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Communication Studies

Course Descriptions

CMST& 101: Introduction to Communication:CD

Credits: 5.0

An overview of the filed of communication with an emphasis on the interpersonal approach. Other areas of emphasis are 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:

  1. Describe the transactional model of communication and explain how this concept can be applied in personal and professional settings. [REASON]
  2. Describe and demonstrate the basic principles of public speaking, small group communication and interpersonal communication. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe and apply principles of effective speech writing and delivery. [REASON]
  4. 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 non-verbal communication, and conflict management concepts. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Describe the effect of culture and society on communication interactions. [EXPLORE]
  2. Describe and apply the elements of the Transactional Communication Model. [REASON]
  3. 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:

  1. 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]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of computer-mediation on communication interactions. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. 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 (was SPCH 120). Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

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

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

CMST 225: Advanced Public Speaking

Credits: 5.0

Organization and delivery of effective persuasive speeches. Areas of concentration include: bases of persuasion, audience analysis, language, research, and refinement of delivery skills (was SPCH 220). Prerequisite(s): Completion of CMST& 220 (was SPCH 120) with a 2.5 or higher AND completion of ENGL 100 with a 2.0 or higher, OR placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Reason clearly using varied analytic and creative approaches in speech construction. [REASON]
  2. Compose and present effective audience-centered persuasive public speeches that reflect both audience demographic and situational analysis elements. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain and apply types of persuasive reasoning. [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 non-verbal communication, norms, roles, decision making and conflict resolution (was SPCH 109). Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

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

  1. Articulate and apply the Speech Communication Model to the group context. [REASON]
  2. Explain and apply group communication concepts such as groupthink, synergy, leadership and decision making models to group interaction situations. [REASON]
  3. 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 online courses recommended.

Course Level Objectives

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

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