powered by
Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Introduction to Human Communication Part III
Course: COM100AC

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lecture   1 Credit(s)   1 Period(s)   1 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Introduces the theory and practice of human communication. Surveys communication topics related to interpersonal, small group, and public communication.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify human communication principles, models, and model elements. (I)
2. Describe the influence of verbal/nonverbal messages, individual and social perception, cultural/ gender variables, and technology in the human communication process. (I, II)
3. Practice interpersonal communication skills related to perception, self-concept, active listening, language choice, self-disclosure, and relationships. (II)
4. Contribute to a variety of group types, group roles (leadership, relational, task and individual), and group development stages necessary for organizing, planning, and managing group activities. (III)
5. Demonstrate public communication skills including research, organization, outlining, audience analysis, and effective delivery relative to imposed time constraints. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The communication process
   A. Communication models
   B. Communication settings
      1. Interpersonal
      2. Small group
      3. Public speaking
   C. Communication functions and principles
      1. Social interaction
      2. Decision-making
      3. Mediated communication and technology
   D. Interpersonal communication
      1. Perception of self and others
      2. Self-concept
II. Interpersonal communication
   A. Receiving skills
      1. Listening
      2. Paraphrasing
      3. Questioning
      4. Interpreting
      5. Feedback
   B. Sending skills
      1. Provisional language
      2. Separating fact from inference
      3. Crediting
      4. Self-disclosure
   C. Nonverbal communication
      1. Environmental influences
      2. Body motions
      3. Paralanguage
   D. Understanding communication relationships
      1. Types of relationships
      2. Relationship stages
      3. Reducing defensiveness
      4. Conflict styles
      5. Impact of culture on relationships
III. Small group communication
   A. Characteristics of work in groups
      1. Types of groups
      2. Functions of groups
   B. Participation in work groups
      1. Organization
      2. Roles
      3. Problem solving process
      4. Communication skills for presentations
      5. Communication skills for meeting management
   C. Leadership in groups
      1. Styles
      2. Responsibilities
IV. Public speaking
   A. Speech preparation
      1. Determining speech type and purpose
      2. Determining content
      3. Organizing material
      4. Preparing speech outline
      5. Adapting to the audience
   B. Delivery techniques
      1. Styles
      2. Verbal aspects
      3. Non-verbal aspects
      4. Apprehension management techniques
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 26, 2018

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.