf copy
    ISBN: 978-0135197684
    The NMJC graphics department (located in HAC on campus) will spiral-bind your pages for under $1.

    b) E-Text without loose-leaf copy
    ISBN: 978-0134624440



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    This course is not self-paced. All assignments will be scheduled and expected to be turned in according to that schedule, all times are Mountain Standard Time.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s 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:


    New Mexico Junior College’s Communication Department contributes to the growth and development of students through its various disciplines by providing a solid foundation for further educational or vocational training and preparing them to become more productive members of their community.

    The Communication Department has identified six student-learning outcomes:

    1. Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    2. Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    3. Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    4. 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.

    5. Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    6. Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    After completing this course, the student will 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.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at



    1. I cannot accept late work. Accepting late work is not fair to other students and can add hours of work to my work week. Exceptions are made for students with extenuating circumstances (determined by me) as long as the student communicates his/her needs in advance--after-the-fact requests for extensions will not be considered.

    2. Please submit all written assignments as word document or a rich text format (.rtf) in the drop box of Course Canvas unless otherwise stated. For your research presentation, please submit it as a .pptx document. Please double-check that it is working properly.

    3. Intentional and unintentional plagiarism is strictly forbidden and will result in failure of the assignment and a report to the dean of academic affairs. The student is responsible for ensuring he/she understands what plagiarism is (see cheating & plagiarism policies of NMJC within the syllabus). I recommend visiting the online writing lab at Purdue University (OWL) for resources on properly giving credit to your sources. (Links to an external site.)

    4. Use the APA or MLA documentation style to cite your sources parenthetically (within the sentences of your paper), in the resource page, and orally (if applicable) in your presentation. The OWL website is useful here too.

    5. Use academic sources only! You can find academic sources in library databases, peer reviewed journals, online books like EBSCO, and depending upon the research, Internet websites. Reference sources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias (such as Wikipedia), or reference searches like are not permitted as the basis for your research. In other words, they are meant to be side materials in your research, not your academic content. Our database system can be accessed through the library web page. You will likely require a username and password if you are accessing the system off campus. Please see our research module associated with the semester assignment.

    6. Written work must be carefully edited and proofread before submission; this includes discussions, outlines, activities, and emails.

    7. All written arguments must contain supporting evidence. If used at all, religious and anecdotal evidence should be used sparingly.


    5 points: Module zero assignments (Academic honesty, contact information, profile)

    100 points (5 discussions at 20 points each)

    120 points (12 quizzes at 10 points each)

    120 points (12 activities at 10 points each)

    100 points (final exam)

    100 points (research presentation)

    20 points (final outline)

    10 points (final reference page)

    15 points (research log, source evaluation, and project calculator)

    25 points (topic, draft outline, draft outline review)

    Total 615 points


    1. I will post grades as soon as possible on Course Canvas, but you are responsible for tracking your grades and knowing where you stand on a day-to-day basis by checking Course Canvas regularly.

    2. My grading scheme (no plus or minus)

    90-100%=A (554-615)

    80-89%=B (492-553)

    70-79%=C (431-491)

    60-69%=D (369-430)

    0-59%=F (0-368)

    3. Quizzes are graded immediately. Activities and discussions are graded once or twice a week (depending upon the schedule). I begin grading your research presentations as soon as they are due and I grade and respond before the final day of class. Please be sure to check your email our final week of class. If I have any troubles opening your presentation or have other concerns, I will email you as soon as possible.

    4. I provide rubrics detailing assignment expectations for: discussions, activities, and our research presentation. Take advantage of the rubrics, by reading them before you begin your assignments and again before submitting them.

    5. Final grades are calculated as soon as possible after the final exams are completed. Note: I do not add extra credit until the very end of the term.


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    SE113 - 060 Spring 2019
    Murphy, T.

    Week 1.a Monday-Thursday
    Complete introductory module and module zero
    Introductory discussion
    Student profile
    Notification settings
    Contact information
    Academic Honesty statement
    Syllabus quiz

    Week 1.b Friday-Sunday
    Complete module one (Foundations)
    Textbook chapter one
    Module 1 activity
    Module 1 quiz

    Week 2.a Monday-Thursday
    Complete module two (Culture)
    Read Textbook chapter two
    Module 2 activity
    Discussion 1
    Module 2 quiz

    Week 2.b Friday-Sunday
    Complete module three (self-concept/perception)
    Complete module three (Self & Perception)
    Textbook chapter three
    Read instructions for research project
    Module 3 activity
    Module quiz

    Week 3.a (Monday-Thursday)

    Complete module four (Listening)
    Note: Textbook chapter four
    Read chapter four
    Read Research Module
    Module 4 activity
    Discussion (2)
    Module 4 quiz
    Select a research topic & get started

    Week 3.b (Friday-Sunday)
    Complete module five (Verbal Communication)
    Read chapter five
    Module 5 activity
    Module 5 quiz

    Week 4.a (Monday-Thursday)
    Complete module six (Nonverbal Communication)
    Read chapter six
    Module 6 activity
    Module 6 quiz

    Week 4. b (Friday-Sunday)
    Complete module seven (Emotional Expression)
    Read text chapter 7
    Module 7 activity
    Discussion (3)
    Module 7 quiz

    Week 5.a (Monday-Thursday)
    Freestyle: Work on research project (Note: Due date for final project)
    Draft outline: submit to your discussion group by Thursday
    Freestyle: Work on research project (Note: Due date for final project)
    Peer review: provide feedback to each of your small group members Sunday

    Week 5.b (Friday-Sunday)
    Complete module eight (Conversation Skills)
    Textbook chapter eight
    Module 8 activity
    Module 8 quiz

    Week 6.a (Monday-Thursday)
    Complete module 9 (Relationship Stages)
    Read Textbook chapter nine
    **Please finish all stages of project and upload to Course Canvas**
    Module 9 activity
    Module 9 quiz
    **Research Project (including corresponding paperwork) Due in Canvas**

    Week 6.b (Friday-Sunday)
    Complete module 10 (Relationship Types)
    Read textbook chapter ten
    Module 10 activity
    Discussion (4)
    Module 10 quiz

    Week 7.a (Monday-Thursday)
    Complete module 11 (Conflict)
    Read textbook chapter eleven
    Module 11 activity
    Discussion (5)
    Module 11 quiz

    Week 7.b (Friday-Sunday)
    Review for Final Exam
    Final Exam

    Course outline is tentative and subject to change as needed for the benefit of the class. You will be notified via the announcement page if a change is made. All due dates are on Thursdays by 11:59 PM and Sunday by 11:59 PM (except for the final exam, TBD)