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COM 202 Small Group Communication
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#: COM 2271
AGEC: Oral Communications  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Group collaboration and small group communication is essential to many professions in the world of business, education, health care, engineering, public safety, hospitality, sports and fitness, and many more. In small groups students will learn to successfully accomplish meaningful tasks. Along the way students will experience the benefits of positive group dynamics by establishing clear goals, anticipating and solving problems, participating in leadership, and building cohesion.

Prerequisites: RDG094, ENG 100

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Explain how the major elements of the communication process including encoding, decoding, message, noise, context, and channels contribute to a transactional exchange in small group contexts.
2. (Analysis Level) Analyze group socialization and development processes.
3. (Analysis Level) Identify and examine the functions of various task roles, maintenance roles and leadership roles in the group.
4. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate the impact of conflict management strategies in relation to small group dynamics.
5. (Analysis Level) Analyze the impact of verbal and nonverbal communication on group dynamics.
6. (Analysis Level) Examine the impact and value of member diversity in group settings.
7. (Synthesis Level) Demonstrate the ability to negotiate a shared vision, to overcome challenges, and achieve group productivity and cohesion.
8. (Application Level) Demonstrate ethical communication behavior.
9. (Synthesis Level) Organize and conduct effective small group meetings using a variety of approaches which demonstrate small group communication competence through the effective use of group decision making and problem-solving techniques.
10. (Synthesis Level) Prepare effective group presentations utilizing effective and appropriate content, visual aids and delivery methods.
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