COMM 1210 Test 1 Study Guide

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COMM1210 Study Guide for Exam One Chapter 1 Communication     :  systematic process in which people interact through symbols to create/interpret  meanings.  o Significance of key terms in definition: Process:  Communication is ongoing and dynamic; always in motion, moving and changing  continually; can’t freeze communication. What happens b4 interaction can influence the encounter; encounter can affect the  future Systems  [interrelated parts that affect one another]: Comm takes place within  systems. Environment, time, etc. are elements of a system that affect interaction. Parts of a system are interdependent and continually interact, so a change in any part  of a system changes the entire system. Ex: New employee brings new perspectives  Include original parts and the new elements that emerge as a result of interaction.  Vary in their  openness  [extent to which system affects/is affected by outside factors/  processes]. The more open the system, the more factors influence it.  o Ex: Mass media and communication expand the openness of societies Systems strive for but cannot sustain equilibrium.   o Seek state of  homeostasis  [creating routines, habits, norms, traditions] o Change is inevitable and continuous   o To function and survive, members of the system must continually adjust and  change. Symbols : comm is symbolic; involves interaction with/through  symbols  [abstract, arbitrary,  ambiguous representations of other things] because we don’t have direct access to one  another’s thoughts and feelings. Meanings  [significance we put on phenomena; what they signify to us] heart of comm;  don’t find meaning in experience itself:  interact with symbols to actively construct meaning. Content vs. Relational levels of meaning o Content     :  contains the literal message.  Ex:  if a person knocks on your door and asks, “May I come in?” the context-level  meaning is that the person is asking your permission to enter. o Relational     :  expresses the relationship btw communicators. Ex:  if the person who asks, “May I come in?” is your friend and is smiling, you would  probably conclude that the person is seeking friendly interaction. level 3 models of communication: o Linear     :  Transfer of sound [message] from sender to receiver; one way process. NO  FEEDBACK. Laswell: who? Says what? In what channel? To whom? With what effect?
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course COMM 1210 taught by Professor Britt,lori during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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