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COMĀ 611. Communication in Small Groups Applied Theory. 3 Credit Hours.

Much of what we do in life, we do in groups. Thus, the purpose of this course is to (a) give students a better understanding of the communicative practices that make a small group successful, and (b) provide students with the tools to diagnose and rectify potential obstacles to good group work. The class will provide students with an understanding of the major theories, issues, and concepts related to the study of communication in small groups. Particular attention will be paid to effective decision-making and leadership. We will deal primarily with task-oriented small groups--that is, groups with a specific objective to achieve, information to share, a problem to solve or a decision to make.