Riverside Community College
Moreno Valley Campus
Debra Rae White
The Process of Interpersonal Communication
Authors: Adler, Rosenfeld, Proctor II
Class: Speech 9/ Interpersonal Communication
Instructor: Debra Rae White
“The ability to speak and to listen effectively have been identified as the most important
factors in helping graduating college students gain employment and advance in their
careers: more important than technical competence, work experience, and academic
background (Adler, Rosenfeld & Proctor II, 9).
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of interpersonal communication.
The student will explore the dynamics of interpersonal communication by examining the
areas of cultural, conflict, emotion, gender, language, listening, nonverbal
communication, relationships and self-concept and how these areas influence his/her
perception as well as ability to communicate.
A. The student will gain a better understanding of the interpersonal communication
B. The student will explore the dynamics of interpersonal communication by observing
and analyzing communication through film.
C. The student will gain knowledge and understanding of the basic interpersonal theories.
D. The student will gain insight into the differences of the interpersonal communication
process as seen through diverse viewpoints and cultures.
E. The student will develop interpersonal communication skills that will enhance the
quality of their communication by evaluating their own communication skills and
through observation of others.
F. The student will learn the importance of communication in the workplace and how to
communicate with a variety of different personalities while understanding their strengths
Course Requirements and Grading
A. Attendance: 30 pts.
Attendance is crucial in this class. This class involves communication and
listening as well as the cooperation of each student in order to understand
and develop better interpersonal skills.
B. Exams: 2 exams each worth 100 pts.
There will be two written exams covering the information in the textbook.
Exams will be short and long answer, true and false, and multiple choice.
If you are absent the day of the test, it is your responsibility to schedule a
makeup test. *Please note that if you do not take the midterm or final
exam, YOU WILL FAIL THE CLASS!
C. Journals: 20 pts.
Each student is required to purchase a journal. I will be assigning journal entries
throughout the course. This gives the student a chance to reflect on what they have
learned as well as analyze the different projects and exercises used throughout the course.
The journals will be collected at the end of the semester.
D. “Here’s Looking At You” Report: 20 pts.
Each student will be required to make a photo album describing the important events in
their life as well as the individuals who have played an important part in influencing their
lives and contributing to their own self-concept.
E. Culture Report: 40 pts.
Each student will be required to write a report on his or her culture and family history.
This assignment has been among the most popular.
F. Group Video Report and Presentation: 40 pts.
Class members will be divided into groups. Each group will select a film and analyze the
various communication methods and terms observed in the film. Each group will present
a 30 to 40 minute presentation to the class. A typed full sentence outline is also required
and must be presented on the day of your scheduled presentation.
Grading Scale 350 –320 pts. = A
319-289 pts. = B
288-258 pts. = C
257-227 pts. = D
226-0 pts. = F
“Here’s Looking At You” Report
This report will consist of ten to twenty pictures that will depict significant
events in your life. This report should be formatted according to
chronological order. Choose the photos that you feel reflect events that have
impacted your life whether for positive or negative. If you do not have
photos, then cut pictures out of a magazine describing this time in your life.
I want captions written under each picture that describes what we are
seeing. This album will be shared with the class. DO NOT BRING IN
ANY NUDE OR OFFENSIVE PHOTOS!
(No matter how good you think you look!)
Furthermore, this report should reflect some of the terms discussed in
Chapter Three/Communication and the Self and Chapter Four/ Perceiving
In addition, make sure that this report is in a notebook or album and is easy
to pass among class members.
This research paper will be written in the first person because it is about you.
I suggest you get started early on this project, because you will have to do
some investigating into your family history. I realize that some of you do
not know a lot about your family history or perhaps you have been adopted.
If this is the case, choose a culture that you find fascinating and something
worth investigating. The report should be formatted as follows:
Length: 5-8 pages, doubled spaced
Page numbers: upper right hand corner of the paper.
Title page: Course name, Semester, Instructor and your name and date.
I. Thesis statement:
Example: Although my family background has been vague, discovering my
heritage has given me a better perspective of who I am and how my culture
has influenced my viewpoint.
II. Family History:
This will include a family tree and a map showing where your family
III. Culture Aspects:
Food, Traditions, Holidays, Dress, Agriculture, Religions, Economy and
IV. Personal Reflection:
A discovery of something that you found interesting, unique or unusual.
V. Family Traditions:
Something that you would like to pass on to future generations.
VI. Works cited
Group Video Presentation
I. Class members will be divided into groups. Each group will select a film
and choose a 15-minute segment of the film that reflects one or more of the
aspects of communication that have been discussed in the class. Each group
will present a typed full sentence outline that will presented on the day of
your scheduled presentation. Each presentation should be 30 minutes long
and each person in the group is responsible to give a portion of the
presentation. The group should be divided up in the following way:
Person #1: This person introduces the group and the other members of the
group and their responsibilities. This person will state the film chosen and
give the reason why they chose this particular film. Then, person #1 will
turn it over to person # 2.
Person #2: This person will elaborate on the reason why the film was
chosen and give a brief summary about the film, when it was produced, who
wrote and produced it, and why this segment of the film was chosen, and
what the class should look for throughout the film. Then, person #2 will
proceed with turning the video on.
Person #3: This person will turn off the video and explain what we actually
saw, some of the terms that we have discussed in class that relate to the film
and this person will conclude.
Note: If there are more than three people in your group, step two or step
three can be divided to accommodate everyone in the group. In addition, the
person typing the outline can play a lesser role, but person number one needs
to introduce the person typing the outline so that I will know when it comes
to grading their part in the presentation.
II. I have given you an outline of the terms that we have used throughout the
class. Furthermore, you can find all the information in your textbook. The
following is a list of terms that may help in choosing your film.
Physical Need Rewards
Identity Need Credibility
Social Need Adaptability
Practical Need Status
Dyad Power Speech
Psychological constructs Racism
Role Constructs Communication
Mixed Emotions Sexism
Cultural Influences Interpersonal
Primary Emotions Communication
Communication can be Intentional or Unintentional Intrapersonal Communication
Social Influences Feminine culture
Communication is Irreversible Impersonal
Communication is Unrepeatable Precision
Ethnocentrism Global Village
Culture Equivocal language
Prejudice Nonverbal Communication
Listening Insulated listening
Hearing Direct request
Information Overload Attending
Bonding Indirect Appeals
Personal Concerns Hinting
Psuedo Listening Closed questions
Stage hogs Communication Climate
Differentiating Silent Listening
Stagnating Selective Listening
Here is a list of films that you can review. Please let me know in advance
what film you have selected. I do not want the same movie shown twice.
You do not have to choose a film from this list. However, I do want to know
in advance what film you are going to show the class.
As Good As It Gets
At First Sight
Boyz In The Hood
Dead Man Walking
Fools Rush In
He Got Game
Life is Beautiful
My Fair Lady
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Not Without My Daughter
The Breakfast Club
The Brothers McMullen
The Man in the Iron Mask
The Miracle Worker
The Joy Luck Club
The Odd Couple
The Remains of the Day
Thelma and Louise
You’ve Got Mail
What About Bob
When Harry Met Sally