COMM 215 - Introduction to Human Communication
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Reading Level 3 and Writing Level 3 ]
This introductory course is designed to give students a general survey of the discipline of communication. The course introduces various communication theories and concepts related to public speaking, interpersonal, mass media, intrapersonal, and small group.
OFFERED: fall semesters
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
Goal 1: Explain the significance of communication to the human experience by:
- Exploring intrapersonal communication.
- Practicing communication ethics.
- Solve communication problems using critical thinking.
- The student will explain using a communication model how communication and miscommunication can occur.
Goal 2: Employ basic interpersonal communication theory by:
- Demonstrating verbal communication (language and meaning).
- Classifying nonverbal communication.
- Listening and paraphrasing messages.
Goal 3: Describe the use of mass media in society by:
- Using theory to explain the evolution of mass media.
- Relating the use of radio, television, internet, including the use of social media in society.
- Explaining the place of journalism, ethics, and content in mass media.
Goal 4: Improve ability to write effective public speeches by:
- Selecting, narrowing, and focusing topics.
- Generating researching materials.
- Adapting the topic and research materials to the specific audience being addressed.
- Supporting ideas with evidence and reasoning.
- Organizing the message for effective communication.
- Preparing and revising drafts of the speech.
- Accurate, clear, vivid, and appropriate expression.
- Using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.
Goal 5: Improve ability to deliver effective public speeches by:
- Understanding the nature of speech anxiety and how to deal with it.
- Learning the vocal principles of effective speech delivery.
- Learning the nonverbal principles of effective speech delivery.
- Generating speaking notes from a full speech manuscript.
- Rehearsing the speech prior to final presentation.
- Using visual aids to reinforce and clarify the verbal message.
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