Communications (COMM) 277

Group Communication (Revision 1)

COMM 277

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study**

Credits: 3

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.

Centre: Faculty of Business

Téluq Equivalency: COM 1021

COMM 277 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


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:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Quizzes Final Exam Total
20% 20% 20% 10% 30% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


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

Other Materials

Students will access all other materials online.

Lessons and assignments in this course are video-based.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the COMM 277 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

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 1, April 6, 2009.