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SPCH 1010 - Introduction to Communication

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: None

An introduction to the discipline of communication. Emphasis is on basic theories of communication and the contexts in which communication occurs. The course surveys multiple areas of communication: general principles, interpersonal, small groups, intercultural, organizational, conflict, presentation speaking, and mass media.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will explain the significance of communication to the human experience.

Objectives:

  1. The student will explain intrapersonal communication.
  2. The student will practice communication ethics.
  3. The student will solve communication problems using critical thinking.
  4. The student will explain using a communication model how communication and miscommunication can occur.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will employ basic interpersonal communication theory.

Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate verbal communication (language and meaning).
  2. The student will classify nonverbal communication.
  3. The student will listen and paraphrase messages.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply a skill base teaching them to be a competent member of a problem solving group.

Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate knowledge and usage of tools and skill resources for group production.
  2. The student will apply leadership theory.
  3. The student will use interaction skills in a group setting.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to prepare an analysis of communication and culture.

Objectives:

  1. The student will discuss language diversity.
  2. The student will explain diverse cultural patterns.
  3. The student will discuss language and intercultural communication.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will analyze professional communication theory.

Objectives:

  1. The student will name and explain the theoretical concepts central to organizational communication.
  2. The student will recognize the professional communication behaviors that reflect these concepts.
  3. The student will be able to identify and distinguish how conflict occurs and the role communication plays in its development, management, and resolution.
  4. The student will be able to prepare a topic with a central idea for an analyzed audience.
  5. The student will discuss the importance of public relations.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the use of mass media in society.

Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to use theory to explain the evolution of mass media.
  2. The student will relate the use of radio, television, internet, including the use of social media in society.
  3. The student will explain the place of journalism, ethics, and content in mass media.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
1. Unit One - Understanding Communication

a. Problem(s): What is the significance of communication to the human experience?

b. Theory Base

i. Intrapersonal

ii. Communication Ethics

iii. Critical Thinking

iv. Communication Models

c. Skill Practice Assessment

2. Unit Two - Understanding Inter-personal Relationships

a. Problem(s): What is the importance of interpersonal communication?

b. Theory Base

i. Demonstrating Verbal Communication

ii. Language and Meaning

iii. Classifying Non-verbal Communication

iv. Listening

c. Skill Practice Assessment

3. Unit Three - Understanding Small Groups

a. Problem(s): What is the skill base to be a competent member of a problem solving group?

b. Theory Base

i. Knowledge, Usage of Tools, Skill Resources

ii. Leadership

iii. Interaction Skills

c. Skill Practice Assessment

4. Unit Four - Understanding Intercultural Communication

a. Problem(s): How does one participate in intercultural communication?

b. Theory Base

i. Language Diversity

ii. Diverse Cultural Patterns

iii. Language and Intercultural Communication

c. Skill Practice Assessment

5. Unit Five - Understanding Professional Communication Theory

a. Problem(s): What are the areas of professional communication theory?

b. Theory Base

i. Concepts of Organizational Communication

ii. Conflict and the Role Communication Plays

iii. Presenting a Topic with a Central Idea for an Analyzed Audience

c. Skill Practice Assessment

6. Unit Six - Understanding Mass Media

a. Problem(s): What role does mass media play in society?

b. Theory Base

i. Evolution of Mass Media

ii. The Roles of Radio, Television, Internet (Social Media) in Society

iii. Journalism, Ethics and Content in Mass Media

c. Skill Practice Assessment

 


Primary Faculty
Fox, Janice
Secondary Faculty
McKenney, Janet
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Dean
Pritchett, Marie



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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