Course Descriptions

Human Communications - COMM 1100


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

Name Office Phone Email
Stephanie Adams Columbus State University
Crystal Anderson South Georgia State College
Allison Bailey University of North Georgia
Silveree Benson Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Peggy Blood Savannah State University
Tyson Bond University of North Georgia
Taylor Bryant University of West Georgia
LaVette Burnette Middle Georgia State University
Tina Burney Albany State University
Nancy Carr Georgia Southern University
Jonathan Carter Georgia Southwestern State University
Shani Clark University of North Georgia
David Deifell University of North Georgia
Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas Georgia Southern University
Leslie Ann L. Dunn Georgia State University
Francisco Duque Savannah State University
Michael Eaves Valdosta State University
Rebecca Edwards Middle Georgia State University
Meredith Ginn Kennesaw State University
Adria Goldman Gordon State College
Karen Henderson Savannah State University
Michael Hester University of West Georgia
Tamara Holmes Georgia Perimeter College
Ashley Jones Georgia Southwestern State University
Sheree Keith Middle Georgia State University
Charlotte Klesman Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Brian Kline University of North Georgia
Andrew Lee Fort Valley State University
Matthew LeHew Dalton State College
Tom Lewis Clayton State University
Amy Mendes Dalton State College
Sarah Min Dalton State College
Andre Nicholson Middle Georgia State University
Keith Perry Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Kathryn Powell Georgia College and State University
Paul Raptis University of North Georgia
Hayley Scheeser South Georgia State College
Erica Simpson Georgia Highlands College
Victoria Smith-Butler Albany State University
Craig Soaries Gordon State College
Cheryl Spaniol University of North Georgia
Cynthia Stevens Georgia State University
Molly Stoltz Valdosta State University
Steve Stuglin Georgia Highlands College
Katherine Sylvestre Clayton State University
Juliana Trammel Savannah State University
Joseph Watson Georgia Southwestern State University
Melissa Weaver Kennesaw State University
Debra Wiley Albany State University
Caitlin Wills-Toker University of North Georgia
Carol Young Albany State University

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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