Small Group Communication: Process and Theory
Course Number: COMM 215
Transcript Title: Sm Grp Comm: Process & Theory
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Addresses problemsolving aspects of small group activities. Includes process and task, leadership, verbal and non-verbal messages in the small group, norms and roles, conflict reduction, and decision making. Focuses on theory and practice. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply techniques and skills for developing and maintaining a positive, supportive climate in a small group.
- Manage projects and solve problems through learned group communication strategies.
- Demonstrate conflict management skills and strategies within the small group setting.
- Identify and understand impact of culture on team interaction and demonstrate intercultural sensitivity.
Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Qualitative examinations
- Quantitative examinations
- Research papers
- In-class participation
- Oral presentations
- Group work
- Service Learning
Course Activities and Design
- Weekly readings from course textbook and chapter quizzes.
- In-class activities including case studies, role plays, group work, films.
- In-class discussion of the concepts and principles of small group communication, including leadership, roles, conflict management, decision making, problem solving, achieving consensus.
- Supplemental films.
- Presentation and sharing of group communication logs, journals.
- Field exercises.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, and Issues
- Group Communication Theory
- Conflict Management
- Group presentational skills
- Rules and Norms
- Task and Social Roles
- Nonverbal Communication
- Decision making
- Types of groups
- Group development
Competencies and Skills
- Be able to think critically, creatively, and systematically in groups.
- Be able to recognize the relationships between task and social-emotional aspects of group decision-making.
- Be able to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses as group participants.
- Be able to demonstrate flexibility in assuming alternate roles to enhance the small group process.
- Be able to monitor a small group’s progress towards achievement of its goals.
- Be able to determine how their cultural perceptions, attitudes, values, and beliefs influence the communication process.
- Be able to engage in discussion with an attitude of openness, interest, and respect.
- Be able to give an effective oral presentation as part of a group project.