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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.



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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