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- Effective Term:
- Fall 2021 through Fall 2022
- Course Number:
- COMM 227
- Course Title:
- Nonverbal Communication
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
Identify nonverbal communication functions and codes.
Describe how nonverbal communication behaviors shape perceptions and judgments of self and people of diverse backgrounds.
Practice nonverbal behaviors to improve communication competence in a variety of relationships and contexts.
Analyze nonverbal communication behaviors through the lenses of culture, gender and power to understand how meaning is created.
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 these norms by teaching students how to organize and make meaning of their own and others’ experiences, and meet personal communication goals.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor.
Assessment strategies may include:
- Qualitative examinations
- Quantitative examinations
- Research papers
- In-class participation
- Portfolios Projects
- Oral presentations
- Group work
- Service Learning
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Functions of nonverbal behaviors
- Typologies: kinesics, chronemics, haptics, objectics, vocalics, proxemics, olfactics, appearance, environment
- Power and Status
- Relational messages
- Cultural aspects
- Contextual aspects
- Image Management
- Gendered Nonverbal Communication
Competencies and Skills:
- Be able to describe nonverbal patterns that people enact.
- Be able to identify a range of potential interpretations of nonverbal behaviors.
- Be able to demonstrate understanding of the role culture plays in the molding and interpretation of nonverbal messages.
- Be able to identify a range of effective nonverbal behaviors to manage their impressions.
- Be able to choose nonverbal behaviors appropriate to differing situations.
A textbook is required. Suggested texts. Alternative texts need Dept. or SAC chair approval.
Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction. Mark Knapp & Judith A. Hall.
Nonverbal Communication in Everyday Life, 3rd ed., Martin S. Remland
The Nonverbal Self: Communication For A Lifetime, Diana K. Ivy & Shawn T Wahl
Nonverbal Communication, Burgoon/Guerrero/Floyd; Allyn & Bacon