Small Group Communication: Process and Theory
Course Number: COMM 215
Transcript Title: Sm Grp Comm: Process & Theory
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
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
Problem solving 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. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Continue to adjust communicative behavior in order to improve the quality of small group interactions within various settings.
- Manage projects, presentations, and small groups through learned communication strategies.
- Manage conflict through learned communication strategies within the small group setting.
- Use learned active listening skills in order to analyze and explain others' communicative behaviors within the small group.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- All students are required to participate in and be evaluated on at least one oral presentation.
- All students are required to participate in and be evaluated on at least one group project.
- Other forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor.
Assessment strategies may include:
- Qualitative examinations
- Quantitative examinations
- Research papers
- In-class participation
- Service learning
Texts and Materials
A textbook is required. Suggested texts. Alternative texts need Dept. chair approval.
- Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, Beebe and Masterson.
- In Mixed Company: Small Group Communication, Rothwell.
- Effective Group Discussion, Brilhart and Galanis.
- Working in Groups w/ MYCOMMKIT PKG, Engleberg. Publisher: Pearson
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.