CMST& 230 Small Group Communication • 5 Cr.
Explores effective communication in small groups. Students examine aspects of group process, including leadership, conflict management, decision-making, conformity, and critical thinking. Students work in groups to test theories and practice skills. Fulfills social science course requirement at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:1. Identify the language, listening, and nonverbal communication skills that are needed to promote a positive communication climate in a group setting. 2. Analyze the influence of culture on group interaction. 3. Identify the actions needed to conduct an effective meeting and promote group productivity. 4. Analyze the methods of decision making used by a group. 5. Evaluate how theoretical group problem solving models can be used to help a group accomplish a task. 6. Identify methods groups can use to stimulate critical and creative thinking while problem solving. 7. Evaluate how leadership theory can be used to help a group accomplish its goals. 8. Identify different methods for managing conflict within a group.