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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 230
Course Title: Introduction to Communication Theory and Research
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to theory, methodology, analysis and criticism. Skills learned in this course are the beginning foundation of those required to complete the Capstone course and the major senior project. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; completion of at least one COMM course and a C average in all Speech Communication courses.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Sophomore standing; completion of at least one COMM course, and a C average in Speech Communication courses.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Theories of Human Communication
By Littlejohn, Stephen W. & Karen A. Foss (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Communication Theory
By Griffin, Em (Wadsworth)
Communication Theories: Perspectives, Processes, and Contexts
By Miller, Katherine (McGraw-Hill)
Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Application
By West, Richard and Lynn H. Turner (McGraw Hill)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify different perspectives on communication theory.
  2. Demonstrate intermediate level organizational and analytical skills when discussing and conducting communication research.
  3. Demonstrate critical writing skills which support an understanding of basic critical and theoretical concerns in the discipline.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

All students in this class MUST complete the following assessment devices: a departmental comprehensive subject test, a major research project (10-15 pages) and a formal presentation of that research (10-15 mins.). These devices will be used by the department to measure the effectiveness of the program.

  • The nature of inquiry and theory.
  • Topics in communication theory.
  • Contextual issues in communication.
  • Writing in a scholarly manner.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: April 15, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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