Relational Communication
COMM 113 Spring, 2014

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


Allan Louden

Carswell 315

E-mail and by appt

Emily Buehler - Section A - Green 145 Carswell C3 E-Mail and By Appt
Hannah Moody, Section B - Green 311 Carswell C1 E-Mail and By Appt
Mladen Petkov - Section C - Green 313
Carswell C7 E-Mail and By Appt

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 March 5, Wed.


Final Exam May 6, 9:00 am


Book Review Paper - April 22-26


Research Mini-Paper Paper March 3-7


Journal 3 @ 5% each Assignments on Sakai


Lab participation: No lab week before Spring Break, , April 18-Good Friday,


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 Jan 15 Orientation -" My Red Barn" Stewart Chapter 1
Week 2. Jan 22 Interpersonal Imperative; Who we are Becoming Stewart 2 -3
Cody et al. Chapter 1
Week 3. Jan 27, 29
Perception: "Whos Reality Is It?", Listening: I hear you ( in lab only); Personal Resources: Self-Perception: Who Am I

Stewart Chapter 7

Week 4, Feb 3, 5 Non-Verbal: Communicating Without Words Cody 3
Week 5. Feb. 10, 12 Roles, Cognition, and Scripts; Interaction on Auto-pilot Steward 8, Cody 5, 14
Week 6. Feb. 17, 19 Verbal: Language as Action: The Dance of Conversations Stewart , Cody et al. Chapter 2
Week 7. Feb. 24, 26
Is on-line interpersonal? Stewart 4, Cody 8
Week 8.March 3, 5
Spring Break March 8-16
Mid-term March 5  
Week 9. March 17, 19 Gender: Conversation as Womans Work Stewart 6

Week 10. March 24, 26

Relational Message; Self Disclosure, Confirmation Stewart 5
Cody et al. 9, 10, 15,
Week 11. March 31,April 2
Virtually Fulfilling - IPC on the Internet


Week 12. April 7, 9

Coming Together, Coming Apart; Relationships Stewart 5; Cody et al.11
Week 13. April 14, 16
April 18 Good Friday, No Lab
Conflict in contexts: How to Fight Fair in . . . Cody et al. 12
Week 14. April 21, 23 Conflict continued

Cody et al. 13

Week 15, April 28, 30 Classes end April 30 Cross Cultural - No One Stands Alone; Catch up (somehow always behind at this point) Reading supplied