Professor Susie Richardson

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 Welcome to Interpersonal Communication.  This class is an introduction to the study of interpersonal behavior.  The course is aimed to help the student develop flexibility and competence in using communication skills to enhance everyday relationships.

Because of the oral nature of the skills portion of the course,  it is important to note that each student is required to attend class on campus four times as indicated in the schedule of classes.   The other four class meetings will be on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30 August 27th; October 8th; November 12th; December 10th. 

This is a distance learning course.  You must complete all course requirements in their appropriate sequence and in a timely fashion.  Please check into the online classroom frequently (at least twice weekly) and adhere to the due dates and other instructions posted there in the course calendar and announcements.

Blackboard Online Class Room

Http://pgcconline.blackboard .com is the Blackboard (BB) online classroom web site.  When you browse to it you will find instructions about how to gain entry into the online course(s) for which you have registered.  Once you have an account I will email you further instructions.

Once you have entered the Blackboard online classroom for Sph 109, please explore the various icons that allow you to read announcements, use the chat room, view the course calendar, take quizzes, see grades, view and post messages to the discussion board, use email and consult with other materials placed there by your instructor.

In the online classroom click the Tools button to find a manual explaining the various functionalities of Blackboard.  Please look it over and consult it when you have questions about how to use the various Blackboard elements.  It is your responsibility to take this first week of class to quickly learn how to navigate the Blackboard classroom.

Blackboard Elements

Here is some preliminary information about some of the BB elements you will be using:


Scheduled, required quizzes are taken on-line and must be completed during their respective windows of availability (see the calendar).  If taken after the close date, they will not be counted.  Quizzes are normally available to be taken anytime over a week as indicated in the calendar.

Quizzes consist of multiple choice questions which are based on the reading assignments and/or material covered during the on-campus class sessions.  Once the last date for taking a units' quiz has passed, no make up quizzes will be given for that module.  Quiz grades are cumulatively added throughout the semester.  I will drop the lowest quiz grade for the semester

    Course Units (found in the Assignments area)

The course is divided into units.  Go to the Assignments Button in BB to view them.  Each unit has an introductory remarks for the unit; the assignments will be indicating:  the reading; the activity to be completed; the discussion board question/s to be discussed; and the quiz for that unit.

Please note that you must budget your time wisely.  Your best strategy will be to plan to start the course promptly, and meet all the assignment deadlines from the very beginning of the semester.  That way if you are sick or have an emergency later in the semester you will not have a problem.

    Discussion Board

Participation in discussions is required and will be graded.  Their purpose is to stimulate study and discussion of the course material in each module.  I have established the following rules and guidelines for participation in the discussions:

Students must make at least two kinds of contributions to each discussion board topic posted by the instructor, i.e., responses to the instructor's posting and responses to the messages of some of your classmates.

**To be eligible for full credit for participation, a student must make contributions prior to the closing date for the forum as indicated in the Blackboard course calendar.

**Points for discussion are assigned for both responding to my discussion questions, and responding to classmates' comments.

**The chat place is just for you to be able to contact other students in the class.

    Course features

Text readings

Quizzes over each major unit.

Activities for each unit to be completed and written about in the Discussion Board

Written assignments:  Oral family Interview Paper; Final Research Project

Attendance at the five on-campus meetings.

Activities conducted at the on-campus meetings.

Oral Skills test:  Done in-person at the 5th class meeting on December 10th..

Interpersonal Cafe':  Used to chat with classmates if desired.

    Course Requirements

TEXT:  Adler and Towne, Looking Out, Looking In, 10th edition, Fort Worth:  Harcourt Brace Publishers, 2001.


You must have easy access to the internet.  Additionally, you will need Microsoft Word to type and attach documents that you will submit to me.