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Communication Studies

Course Descriptions

CMST& 101: Introduction to Communication:CD

Credits: 5.0

An overview of the field of communication with an emphasis on the interpersonal approach, small group communication and public speaking.Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the transactional model of communication and explain how this concept can be applied in personal and professional settings. [REASON]
  • Describe and demonstrate the basic principles of public speaking, small group communication and interpersonal communication. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe and apply principles of effective speech writing and delivery. [REASON]
  • Describe and apply the basic principles of small-group interaction. [REASON]

  • CMST& 210: Interpersonal Communication: CD

    Credits: 5.0

    Designed to enhance personal and work relationships. Special attention is paid to identity, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, and conflict management concepts.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the effect of culture and society on communication interactions. [EXPLORE]
  • Describe and apply the elements of the Transactional Communication Model. [REASON]
  • Explain the influence of perception, emotions, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal language, and listening on communication and relational dynamics. [REASON]

  • CMST 215: Online Interpersonal Communications:CD

    Credits: 5.0

    Principles of interpersonal online communication.Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 100 with a 2.0 or placement in ENGL& 101. Previous experience with online courses recommended.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine and articulate the differences between face-to-face and computer-mediated interpersonal interactions using discipline-specific knowledge, such as the Communication Process Model elements. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of computer-mediation on communication interactions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the influence of cultural differences (ethnicity and gender, for example) in online interpersonal communication interactions. [EXPLORE]

  • CMST& 220: Public Speaking

    Credits: 5.0

    Emphasis on the organization and delivery of effective speeches. Some areas of focus may include persuasive, informative, demonstration, and impromptu speaking.Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Organize and effectively deliver a speech utilizing one of the recommended speech structures, supporting material, and audience adaptation strategies appropriate to the situation. [REASON]
  • Use video-taping as a tool to improve oral presentations. [REASON]
  • Constructively evaluate their own and others' oral-presentation skills, adaptation, control over mental dialogue, and use of logical reasoning. [REASON]
  • Evaluating and Integrating research effectively into oral presentations. [REASON]

  • CMST& 230: Small Group Communication

    Credits: 5.0

    An in-depth focus on small group process. Emphasis will be placed on both the theory and practice of leadership skills, role-taking, verbal and nonverbal communication, norms, roles, decision making and conflict resolutio.Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and apply the Speech Communication Model to the group context. [REASON]
  • Explain and apply group communication concepts such as groupthink, synergy, leadership and decision making models to group interaction situations. [REASON]
  • Describe and apply selected task and maintenance group roles and their application to the group process. [COMMUNICATE]

  • CMST 235: Online Small Group Communication:CD

    Credits: 5.0

    Study of online small group decision making processes. Focus on member roles, norms of interaction, and leadership in groups that work online.Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 100 with a 2.0 or placement in ENGL& 101. Previous experience with on-line courses recommended.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe differences between the face-to-face and computer mediated communication Speech Communication Model contexts. [REASON]
  • Analyze and explain the elements of communication competence in online group interactions. [REASON]
  • Identify and explain the influences of cultural (gender, occupation, age, socioeconomic, for example) variations in the online communication environment. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate course concepts in communication competence and effective group decision-making through participation in online group projects. [COMMUNICATE]