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Interpersonal Communication (Revision 7)

COMM 243

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Delivery Mode:Individualized study online (with eTextbook) or grouped study.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None.

Centre: Faculty of Business

COMM 243 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Télé-université du Québec equivalency: COM 5000.

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**Note:Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


Communication plays a central role in everyone's life. Most people value interpersonal relationships and find comfort in the bonds of friendship that they maintain with friends, family members, and colleagues. Whether they are aware of it or not, people engage in communication in practically every aspect of their lives.

COMM 243 introduces you to the challenges and rewards of interacting with others. After completing the course, you will be able to think as an astute observer of communication problems and to act as an effective communicator.


Lesson 1: Introduction to Human Communication

Lesson 2: Perception, Self, and Communication

Lesson 3: Language and Meaning

Lesson 4: Nonverbal Communication

Lesson 5: Listening and Critical Thinking

Lesson 6: Interpersonal Communication

Lesson 7: Intercultural Communication

Lesson 8: Workplace Communication

Lesson 9: Topic Selection and Audience Analysis

Lesson 10: Organizing a Presentation

Lesson 11: Informative Presentations

Lesson 12: Delivery and Visual Resources


To receive credit in COMM 243, you must complete three written assignments, achieve a minimum grade of D (50%) on the final examination, and achieve an overall grade of at least “D” (50 percent) in the entire course. The distribution of marks for the various credit activities is listed below:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Lesson Quizzes Final Examination Total
20% 20% 20% 10% 30% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Pearson, J., Nelson, P., Titsworth, S., & Harter, L. (2011). Human Communication (4th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780073406800

The textbook publisher is offering a print-on-demand option in which you may purchase an unbound copy of the textbook at a discounted rate; you can also acquire a print textbook on your own, if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Special Course Features

Students must have access to some form of presentation software (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint) and voice recording hardware and software (built in to most PCs). All lessons and assignments are video-based.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the COMM 243 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam (3 hours)

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 7, September 13, 2013.

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Updated September 17 2013