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Course Details

Course Code: CHFD445 Course ID: 3592 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course emphasizes the role of communications within the family relationship cycle. It examines how individual needs, perceptions, and self-concepts affect the quality of intra - and inter-familial communication, and integrates both theoretical and applied aspects of family research.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

CO1: Trace the history of the broad discipline of family studies

CO2: Examine historical and contemporary theories conceptualizing the family development

CO3: Describe and interpret the interaction and communication patterns of families.

CO4: Utilize the various theories of family communication in explaining family dynamics

CO5: Discuss factors impacting the evolution and dissolution of marriage

CO6: Articulate in writing analysis of scholarly literature related to the course focus

Forum assignments – Students will engage in discussion dialogs designed to foster and support a community of learning within the classroom, an APUS requirement. A substantive “initial” post in response to instructor posted instructions on the boards is required as are a minimum of two replies to classmates’ posts. Detailed instructions, including minimum length and source crediting requirements are on each weekly Forum.

There are 4 written Assignments: Please see the assignment section of the classroom for additional guidelines and the grading rubric for each assignment.


Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted deadlines and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. Should additional time to complete an assignment be needed due to unavoidable situations such as a sudden change in work duties or a health emergency, the course instructor must be consulted with before the due date or as soon as reasonably possible after. Submitting assignments late without prior approval will result in significant point reduction and negatively affect the final course grade.

Professors have up to 7 days after the end of the course to submit final course grades to the University.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum #1 5.00 %
Forum #2 5.00 %
Forum #3 5.00 %
Forum #4 5.00 %
Forum #5 5.00 %
Forum #6 5.00 %
Forum #7 5.00 %
Forum #8 5.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 3 Week 6 15.00 %
Assignment 4: Week 8 15.00 %
Assignment 1 Week 2 15.00 %
Assignment 2: Week 4 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %

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Links to each of the week's readings are also provided in the classroom under the Lessons section.

Book Title:Family Communication, 2nd Ed.- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis
Author:Segrin, Chris / Flora, Jeanne
Unit Cost:$92.95
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.