Small Group Communication

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Course Description: 

Explores effective communication in small groups. Students examine aspects of group process including leadership, conflict management, decision-making, conformity, and critical thinking. Emphasis is given to practical experience in group discussion, participation, analysis, and process. 3 lecture hours. Satisfies humanities distribution area F requirement or specified elective for the AA degree.

Course Prerequisites: 

Prerequisite: ENGL 095 or placement in ENGL& 101, or instructor permission.

Course Outcomes: 

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe and distinguish between different types of groups
  • Describe and distinguish between the stages of group development
  • Identify the language, listening, and nonverbal communication skills needed to promote a positive communication climate in a group setting
  • Analyze the influence of culture on group interaction
  • Identify the actions needed to conduct an effective meeting and promote group productivity
  • Analyze the decision-making methods used by a group
  • Identify methods groups can use to critical and creative thinking for problem-solving
  • Recognize how leadership theories explain how groups address their goals
  • Identify and apply different methods for managing conflict within a group.