Course Overview

Course(s) Used:

  • Interpersonal Communication

Goals and Objectives:

  • Students understand the organization of the course.
  • Students know how to succeed in the course.
  • Students are introduced and have contact info for peers in the course.

Rationale: This lesson orients students to the new class and to each other.

Materials Needed


  • Copies of Syllabus
  • Index Cards


  • Classroom computer and projector

Outline of the Lesson

  1. Being Prepared for Class
    1. Materials
    2. Study Routine
    3. Textbook
  2. Syllabus
  3. Textbook
  4. Course Structure
  5. Attendance
  6. Learning Management System
  7. Website
  8. Grading
  9. How to Succeed
  10. Hands-on group work
    1. Group students into groups of 3-4
    2. Students share information about themselves
    3. Students introduce each other to the class (round robin)
    4. Students put their information on index cards
    5. Students copy peer contact information into notes
    6. Students turn in their contact information
    7. Debrief the activity
  11. Review & Lesson closing


Strategic grouping may be necessary for improved peer mentoring.

Variations and Accommodations

Follow guidance from local accommodation authorities.