Welcome to Intro to Communication

This course is a study of basic communication theory and history. It focuses specifically on the relevance of communication study today, how different situations and technologies demand the evaluation and application of appropriate communication techniques. Students in the course will apply communication studies to developing applications of communication including business presentations, public speaking, organizational, and small group communication.

Before you start the course

  • Review the Course Learning Outcomes, located in the the tab above
  • Download and review the Course Requirements Document, located in the Documents tab above.
  • Review the Technology Requirements, located in the Technology tab above.

To complete this course and receive a final grade

  • Study all of the lessons within each module and complete the Check Your Knowledge activity at the bottom of each Lesson to receive participation credit.
  • Complete each module quiz.
  • Complete each module evidence activity.
  • Complete the mid-term examination.
  • Complete the final examination.

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This course focuses on the following learning outcomes. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Define, identify, and analyze the essential focus of communication study and theory; including the communication cycle, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the differences in spoken versus written communication.
  • Define, identify, and analyze the different disciplines within mass communication studies and the personal and global impacts and obligations when considering these disciplines.
  • Define, identify, and analyze the integral aspects of international and intercultural communication as they apply to global and local organizations and individuals working within these organizations.
  • Define, identify, and analyze the tenets of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication as they apply to working relationships in organizations as well as other aspects of daily life.
  • Demonstrate and apply the essential aspects of organizational and small group communication as they apply to work relationships, leadership, project management, team motivation, and online collaboration.
  • Evaluate and apply the fundamentals of professional writing and public speaking to create a business proposal and presentation.
  • Identify and apply communication theory to adapting to your audience.
  • Create an informative and a persuasive speech.
  • Analyze the trends and issues in modern society that impact how you communicate and how communication influences you.

Syllabus

You can download a readable PDF of the Course Syllabus

Com 200 Syllabus

Getting Started Guide

 

Course Outline

Module 1 – Foundations of Communication

Defining Communication

  • What is communication?
  • Communication Models
  • Approaches to communication
  • What is Communication Studies

Verbal Communication

  • What is verbal communication?
  • What makes up verbal communication?
  • What complicates verbal communication?
  • How to overcome verbal communication barriers.

Nonverbal Communication

  • What is nonverbal communication?
  • What makes up nonverbal communication?
  • How does nonverbal communication impact verbal communication?
  • How to control your nonverbal messages.

Spoken versus Written Communication

  • What is the difference between spoken and written communication?
  • How does written communication influence spoken communication?
  • What is effective written communication?
  • The impact of written communication.

This course is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet – to access course material and complete assignments. Review the information below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to complete a course for credit.  

PC Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection with speeds of  at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended. Test internet speed at: http://www.speedtest.net
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

NOTICE:  Though you can view and interact with all of the available course content on a tablet or smartphone, you MUST USE A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP computer to complete the proctored midterm and final examinations.

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection

This section contains PDF versions of each of the lessons from within the course.

If you have any issues accessing the documents, please contact support@tellibrary.org

Module 1: Foundations of Communication – 4 Lessons

Lesson 1 – Defining Communication

Lesson 2 – Verbal Communication

Lesson 3 – Nonverbal Communication

Lesson 4 – Spoken vs. Written Communication

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This grade reflects all of the work through the end of the previous week, and will update as each quiz or activity is graded.

If you are missing any Check Your Knowledge Quizzes, you can re-visit those lessons and complete these quizzes.  You can take these quizzes as many times as you would like.

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Course Content

Modules Status
1

Module 1 - Foundations of Communication

2

Module 2 - The Evolution and Impact of Mass Communication

3

Module 3 - International and Intercultural Communication

4

Module 4 - Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Communication

5

Module 5 - Organizational Communication

6

Module 6 - Working in a Small Group

7

Module 7 - Professional Writing

8

Module 8 - Preparing a Public Speech

9

Introduction to Communication - Mid-Term Examination

10

Module 9 - Delivering a Public Speech

11

Module 10 - Adapting to Your Audience

12

Module 11 - Speaking with Purpose: Information or Persuasion

13

Module 12 - Media Literacy, Technology, and Issues in Communication

14

Introduction to Communication - Final Examination