Introduction to Speech Communication

Western Texas College
Department of Speech

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description -  Application of communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance, and termination in relationship contexts including friendships, romantic partners, families, and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. 
    2. Prerequisites - None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Exhibit understanding of interpersonal theories and principles.
    2. Demonstrate ability to analyze and critique verbal and nonverbal interactions in mediated
      and face-to-face contexts.
    3. Identify perceptual processes as they relate to self and others.
    4. Demonstrate critical thinking ability by effectively researching, evaluating, and applying
      communication theories in oral and/or written assignments.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of cross-cultural, co-cultural, gender and age
      influences on human communication.
    6. Demonstrate ability to identify, evaluate, and apply conflict styles and conflict management
      techniques in dyads and/or groups.
    7. Identify types of and barriers to effective listening.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Essays: Students will write three-four response essays using theories and concepts covered in the class.
    2. Tests: Students may take two-three proctored tests.  Online students may be provided with a list of approved test sites.  Students may be responsible for making testing arrangements and paying any testing fees.
  4. Information on Books and other Course Materials
    1. Interpersonal Communication: The Whole Story, Kory Floyd, 2nd edition       
      ISBN-10: 0073406759  ISBN-13: 978-0073406756
    2. Interpersonal communication: Building Connections Together, Teri Kwal Gamble & Michael W. Gamble
      ISBN – 978-1-4522-2013-0
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental policy regarding late/make up work: No late work will be accepted.
  6. Course Organization and Tentative Schedule*
Unit 1:
Weeks 1-4
The communication process, culture, the self and perception.
Unit 2:
Weeks 5-10
Language, nonverbal communication, listening and social relationships.
Unit 3:
Weeks 11-15
Intimate relationships, conflict deception and emotion.

* Course policies and schedule may vary according to instructor and extenuating circumstances. Scheduling of tests and assignments in each unit is at the individual instructor’s discretion.



Last Modified: January 10, 2017