The Process of Communication
421 Whitney Rd., rm. 203
: M/W 12:30-1:30; Th. 11-noon
: 486-0558 (email is more reliable)
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This course will introduce you to the study of communication. We will begin with a broad discussion of the discipline of
communication, including the various topics and areas of research included in the field. For the bulk of the course, we turn our
attention to the discipline’s main foci, starting with a micro-analytic approach, such as person perception and language, and ending
with a broader perspective, that of mass media.
an “easy” course. Don’t assume that this course will not be challenging merely because it is an “introductory” level
course. This is a survey course, so we will cover a rather broad range of material during the semester. The goal is to paint a picture of
the many fascinating areas of communication research. Keep up with the material and see your T.A. or the professor whenever you
have any questions.
We are here to help!
Please note that the following two texts are packaged together at a steep discount at the co-op:
Tubbs, S.L., & Moss, S. (2010).
Edition, McGraw Hill.
McGraw-Hill. [PLEASE NOTE: Half of BPS is used in this course, the other half in COMM 1100]
Farrar,W.J., & Farrar, K.M. (2008).
Process of Communication Reader, 2
Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Familiarity with HuskyCT (formerly Vista/WebCT)
The course is designed around lectures (two per week), sections (one per week), and readings. Reading assignments should be
class for the day assigned (see course schedule). Attendance at section is required. Attending lectures is crucial. In
lecture, topics, theories, and research examples that are vital to your understanding of the field of communication will be covered.
Some topics in the course will only be covered in lecture, not the textbook. Furthermore, this course will involve student-led
discussion that will appear on exams and quizzes – it will be impossible to “make it up” somehow. Please plan your schedules
In discussion section, you will meet in small groups with your TA to further explore the ideas discussed in class. There will be pop
quizzes in lecture and/or discussion section to encourage attendance. There are also three exams, to be given during lecture, including
multiple-choice and short answer questions.
Please note that anything covered in lecture, the readings, or in section is fair game for