Descriptor Details

  • Survey of Human Communication
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This introductory communication course focuses on the basic foundations of interpersonal communication, small group communication and public speaking. Students will be introduced to the breadth of the communication discipline. Additionally, students will examine and practice human communication principles and theories, at a basic level, to develop critical thinking and communication competencies in a variety of contexts.




  1. Principles of human communication
  2. Ethics and communication
  3. Listening skills in a variety of contexts
  4. Interpersonal communication in various contexts, including personal, professional, intercultural, computer mediated, and family interactions.
  5. Role of communication in perception of self and personal identity.
  6. Small group communication including leadership, decision making and conflict management.
  7. Elements of effective public speaking, including analysis of communication situation, ethics and diversity, audience, occasion, purpose, selection of subject matter, research, evidence evaluation, organization, presentation skills, and evaluation of communication effectiveness
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the role communication plays in creating a culture of inclusion.

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify similarities and differences between the fields of Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication and Public Speaking
  2. Demonstrate, at an introductory level, interpersonal concepts of perception, self-concept, nonverbal communication, verbal communication, listening and conflict management
  3. Participate in small group activities to demonstrate a basic understanding of leadership communication, problem solving, role orientation and conflict management strategies to achieve group goals
  4. Research, organize, and deliver an effective public address

Exams, quizzes, group and individual presentations in front of a live audience, papers.

University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies. (Latest edition). LibreTexts. (OER)

Rice. Process of Communication. (Latest edition). College of the Canyons. (OER).

Adler, R.B. and G. Rodman, Understanding Human Communication. (Latest edition.) Oxford University Press.

Wood, J., Communication Mosaics: An Introduction to the Field of Communication. (Latest edition.) Cengage.

Beebe, Stephen and Susan Beebe, Communication: Principles for a Lifetime. (Latest edition.) Pearson.

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  • It was noted, in comments and in the FDRG discussion, that there has been some confusion with submitted CORs for C-ID COMM 180. Numerous CORs for courses that are a survey of communication studies (commonly referred to as a “hybrid” course including public speaking, interpersonal and small groups) have been submitted and not approved because they described courses that did not align with the COMM 180 descriptor. The FDRG agreed to write a draft descriptor for a survey/hybrid course and submit the draft to the C-ID process for discussion, vetting and approval.

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