Relational Communication
COMM 113 Fall, 2015

1. To examine theories of dyadic interaction and explore the basic "assumptions" surrounding dyadic interaction.
2. Apply relational skills to situations designed for maximum transfer of concepts beyond the classroom.


Stewart, J. (2013). U&ME: Commnicating in Moments that Matter, Taos Institute
Canary, D. J., Cody, M.J., Manusov, V.L. (2008). Interpersonal Communication: A Goal-Based, 4th Edition




Class Room


Allan Louden

Carswell 119

Carswell 301

Claire-Kaoru Royer

Carswell C-4

Serena Daya

Carswell C-3

The final grade will be based on two examinations, attendance and participation (large lecture and lab), a mini-term paper, a creative book review, and three submission of personal journal. Each exam will consist of multiple choice questions, short essay questions, and are non-cumulative. Finally, the student's attendance will be checked in all labs. Unexcused absence in the labs results in a reduction in your semester average. Participation in lab is essential and rewarding as the groups build an identity and mature via ongoing interpersonal interactions. Attendance in the large lecture, while not as strictly monitored, is important. Our assumption is that each student is responsible. Substantial materials covered in the exams are from lecture and are not available in the text. Late Exam Policy: Rescheduling of exams is a rare occurrence, with exceptions made only in the case of illness or some other emergency. The decision to make an exception must be approved in advance by Dr. Louden. All assignments must be submitted on their required due date.

Midterm Oct 15, Wed.


Final Exam 9:00 am Dec 10


Book Review Paper - Nov 24-Dec 4.


Research Mini-Paper Paper Oct 22-27


Journal 3 @ 5% each Assignments on Sakai


Human of Wake Forest:


Grading Scale

The following grading system will be utilized for the course evaluation. + & - will be decided based on distributions. We can make the scale less stringent in the final evaluation but cannot make it more stringent.

A = 90% +
B = 89%-85%
C= 84%-75%
D = 74%-60%
Below 60% = F

Lecture Schedule & Readings

IPC 113 Relational (not carved in stone)

Week 1 & 2 Aug 25-Sept 4

Orientation -" My Red Barn"
Interpersonal Imperative; Who we are Becoming

Stewart Chapter 1- 2 -3
Cody et al. Chapter 1

Week 3. Sept 8-10

"Lost Art of Conversation"

On Sakai, under Resources

Week 4-5, Sept 15-17 Perception: "Who’s Reality Is It?", Listening: I hear you ( in lab only); Personal Resources: Self-Perception: Who Am I Stewart Chapter 7, Cody et al. Chapter 6
Week 6-7. Oct 6-8 Verbal: Language as Action: The Dance of Conversations Stewart , Cody et al. Chapter 2
Week 8. Sept 22-24 Non-Verbal: Communicating Without Words Cody 3
Week 9. Sept 29-Oct 1 Roles, Cognition, and Scripts; Interaction on Auto-pilot Steward 8, Cody 5, 14
Week -10. Oct 13 -20 -22
Fall Break Oct 16

Is on-line interpersonal? Is social media social? Virtually Fulfilling - IPC on the Internet Mid-term- Sept 15

Stewart 4, Cody 8

Week 11. Oct 29-29

Gender: Conversation as Woman’s Work Stewart 5
Cody et al. 9, 10, 15
Week 12. Nov 3-5
Relational Message; Self Disclosure, Confirmation

Stewart 6

Week 13. Nov 10-12

Coming Together, Coming Apart; Relationships Stewart 5; Cody et al.11
Week 4. Nov 17-19
Conflict in contexts: How to Fight Fair in . . . Cody et al. 12
Week 15. Nov 24-26 Conflict continued

Cody et al. 13

Week If time, Dec 1-2 Cross Cultural - No One Stands Alone; Catch up (somehow always behind at this point) Reading supplied