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Group Dynamics
GROUP DYNAMICS
CLASS CODE: COMM 350 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Analysis of theory and practice of human communication in a small group setting, focusing on leadership, participation and evaluation, with emphasis in group norms, roles, cohesion and conflict.
DESCRIPTION: How to organize, lead, participate in, and evaluate small group discussions, conferences, and meetings.
TOPICS: Merit Pay distributed to each group member.
Group Work: Problem Solving; Service Project; Scripture Study; Social (Group date and Dinner); Discussion; Research Paper; Road Trip; Portfolio.
OBJECTIVES: This course will provide basic facets of small group communication. Use of the textbook, guest speakers, and active participation of small group opportunities will give the student chances to discover more about the principles and processes of the communication in small groups. Students will be able to identify and stay focused on a group task, fill the various individual roles needed to facilitate effective group discussion, cope with potential barriers and breakdowns in the small group process, and exhibit effective leadership skills in a small group.
REQUIREMENTS: Grade determined by Tests, Attendance, Portfolio, and Academic Group participation. The following requirements are essential for the Academic Groups: Presentation is to be no longer than 15 minutes; Lecture and Handout on specific Chapter; Do Blooms Taxonomy Essay Question; Activity should be geared to teach Chapter Concept; Keep list of time spent and group member responsibilities; Personal evaluation must be emailed before presentation; Each group member will "pay" other members merit wages of $30; Instructor will "award" up to $5 merit wages for each group participant.
PREREQUISITES: COMM 150
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2003