Course Descriptions

Human Communication - COMM 1100


A broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

COMM 1100 - Summer 2024

Course Instructor
COMM 1100 1AGCaitlin Wills-Toker
COMM 1100 1BGPaul Raptis
COMM 1100 1CGSteve Stuglin
COMM 1100 1DGDavid Deifell
COMM 1100 1EGMichael Eaves
COMM 1100 1FGBrian Kline
COMM 1100 1GGTaylor Bryant
COMM 1100 1HGErica Simpson
COMM 1100 1IGstaff

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify and describe the basic components of the communication model, the various types of communication, the role communication plays to satisfy needs, and the difference between communication and communications (information technology, satellite engineering, etc.).
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to create communicative appeals that are coherent and well adapted to the receiver, stylistically appropriate, and substantively complex.
  • Describe the different ways in which language defines and frames situations.
  • Recognize how different language strategies (such as the use of vivid, evasive, and equivocal language) enhance or undermine communication effectiveness.
  • Describe and analyze the basic strategies for reducing communication anxiety.
  • Identify, analyze, and discuss common listening habits that interfere with effective communication and strategies for improving listening skills.
  • Analyze the fundamental dimensions of cultural diversity (demographic, regional, and ideological) as they relate to communication.
  • Discuss the ethical aspects of communication.
  • Identify and explain the major theories of human communication and persuasion in interpersonal, small group, and public communication contexts.
  • Observe, explain, and apply the major concepts used to describe interpersonal processes, including the evolution of the self-concept, relational development, listening, and conflict management.
  • Observe, explain, and apply the major concepts used to describe small group processes, including group characteristics, decision making, roles, and norms of interaction.
  • Observe and utilize the recommended strategies for developing, delivering, and evaluating effective public presentations.
  • Unit 1: Introductions
  • Unit 2: Small Group Communication
  • Unit 3: Why Communication Matters
  • Unit 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Unit 5: Organizing and Outlining
  • Unit 6: Delivering Public Presentations
  • Unit 7: Communication in Practice
  • Unit 8: Mass Communication

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Participation & Discussions - 20%
  • Quizzes - 15%
  • Unit Assignments *includes Major Project (Unit 6 - Public Speech Assignment) - 50%
  • Final Exam - 14%

For this course it is important to note that you will create audio/video recordings in some assignments. For that reason, you are required to have access to the following:

  • Webcam with microphone, video camera, or computer with camera preinstalled (such as a MacBook or iMac)
  • Headset (headphone and mic), or microphone and speakers
  • Access to audio recording software

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