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Foundations of Interpersonal Communication




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.



What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Identify various forms of interpersonal communication.
  • Determine appropriate listening and responding strategies for interpersonal interaction.
  • Identify listening and word barriers and their effects on interpersonal communication.
  • Determine appropriate responses for interpersonal communication situations.

Week 2

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

Week 3

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

Week 4

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

Week 5

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


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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