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Course Description

This course provides an overview of the history of the communication studies field and areas of specialization with the field as well as communication research methods. Instruction and application of theory and practice in various communication contexts including the self concept, interpersonal, interviewing skills, small group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis is placed on analytical and organizational skills, listening, nonverbal and verbal communication, and public speaking communication methodology. ADVISORY: English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate effective oral presentation skills through extemporaneous delivery.
  • Students will construct organized, logical and well supported written reflection papers and outlines for oral presentations regarding diverse world perspectives of communication between individuals and communities.
  • Students will locate, analyze and evaluate research of printed materials and electronic resources and apply the information in the formulation of speeches. Groups will plan, propose and execute small group projects.
  • Students will recognize and identify effective oral presentation skills including types of speeches, organization, ethical communication, delivery and visual aids.
  • Students will demonstrate how to effectively communicate and listen during classroom discussion, peer presentations, and in a small group setting among diverse groups of people.
  • Students will participate in information sharing, decision making and problem solving discussions while critically discussing and comparing theory and research methods of human communication.
  • Students will demonstrate conflict management and leadership skills in group interactions.
  • Students will be able to recognize and analyze communication theories, communication research methods, and be able to apply basic concepts of communication to real life situations.
  • Students will have improved awareness and understanding of various cultures and social foundations of human communication and the world around them, including ethical perspective taking in communication and communication research methods.
  • Students will be able to recognize, analyze and understand the history and specializations of the Communication Studies field/discipline.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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