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Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Catalog 2023-2024

COMM 100Z Introduction to Communication


Lecture Hours: 4
Credits: 4

COMM 100Z is a survey course offering an overview of the communication discipline that emphasizes the development of best communication practices in different contexts.

Prerequisite: Placement into WR 115  (or higher), or completion of WR 090  (or higher) with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Common Course Numbering Outcomes:

  1. Explain the ways communication is impacted by ethics, language, nonverbal behaviors, perception, culture, and contexts.
  2. Identify communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts.
  3. Explore different areas of communication to develop a broad base of skills and communicative tools when interacting with others.
  4. Articulate the importance of communication expertise in career development and civic engagement.

Statewide General Education Outcomes:

  • Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals.
  • Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts.
  • Build and manage relationships.


Content Outline
  • Introduction to the Communication Process
    • Models of communication, such as a Helical Model
    • Characteristics of effective communication, including consideration of diverse audiences and contexts
    • Theories, such as Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, and their application
    • Factors such as culture, learning, ability, and socioeconomic background
  • Intrapersonal Communication
    • Perception
    • Self-awareness, using tools such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator
    • Impact of factors such as gender and age
  • Interpersonal Communication
    • Listening
    • Language, such as Jack Gibb’s research and verbal behaviors
    • Nonverbal, such as Edward Hall’s theories on haptics and proxemics
    • Culture
  • Group Communication
    • Group processes via scholars such as Aubrey Fisher
    • Group roles
    • Power differences
  • Mass Communication
    • Diverse audiences and contexts
    • Theories such as uses and gratifications and agenda setting
    • Ideological hegemony and other theories about how the dominant culture perpetuates itself
  • Analyze a Speech