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COMM220 - Small Group Communication

Course Details

Course Code: COMM220 Course ID: 2921 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

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.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. To understand various levels and styles of group communication.
  2. To demonstrate understanding of group communication be able to ways to communicate successfully in group settings.
  3. To acquire knowledge and skills at various layers that increase your small group communication competence.
  4. To identify barriers—to effective small group communication.
  5. To gain a critical perspective on issues involving small group communication.

The grading for this course is weighted as follows:

Discussion Posts (10 @ 100 pts each) 45%

Weekly Group/Individual Responses (7 @ 100 pts) 30%

Final Project (15-20 slides) 100 pts 15% of Grade

Tests (4 @ 100 pts) 10% of Grade

Discussion Assignments

Discussion Boards are a great way for us to interact as a class and discuss the week’s readings and other issues of study in the course. A Discussion Board posting is due each week, and I will post a topic for you to comment on. You are expected to make your own original posting on the assigned topic AND then you are each expected to respond to at least two other students’ postings. I want you to think critically about what you’re writing because your classmates and I will be reading them. Write as clearly and effectively (as error free) as possible.

You must respond during the week the Discussion Board is assigned. Discussion Boards can NOT be made up.

Tests (10 questions @ 10 points each per Test)

You will take four tests. Each will cover 2 weeks of course content. Exams are multiple choice and due by the end of the week on which they are assigned.

Final Project: Small Group Communication Analysis (15- 20 slides)

Communication problems occur every day in our work, social, and personal relationships. With your group, identify an agreed communications problem, propose a solution, and the possible positive and negative outcomes if your groups proposal were put into action in a 15-20 slide Power Point presentation.

Follow these steps to complete your assignment:

  1. Create a draft of your Power Point slides, including title and content slides, ending with 1–2 slides of reference materials.
  2. On the notes of the first slide, indicate what technologies, setting, and audience would be ideal for this presentation.
  3. Add appropriate visual aids to the presentation.
  4. In the notes area, describe the rationale supporting your visual aids as well as other visual aids you considered and the reason(s) you rejected them.
  5. Add speaker's notes to each slide, including any technology and other visual aids necessary.
  6. The content slides should contain updated in-text citations along with the text and visual aids.
  7. Update your citations and reference list as needed.
  8. Be sure to cite all references in APA format. Power Point and references must adhere to APA (6th edition) format and style criteria. Click here for an online APA reference.

NameGrade %
Forums 45.00 %
Week 1 Introductions 4.50 %
Week 1 Forum 4.50 %
Week 2 Forum 4.50 %
Week 3 Forum 4.50 %
Week 4 Forum 4.50 %
Week 5 Forum 4.50 %
Week 6 Forum 4.50 %
Week 7 Forum 4.50 %
Week 8 Forum 4.50 %
Week 8 Forum Presentation 4.50 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 1 Group Response 4.29 %
Week 2 Group Response (1) 4.29 %
Week 3 Individual Response (with Group collaboration) 4.29 %
Week 4 Group Response (1) 4.29 %
Week 5 Individual Response 4.29 %
Week 6 Group Response (1) 4.29 %
Week 7 Individual Response 4.29 %
Tests 10.00 %
Week 2: Test 2.50 %
Week 4: Test 2.50 %
Week 6: Test 2.50 %
Week 8: Test 2.50 %
Final Project 15.00 %
Week 8: Final Group Power Point Presentation 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Week 2: Test 0.00 %
Week 4: Test 0.00 %
Week 6: Test 0.00 %
Week 8: Test 0.00 %

Book Title: Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, 11th ed - the VitalSource eBook will be provided through the APUS Bookstore; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources..
Author: Beebe, Steven A.
Publication Info: Pearson
ISBN: 9780205980833

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Book Title:Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices, 11th ed -the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources..
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Beebe, Steven A.
Unit Cost:$138.77
Electronic ISBN:9781323234518
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.