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Course Description

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This course introduces to dyadic and small-group communication. The focus is on communication style and effectiveness with attention to verbal and nonverbal communication, listening behaviour and conflict.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the major concepts and theories in interpersonal communication;
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of communication competence.
  • Demonstrate practical skills for effective interpersonal communication in order to improve personal and professional abilities in verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Explain the importance of communication in developing and maintaining good relationships in a range of contexts - at home, work and in one's personal development.

Course Topics

  • Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Communication Relationships


Assessment Item Weight
Online Discussions 20%
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Interpersonal Communication
September 05, 2019 to November 29, 2019
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Interpersonal Communication: A Guided Tour for Canadians by Trenholm, S., Jensen, A., and Hambly, H. © 2010 Oxford University Press 1st Canadian edition ISBN 9780195430288
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Optional) Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing (NOTE: the 8th edition of this supplementary textbook is also acceptable to use.) by Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin © 2019 Oxford University Press 9th edition ISBN 9780199026777
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