Student Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate)

Student Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate Program Core Courses

     

    COMG 301 Introduction to Communicological Theories (3) Introduction to the theoretical perspectives that are the foundations of the  communication discipline. Pre: one of 151, 170, 181, 185, or 251; or consent. DS

    1. Demonstrate understanding of how Communicology distinguishes itself from the rest of the field.
    2. Demonstrate familiarity with various approaches to knowledge generation in the field of communication.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the components of a theory (i.e., primitive statements, axioms, propositions, and hypotheses).
    4. Demonstrate understanding of the functions of theory.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between theory and research.
    6. Demonstrate understanding of the classic and contemporary theories of communication.

     


     

    COMG 302 Research Methods (3) Introduction to methods of inquiry in the field of communication. Topics include research design and problem formulation, sampling, analytic and observational techniques, and data interpretation. COMG [SP] majors only. Pre: 200-level Communicology course (or concurrent) or consent. DS

    1. Demonstrate understanding of approaches to ways of knowing.
    2. Demonstrate familiarity with various approaches to knowledge generation in the field of communication.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the scientific method.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between theory and research.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of conceptualization and operationalization of variables.
    6. Demonstrate understanding of reliability and validity in measurement and design.
    7. Demonstrate understanding of the purpose of descriptive and inferential statistics.
    8. Be able to calculate and interpret fundamental statistics (e.g., means, standard deviations, frequencies, chi-square, t tests, correlation)
    9. Demonstrate understanding of the logic of hypothesis testing.

     


     

    COMG 364 Persuasion (3) Theories, concepts, strategies, and processes of persuasion and social influence in contemporary society. Focus on analyzing, developing, and resisting persuasive messages. Pre: one of 151, 170, 181, 185, 251 or 301; or consent. DS

    1. Demonstrate understanding of the criteria for defining persuasion and other forms of social influence.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of different ways people process persuasive messages.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the theoretical perspectives on the relationship between attitudes and behaviors.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of source, receiver, and message factors that affect persuasion and social influence.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of the classic and contemporary theories on persuasion and social influence.
    6. Demonstrate understanding of the various ethical issues in persuasion and social influence.

     


     

    COMG 371 Message Processing (3) Introduction to theory and research on human communication, comprehension, creation of understanding. Discussion of codes and media, information and message processing theories. Topics include inference-making, implicature, natural language processing, and deception. Junior standing or higher. DS

    1. Demonstrate understanding of communication as a process of creating understanding.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of communicative codes and media.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the evolution of cooperative and collaborative behavior and its relationship to communication.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of communication as joint action.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of neurological, social, and cultural constraints on communication.
    6. Demonstrate understanding various theories explaining implicit and explicit message processing.
    7. Demonstrate understanding various theories of inference-making and implicature in communication

     


     

    COMG [SP] 381 Interpersonal Relations (3) Theory and research on the development, maintenance, and termination of interpersonal relationships. Pre: one of 151, 170, 181, 185, 251 or 301; or consent. DS

    1. Evaluate the importance of communication in interpersonal relationships
    2. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship development process (initiating, maintaining, deteriorating)
    3. Discriminate between scientific-based claims and non-scientific-based claims about interpersonal relationships
    4. Identify the major factors that influence perceptions
    5. Identify how perceptions influence interpersonal communication
    6. Identify the major factors that influence interpersonal attraction
    7. Demonstrate understanding of the role of self-disclosure in interpersonal relationships
    8. Demonstrate understanding of the benefits and risks of self-disclosure in interpersonal relationships
    9. Demonstrate understanding of the norm of reciprocity
    10. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental aspects of social penetration theory
    11. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental aspects of uncertainty reduction theory
    12. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental aspects of social exchange theory

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