SRJC Course Outlines

7/24/2024 11:08:34 PMCOMM 10 Course Outline as of Spring 2013

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  COMM 10Title:  INTRO COMM STUDIES  
Full Title:  Introduction to Communication Studies
Last Reviewed:10/8/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 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: 

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to the theory of human communication.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to the theory of human communication.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
 4JSociology and Criminology  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: COMM 180 Introduction to Communication Studies or Introduction to Communication Theory SRJC Equivalent Course(s): COMM10

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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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Critique competing definitions of "communication" including: the rationales to justify a particular definition and the
     implications of choosing one definition over another.
2.  Diagram different models of communication while also explaining how each model views communication differently.
3.  Analyze Classical Greek and Roman contributions to communication theory.
4.  Compare and contrast characteristics and theories of verbal communication.
5.  Compare and contrast characteristics and theories of nonverbal communication.
6.  Compare and contrast communication dynamics from a multicultural perspectives.
7.  Compare and contrast communication dynamics from a gender perspective.
8.  List, define and explain the different characteristics and theories pertinent to various types of face-to-face
9. Compare and contrast characteristics and theories of the mass media.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to the Course
  A. The nature and extent of Communication Studies
  B. Relationship of this field to other academic fields
  C. Models of communication
  D. Definitions of communication
  E. Approaches to studying communication
II. Verbal Communication
  A. The nature of symbols
  B. Characteristics of language
  C. The relationship between language and perceptions of reality
III. Nonverbal Communication
  A. Basic characteristics
  B. Paralanguage
  C. Kinesics
  D. Chronemics
  E. Proxemics
IV. Rhetoric
  A. The Classical Approach to Rhetoric
  B. Contemporary approaches to Rhetoric
  C. Case studies
V. Face to Face Communication
  A. Interpersonal communication
  B. Small Group communication
  C. Public communication
VI. Intercultural Communication
  A. Definitions of culture
  B. Relationship between culture and communication
  C. The relationship between gender and communication
  D. Non-western perspectives on communication
  E. The influence of women and racial minorities on communication
VII. The Mass Media
  A. The unique features of a "mediated context"
  B. How the media can effect perception
  C. Mediated theories
  D. The impact of communication innovations on society

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1.  Participation and attendance: Students will be expected to monitor
   current events as they relate to course material (e.g., watching the
   State of the Union address, a presidential debate, etc.) and be
   prepared to discuss in class.
2.  Reading assignments average 1-2 chapters per week.
3.  Writing assignments.  Options are as follows:
   a. two to three short essays (2-4 typed pages) that demonstrate the
      student's ability to understand and apply theories and/or models
      learned in class to communication events.  Examples might include
      applying principles of Group Think to a small group situation
      the student is involved in; applying the Five Canons of Rhetoric
      to a speech the student has listened to; applying the Toulmin
      Model to a newspaper editorial, or applying the elements of non-
      verbal codes to a conversation.
   b. a formal term paper (8-12 typed pages, not including a
      bibliography) where the student researches a major concept studied
      in class in greater depth.  Examples might include writing a paper
      on the rhetorical contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. or
      Margaret Thatcher; researching and writing a paper on the impact
      of a communication innovation on society (e.g., how the internet
      has affected political communication).
  c. an original research paper ( 8-12 typed pages, not including tables
     and presentation of raw data) where the student develops a research
     question, develops a methodology, collects the data and then
     discusses what their research has revealed (e.g., "Do males and
     females use cell phones for different purposes?", create and
     disseminate a questionnaire and report back the findings).
4.   Four to ten quizzes and/or exams, including a final.

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
15 - 25%
Short essays, term paper, original research paper.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
55 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essays
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Class participation and attendance.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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An Introduction to Rhetorical Communication:  A Western  Rhetorical Perspective.  McCroskey, James.   Pearson:  2006
Human Communication in Society.  Alberts, Jess K.  Pearson Education Inc., Prentice Hall:  2007
Rhetorical Theory:  An Introduction.  Borchers, Timothy.   Thompson Wadsworth:  2006
The Rhetoric of Western Thought: From the Mediterranean World to the Global Setting, 9th ed.  Golden, James, et al.   Kendall/Hunt:  2007
Thinking Through Communication:  An Introduction to the Study of Human Communication, 5th edition.  Trenholm, Sarah.   Allyn & Bacon:  2007
Understanding Human Communication, 9th ed.  Adler, Ronald & Rodman, George. Pearson:  2006

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