Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for COMM 100 Effective Fall 2020

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 dynamics 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 completion of the course students should be able to: 

  1. Describe communication studies as situational, relational, and dynamic. 
  2. Explain the impact diverse frameworks (e.g. culture, society, organizations, family, and self) have on communication.
  3. Apply concepts and theories in communication to various contexts.

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