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COMM 1100

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Human Communication
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support English and reading or all ESL requirements
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
Communication 1100 is an introduction to the survey of fundamental components of the human communication process, emphasizing selected concepts, methods, and practices necessary for understanding the complexity of human communication and improving communication effectiveness. The course will cover a broad range of topics/subjects including personal communication, nonverbal, multicultural, organizational communication, perception, listening, apprehension, interviewing, mass communication, and technology.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course students will be able to:
  1. Understand the process of communication as providing a solid foundation for human communication.
  2. Understand how the elements of perception, culture, language, and nonverbal communication combine to create humans as communicators.
  3. Expand knowledge and capabilities of organizational and technological communication.
  4. Develop effective communication skills through language usage, listening, and nonverbal communication.
  5. Improve personal skills in the areas of conflict management and communication apprehension.
General Education Outcomes
Learners will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the following ways.
  1. Through peer group activities, class discussions and individual speaking assignments
  2. Through active listening exercises, instruction in listening, and note taking during the lectures.
  3. Through comprehension of textbook materials, analysis of student and professional reports, and assessment of mass media.
  4. Through written assignments on various types of communication.
Learners will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
  1. By analyzing mass communication techniques.
  2. By learning a variety of strategies to resolve conflicts.
  3. By learning communication strategies to live successfully in multicultural environment.
  4. By analyzing materials from research and interview sources.
Learners will expand their knowledge and understanding of human communication by learning the basic concepts, theories and applications in the different areas of communication.

Course Content
A survey of the fundamental components of human communication will include the following:
  1. Human Communication Defined
  2. Personal Communication
  3. Perception and Communication
  4. Nonverbal Communication
  5. Listening as Communication
  6. Communication Apprehension and Speech fright
  7. The Nature of Conflict
  8. Interviewing
  9. Organizational Communication
  10. Mass Communication and Technology
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Presentations, discussions, exams, projects, and other work as assigned by the instructor will be used to determine the course grade.

Departmental Assessment

  1. Every five years a departmental committee appointed by the Communication curriculum committee will select a representative sample of the human communication class course materials.
  2. The selected course materials will be evaluated according to the criteria set forth in the Expected Educational Results section of the common course outline.
The Communication Curriculum Committee will use the information gathered from the departmental assessments to revise the course outline and course syllabus as needed.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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