This course is an introduction to the field of communication with emphasis on the history of communication study, concepts important to all areas of communication, the contexts in which communication occurs, and the issues that must be faced by students of communication. The course serves as an introduction to the strands of communication: interpersonal, small groups and teams, mass communication, organizational, intercultural, and rhetoric.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Overview of Communication
- Identify the fundamentals of communication.
- Identify communication models.
- Explain how communication affects self-concept.
Verbal, Nonverbal, and Interpersonal Communication
- Distinguish between verbal and nonverbal messages.
- Recognize types of interpersonal communication.
- Identify interview techniques.
Small Group and Team Communications
- Identify elements of group dynamics.
- Identify group development phases.
- Recognize characteristics of effective teams.
- Identify problem-solving steps.
- Identify presentation techniques.
- Distinguish between informative and persuasive presentations.
Special Issues and Research Methods in Communication
- Explain how diversity affects communication.
- Identify communication technologies.
- Recognize the role of ethics in communication.
- Identify research methods used in communication.
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