Dec 07, 2019  
2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Course Catalog
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COMM 1041 - Small Group Communication

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 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): Course placement into ENGL 0950  and RDNG 0950  or above OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 0051  and ESOL 0052  and ESOL 1033  OR completion of ESOL 0041  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0042  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0043  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Eligible for college-level Reading and English.

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. develop skill sets in applying principles and practices of small group communication.
  3. manage the interpersonal dynamics of small group communication.
  4. demonstrate principles of leadership in the group process.
  5. develop skill sets in group problem-solving and decision-making to achieve desired goals.
  6. apply ethical issues and responsibilities of groups and their members to community and workplace.
  7. critically analyze small group communication.

Competency 1 (1-6)
01. 01. Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
01. 02. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
01. 03. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
01. 04. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
01. 05. Construct logical and coherent arguments.
01. 07. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.
Competency 2 (7-10)
09. 01. Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
09. 02. Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
09. 03. Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
09. 05. Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


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