CMST2302 Small Group Communication

Course Description

This course meets MnTC Goal Area 1 and Goal Area 9 - Oral Communication and Ethical & Civic Responsibility.. This course covers basic Small Group Communication principles and practices. Students are given a variety of group projects in order to experience for themselves problem solving and decision making techniques. In groups, students will try a variety of group roles, work on facilitation skills, and develop their listening and discussion abilities. Topics such as mediated communication, culture, power, and leadership and their influence on small group communication will be covered. Group presentations (preparation, delivery, and assessment) will be part of the course.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate communications skills necessary for effective groups
  • Apply effective communication strategies for groups involving technology and virtual environments
  • Analyze ethical issues and responsibilities of groups and their members in society
  • Examine types of leadership and the benefits and limits of different leadership styles.
  • Examine types of power and the influence of different sources of power.
  • Evaluate effective group decision making and problem solving
  • Analyze types of conflict and conflict-management styles.
  • Evaluate groups and their work in our society, both as participant and observer.
  • Deliver and assess group presentations.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other