Course Content and Outcome Guide for COMM 105 Effective Fall 2015
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Course DescriptionEmphasizes understanding and appreciation of listening as an integral part of the communication process. Investigates and applies current research in listening theory. Analyzes and provides practice in the appropriateness and application of the major types of listening in academic, business, media and interpersonal contexts. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Emphasizes understanding and appreciation of listening as an integal part of the communication process. Investigates and applies current research in listening theory. Analyzes and provides practice in the appropriateness and application of the major types of listening in academic, business, media and interpersonal contexts. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Continue to use gained competent and critical listening skills in order to create a climate that encourages effective communication.
- Use listening skills to move beyond the constraints and filters of culture, media, and self-perception in order to make effective personal and professional decisions
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor.
Assessment strategies may include:
- Qualitative examinations
- Research papers
- Oral presentations
- Service Learning
- Quantitative examinations
- In-class participations
- Group work
- Skill building exercises
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Communication theories
- Fundamentals of listening
- Types, styles, and motives for listening
- Process of hearing, remembering, interpreting, evaluating, and responding
- Role of listening in nonverbal communication
- Misunderstandings and errors in listening
- Listening in different contexts: academic, business, family, therapy, and groups
- Constraints of culture, gender, and self-perception in listening
Competencies and Skills:
- Be able to articulate the role of listening in oral communication.
- Be able to identify their own listening strengths and weaknesses.
- Be able to demonstrate competence in listening and to choose appropriate listening skills for a variety of contexts.
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the roles culture and gender play in the listening process.
- Be able to explain the role of listening in feedback.
A textbook is required. Suggested texts (list). Alternative texts need Dept. or SAC chair approval.
Listening: Attitudes, Principles, & Skills, 5th ed., Judi Brownell
Listening: Process, Functions, & Competency, 1st ed., Debra L. Worthington & Margaret Fitch-Hauser