Communication Applications

Course Description

Developed in conjunction with members of the business community, Communication Applications is a course designed to provide students with the necessary skills to communicate effectively in both social and professional situations. Students will be able to use the skills and information learned in this course in the real world.  Students will learn how to listen effectively.  Students will also practice interviewing techniques.

Required Course Materials

Student must have access to Microsoft PowerPoint, a digital video recorder, a scanner, and a computer or word processor. No textbook is required for this course.

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments may be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after all of your graded assignments are turned in and 70 percent of them have been completed, graded, and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better on your Final Exam.
Format: Multiple-choice, matching.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencil, computer-graded answer sheet provided.

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 9
Total Number of Activities: 31
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 12
Instructor Graded: 12
Computer Graded: 0

Lesson 1: Foundations of Communication
Activity 1: Communication Skills Test
Activity 2: Empathy Test
Activity 3: Cultural Differences
Activity 4: Foundations of Communication
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2

Lesson 2: Principles and Practices of Communication
Activity 1: Lingo
Activity 2: You’re the Judge
Activity 3: I Have a Dream
Activity 4: Principles and Practices of Communication
Graded Assignment 3
Graded Assignment 4

Lesson 3: Listening and Critical Thinking
Activity 1: How Well Do You Listen?
Activity 2: Toulmin’s Model
Activity 3: Media Literacy
Activity 4: Listening and Critical Thinking
Graded Assignment 5
Graded Assignment 6

Lesson 4: Communicating Ethically
Activity 1: What’s Your Perspective
Activity 2: Ethical Guidelines
Activity 3: Communication Blog
Activity 4: Communicating Ethically
Graded Assignment 7

Lesson 5: Interpersonal Communication
Activity 1: Johari Window
Activity 2: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Activity 3: Interpersonal Communication
Graded Assignment 8

Lesson 6: Public Speaking, Part 1
Activity 1: Developing the Introduction
Activity 2: Seeing is Believing
Activity 3: Public Speaking
Activity 4: Learning Styles
Graded Assignment 9

Lesson 7: Public Speaking, Part 2
Activity 1: Apprehending Apprehension
Activity 2: Public Speaking
Graded Assignment 10

Lesson 8: Interviewing
Activity 1: Assessing Your Strengths
Activity 2: Top 10 Interview Questions
Activity 3: Interviewing
Graded Assignment 11

Lesson 9: Group Communication
Activity 1: Group Self-Assessment
Activity 2: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Activity 3: Group Communication
Graded Assignment 12