Jul 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EN 342 - Group Discussion

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Through this course, it is intended that the student will learn the theories, principles and dynamics of group interaction and through practice will learn the skills essential for both leading and participating in small group discussion. Students can not earn credit for both EN 342 and SS 4670 . (prereq: EN 241 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define small group communication
  • Discuss the general theories that apply to small group communication
  • Identify the major components of small group communication
  • Identify the task, maintenance, and individual roles that group members assume
  • Identify the behaviors that contribute to a defensive or supportive climate
  • Explain why nonverbal communication is important to group communication
  • Differentiate between group problem-solving and group decision-making
  • Formulate a question of fact, value, or policy for a problem-solving discussion
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to solve a problem
  • Explain why conflict occurs in groups
  • Identify strategies for managing different types of conflict
  • Describe three styles of leadership

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Course introduction (1 class)
  • Understanding small groups (2 classes)
  • Small group communication (2 classes)
  • The group formation process (2 classes)
  • Relating to others in groups (2 classes)
  • Improving group climate (2 classes)
  • Nonverbal group dynamics (1 class)
  • Decision-making and problem-solving in groups (2 classes)
  • Small group problem-solving techniques (2 classes)
  • Defining conflict in small groups (2 classes)
  • Conflict resolutions (2 classes)
  • Making effective choices as a participant (2 classes)
  • Making effective choices as a leader (2 classes)
  • Observing and evaluating group communication (1 class)
  • Presentational speaking (2 classes)
  • Group Project Work (2 classes)
  • Group Presentations (2 classes)

James Friauf

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