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COMM 1041 - Small Group Communication

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on communication in small groups. Topics include small group communication theory and effective interpersonal skills; group leadership, cohesion, and emergence roles; conflict management; problem-solving and decision-making; planning and conducting meetings; and parliamentary procedure. The course content applies to everyday situations in the community and workplace, with emphasis on practical application and practice of oral skills. Some group meetings and activities outside scheduled class hours are required.
MnTC Goals
1 Communication, 9 Ethical/Civic Responsibility

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 0950  or higher, or completion of RDNG 0900  with a grade of C or higher, and assessment score placement in ENGL 0090 , or completion of ENGL 0080  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 , or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher, and assessment score placement in ENGL 1021 , or completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. Group formation and development
  2. Communication skills in groups
  3. Conducting meetings, including procedures, agendas, minutes, and parliamentary procedure
  4. Conflict and cohesion
  5. Decision-making and problem solving
  6. Group presentations
  7. Groups in the community and workplace
  8. Leadership

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain small group communication processes.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts relevant to task-oriented groups and to experience working within those groups
  3. Demonstrate skills necessary to communicate effectively in those groups.
  4. Evaluate groups and their work, both as participant and observer.
  5. Apply ethical issues and responsibilities of groups and their members to community and workplace


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