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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:

  1. Exploring intrapersonal communication.
  2. Practicing communication ethics.
  3. Solve communication problems using critical thinking.
  4. The student will explain using a communication model how communication and miscommunication can occur.

Goal 2:  Employ basic interpersonal communication theory by:

  1. Demonstrating verbal communication (language and meaning).
  2. Classifying nonverbal communication.
  3. Listening and paraphrasing messages.

Goal 3:  Describe the use of mass media in society by:

  1. Using theory to explain the evolution of mass media.
  2. Relating the use of radio, television, internet, including the use of social media in society.
  3. Explaining the place of journalism, ethics, and content in mass media.

Goal 4:  Improve ability to write effective public speeches by:

  1. Selecting, narrowing, and focusing topics.
  2. Generating researching materials.
  3. Adapting the topic and research materials to the specific audience being addressed.
  4. Supporting ideas with evidence and reasoning.
  5. Organizing the message for effective communication.
  6. Preparing and revising drafts of the speech.
  7. Accurate, clear, vivid, and appropriate expression.
  8. Using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.

Goal 5:  Improve ability to deliver effective public speeches by:

  1. Understanding the nature of speech anxiety and how to deal with it.
  2. Learning the vocal principles of effective speech delivery.
  3. Learning the nonverbal principles of effective speech delivery.
  4. Generating speaking notes from a full speech manuscript.
  5. Rehearsing the speech prior to final presentation.
  6. Using visual aids to reinforce and clarify the verbal message.

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