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COMM 361: The Communication Experience (Miller)

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    This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts necessary for effective communication in a variety of settings with a variety of audiences. Special emphasis is placed on practical experiences within groups, facilitation of interpersonal relationships, and methods of conflict management. As part of this course, students are required to actively participate in groups and deliver oral presentations, both individually and in groups. Video-recording equipment may be used as an aid to the student’s self-analysis and improvement. Access to a computer with online capabilities may be required and computer access is available on campus.

    Learning Objectives 

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • EXPRESS AND CONVEY MESSAGES CLEARLY FOR EFFECTIVE AND APPROPRIATE ORAL COMMUNICATION (SLO #1).
    • Apply and demonstrate verbal and nonverbal communication strategies for oral presentations within a variety of contexts and audiences.
    • Recognize and respond to techniques for managing communication apprehension.
    • EXPRESS IDEAS CLEARLY IN EFFECTIVE, APPROPRIATE AND WELL-ORGANIZED MESSAGES (SLO #2).
    • Design and deliver a variety of speech types while managing information and differentiating organizational patterns (speech designs).
    • Design presentational aids (audio and/or visual) that are appropriate to the audience, message and context.
    • Locate, interpret and evaluate various research materials to accurately document sources (in oral and written form) according to a standard referencing style (MLA, APA, CBE, etc.).
    • DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS TO COMPREHEND SPOKEN MESSAGES, ANALYZE INFORMATION CRITICALLY AND CONSIDER MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES (SLO #3).
    • Demonstrate critical listening skills and offer constructive feedback.
    • DEMONSTRATE ANALYTICAL AND CRITICAL THINKING WITHIN EVIDENCE AND REASONING OF SPOKEN AND WRITTEN MESSAGES (SLO #4).
    • Analyze conflict in communication and employ a variety of conflict management strategies.
    • Exhibit competence in the use of on-line databases for research.
    • Incorporate effective communication strategies within small group situations.
    • DEMONSTRATE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND INFLUENCE TO ETHICALLY, EFFECTIVELY AND APPROPRIATELY COMMUNICATE WITH DIVERSE SETTINGS AND PEOPLE (SLO #5).
    • Access the influence of culture on various aspects of communication.
    • Identify and integrate communication behaviors associated with satisfying interpersonal relationships.
    • Recognize and apply ethical standards to the research, design and delivery of a message for an audience and occasion.
    • DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE VARIOUS THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ACROSS THE DISCIPLINE OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES (SLO #6).
    • Identify various fields of study within human communication.
    • Define the elements of intrapersonal communication and analyze the components of the perception process.
    • Differentiate the nature and function of small group communication from other communication contexts.


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