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COM 601 Communication Fluency

Note: the following is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.

Course Description

This introductory course exposes students to communication as a discipline and begins the process of improving each student's communication literacy and knowledge. Communication literacy increases nimbleness - allowing you to access information; analyze and evaluate messages and texts, create content, reflect on social and ethical considerations, and engage in the community across all communication platforms with a variety of audiences. In this course, you will learn the paradigms of communication knowledge as well as essential communication theory. You will learn how to develop original inquiry into a communication topic.

In addition, you will begin to develop content on digital platforms related to a specific communication initiative and audience. Students completing the course will progress the skills to succeed in the program: how to locate credible research, analyze and evaluate a variety of texts, ask good questions, create content on digital platforms, and participate in the conversation within the communication discipline.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate critical skills in accessing information on a variety of digital platforms.
  • Demonstrate critical skills in evaluating messages and texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create content on a variety of digital platforms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on social and ethical considerations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in communities that require communicating appropriately with diverse audiences using a variety of traditional and digital platforms and strategies.
  • Perform communication activities competently across communication platforms.
  • Demonstrate awareness of one aspect of one global issue.

Topics of Study

Studying Communication/Following the Process of Inquiry

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to find scholarly articles using the Everett Library online databases.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up accounts for Skype, YouTube, and WordPress.
  • Demonstrate the ability to post a blog entry.

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Describe how scholars try to define communication.
  • Describe the academic study and field of communication.
  • Explain the process of inquiry in communication scholarship.
  • Differentiate between three major types of communication scholarship.
  • Describe how scholars work to inquire into their research questions and share their work.
  • Start thinking about asking your own questions of definition, fact, or value.

Theory: From Dimensions to Evaluation

Learning Objectives

  • Describe topics upon which communication scholars might focus.
  • Discuss the types of scholarship communication scholars may perform.
  • Outline the process scholars follow when they compose and submit manuscripts for publication.
  • Discuss what a theory is.
  • Describe the philosophical assumptions of theories, including epistemology, ontology, and axiology.

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Discuss what a theory is.
  • Describe the philosophical assumptions of theories, including epistemology, ontology, and axiology.
  • Explain the concepts, explanations, and principles of theories.
  • Differentiate between a nomothetic and practical theory.
  • Evaluate a communication theory.

Traditions of Inquiry

Learning Objectives

  • Categorize or frame communication theories.
  • Describe the seven traditions of communication theories.
  • Differentiate among the seven traditions of communication theory.
  • Create a podcast.

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Categorize or frame communication theories.
  • Describe the seven traditions of communication theory.
  • Differentiate among the seven traditions of communication theory.

The Communicator and the Message

Learning Objectives

  • Apply at least one specific theory that deals with the Communicator to a given situation.
  • Differentiate two Communicator theories according to the traditions from which they emerge: Socio-psychological, Cybernetic, Socio-cultural, Rhetorical or Critical.
  • Apply at least one specific theory that deals with the Message to a given situation.
  • Differentiate two Message theories according to the traditions from which they emerge: Semiotic, Phenomenological, Rhetorical, Socio-cultural, and Socio-psychological.

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Identify at least one communication theory from the five traditions offered in this chapter: Socio-psychological, Cybernetic, Socio-cultural, Rhetorical or Critical.
  • Apply each theory to a given situation.

The Conversation, the Relationship, and the Group

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish theories that focus on three different kinds of interactions: the conversation, the relationship, and the group.
  • Apply one communication theory to one example of each kind of interaction.
  • Choose an appropriate sequence of theories to build the foundation for an argument in a Literature Review.

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Differentiate among the sociopsychological, sociocultural, rhetorical, cybernetic, and critical traditions' approaches to the study of conversation.
  • Define and explain at least one theory about conversations from each of the traditions.

The Organization and the Media

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish theoretical traditions that focus on the Organization.
  • Distinguish theoretical traditions that focus on the Media.
  • Apply one communication theory to interaction(s) in the Organization and the Media.

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Differentiate among the socio-psychological, cybernetic, rhetorical, socio-cultural, and critical traditions' approaches to the study of organizations.
  • Define and explain at least one theory about organizations from each of the traditions.

Culture and Society

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish theoretical traditions that focus on culture and society.
  • Apply one communication theory to socio-cultural interaction(s).

After completing this topic of study, students are prepared to:

  • Differentiate among the semiotic, cybernetic, phenomenological, and critical traditions' approaches to the study of organizations.
  • Define and explain at least one theory about culture from each of the traditions.

Note: the following is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.