COM 202 Final Exam Study Guide (Fall 2007)
The final exam for this class is
Monday, December 10
(please note that the exam is later than our regular
You will have 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete the exam.
There are 11-14 questions on each of the following topics: Aristotle's rhetoric, Fisher's narrative paradigm, small group
communication, Speech codes theory, and Face negotiation. There are only 2 DIRECT questions about the 1st half of
NOTE: THE FINAL EXAM IS CUMULATIVE.
IT WILL INCLUDE (1) CONTENT ABOUT THEORIES IN GENERAL
AND (2) SPECIFIC THEORIES FROM THE 2
HALF OF THE COURSE.
EMPHASIS WILL BE PUT ON MATERIAL
FROM THE 2
HALF OF THE COURSE.
What is Theory? (Griffin, Ch. 1; Lectures)
Definition of theory:
Well substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of
accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena.
Definition of continuum:
A coherent whole characterized as a collection squeeze or progression of values or elements
varying by minute degrees
Definition of communication theory:
Umbrella term for all careful, systematic and self-conscious discussion and
analysis of communication phenomena.
How scientific & interpretive theories deal with:
Scientific- truth is singular, interpretive- more than one truth
Scientific-pre-determined, interpretive-free will
What they value most:
Scientific-effectiveness, interpretive- precipitation
Purpose of theory:
Scientific- universal law, test theories and prediction, interpretive- interpret individual,
look at web of meaning of human existence, interpretation
Scientific- quantitative, experiments, surveys, interpretive- qualitative, textual analysis,
ethnography (search of meaning)
What is Communication Theory? (Griffin, Ch. 2; Lectures)
What does Craig claim unifies communication scholars?
Understanding comm as a practical discipline
What are the 7 traditions Craig identifies
the process of expression, interaction and influence people engage with each other.
Addresses situations that call for the effective manipulation of causes of behavior in order to produce objectively
defined measured outcomes.
Comm as interpersonal influence. Believes there are communication truths that can
be discovered by systematic observation. Look for cause-effect relationships, predict when comm behavior will
succeed or fail. What can I do to get them to change? Don’t accept claims with out checking them out.
information processing. Explains how kinds of systems, which are complex, are able to function
and why they often malfunction. Mental sets= filters that consist of a persons beliefs, values, attitudes, feelings.
Noise=anything that disrupts or distorts the channel.