Student Learning Outcomes (Graduate)

Student Learning Outcomes
M.A. Graduate Program Courses


    COMG 601 Theories in Communicology
    (3) Major theoretical foundations; humanistic and social scientific perspectives. Examination of the research and the development of different models of human communication. COMG majors only. Pre: graduate standing in COMG, or consent.

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the study of communication
    2. Compare and contrast definitions of communication
    3. Identify where communicology fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    4. Explain different metatheoretical considerations in theory building and articulate ideological positions on ontological, epistemological, and axiological planes
    5. Demonstrate ability to describe theories of message processing, interpersonal communication, and persuasion
    6. Apply evolutionary, cognitive psychology, neurosciences, and sociocultural perspectives to communication theories
    7. Critique and synthesize theories in communication in oral and written forms, consistent with professional protocols
    8. Apply communication theories to specific contexts
    9. Identify the relationship between theory and research


    COMG 602 Research Methods in Communicology
    (3) Design and analysis of quantitative research in communicology. Focus on measurement issues, research design, descriptive and inferential statistics. COMG majors only. Pre: graduate standing in COMG, or consent.

    1. Differentiate and understand multiple epistemological approaches to the development of knowledge, with emphasis on scientific approaches
    2. Identify the relationship between theory and research, including hypothesis generation
    3. Understand and critique research design
    4. Evaluate reliability and validity of measurement
    5. Interpret and assess statistical results of most studies and experiments
    6. Conduct basic descriptive and inferential statistics up to mean comparisons and correlation in SPSS


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    OMG 620 Practicum for Instructional Communication (1) Combined seminar and lecture/discussion format on techniques and procedures for teaching communication skills and their related components in a laboratory setting. CR/NC only. Repeatable three times. COMG majors only. Pre: COMG GTA or consent.

    1. Demonstrate ability to effectively teach course content under the direction of the course director
    2. Demonstrate ability to manage undergraduate classrooms effectively and appropriately
    3. Demonstrate ability to effectively and appropriately facilitate classroom discussions
    4. Demonstrate ability to evaluate undergraduate student performance on oral and written assignments
    5. Demonstrate contribution to course development (e.g., curriculum, pedagogy)
    6. Demonstrate improvement in teaching effectiveness based on feedback


    COMG 660 Business Communication
    (3) Analysis of communication issues in business through discussion of verbal/nonverbal messages, interpersonal relationships, conflict, and persuasion. Focus on interviewing, group communication, and public speaking skills. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

    1. Demonstrate the ability to describe theories of message processing, interpersonal communication, and persuasion
    2. Apply a communication perspective to the skills involved in interviewing, group communication, and public communication contexts
    3. Demonstrate the ability to identify communication issues in business settings
    4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written and oral form


    COMG 664 Persuasion and Social Influence
    (3) Theories of persuasion and resistance to persuasion; assessment of attitudes and measurement of change. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent) or consent.

    1. Describe a range of theoretical and empirical issues in the study and practice of persuasion
    2. Analyze and critique persuasion and social influence empirical research
    3. Synthesize research findings on persuasion and social influence theories
    4. Demonstrate the ability to write a paper incorporating a critical assessment of the current status of a persuasion or social influence theory, in a format that is consistent with professional protocols


    COMG 670 Message Processing
    (3) Theories of human message processing. Effects of verbal and nonverbal codes, channels, and message forms on encoding and decoding. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent); or consent.

    1. Articulate differences between message processing conceptions of communication and traditional definitions of communication
    2. Articulate differences between natural science approaches and social/cultural approaches to understanding human communication
    3. Compare and contrast differences as well as functional assets and liabilities of multiple communicative codes and media
    4. Compare and contrast multiple message processing theories
    5. Design, execute, and report on a message processing study or experiment


    COMG 681 Relational Communication (3)
    Major models and theories of interpersonal communication; research on interpersonal relationships; interaction and functions of human discourse. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) and 602 (or concurrent); or consent.

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of relational communication
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research in relational communication processes
    3. Design original research in the area of interpersonal and relational communication
    4. Apply communication principles to day-to-day relationships


    COMG 685 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (3)
    Major models, theories, and concepts of intercultural communication; basic methodological and analytical issues of research related to intercultural communication; research on intercultural communication. Graduate standing only. A-F only. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) and 602 (or concurrent); or consent.

    1. Compare and contrast key definitions in intercultural and cross-cultural communication
    2. Critically evaluate the major concepts and theories of intercultural and cross-cultural communication
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the issues in research design and methods in intercultural and cross-cultural communication
    4. Apply theories of intercultural and cross-cultural communication to specific contexts
    5. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written and oral form


    COMG 699 Directed Research (V)
    Repeatable unlimited times. Only three credits can count toward degree.

    Special Cases of COMG 699

    Applied Project Option

    1. Identify communication-related issue in an organization
    2. Develop solution to address the communication-related issue identified for the organization
    3. Utilize theory and empirical research to inform understanding of the communication-related issue and solution offered
    4. Demonstrate ability to articulate ideas and respond to oral questions cogently
    5. Demonstrate ability to articulate ideas and synthesize ideas in written form

    Comprehensive Exam Option

    1. Demonstrate understanding of central communication foundations and theories
    2. Demonstrate understanding of a specialized area of communication scholarship
    3. Demonstrate understanding of communication research methodology
    4. Describe and utilize appropriate seminal and contemporary communication scholarly journal articles and books
    5. Demonstrate ability to articulate ideas and respond to oral questions cogently
    6. Demonstrate ability to articulate ideas and synthesize ideas in written form


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    MG 700 Thesis Research (V) Repeatable three times.

    1. Develop a rationale based on theory and empirical research to make predictions or pose research questions relevant to the communication field
    2. Propose and conduct a communication-based research study
    3. Demonstrate ability to articulate ideas and respond to oral questions cogently
    4. Demonstrate ability to articulate ideas and synthesize ideas in written form
    5. Demonstrate effective presentational skills


    COMG 702 Researching Relational Communication (3)
    Methodological and analytical issues of research related to relational communication. Focus on repeated measures, multivariate analysis, longitudinal analysis, and reliability and validity issues. Pre: 602 or consent.

    1. Demonstrate greater depth of understanding associated with COMG 602 SLOs
    2. Differentiate and understand multiple epistemological approaches to the development of knowledge, with emphasis on scientific approaches
    3. Identify the relationship between theory and research, including hypothesis generation
    4. Understand and critique research design,
    5. Evaluate reliability and validity of measurement
    6. Interpret and assess statistical results of most studies and experiments
    7. Conduct basic descriptive and inferential statistics up to mean comparisons and correlation in SPSS
    8. Demonstrate understanding of the logic behind design and statistical control
    9. Demonstrate the ability to present research findings in oral and written forms, consistent with professional protocols
    10. Demonstrate proficiency in conducting and interpreting fundamental statistical analyses (e.g. t-tests, ANOVA, correlation, multiple regression, and chi-square).
    11. Demonstrate familiarity in understanding more advanced statistical analyses (e.g. repeated-measures analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and factor analysis).


    COMG 721 Approaches to Instructional Communication (3)
    Communication theories and models in instructional environment; emphasis on development training in educational settings. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

    1. Identify where instructional communication fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in the field of instructional communication
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in the field of instructional communication
    4. Compare and contrast lay understanding with theoretical or empirically-grounded knowledge of the field of instructional communication
    5. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written form.


    COMG 752 Research in Intergroup Communication (3)
    Theory, concepts, research, and application of communication processes between members of different social groups. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

    1. Identify where intergroup communication fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in intergroup communication
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in intergroup communication
    4. Apply an intergroup perspective to explain how social group membership and categorization processes influence communication
    5. Apply an intergroup perspective to explain how social identity can affect interaction between individuals and groups
    6. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written form.


    COMG 764 Seminar in Persuasion and Influence (3)
    Contemporary research in persuasion and influence. Repeatable two times. Pre: 664 (or concurrent) or consent.

    1. Identify where a particular subfield of persuasion and influence fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in a particular subfield of persuasion and influence
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in a particular subfield of persuasion and influence
    4. Compare and contrast lay understanding with theoretical or empirically-grounded knowledge of a particular subfield of persuasion and influence
    5. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written form


    COMG 770 Issues in Message Processing (3)
    Contemporary research in verbal and nonverbal message processing. Repeatable one time. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

    1. Identify where a particular subfield of message processing fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in a particular subfield of message processing
    3. Demonstrate the ability to participate in original research in a particular subfield of message processing
    4. Compare and contrast lay understanding with theoretical or empirically-grounded knowledge of a particular subfield of message processing
    5. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written form.


    COMG 781 Seminar in Relational Communication (3)
    Contemporary research in interpersonal relations. Repeatable one time. Pre: 681 or consent.

    1. Identify where a particular subfield of interpersonal communication fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in a particular subfield of interpersonal communication
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in a particular subfield of interpersonal communication
    4. Compare and contrast lay understanding with theoretical or empirically-grounded knowledge of a particular subfield of interpersonal communication
    5. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written form.


    COMG 785 Research on Intercultural Communication (3)
    Functional approach to the study of communication in intercultural settings. Examination of culture-based variables and their impact on social influence, relational management, and message processing. Repeatable one time. Pre: 664, 670 or 681; or consent.

    1. Identify where a particular subfield of intercultural communication fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in a particular subfield of intercultural communication
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in a particular subfield of intercultural communication
    4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written and oral form.


    COMG 787 AI and Communication

    1. Identify where artificial intelligence (AI) fits in the field of communication and related discipline
    2. Demonstrate the ability to understand and critically evaluate theory, research, and methodology in AI communication
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in AI communication
    4. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written and oral form


    COMG 795 Seminar in Health Communication Research (3)
    Contemporary interpersonal and/or public communication issues in health communication research. Topics include communication functions such as information management, interpersonal influence, relational management, emotional management, social influence. Repeatable one time. Pre: 664, 670 or 681; or consent.

    1. Identify where health communication fits in the field of communication and related disciplines
    2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the theory, research, and methodology in the field of health communication
    3. Demonstrate the ability to engage in original research in the field of health communication
    4. Compare and contrast lay understanding with theoretical or empirically-grounded knowledge in the field of health communication
    5. Demonstrate the ability to articulate ideas and synthesize research findings in written form.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to apply health communication theory and research to design a health communication program, in a manner consistent with professional protocols in the field of health communication

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