Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
COMM 100
Course Title:
Introduction to Communication
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Course Description

Covers complexities of the communication process. Includes insights into the causes and effects of general communication behaviors, involvement in active exploration of basic communication theories and concepts, and opportunities to develop communication strengths. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Use a newly gained understanding of the cause and effect of communication behaviors to begin to reduce miscommunication with others.
  2. Use the insight into filters created through the framework of culture, society, organizations, family, and self in order to make responsible personal choices in many types of relationships.
  3. Explore different areas of communication in order to expand a broad base of skills and communicative tools when interacting with others.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Qualitative examinations
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Essays
  • Journals
  • Research papers
  • In-class participation
  • Portfolios
  • Projects
  • Oral presentations
  • Group work
  • Service Learning

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Communication theory
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Perception
  • Language
  • Active Listening
  • Self-concept
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Group dynamics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Mass communication

Competencies and Skills:

  • Ability to identify concepts within different fields of study in the Speech Communication discipline.
  • Ability to identify a range of potentially useful behaviors within a variety of communication settings.
  • Ability to choose communication behaviors appropriate to the audience and the situation.

A textbook is required. Approved texts are listed below. Alternative texts need Department/ SAC Chair approval.

Understanding Human Communication, Adler, Rodman & Hutchinson.

Thinking Through Communication, Trenholm.

Communication Mosaics, Wood.

Human Communication in Society, Alberts/Martin/Nakayama; Pearson

Communication Matters, Floyd