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Communications Courses

COMM 1102

Applied Communications

Credits: 3

Description: This course is designed to teach the basics of style and substance in oral and written communications. Learners will: 1)gain confidence in preparing, practicing, and evaluating written and oral work, 2)understand communication theory, 3)produce clear, creative, and logical speeches and application letters, and 4)understand the vital role communication has in the world of work. Prerequisite(s): ENGL0050 or appropriate assessment score

Credit Breakdown: 3/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate career/computation skills.
  3. Demonstrate global/environmental perspective.


  1. Identify and describe the communication process and components
  2. Describe both verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  3. Utilize listening skills
  4. Identify group disscusion techniques, roles, and dynamics
  5. Demonstrate verbal and non-verbal delivery elements of communication
  6. Utilize various communication channels
  7. Practice audience analysis
  8. Write letters and other correspondance associated with the job application process
  9. Produce presentations
  10. Describe the differences in communication styles between individualistic and collectivistic cultures
  11. Analyze persuasive messages
  12. Discuss how gender roles, regions, class, race, etc. affect communication.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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