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COMM 2500: Interpersonal Communication; Section 581

Instructor Contact:

Dr. Angie White Davlyn
Email: whiteab@colorado.edu

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Angie Davlyn has been teaching at the University of Colorado since 2006, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, research methods, group development, and cross-class community building. Angie is currently the Development Director for Access AfterSchool, a youth-focused nonprofit based in Carbondale, CO, and has previously consulted on social change strategy (including management development and organizational strategy) for nonprofit and government clients. Angie’s academic background includes an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Richmond. Angie lives in the Aspen valley with her husband Jeff, daughter Mayla, and dog Baloo, and enjoys camping, skiing, hiking, biking and music in the mountains.

About the Course:

This course examines how we perceive self and others, how we use 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.

Objectives:

  1. Identify and describe major theories and concepts in interpersonal communication (Levels 1 and 2*)
  2. Apply course concepts and theories to your own life, and draw upon these concepts to propose solutions to the interpersonal communication questions and problems of classmates (Level 3)
  3. Critically examine interpersonal communication current events, drawing on theories of communication and essential concepts in the literature (Level 4)
  4. Analyze and assess scholarly work in interpersonal communication (Level 4)
  5. Evaluate your own interpersonal communication skills as well as the skills of others (Level 6)
*Each objective corresponds to the indicated level in Bloom’s Taxonomy

Required Texts:

Trenholm, S., & Jensen, A. (2013). Interpersonal Communication (7th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford.

Additional assigned articles posted on D2L.

Grading:

All assignments are due through D2L (some in the D2L dropbox, some as discussions, and some as quizzes). Assignments will be graded on:
  • Correctly following the directions of the assignment
  • Evidence of critical thinking in addition to correctness and completeness of answers
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Correct use of citations of information from sources. You are expected to use APA formatting.
  • Use of course materials to support your points (using quotes from course readings is required for an A-grade on assignments)
  • Use of original examples in support of course concepts (required for an A-grade on assignments)