Relational Communication
COMM 113 Fall, 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




Class Room


Allan Louden

Carswell 119

Greene 145

Hannah Moody

Carswell C-1

Lab Sec A – Carswell 101



Lab Sec C – Carswell 102


Claire-Kaoru Royer

Carswell C -4

Lab Sec B – Carswell 208



Lab Sec D – Carswell 305


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 1 5, Wed.


Final Exam 7:00 pm Dec 10


Book Review Paper -Nov 24-28


Research Mini-Paper Paper Oct 13-16


Journal 3 @ 5% each Assignments on Sakai


Lab participation:


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 Aug 27 Orientation -" My Red Barn" Stewart Chapter 1
Week 2. Sept 1-2 Interpersonal Imperative; Who we are Becoming Stewart 2 -3
Cody et al. Chapter 1

Week 3. Sept 8-10

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 4, Sept 15-17 Non-Verbal: Communicating Without Words Cody 3
Week 5. Sept 22-24 Roles, Cognition, and Scripts; Interaction on Auto-pilot Steward 8, Cody 5, 14
Week 6. Sept 29-Oct 1 Verbal: Language as Action: The Dance of Conversations Stewart , Cody et al. Chapter 2
Week 7. Oct 6-8
Is on-line interpersonal? Stewart 4, Cody 8
Week 8. Oct 13-15
Fall Break Oct 17, no Lab
Mid-term March 5  
Week 9. Oct 20-22 Gender: Conversation as Woman’s Work Stewart 6

Week 10. Oct 29-29

Relational Message; Self Disclosure, Confirmation Stewart 5
Cody et al. 9, 10, 15,
Week 11. Nov 3-5
Virtually Fulfilling - IPC on the Internet


Week 12. Nov 10-12

Coming Together, Coming Apart; Relationships Stewart 5; Cody et al.11
Week 13. Nov 17-19
Conflict in contexts: How to Fight Fair in . . . Cody et al. 12
Week 14. Nov 24-26 Conflict continued

Cody et al. 13

Week 15, Dec 1-2 Cross Cultural - No One Stands Alone; Catch up (somehow always behind at this point) Reading supplied