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Communication

COMM 100 Basic Communication

Basic Communication is a survey course designed to provide students with an overview of communication as a field of study. Its aim is to help develop oral communication competencies needed to function effectively in diverse communication contexts. The course addresses a variety of theoretical topics in communication studies and attempts to build skills in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.
 

COMM 105 Listening and Critical Thinking

This course is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation for listening as a vital element in the communication process. We expect students to improve proficiency through practice in a variety of settings and through exercises with diverse speakers and subjects.
 

COMM 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

This course is designed to help students learn to express their ideas to an audience with confidence and clarity. The aim of this course is to teach students to speak in a public setting by preparing presentations on a number of diverse topics for use on a variety of occasions. This course provides students with opportunities to learn how to analyze an audience and tailor their messages to that audience. In addition, students will learn to become critical listeners by analyzing and critiquing other students' presentations.
 

COMM 111_H Fundamentals of Public Speaking-Honors

This course is designed to help students learn to express their ideas to an audience with confidence and clarity. The aim of this course is to teach students to speak in a public setting by preparing presentations on a number of diverse topics for use on a variety of occasions. This course provides students with opportunities to learn how to analyze an audience and tailor their messages to that audience. In addition, students will learn to become critical listeners by analyzing and critiquing other students' presentations. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. Students cannot receive credit for both COMM 111_H and COMM 111.
 

COMM 112 Persuasive Speech

This course is designed help students understand the persuasive communication process so that they can prepare effective persuasive presentations and evaluate persuasive messages. Students will develop their proficiency through speech preparation and presentation, written analyses, and debate.
 

COMM 115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

This course examines the exchange of information between people who are culturally unalike. The essence of intercultural communication is the way in which different cultural values, beliefs, rituals, behaviors, artifacts, experiences, and worldviews – the sets of variables which form the differences between cultures – affect the ways in which people process information. This class discusses how people from different cultures come to see things differently, and how those perceptual differences effect their communication. Class experiences will include lectures, group discussions, activities, and intercultural simulations. While course material is theoretical, course assignments and discussions are designed for application to your everyday encounters with individuals from other countries, therefore, student participation is essential to learning the course materials.
 

COMM 130 Business and Professional Communication

Business and Professional Communication is designed to increase student understanding and implementation of effective communication behaviors and skills. Throughout the term, students will learn to recognize, understand, and perform communication in settings common to business and the professions. Instruction includes interpersonal communication, small group communication, interviewing, technical communication, proposal presentation, and more. In addition, attention will be given to presentational aids, both traditional and computer generated.
 

COMM 218 Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to increase a student's understanding and use of effective interpersonal communication behaviors in a variety of face-to-face settings. The goal is to better understand oneself, others, and the role of communication in achieving and maintaining satisfying relationships. Knowledge and skill building are used to foster improvement with special attention to verbal and nonverbal communication, self-concept, effective listening, emotions, intimacy, gender/cultural differences, and relationship development.
 

COMM 219 Small Group Communication

The purpose of the course is to provide a setting in which students may increase their knowledge about the function and role of small group communication both in and out of the workplace. Students will consider the unique challenges found only in group communication setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of small groups activities as well as an on-going group that presents a solution to a problem.
 

COMM 220 Communication, Gender and Culture

This course explores gender as a cultural communication practice that simultaneously reflects and enacts the culture in which it occurs. That is, gender is positioned as something that we do—via communication— rather than what we are. In order to understand and consider critically gender as communication, this course examines the difference between sex and gender, the intersection of gender and culture, and theories of how we become gendered. We will examine the ways in which social and political meanings attached to gender are communicated in various cultural institutions, practices, and contexts; and we will also consider how issues such as identity, representation, race, sexuality, class, and power bear on gender.
 

COMM 260 Introduction to Conflict Management

This course emphasizes understanding conflict as a communication phenomenon and provides a summary and synthesis of social science research and theory on conflict. This course highlights the interactive nature of conflict and demonstrates the value of collaborative models for resolving conflict.
 

COMM 265 Environmental Communication

Environmental Communication will prepare students for today’s rhetorical challenges as they seek to communicate about environmental issues in ways that will promote sustainability of communities and ecosystems. This course will be useful for anyone who intends to understand the persuasive strategies used by advocates to defend their outlooks about the environment. Students will apply these principles in papers and oral presentations.
 

COMM 285 Mediated Communication

The use of computers and other technologies in our daily lives has evolved from simple computer calculations to allowing us a personal space in which to share our innermost thoughts and feelings on a large network with others. This course explores the impact of technology on human communication in a variety of contexts including information goals, relational goals, persuasive goals, and entertainment goals.
 

COMM 296 Communication in Healthcare Settings

This course explores the ways communication shapes health and health practices. The course examines interpersonal communication about health within the contexts of clinician-patient, family, and social support. Mass communication and health will also be covered, including health communication campaigns, public relations, and advertising for health organizations and how the media and technology present and affect health information.
 

COMM 298 Independent Study:

A variable credit course based on independent study contracted between an instructor and a student.
 
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