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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Communication & Fine Arts • Communication

Nonverbal Communication COMM-134

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 02
  • 2 Credits
  • 10/08/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/11/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Josh Misner

For the most part, I am available at any reasonable time throughout the day by email ([email protected]).  I do try to take every Saturday off to spend time with my family, though, so please wait until Sunday for a response if you email me on Friday or Saturday.  My email goes straight to my phone and I typically respond within 24 hours or less.

Office Hours:

Monday & Wednesday 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM, MOL201A
Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, MOL201A

Meeting Times

Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30-8:45, BOS142


This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in the study of body language, symbols, and various means of communicating without using spoken language. The study of nonverbal communication will help students better understand how people communicate in relationships at work and at home, and may create an awareness of the students own nonverbal communication style. Lecture: 2 hours per week Recommended: Strong college-level reading and writing skills



Anderson, Peter. (2008). Nonverbal communication: Forms and functions. Waveland Press.


   At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Identify the nonverbal elements which contribute to or hinder communicative messages. This will be demonstrated through quizzes, presentation or paper of student's selected nonverbal topic, and environment design critique.
  • Identify cultural differences in perception of nonverbal communication cues and to create more understanding in a multi-cultural world. This will be demonstrated through the presentation or paper of student's selected nonverbal topic and classroom participation via the discussion board postings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental factors that contribute to or hinder the communication process. This knowledge will be demonstrated through the environmental design critique and classroom participation via the discussion board postings.
  • Identify nonverbal elements and demonstrate how those elements work in the real world. This knowledge will be demonstrated through the presentation or paper of student's selected nonverbal topic and classroom participation via the discussion board postings.





Seeing as how you signed up for this course, I can only assume that you want to be in this class and as such, I expect you to be at every class session.  Much of what we learn in this class will come not only from cognitive learning, but experiential learning as well. By enrolling in this course you are making a commitment to form a “learning community” with mutual responsibility for the discussions in our class.  You will be sharing with us your knowledge and experience.  This commitment includes being prepared for projects, field experiences, and assigned readings. The payoff is a good class for everyone involved.


If you know you are going to miss class, you must notify me at least 24 hours in advance to be considered for an excused absence.  Notifying me in advance does not guarantee an excused absence, however.  Two full class sessions of unexcused absences will result in your final grade being lowered by one full letter grade and any unexcused absence beyond that will result in automatic failure of the course.


Late assignments will not be awarded any points, unless we have mutually negotiated an alternate submission date more than 24 hours in advance of the assignment deadline.  If you are not present and prepared to deliver your final oral presentation on the date you signed up to deliver it, you will automatically forfeit your right to present and will be at the mercy of whether or not we have time for you to make that presentation up on a later date.  If we do not have time, you will simply fail that assignment.

Evaluation for this course is based on these assessments:

Weekly Field Exercise Reports (6) at 50 points/each = 300 points

Project Proposal = 100 points

Final Project (written report + oral presentation) = 300 points

Participation in discussion and activities = 100 points

Final Exam = 200 points

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Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 12, 2012. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.