Group Communication (Revision 2)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Prerequisite: None. COMM 243 is recommended but not required.
Precluded Course: COMM 277 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for COMM 377 or ADMN 348.
Faculty: Faculty of Business
Téluq Equivalency: COM 1021
COMM 277 has a Challenge for Credit option.
In today’s world, the ability to communicate effectively has become an absolute necessity in many workplaces. COMM 277 focuses on building good group interpersonal communications skills by observing teams and groups at work. It challenges you to think critically about group communication problems and their effects, as well as the effectiveness of the course of action you implement. You also learn to use the concepts and principles of interpersonal communication to “plan ahead” to solve potential communication problems.
- Lesson 1: Group and Team Communication
- Lesson 2: Group Formation
- Lesson 3: Relating to Others in Groups
- Lesson 4: Intercultural Communication
- Lesson 5: Improving Group Climate
- Lesson 6: Group and Team communication
- Lesson 7: Conflict Management
- Lesson 8: Making Decisions
- Lesson 9: Problem Solving
- Lesson 10: Leadership
To receive credit in COMM 277, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least a “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite course grade is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Beebe, S. A, & Masterson, J. T. (2009). Communicating in small groups — Principles and practices (9th ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN 978-0-205-54721-0
You can acquire a print version of the textbook on your own if you wish.
All other learning resources will be available online.
Lessons and assignments in this course are video-based.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Online Exam (3 hours)
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, April 8, 2014.
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Updated February 02 2018 by Student & Academic Services