SRJC Course Outlines

12/2/2023 5:16:57 PMCOMM 5 Course Outline as of Fall 1997

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  COMM 5Title:  GRP DIS & PROB SOLV  
Full Title:  Group Discussion & Problem Solving
Last Reviewed:2/13/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  SPCH 5

Catalog Description:
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Experiential study of the dynamics of small groups, including group roles, leadership styles and conflict resolution strategies.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Experiential study of the dynamics of small groups. Incl: group roles, leadership, styles & conflict resolution strategies.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Communication and Analytical Thinking
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 ELifelong Learning and Self DevelopmentFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: COMM 140 Small Group Communication SRJC Equivalent Course(s): COMM5

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  Analyze themselves as communicators in group situations,
   including recognition of personal biases and prejudices.
2.  Evaluate others in the group situations.
3.  Be able to observe and evaluate group communication.
4.  Use, describe and analyze active listening skills.
5.  Evaluate leadership styles.
6.  Identify the common elements in a group situation,
   including norms, sex roles, and conflict resolution strategies.
7.  Develop an appreciation of the differences of others.
8.  Evaluate self and others' ability to negotiate for change.
9.  Discuss multicultural awareness and appreciation of diversity.
10. Discuss gender issues.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Group dynamics vocabulary.
2.  Active listening.
3.  Sex roles.
4.  Group norms.
5.  Status and power.
6.  Conflict resolution.
7.  Decision making styles.
8.  Coalitions and sub-groups.
9.  Hidden agendas.
10. Environment and seating.
11. Developmental stages in groups.
12. Reflective thinking skills.
13. Consensus/groupthink.
14. Leadership styles.
15. Nonverbal communication.
16. Multicultural and cross cultural sensitivity as it applies to
   the above list.

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Assignments usually include:
1.  Experiential games and simulation exercises.
2.  Participation in various types of small groups.
3.  Field work (field experiment, mock trial).
4.  Written midterm (includes reading and textbook). Critical thinking
   skills exercised as students apply themselves to the midterm's
   general concepts. Questions refer to leadership, interpersonal
   orientation, conflict resolution, gender issues and non-verbal
5.  Comprehensive Term Paper (indicating ability to apply, analyze,
   evaluate and synthesize concepts of group dynamics and problem
   solving), to a specific group of the student's choice.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 65%
Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Homework problems, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
15 - 25%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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DECISION-MAKING GROUP INTERACTION by Patton and Giffin, 3rd ed., 1990
EFFECTIVE GROUP DISCUSSIONS by Galanes and Brilhart, 7th ed., 1992
GROUPS IN PROCESS by Barker, Wahlers and Kibler, 5th ed., 1994

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