Catalog 2019-2020 
    Nov 30, 2020  
Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CMST& 230 Small Group Communication

5 credits
This course explores effective communication in small groups. Students will examine aspects of group process including leadership, conflict management, decision-making, and conformity. They will also examine informal co-operative decision-making methods of committee, conference, and roundtable groups. Students will work in groups to test theories and practice skills.

Prerequisites: ABED 045  or ABED 046  or equivalent placement score.

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

  • Identify and explain the language, listening, and non-verbal communication skills that are needed to promote a positive communication climate in a group setting   
  • Analyze the influence of culture on group interaction
  • Identify the actions needed to conduct an effective meeting and promote group productivity
  • Analyze aspects of decision-making, problem-solving, leadership, and conflict management/resolution used by and within a group
  • Identify methods that groups can use to stimulate critical and creative thinking while problem solving
  • Produce group presentations, reports, proposals, and/or products and describe the steps involved in such production, including communication and group strategies used

Total Hours: 50 Lecture Hours: 50