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COURSE NUMBER: SPCH113
COURSE TITLE:Group Discussion
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): SPC 920
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
An introduction to the theory and practice of small group communication. Emphasis is placed on social norms, the nature and types of groups, and leadership development. Students are expected to demonstrate both practical and theoretical understanding of problem-solving, information-providing, decision-making, and conflict management.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Provides an overview of the nature, functions, and responsibilities of communicating in groups with an emphasis on types of groups, as well as leadership development.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theories and principles of group communication
  • apply communication theories to analyze the influence of group communication systems on American society through group projects
  • analyze representative research in group communication and demonstrate knowledge of this through group projects/course writing
  • demonstrate improvement of conflict management skills and display this through case studies/group projects
  • show comprehension of leadership roles and ways to become a leader through group projects
  • develop the skills to effectively participate in a group project that involves goal setting, planning, and presenting an organized presentation
  • demonstrate team problem solving, delivering different types of oral presentations, and develop confidence as a communicator through group projects/presentations

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  • Week one
    • Defining small groups through characteristics and attraction
    • Why do we join them?
  • Week two
    • What are the rules, norms, roles within groups?
    • What is the difference between cohesion and groupthink?
  • Week four
    • How do groups develop? What are the stages?
  • Week five
    • Defining diversity in groups, making diverse groups work, comparing assumptions and stereotypes
  • Week six
    • Functions of verbal and nonverbal communication including in computer mediated communication
  • Week seven
    • Listening and Feedback are a big part of communication how do they affect groups?
  • Week eight
    • Evolving as a group
  • Week nine
    • How to make decisions and solve problems as a group
  • Week ten
    • What role does creativity play in the small group process?
  • Week eleven
    • The process that a group goes through to be able to present
    • Different formats for presenting a group discussion/project
  • Week twelve
    • How to handle conflict in a group dynamic
  • Week thirteen
    • Theories, characteristics, and tasks of a leader
    • How to choose/become a leader
  • Week fourteen
    • Tasks and styles of leaders
  • Week fifteen
    • How to observe and evaluate a small group
  • Week sixteen
    • Using technology (computer mediated communication) in the small group setting

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Book: Small Group and Team Communication
Authors: Thomas E Harris & John C Sherblom
ISBN 13: 978-0-205-69298-9 ISBN 10: 0-205-69298-2
Edition 5 Publication date: 2011 Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
A point system will be used to determine the course grade. Although subject to change, grades will be computed on the following basis:
  1. The final grade is based primarily on exams and group projects
  2. The final grade is also based on the written homework, and/or any other written papers assigned, participation in class discussions and class exercises, the quality of that participation
  3. The grades will be computed as follows:
Tests
Group Projects
Papers, Homework, & Class work
30%
55%
15%

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2018

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