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Small Group Communication

COM 214W

Small Group Communication

COM 214W

Course Description

Prerequisite: COM 114W, READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3. Focuses on small group communication theories, strategies, and skills for successful group participation. Increases student competency as effective team members and leaders. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Examine the nature of small group communication.

Objectives:

  • Define small group communication.
  • Differentiate between various theoretical perspectives of group communication.
  • Identify group process.
  • Examine types of groups.

Describe the development and membership of small groups.

Objectives:

  • Identify group development stages.
  • Examine group norms.
  • Examine goals for small groups.
  • Identify diversity within small groups.
  • Differentiate between task oriented and social oriented group roles.
  • Perform roles in small groups.

Employ effective communication in the small group.

Objectives:

  • Identify effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Distinguish the various types of listening in the small group.
  • Identify the impact of communication climate on the function of a group.
  • Utilize effective listening strategies.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in small groups.

Identify group decision making and problem solving techniques.

Objectives:

  • Differentiate between problem solving and decision making.
  • Identify methods of problem solving and decision making.
  • Identify barriers to effective problem solving and decision making.
  • Practice problem solving methods.
  • Practice decision making methods.

Demonstrate effective methods for conflict management in small groups.

Objectives:

  • Identify conflict management styles and strategies.
  • Practice effective conflict management in small groups.

Employ leadership skills in small groups.

Objectives:

  • Define leadership.
  • Identify leadership styles.
  • Identify leadership functions and traits.
  • Employ leadership principles.

Determine effective strategies to achieve group meeting success.

Objectives:

  • Investigate effective planning strategies for group meetings.
  • Identify procedures for conducting group meetings.
  • Identify communication skills for effective participation in group meetings.
  • Analyze a group meeting.

Demonstrate skills for effective group presentations.

Objectives:

  • Identify types of group presentations.
  • Employ effective planning for a group presentation.
  • Demonstrate effective delivery skills for a group presentation.
  • Particpate in a group presentation.
  • Critique a group presentation.

Use writing to promote learning.