Foundations Of Interpersonal Communication – com200 (3 credits)

This course includes the application of communication principles, theory, and research to the process of interpersonal communication; includes verbal, nonverbal, listening, conflict management, and communication skills most relevant to a broad range of interpersonal settings.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Verbal Communication

  • Determine appropriate word use for interpersonal communication situations.
  • Identify listening barriers and their effects on interpersonal communication.
  • Determine appropriate listening strategies for interpersonal interaction.
  • Identify word barriers and their effects on interpersonal communication.

Diversity and Nonverbal Communication

  • Determine appropriate intercultural communication strategies.
  • Explain the effect of nonverbal communication codes on interpersonal communication.
  • Determine appropriate nonverbal communication strategies for interpersonal communication.
  • Identify cultural barriers and their effects on interpersonal communication.

Self and Perception

  • Explain how interpersonal perceptions are formed.
  • Determine appropriate strategies for improving interpersonal perception and self-esteem.
  • Identify barriers to accurate interpersonal perception.

Conflict Management

  • Compare conflict management styles.
  • Determine appropriate conflict management skills for interpersonal relationship challenges.
  • Create a plan to manage interpersonal relationship challenges.


  • Explain the importance of attraction and power in interpersonal relationships.
  • Create a strategy for maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Explain how interpersonal relationships develop.

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