Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

COM 102: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • Discipline: Communication (COM)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces the field, principles and concepts of interpersonal communication.

II: Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will have an improved ability to:

  • Develop the critical thinking of interpersonal communication in a modern society.
  • Develop the awareness of interpersonal process, self-concept, identity management, perception, and emotions.
  • Improve skills and appreciation of language, nonverbal communications, and listening.
  • Survey and appreciate the scope of electronic relationships.
  • Learn the dynamics in interpersonal relationships, conflict, and communication climates.
  • Appreciate the influences of gender and cultural factors on all topics.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Educational Program Mission Linkage:

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication can be used for all degrees and certificates at WNC. It is most strongly linked to the missions for general education and the two primary transfer degrees: AA and AS. This course also helps prepare students to transfer successfully to baccalaureate degree programs.

General Education Program Outcomes Linkages

This course fulfills Western Nevada College's Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that successful students:

  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Understand the theoretical principles behind creating and maintaining a professional level Web site.
  • Use current software to create, publish, and maintain a professional level Web site.
  • Apply techniques appropriate to their specialty in the operation of a Web site.


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