In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in Communication also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of Communication, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Describe the various theoretical models and separate parts of the communication process.
- Prepare and deliver a presentation appropriate to a selected communication setting or event.
- Articulate the issues relevant to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
- Apply relevant techniques to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history, models, theories, and concepts of mass communication.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of communication.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics and processes of small group communication.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and dynamics of communication between genders.
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Public Speaking will introduce students to the field of communication studies, giving them a basic foundation in the issues relevant to communicating effectively in today’s global, technological, and diverse world: history and theories of communication, ethics, the audience, developing and delivering a speech, and types of speeches and specialized speech situations, including the job interview. This course will utilize Thinkwell Public Speaking Online materials, which includes video selections of historic speeches for study as well as examples of student speakers.
Students enrolling in this course must be able to upload video (preferable) or audio (acceptable) files of their speeches.
Communication and Gender
This course examines the similarities and differences in male and female communication styles and patterns. The content emphasizes implications of gender as a social construct influencing perceptions, values, stereotyping, language use, nonverbal communication, and power conflict in human relationships.
Small Group Communication
This course will examine the theoretical and practical issues that affect communication between members of work teams, discussion groups, and decision-making bodies. Students will work as members of student teams to analyze both the theoretical and practical implications of the issues that surround effective communication and miscommunication is a small group setting.
This course develops interpersonal, group, and presentational communication skills that are applicable in personal and professional cross-cultural relationships, and focuses on differences in values, message systems, and communication rules across cultural boundaries and in multicultural settings.
This course is an introduction to major mass communication theories as a context to examine major issues surrounding mass media in American society. Students will trace the history and development of the major media, both nationally and internationally, and examine the connection to, and interdependence of, each medium to other media. Emphasis will be placed on the current status of each medium and its influence on society and vice versa.
Ethics in Communication
This course is a study of the ethical considerations in communication. It will examine the main ethical issues in interpersonal and mediated communication, including such topics as objectivity, freedom of expression, representations of sex, violence and other human behavior, privacy, confidentiality and obligations to the public.
Foundations of Online Learning
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
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