COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA COURSE OUTLINE

COLLEGE: STATE APPROVAL DATE: 09/27/2010
ORIGINATOR: Jennifer Fowler STATE CONTROL NUMBER: CCC000374953
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVAL DATE: 02/03/2015
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE APPROVAL DATE: 02/07/2017
CURRENT EFFECTIVE DATE:
 
DIVISION/DEPARTMENT:

1. REQUESTED CREDIT CLASSIFICATION:
  Credit - Degree Applicable
Course is not a basic skills course.
Program Applicable
2. DEPT/COURSE NO: 3. COURSE TITLE:
  COMM 004   The Dynamics of Group Discussion
4. COURSE: COA Course Changes only in Non-Catalog Info   TOP NO. 1506.00
5. UNITS: 3.000   HRS/WK LEC: 3.00 Total: 52.50
  HRS/WK LAB:

6. NO. OF TIMES OFFERED AS SELETED TOPIC:       AVERAGE ENROLLMENT:
7. JUSTIFICATION FOR COURSE:
  Course fulfills requirement for AA/AS degrees – Area 4D Transferable UC and CSU – Area 1 Required by many programs such as nursing, engineering, and for communication majors.
8. COURSE/CATALOG DESCRIPTION
  Study of communication and group dynamics: Emphasis on listening; theoretical and experiential learning to build on individual communication skills, understanding and practicing successful group relations; symbolic process and reasoning, interaction of man and society, experience in rational dialogue and advocacy, preparation, leadership, and teamwork. Required by many programs such as nursing, engineering, and for communication majors.
9. OTHER CATALOG INFORMATION
 
  1. Modular: No     If yes, how many modules:
  2. Open entry/open exit: No
  3. Grading Policy: Letter Grade Only
  4. Eligible for credit by Exam: No
  5. Repeatable according to state guidelines: No
  6. Required for degree/certificate (specify):
    Existing
  7. Meets GE/Transfer requirements (specify):
    GE 4D
  8. C-ID Number: COMM 140 Expiration Date:

  9. Are there prerequisites/corequisites/recommended preparation for this course? No
    Date of last prereq/coreq validation: 02/02/2015
10. LIST STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES (EXIT SKILLS): (Objectives must define the exit skills required of students and include criteria identified in Items 12, 14, and 15 - critical thinking, essay writing, problem solving, written/verbal communications, computational skills, working with others, workplace needs, SCANS competencies, all aspects of the industry, etc.)(See SCANS/All Aspects of Industry Worksheet.)

Students will be able to:
  1. Use problem solving strategies and effective listening skills to manage conflict in groups.
  2. Compare and contrast various conflict resolution theories and their application in group settings.
  3. Understand and apply decision-making methods to the group process.
  4. Distinguish how leadership styles and theories influence small group communication.
  5. Develop the critical thinking skills necessary for ethical group decision-making, reporting information, and oral presentations.
  6. Create and deliver informative and persuasive oral presentations in small group settings before a live audience.
  7. Assess small group communication and its social, cultural, and psychological significance.
  8. Adapt communication strategies to fit the audience and situation.
11A. COURSE CONTENT: List major topics to be covered. This section must be more than listing chapter headings from a textbook. Outline the course content, including essential topics, major subdivisions, and supporting details. It should include enough information so that a faculty member from any institution will have a clear understanding of the material taught in the course and the approximate length of time devoted to each. There should be congruence among the catalog description, lecture and/or lab content, student performance objectives, and the student learning outcomes. List percent of time spent on each topic; ensure percentages total 100%.

LECTURE CONTENT:

Overview of Small Group Communication: 10%

  • Defining Small Group Communication
  • The Social, Cultural, and Psychological Significance of Small Group Communication
  • Different Types of Groups: Dyads, small and large groups, public settings, and group dynamics and/or roles within      groups.

Leadership Concepts and Theories: 30%

  • Leadership Styles
  • Perspectives on Leadership and Effective Communication
  • Effective Listening
  • Conflict Management in Groups

Processes of Small Group Effectiveness: 30%

  • Organizing, Presenting and Delivering Informative and Persuasive Speeches
  • Cohesion in Groups
  • Technology and Small Group Communication
  • Decision-Making Methods
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Reporting Information

Skills Demonstrating Ethical Group Communication: 30%

  • Critical Thinking and Ethical Decision Making
  • Evaluating Oral Presentations
  • Conflict Resolution Theories
11B. LAB CONTENT:
N/A
12. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (List methods used to present course content.)
  1. Activity
  2. Discussion
  3. Lecture
  4. Multimedia Content
  5. Projects
  6. Other (Specify)

  7. Other Methods:
    Group discussion, activities and projects: to develop critical thinking and small group discussion practice. Instructor-led lecture: to introduce theories that guide effective communication, listening, conflict management, decision making, leadership, and oral presentations in groups. Multimedia content: videos to illustrate core concepts in small group communication practice and research.
13. ASSIGNMENTS: 0.00 hours/week (List all assignments, including library assignments. Requires two (2) hours of independent work outside of class for each unit/weekly lecture hour. Outside assignments are not required for lab-only courses, although they can be given.)

Out-of-class Assignments:
1. Regular reading assignments in the text. 2. Library Information Competency/Library Research. 3. Research paper.


ASSIGNMENTS ARE: (See definition of college level):
Primarily College Level
14. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: (Grades are based on):
ESSAY (Includes "blue book" exams and any written assignment of sufficient length and complexity to require students to select and organize ideas, to explain and support the ideas, and to demonstrate critical thinking skills.)
NON-COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING (Critical thinking should be demonstrated by solving unfamiliar problems via various strategies.)
SKILL DEMONSTRATION
MULTIPLE CHOICE
OTHER (Describe):
Evaluate Oral presentations Evaluation of written assignments: essays, research paper, and mid-term & final exams and/or in-class quizzes for understanding of course material. Evaluation of all work for coherence and evidence of critical thinking and analysis, individual effort, and accurate documentation of ideas. Evaluation of ability to demonstrate the use of skills taught in multiple modes throughout the term.
15. TEXTS, READINGS, AND MATERIALS
  A. Textbooks:
 
  • Beebe, S.A. & Masterson J.T. 2016. Communicating in Small Groups Updated 11th. Pearson
  • Harris, T.E. & Sherblom, J.C. 2011. Small Group and Team Communication 5. Pearson
  • J. Dan Rothwell . 2013. In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups 8. Cengage Learning
 

*Date is required: Transfer institutions require current publication date(s) within 5 years of outline addition/update.

  B. Additional Resources:
 
  • Library/LRC Materials and Services:

    The instructor, in consultation with a librarian, has reviewed the materials and services of the College Library/LRC in the subject areas related to the proposed new course
  • Are print materials adequate?     No
  • Are nonprint materials adequate?     Yes
  • Are electronic/online resources available?     Yes
  • Are services adequate?     Yes
  • Specific materials and/or services needed have been identified and discussed. Librarian comments:
    Information competency workshops to provide students with the necessary information to conduct ethical research to complete assignments. However, library collections are inadequate and out-of-date, librarians need recommendations to help update library print/e-book collections in this subject area.
  C. Readings listed in A and B above are: (See definition of college level):
 

Primarily college level

16. DESIGNATE OCCUPATIONAL CODE:
E - Non-Occupational
17. LEVEL BELOW TRANSFER:
Y - Not Applicable
18. CALIFORNIA CLASSIFICATION CODE:
Y - Credit Course
19. NON CREDIT COURSE CATEGORY:
Y - Not Applicable
20. FUNDING AGENCY CATEGORY:
Not Applicable - Not Applicable
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