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North Idaho College • Internet • Communication & Fine Arts • Communication

Interpersonal Communication COMM-233

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 02

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/23/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Josh Misner

Office: MOL201A
Phone: 208-769-7872

For the most part, I am available at any reasonable time throughout the day by email (  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


This course is an introduction to the skills and concepts that impact how people deal on a one to one level within interpersonal relationships. Emphasis is on self examination and understanding how 'I communicate with others' and how that can be improved. This is an excellent course for developing skills necessary for everyday life and living where relationships must be developed and maintained. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Textbook Required:

McCornack, Steven. (2010). Reflect and Relate, 2nd edition. Bedford/St. Martin.


At the end of this course the student should have introductory skills to deal with interpersonal relationships and a better understanding of dealing with people. 



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.  Since this is an online course, that means that you agree to participate in class discussions with both frequency and quality.  Being noticeably absent or failure to add meaning and substance to our discussions will severely affect your final grade.

We do not have time for make-ups. You will know well in advance any and all assignment due dates.  It is up to you to manage your time appropriately.  That being stated, late assignments are not acceptable.  If you know well in advance that something will prevent you from completing and submitting your assignments by the due date provided, let me know at least 24 hours in advance and we can negotiate an alternate date, within reason.  Technological issues are not valid reasons for late work, so plan well in advance to avoid such mishaps.


Assessment & Assignments:

Your final grade in this course is based on the following criteria:

A = Superior, exceptional, unbelievable, great work.

B = Good, solid, well done, very fine work.

C = Average.  Okay, all right, you did just fine.

D = Below average. I’m confused by your work and I think you are too.

F = Failing. You didn’t get it. You’re not a failure. You just didn’t get it.


Evaluation will be based on four assessments:

Reflective Journal:                                  32 points (2 points/each – 1/week)

Discussions:                                            32 points (2 points/week)

Midterm Paper:                                        18 points

Final Paper:                                              18 points

Total:                                                          100 points


Assignment Summaries:

1. Reflective Journal – You will be asked to maintain a reflective journal throughout the semester.  This journal will record your thoughts on concepts and issues discussed in class and give you insight into your own thought processes and problem-solving strategies.

2. Discussions – Being an online class, where most of your learning will take place via collaboration with your peers, I expect that, as a minimum, you will post two substantive responses per day on a minimum of three separate days throughout each week.  Your initial responses to the discussion questions counts toward this requirement and the rest may come from interaction with your peers.  Posting all of your responses on one day will not count for participation, as that does not allow enough time for peer discussion, so it must be spread out over three separate days to count.

3.         Midterm Paper – See end of syllabus for details.

4.         Final – See end of syllabus for details.

Grading Scheme:

In evaluating oral reports and written assignments I utilize the above grading scale.  Students, however, often feel there is a degree of subjectivity in the grading.  They are right, part of grading is subjective and part is based on my expertise in recognizing the quality of effort and product.  Generally speaking however, the criteria listed below are what I look for in your oral and written work.

A         A superior paper or report will address itself to all aspects of the assignment.  Though it may have an occasional fault, it will be well-organized, detailed, and extremely well presented or written, with enthusiasm and emotional involvement.

B         This score will be for a well-presented report/paper, which is weak in some aspects of the superior report/paper.  For example, it may slight part of the assignment; it may not be as clearly organized as a superior paper/report; it may have some minor inconsistencies.  Otherwise, the report/paper is competently written or given.

C         This score is given for the following reports or papers:

                        • those which meet only minimum requirements;

                        • those in which the language is overly clichéd;

                        • those which are too general or superficial

D         This score is used for reports or papers that show little understanding of the assignment or suggest serious weakness or incompetence in organization, preparation, and delivery.

F          This score is for students who fail to present an outline and report at the required time or papers that show little understanding of the question or suggest incompetence in structure, syntax, and diction.


**This course schedule is highly tentative in nature and is subject to change based upon the rate at which this particular class progresses through the material.  Unless otherwise notified, you are to read the material indicated before the date listed.




What to expect & What’s due



Course overview, Introductions

Get book


What is interpersonal communication?

Chapter 1


Looking inward: Exploring what makes you, YOU!

Chapter 2


Looking outward: How do we see others?

Chapter 3


Examining emotion through a rational lens

Chapter 4


Learning to listen

Chapter 5


The problem with language

Chapter 6


Midterm Paper Due



It’s not what you said; it’s how you said it!

Chapter 7


Thinking about what you say before you say it

Chapter 8


Power struggles

Chapter 9


Love is in the air!

Chapter 10


Family & Friends

Chapter 11


Interpersonal relationships in the workplace

Chapter 12


Reflection on learning material



Course wrap-up



Finals Week – Final due


Division Policies

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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.