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Revision Date: 20-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | COM-1020-VU01 - Interpersonal & Small Group Communication

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 11:45A - 02:30P
Semester Dates: 09-09-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 6 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Cathy Sandvil
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ashraf Alamatouri

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Communication
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Theories of effective communication will be examined and practically applied. Emphasis will be placed on active listening, observation, reflective responses, and the use of clear language in interpersonal and small group situations.

Essential Objectives

1. Identify barriers to effective communications and apply strategies for overcoming them.
2. Evaluate communication styles and their relative appropriateness in different situations.
3. Describe and apply, in a variety of situations, reflective listening, assertiveness, and negotiation skills.
4. Describe common roles for participants in small group situations.
5. Identify, describe, and evaluate different forms of decision-making in small groups.
6. Prepare a formal presentation that demonstrates proficiency using the CCV Oral Communication Rubric.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

COM-1020-VU01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



This class will be a combination of lecture, group work, discussions, and case studies / projects. In addition, participation will be the key to successful completion of course requirements. Students will be encouraged to have fun and to be creative.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria:


Percentage of Grade



Class Participation




Formal Presentation


Final Exam


Completion of all assignments


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments



Overview of the class

Clarification of expectations.


none required


For week 2 students need to read Chapter one in the textbook



Why Interpersonal skills are important



Students need to read chapter one in text before class


After class, students will write one quiz question on topic discussed.

Read Chapter two



Do's and Don'ts of self Disclosure

JoHari window


Read Chapter two before class


After class student will write one quiz question specific to chapter two material

Read chapter three before the next class.



Significan Other relationships

Quiz 1


Students need to have read chapter 3 in textbook


Students will complete the comprehension exercise in chapter 3

Students will write one quiz question on the material in chapter 3



Practicing what we've learned so far

All comprehension test in chapter 4 will be completed in class.


Students will write a reflective response paper on what they have learned so far.

Read chapter 5 for next week



All about Feelings



Body Language



Group Dynamics and communication



Decision Making






Conflict and managing stress



This week will be online. Topic will be Barriers to Interpersonal Communication






Finish Presentations



Wrap Up and Wind Down


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Class Participation – 10%

While participating in class discussions, students should demonstrate effective communication skills, depth of thought and intellectual vigor. Professional conduct is expected in language and demeanor. (meaning no vulgarity is acceptable!) Contributions should support and promote learning for all class members. It is expected that you will come to class prepared and willing to add to class discussions. You can not just hold down a chair.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Attendance Requirements – 15%

Adults have busy lives and unforeseen circumstances arise that may keep you from attending a class. In the event that you can’t attend a class, it is expected that you would contact the instructor BEFORE the class you must miss (leaving a voice mail is fine) and, thru email contact, complete any work that you may have missed before the next scheduled class.

Missing one class will affect your grade slightly.

Missing two classes will result in a one-step lower grade (meaning if you have an A and miss two classes, you will receive a B) and missing three (or more) classes you will not pass the course.

In addition, if you are late or leave early – up to 2 times = 1 missed class. 2 to 4 times = 2 missed classes. Late or leave early more than 4 times and you fail the course.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.