Students graduating with a major in Communication will be able to:
1 Interact with others in one-on-one and small/large group settings, and with audiences of di
2 Collaborate effectively with others.
3 Analyze messages critically for content, purpose, organization, argument, style and meani
4 Analyze conflicts and work through resolutions.
5 Differentiate ethical dimensions of health, environmental or organizational messages and e
6 Choose an optimal means to communicate depending upon the audience, situation and by
COURSE # Course outcomes
COMM 101 1 Define and explain basic communication terms and principles wh
COMM 101 2 Demonstrate knowledge of theory and competence in preparing an
COMM 101 3 Analyze various communication contexts.
COMM 101 4 Apply communication principles and theory in diverse circumstan
COMM 101 5 Find, identify, and effectively use supporting materials in speech a
COMM 101 6 Define and discuss how best to avoid plagiarism.
COMM 101 7 Participate in class and group processes.
COMM 101 8 Demonstrate courtesy and respect for classmates.
COMM 200 1 Describe the field of communication studies.
COMM 200 2 Recognize the difference between communication theories.
COMM 200 3 Differentiate communication uses in various social contexts.
COMM 210 1 The options and alternatives for action in a wide variety of interpe
COMM 210 2 Individual preferences and an increased appreciation for the differ
COMM 210 3 The dialectical tensions that arise as students use communication
COMM 210 4 How the process of perception affects communication behavior.
COMM 210 5 The ethical dimensions of interpersonal communication.
COMM 210 6 The importance of nonverbal communication in successful interpe
COMM 210 7 Defensive and supportive communication climates.
COMM 210 8 Competence and an ability to assess the appropriateness and effec
COMM 210 9 Why and how relationships develop and the role communication p
COMM 210 10 Conflict in interpersonal communication and the application of co
COMM 211 1 Define key concepts such as information and knowledge
COMM 211 2 Describe ways that information creation and dissemination influen
COMM 211 3 Access needed information effectively and efficiently.
COMM 211 4 Compare information for convergence and divergence with attenti
COMM 211 5 Evaluate information and its sources critically to form conclusions
COMM 220 1 The options and alternatives for action in a wide variety of group
COMM 220 2 Individual preferences and an increased appreciation for the differ
COMM 220 3 How to facilitate group processes.
COMM 220 4 How the process of perception affects group communication beha
COMM 220 5 Dealing with different roles exhibited by group members.
COMM 220 6 The uses and abuses of power in groups.
COMM 220 7 Multiple ways of making decisions.
COMM 220 8 Multi-phasic models of group development
COMM 220 9 Dealing with functional and dysfunctional group conflict.
COMM 301 1 Define, prepare, and deliver a variety of public speeches to a varie
COMM 301 2 Design appropriate outline format for individual speeches as assig
COMM 301 3 Develop advanced knowledge on how to use effective language to
COMM 301 4 Develop advanced public speaking delivery skills.
COMM 301 5 Listen effectively, analyze, and critique public speeches.
COMM 301 6 Work with multi-media software in public speaking presentations
COMM 310 3 Explain the rationale for conducting communication research and
COMM 310 4 Use several different methods and recognize the benefits and draw
COMM 310 5 Conduct a communication literature review and recognize the assu
COMM 320 1 Able to dissect an argument for its components.
COMM 320 2 Recognize the features of a persuasive speaking situation.
COMM 320 3 Formulate and deliver persuasive statements in the form of speech
COMM 321 1 Find out more about cultures.
COMM 321 2 Interact cross-culturally.
COMM 321 3 Differentiate between ethnic, national and gendered styles.
COMM 321 4 Transcend stereotypes.
COMM 322 1 What is Popular Culture? Kinds of Cultures: High, Low, Folk.
COMM 322 2 History of Popular Amusements.
COMM 322 3 Theories of Meaning in Popular Culture: Marxist, Freudian, Semi
COMM 322 4 Producing Popular Culture.
COMM 322 5 U.S. Popular Culture in Global Context: McWorld or Jihad?
COMM 331 1 Describe and analyze the interdisciplinary connections between th
COMM 331 2 Describe and analyze a wide range of images existent in contempo
COMM 331 3 Critically examine from various cross- chronological and cultural
COMM 331 4 Reflect in written and oral form on the various aspects of the visua
COMM 331 5 Describe and analyze the processes of visual arts, mass media and
COMM 331 6 Critically analyze the meaning of images within their original con
COMM 331 7 Critically evaluate and analyze the processes that link ancient trad
COMM 331 8 Analyze the issues related to visual arts, mass media art and huma
COMM 331 9 Develop new ways of looking and thinking about images.
COMM 331 10 Formulate an interpretative level of analysis based on a comprehe
COMM 331 11 Critically examine in comparative ways the formation of meaning
COMM 331 12 Decipher symbols, cultural and artistic codes.
COMM 331 13 Examine and describe the role and specificity of new media in pre
COMM 331 14 Analyze the role of museums and other institutions and reflect on
COMM 331 15 Analyze how the educational projects of museum are connected to
COMM 331 16 Apply the knowledge and information to real life situation in pape
COMM 333 1 Describe the features of a nonprofit organization.
COMM 333 2 Differentiate a nonprofit from for-profit organization.
COMM 333 3 Discern the relationship between board members, staff and volunt
COMM 333 4 Participate with a nonprofit organization.
COMM 333 5 Identify rules used to run a meeting.
COMM 333 6 Recruit volunteers.
COMM 333 7 Analyze a budget statement for a nonprofit organization.
COMM 333 8 Analyze legal constraints faced by nonprofit organizations.
COMM 335 1 Identify and discuss the major works of political film of the 20th c
COMM 335 2 Discuss the the ideas presented in motion pictures and distinguish
COMM 335 3 Discuss the portrayals of race, gender, class and alternative lifesty
COMM 335 4 Write clearly about film as an art form and a method of communic
COMM 335 5 View and critique films based on an understanding of the instituti
COMM 335 6 Discuss the influence of pop culture and the entertainment industr
COMM 336 1 Read critically and analyze literary texts.
COMM 336 2 Express their interpretations of literary texts in oral and written fo
COMM 336 3 Articulate the options and alternatives for action in a wide variety
COMM 336 4 Compare individual preferences and articulate an increased apprec
COMM 336 5 Explain the dialectical tensions that arise as students use commun
COMM 336 6 Explain how the process of perception affects communication beh
COMM 336 7 Explain the ethical dimensions of interpersonal communication.
COMM 336 8 Explain the importance of nonverbal communication in successfu
COMM 336 9 Compare defensive and supportive communication climates.
COMM 336 10 Assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of interpersonal strat
COMM 336 11 Explain conflict in interpersonal communication and the apply con
COMM 340 1 Recognize the role of language and dialogue in the construction, m
COMM 340 2 Identify their own skills, styles and patterns of conflict manageme
COMM 340 3 Detect the value of conflict in negotiating change.
COMM 340 4 Interpret the role of accountability, agency and empowerment as i
COMM 340 5 Explore the role of identity in the construction of conflict.
COMM 340 6 Determine the implications of conflict in interpersonal, organizati
COMM 340 7 Examine the relationship between various cultures and institutions
COMM 340 8 Gain insight into the social, political, historical, and behavioral as
COMM 340 9 Give an account of how the principles of ecological theory can be
COMM 345 1 Define mass media, mass communication, and culture.
COMM 345 2 Analyze the development of mass communication historically and
COMM 345 3 Analyze the relationship between mass communication and cultur
COMM 345 4 Discuss the role of mass media on the lives of children and adoles
COMM 345 5 Investigate how media portrays minorities, gender roles, and class
COMM 345 6 Discuss the relationship between shape of media institutions and e
COMM 345 7 Analyze mass media marketing and its effects of on the behavior o
COMM 345 8 Influence of mediated message producers, production technologie
COMM 345 9 Apply their knowledge of mass communication to produce educat
COMM 346 1 Demonstrate through a variety of channels appropriate context-spe
COMM 346 2 Describe the options and alternatives for action in a wide variety o
COMM346-3 346 3 Self-assess individual preferences and differentiate others’ commu
COMM 346 4 Recognize defensive and supportive communication climates.
COMM 346 5 Assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of interpersonal strat
COMM 346 6 Recognize conflict in interpersonal communication and suggest m
COMM 430 1 Discuss the role that symbols play in the political process.
COMM 430 2 Describe the concepts of agenda setting and framing in political co
COMM 430 3 Compare and contrast different sourses of media communication t
COMM 430 4 Design and write a persuasive media campaign based on a contem
COMM 430 5 Analyze campaign advertising for fallacies.
COMM 441 1 Conduct an analysis of risk behavior based on a variety of factors
COMM 441 2 nterpret and explain health care provider and patient interactions;
COMM 441 3 Critically examine public arguments in order to design and presen
COMM 441 4 Identify ethical dilemmas and evaluate the implications of various
COMM 442 1 Practicing their listening skills.
COMM 442 2 Negotiating and practicing conflict resolution.
COMM 442 3 Participating in small group dynamics.
COMM 442 4 Designing and delivering strategic organizational messages.
COMM 443 1 Explain the role of language in shaping a public perception of an e
COMM 443 2 Be able to recognize the main areas of debate among differing fac
COMM 443 3 Craft a message for one local environmental issue and convey the
COMM 450 1 Identify various processes and models of environmental dispute re
COMM 450 2 Articulate the key differences between mediation and facilitation;
COMM 450 3 Extrapolate the value of environmental dispute resolution;
COMM 450 4 Explore the critical interplay between science, policy and technolo
COMM 450 5 Determine the role of public communication in environmental con
COMM 450 6 Investigate the importance of environmental justice in designing e
COMM 490 1 Analyze Communication topic in greater depth.
COMM 490 2 Prepare a detailed paper based on the topic.
COMM 490 3 Present their findings to their peers.
COMM 490 4 Discuss readings on topic within class.
COMM 492 1 Explored the day-to-day communication activities that occur with
COMM 492 2 Gained experience applying the skills and concepts from category
COMM 492 3 Worked with a business/nonprofit professional on a project, from
COMM 499 1 An ability to collaborate with others.
COMM 499 2 An analysis of environmental, health or business/nonprofit messag
COMM 499 3 A solution to resolve a conflict among individuals, small groups, o
COMM 499 4 A presentation persuading a targeted audience about a health, env
COMM 499 5 A technical proficiency in choosing an optimal means to commun
COMM 499 6 An evaluatory summation about how their interdisciplinary course
gs, and with audiences of diverse memberships.
argument, style and meaning.
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cation terms and principles which undergird competent public communication.
and competence in preparing and presenting informative and persuasive speeches.
nd theory in diverse circumstances and demonstrate effective communication, distinguishing effective from less effective respons
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mation and knowledge
ation and dissemination influence how we understand information and what counts as information.
vely and efficiently.
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es critically to form conclusions on information ethics, international aspects, or demographic characteristics.
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g communication research and the way that decisions can be made from such studies.
recognize the benefits and drawbacks of each.
e review and recognize the assumptions and implications of articles about communication research.
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tatements in the form of speeches and campaigns.
nal and gendered styles.
Cultures: High, Low, Folk.
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ntext: McWorld or Jihad?
plinary connections between the visual arts, new media, popular culture and human communication.
of images existent in contemporary life.
oss- chronological and cultural perspectives how traditional visual arts interact with new media.
the various aspects of the visual culture and related institutions (such as museums, galleries, private collections).
of visual arts, mass media and human communication.
mages within their original context as well as defined by art historical and museum practices and new media.
processes that link ancient traditions with mass media.
arts, mass media art and human communication.
thinking about images.
analysis based on a comprehensive understanding of visual arts, mass media and human communication.
ways the formation of meanings in visual arts, mass media and their connections to human communication.
specificity of new media in preserving and expanding the
ther institutions and reflect on possibilities for new projects.
cts of museum are connected to what children learn in schools (California framework).
ion to real life situation in papers and presentations.
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dialogue in the construction, maintenance and resolution of conflict.
patterns of conflict management.
agency and empowerment as it relates to conflict resolution.
onstruction of conflict.
lict in interpersonal, organizational, national and international relations.
various cultures and institutions that shape our understanding of conflict and conflict resolution approaches.
al, historical, and behavioral aspects of conflict negotiation and resolution.
les of ecological theory can be applied to landscape studies.
ication, and culture.
communication historically and culturally.
mass communication and cultural values.
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norities, gender roles, and class.
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d its effects of on the behavior of audiences, especially children and adolescents.
ducers, production technologies, and message content.
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communication and suggest methods for conflict resolution.
in the political process.
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rses of media communication to identify bias.
ia campaign based on a contemporary political candidate or ballot issue.
or based on a variety of factors including cultural and environmental factors, severity of outcome, and acknowledgement of symp
ovider and patient interactions; and revise particular messages to increase understanding.
s in order to design and present a new public health campaign.
uate the implications of various health choices.
ping a public perception of an environmental resource.
s of debate among differing factions of an environmental dispute.
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els of environmental dispute resolution and their appropriate application;
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ntal dispute resolution;
en science, policy and technology as it relates to dispute resolution processes;
unication in environmental conflict resolution processes and collaborative policy development;
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lls and concepts from category specific upper-division courses (COMM 441, 442, 443).
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