Communications (COMM) 277

Group Communication (Revision 2)

COMM 277

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

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.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Téluq Equivalency: COM 1021

COMM 277 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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:

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

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

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.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Lessons and assignments in this course are video-based.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 2, April 8, 2014.

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