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Communication

COMM 100 Basic Communications

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. May be offered online.
 

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. May be offered online.
 

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. May be offered online.
 

COMM 111_H Fundamentals of Public Speaking-Honors

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. 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. 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 addresses how work, study or travel influences intercultural interactions. A variety of topics will illustrate how differing values, beliefs, attitudes, and social systems effect verbal and nonverbal human communication behaviors. Students will develop awareness, understanding, and sensitivity to cultural diversity within the personal, national and international settings. May be offered online.
 

COMM 130 Business and Professional Communication

Business and Professional Communication is designed to enhance students' understanding of the skills, principles, and challenges associated with business and professional communication. This course will focus on the analysis and application of communication principles and practices (resume writing and interviewing, interpersonal communication, small group and team communication, public presentations, and technological communication) for successful participation in organizational and professional activities. Oral presentations and written assignments are utilized to evaluate competencies in verbal and nonverbal communication efforts. May be offered online.
 

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, and relationship development. May be offered online.
 

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. May be offered online.
 

COMM 221 Advanced Public Communication

This class is designed to give you experience in the practice of researching, preparing, analyzing, and delivering public presentations. You will learn how to develop and deliver messages that are appropriate and effective for the audience, purpose, and cont ext . In this class you will improve skills in composition and delivery of speeches representative of common public communication situations. Great for those wishing to enhance communication skills that are sought after in a competitive job market. This class is perfect for all careers especially teaching , sales, law, management, public service, journalism, marketing, and public relations.
 

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. May be offered online.
 

COMM 298 Independent Study:

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