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HLS 102 INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS

HLS 102 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communications

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  HLS 102 Introduction to Interpersonal Communications

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in HLS 101 or permission of the instructor

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course introduces students to the principles and functions of effective communication in interpersonal relationships and the various contexts in which they occur.  Topics covered include:  study of verbal and nonverbal channels, person perception, self-concept, language, emotions, conflict resolution, listening skills, and communication barriers.  The focus will be on the roles verbal and nonverbal communication play in the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. define, explain, and analyze the importance of communication (verbal and nonverbal);
  2. analyze and explain why communication breaks down, principles of conflict resolution, and why interpersonal communication competencies are vital to Homeland Security personnel; and
  3. identify and describe the purposes and differences of group task roles, teams, gender, and impact of cultural appropriateness.