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Small Group Communication CSU East Bay

Instructor: D. Kandy Simmons Email: Doreen.simmons@csueastbay.edu
COMM 3510 Small Group Communication Office Hours: Tu: 3:30-4 Th 11:30-12
Summer 2013 – TuTh 12-3:30 Room 2038 Office: MI 2008
Phone: 925-726-9178 cell; 510-885-4126 Office

Course Description
This course covers the principles and methods of goal-oriented small group creative problem-solving situations. Subject areas include small group communication theory, group formation , meeting management, relating to others, collaborating, problem-solving and decision-making, enhancing creativity, team building, managing conflict and leadership. Application of theories and concepts to real life situations and practical application are emphasized

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Apply small group communication theory in the process of human communication in the small group context.
2. Demonstrate competence in solving problems in task-oriented groups as both a leader and a participant.
3. Demonstrate personal and interpersonal skills in dealing with people and conflict in all types of groups in a variety of situations.
4. Explain various leadership styles and group roles.
5. Analyze the effectiveness of a small group meeting and decision making.
6. Complete a successful work team project applying both written, oral and small group skills.

Teaching and Learning Methods
• Textbook reading and writing assignments
• Short lectures, demonstrations and group discussion
• In-class and out-of-class group meetings
• Written Exams
• In-class writing
• Video
• Team meeting logs including a record of individual contribution

Required Text
Beebe, Steve, A. & Masterson, John T. (2012). Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices (10th ed.). New York: Pearson Education.
Additional resources as noted I lecture or given as assignments in class.
Do reading or at least skimming prior to class!
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