CMNS 212: Small Group CommunicationTTR 5:45 – 9:00 pmLewis 1107 (First class only)14E. Room 1137 (Remainder of quarter)Professor: Scott VyvermanOffice: 14E. Room 1113Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Preferred)Phone: (312) 362-7755Office Hours: Thursdays 4:45-5:30
We will examine and discuss the aspects of daily communication within and between groups. We will discuss methods for improving communication within and between groups, including leadership, conflict management, and decision making. Agreater understanding of group communication as a process is an expected outcome in this class. Through readings and groupwork you will enhance your understanding of group communication and the process that relate to it. You will also discover theimportance and ramifications of group communication in daily interactions.This course is designed to give students a better understanding of small group communication processes and relationships. Assuch, each student will be assigned a group to work with for the entire quarter. Throughout this course groups will be assigneda variety of activities. Many of the activities will require you to invest time outside of class
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A Systems Approach to Small Group Interaction
(1) To understand and identify the foundations of successful group interaction (2) To understand and adopt appropriate grouprole, leadership style, and conflict management style required for participation in any group activity (3) To distinguish betweenthe characteristics of effective and ineffective communication behaviors in the group setting (4) To acquire the skills necessaryto implement, monitor, and evaluate group decision making (5) To develop a personal code of ethics and conduct for participation in any group activity (6) To develop the ability to observe, describe, and assess communication in small groups(7) To design and deliver effective group presentations