COMS 120 - Small Group Communication - Dr. Kerry Osborne
|Course:||Small Group Communication|
|Professor:||Dr. Kerry Osborne|
I want to welcome you in advance to my COMS 120 course. I have been a communication scholar and instructor for decades. Additionally, I worked in the private sector for 15 years in various industries. My combination of academic and professional experience make group communication among my favorite subjects to teach. What I love about teaching this course is that everything you learn here applies to your lives immediately, and much of it will help you succeed professionally. I have the perspectives of an educator to guide your instruction and a business manager to focus on career pragmatics. I look forward to presenting you with the communication skills that enrich your group interactions in personal, social, and business environments.
This course applies principles of communication in a variety of group contexts. It examines the theory, application, and evaluation of group communication processes, including problem solving, conflict management, decision making, and leadership.
- Compare and contrast theories of small group dynamics.
- Examine theories of interpersonal needs and interpersonal attraction as they apply to groups.
- Distinguish the variables of group roles, norms, culture, status, power, trust, and self-disclosure.
- Compare and contrast confirming and disconfirming responses and their application to supportive and defensive climates.
- Assess research findings on nonverbal communication to small group communication and identify guidelines for interpretation.
- Develop strategies for group decision making and problem solving.
- Evaluate processes of group conflict, groupthink, consensus, and methods for managing different types of conflict.
- Examine different approaches to leadership.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Analyze theories of small group communication
- Evaluate small group communication theories within specific group contexts.
What to Expect in this Course
All work is due by Sunday night, 11:59pm. This includes all assignments, discussion board posts, meeting-related submissions, quizzes and activities. Deadlines are firm; no late submissions will receive grade points, and there are no make-ups.
Each week will include assigned reading and video viewing, a group meeting with written notes, and quizzes based on the assigned reading and videos. Additional activities will be assigned in the term.
The course culminates in the live (online) presentation of the group project that was undertaken and completed over the weeks leading up to the presentation date. All members of each group must share the live presentation equally. This course fulfills a transfer requirement for oral presentation, so there are no exceptions to the requirement to present to the class.
Types of Assessments
Quizzes, group discussions, meeting notes, activities (submitted in Canvas), and term presentation.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
We are using an Open Education Resource compiled by the COC Communication Studies Department. It will be available in Canvas at the beginning of the term at no cost to you.
Other Relevant Course Information
There are no exceptions to the meeting dates and assignment deadlines. The mandatory meetings entail working in your groups, so absence is not an individual matter. Assignment/quiz deadlines will all be available at the beginning of the term so you can schedule your time and ensure meeting your deadlines.
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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 719