COMM 2500 Interpersonal Communication

Instructor information

Name: Angie Davlyn


Virtual Office Hours: by email and appointment


Please reach out with questions to Dr. Christy Maurer (, the Communication Department’s Director of Online Programs.

Course description and objectives

Examines how communication processes such as language and nonverbal behavior shape perceptions of self, influence identity, and impact interpersonal roles and relationships. Students learn theories of human interaction and consider how this can be used to improve relational communication.

This course examines how we perceive self and others, how we use the information we gather about self and others to guide our interactions, and the essential role of communication in the development and maintenance of human relationships.  Our goal is to better understand some of the factors affecting communication in relationships and to appreciate the impact of communication on our relational lives. In this course, we will work to develop a theoretical understanding of human communication processes and to improve interpersonal communication skills.


Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.

Recommended: Prerequisites COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.

Course Outline

In this asynchronous class, we will not meet for regularly scheduled class sessions. Your work across the semester is guided by the instructor through online materials, assignments, and feedback, as well as reaching them through office hours as needed. Some live meetings may be scheduled, offering you a variety for days and times to select from. You will take part in online regular class discussion boards to explore ideas and connect with peers.  This class expects your consistent and substantive contributions engaging with the materials, peers, and the instructor, by logging in to post across multiple days of every week.

Course materials and assignments are organized into units across the semester, through which you build knowledge and develop skills, culminating in the final project. Together, we explore communication in our world from a critical perspective, considering how interactions are affected by identities and ideologies. Here at CU, Communication classes strive to embody our CRAFT: Creativity in what we produce; Relational connections between people, communities, and ideas; Analytical in our understanding; Flexible across professional fields; and Transformative for society.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Examine the intricacies of interpersonal communication and recognize essential concepts for the course.
  • Analyze personal communication for contextual elements, such as power and culture, that affect communication.
  • Assess and develop interpersonal communication competence.
  • Summarize a variety of research topics/areas within the field of interpersonal communication.
  • Analyze data sets and make meaningful, substantiated conclusions about interpersonal communication.
  • Improve your research, writing, and critical thinking skills, as well as engage with ideas of your classmates

Required Texts

  • Textbook: Trenholm, S. & Jensen, A. (2013). Interpersonal communication(7th). New York, NY: Oxford.
  • Movie Streaming Sites: We will watch a few movies over the 14 weeks of this course. You’ll need to able to access these. Some of them may available on Canvas. Others can be found on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes.
  • Additional readings for this course will be posted to or linked to on Canvas.


*assignment and weighted value may be adjusted to suit the needs of the class.

  • Perception Reflection Paper 10%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 15%
  • Semester Project (across steps) 35%
  • Weekly Discussions 20%
  • Class Membership Tasks & Participation 5%



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