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