Communication Arts 310, Section 1, MWF 1-1:50 PM, Loyola 4 Spring, 1993
Dr. Kevin Maly

Office: Loyola 30

Office x4970; Home 752-1715
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-4:30 PM; Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 AM;

and by appointment


This course provides a theoretical and applied study of the processes of interpersonal communication. Emphasis is upon one-on-one communication and how communication behaviors at this level influence relationships. Experience and reflection will be made possible through a service learning component.


  1. To examine the process or interpersonal communication.
  2. To understand the role of human communication in daily life.
  3. To understand key theoretical concepts surrounding interpersonal communication.
  4. To apply concepts of interpersonal theory in building a relationship within a particular setting.
  5. To encourage active and informed reflection about the processes of interpersonal communication.


Veenendall, T. L., & Feinstein, M. C. (1990). Let's talk about

relationships: Cases in study. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.


  1. EXAMINATIONS. There are two examinations; these will be in a variety of formats, including multiple choice, short answer and essay. Both exams are comprehensive and will cover course readings, lecture material, class activities, and discussions.
  2. SERVICE LEARNING or RESEARCH PAPER. *Service Learning Option. You will spend 20 hours during the semester engaged in community service. In your service setting you will be developing a relationship with another person. Within this relationship, you will be practicing and reflecting upon comcepts learned in the classroom and in your reading. As a way to engage in critical reflection, you will write three reflection papers.


        *Research Paper.  You will write a 30 page paper on a topic to be 
        approved by your instructor.  This paper will include an extensive 
        literature survey along with original research in the area of 
        interpersonal communication.

        3.  VERBATIMS.  You will write two verbatims of your interaction 
        with another person (the format of this will be discussed in class).  A 
        part of these verbatims and your reflections upon it in an individual 
        conference with the instructor.

        4.  CLASS PARTICIPATION.  This includes contributing to class 
        discussions by asking relevant questions, by contributing observations 
        and examples from your experience that are pertinent to theoretical 
        issues, by taking part in the processof critiquing classroom speakers.


Your grade will be based on the following:

Mid-Semester exam                       100 points
Final exam                              100 points
Completion of service and
  reflection papers                     500 points
(Research paper                         500 points)
Verbatims                               100 points
                                        100 points
Class participation                     100 points
Total                                   1,000 points

Your final grade will be assigned as follows:

1,000-900       =A
  899-800       =B
  799-700       =C
  699-600       =D
  599-          =Not Passing

NOTE WELL: It is the policy of the Communication Arts Department that a Z grade will be awarded to students who miss six (6) class sessions. It is department policy that there are no "excused" absences; i.e., any absence for any reason will be "counted" toward the total.

LATE PAPERS: These will be assessed a 10% reduction in grade for each calendar day late.