COM470 - Interpersonal Communication

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Subject Title
Interpersonal Communication

Subject Description
This course introduces necessary underlying concepts in understanding interpersonal communication. It encourages students to examine their own self-concepts, self-esteem and perception processes while learning about how these can interfere with the development of positive relationships. Students will learn the basic skills and competencies required for effective interpersonal relationships. They examine the ways in which relationships are initiated and maintained, and how they sometimes deteriorate. Finally, students learn of the challenges involved in interpersonal communication.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit
Please note;  Students that are enrolled in BHS, ECE, SSW, SSWA, SSWG, SSWI or SSIA cannot take COM470 to gain a general education credit as it is too similar to core courses in these programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Understand concepts in interpersonal communications.
2. Apply these concepts to college and personal endeavors.
3. Develop a strong self-concept.
4. Understand themselves in relation to other people.
5. Use verbal, oral and nonverbal communication to enhance college and interpersonal success.
6. Manage interpersonal conflict.
7. Produce meaningful and analytical treatments of interpersonal communication in writing.

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.