- Course Number:
- COMM 215
- Course Title:
- Small Group Communication: Process and Theory
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Course DescriptionProblem solving aspects of small group activities. Includes process and task, leadership, verbal and non-verbal messages in the small group, norms and roles, conflict reduction, and decision making. Focuses on theory and practice. COMM 100 recommended. 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:
- Continue to adjust communicative behavior in order to improve the quality of small group interactions within various settings
- Manage projects, presentations, and small groups through learned communication strategies.
- Manage conflict through learned communication strategies within the small group setting.
- Use learned active listening skills in order to analyze and explain others communicative behaviors within the small group
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- All students are required to participate in and be evaluated on at least one oral presentation.
- All students are required to participate in and be evaluated on at least one group project.
- Other forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor.
Assessment strategies may include:
- Qualitative examinations
- Quantitative examinations
- Research papers
- In-class participation
- Service learning
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, and Issues:
- Group Communication Theory
- Conflict Management
- Group presentational skills
- Rules & Norms
- Task & Social Roles
- Nonverbal Communication
- Decision making
- Types of groups
- Group development
Competencies and Skills:
- Be able to think critically, creatively, and systematically in groups.
- Be able to recognize the relationships between task and social-emotional aspects of group decision-making.
- Be able to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses as group participants.
- Be able to demonstrate flexibility in assuming alternate roles to enhance the small group process.
- Be able to monitor a small groups progress towards achievement of its goals.
- Be able to determine how their cultural perceptions, attitudes, values, and beliefs influence the communication process.
- Be able to engage in discussion with an attitude of openness, interest, and respect.
- Be able to give an effective oral presentation as part of a group project.
A textbook is required. Approved texts are listed below. Alternative texts need Department/ SAC Chair approval.
Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, Beebe and Masterson
In Mixed Company: Small Group Communication, Rothwell
Effective Group Discussion, Brilhart and Galanis
Working in Groups w/ MYCOMMKIT PKG, Engleberg