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Effective Term:
Fall 2021 through Fall 2022
Course Number:
COMM 100
Course Title:
Introduction to Communication
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0

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. 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.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

Communication is essential to being human. Communication courses inherently provide a foundation for understanding human interaction. While all humans use some form of communication to navigate the societies in which we live, each culture has its own set of ethical and social communicative norms. This course examines those norms by teaching students how to organize and make meaning of their own and others’ experiences and meet personal goals in a variety of communication styles and settings.

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