El Camino College

Communication Studies Department

Small Group Communication

Speech 3

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Class Information: First Day of Class Aug. 2012

Test 1 week 5

Workshop week 6

Test 2 week 10

Panel week 11

Test 3 week 15

Marketing plan week 16

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Course Policies:

El Camino College Statement of Values

 Our highest value is placed on our students and their educational goals. Interwoven in that value is our recognition that the faculty and staff of El Camino College are the Colleges stability, its sources of strength and its driving force. With this in mind our five core values are:_ PeopleWe strive to balance the needs of our students, employees and community._ RespectWe work in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration._ IntegrityWe act ethically and honestly toward our students, colleagues and community._ DiversityWe recognize and appreciate our similarities and differences._ ExcellenceWe aspire to deliver quality and excellence in all we do. 


Attendance at First ClassStudents who enroll in class but do not attend the first scheduled class meeting may be dropped from the roster and their places given to waiting students who were unable to enroll at the time of registration. If illness or emergency prevents a student from attending the first class session, the student must contact the instructor.

Attendance Without Official Enrollment

Students will not be permitted to attend classes in which they are not enrolled. Exceptions may be allowed by the instructor for bonafide visitors. Students who attend a class without proper enrollment (the student did not property register or add the class) by the published deadline will not be permitted to late add the Class except for documented extenuating and mitigating circumstances.

Attendance During SemesterRegular attendance is expected of every student. A student may be dropped from class when the number of hours absent exceeds the number of units assigned to the course. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to officially drop the class.  This rule also applies to excessive absences due to illness or medical treatment. The student who has been absent due to illness or medical appointment must explain the absence directly to the instructor. The student who has been absent due to a communicable disease or quarantine must report directly to the Health Center for clearance before returning to classes. Cheating or PlagiarismCheating violates Section I.B.1 of El Camino College's Board Policy 5138, Standards of Student Conduct.The El Camino College faculty, staff and administrators are dedicated to maintaining an optimal learning environment and will not tolerate academic dishonesty. To uphold the academic integrity of the institution, all members of the academic community, faculty and students alike, must assume responsibility for providing an educational environment of the highest standards characterized by a spirit of academic honesty. The following statement is part ofBoard Policy 5138, Standards of Conduct: Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the college. When there is evidence of cheating or plagiarism in classroom work, students may receive an F for that piece of work or may be suspended from all classes for that term and the following term if deemed appropriate.

Examples of Cheating or Plagiarism are:Representing the words, ideas or work of another as ones own in any academic exercise (plagiarism), including the use of commercial term paper companies;

Copying or allowing another student to copy from one's paper or answer sheet during an examination;

Allowing another individual to assume one's identity for the purpose of enhancing one's grade in any of the following: testing, field trips or attendance;

Falsifying or attempting to falsify attendance records and/or grade rosters;

Changing answers on a previously scored test, assignment or experiment with the intent to defraud;

Inventing data for the purpose of completing a laboratory experiment or case study analysis with the intent to defraud; Giving and/or taking information during an examination by any means such as sign language, hand signals or secret codes;

Obtaining copies of notes, exams or exam questions by any means other than distribution from the instructor. (This includes copying and removing exam questions from the classroom for any purpose.);

Using study aids such as calculators, tape recorders or notes that have been specifically prohibited by the instructor. 

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Syllabus: Group Discussion Speech Communication 3

INSTRUCTOR:  R. Chris WellsE-mail: rwells@elcamino.edu

Office: Music 132A


TEXT: Tubbs, S. L. (2009). A Systems Approach to Small Group Interaction.  New York: McGraw-Hill.


In this course students will plan and participate in a variety of group projects such as panel and symposium discussions.

Topics to be covered include decision making, role identification, interpersonal needs within a group, team participation, appropriate interdependency of group members, effective leadership skills, cohesiveness, conflict resolution and professional presentation styles.

 COURSE OBJECTIVES:Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:Set meeting agendas.  Organize group meeting.  Institute conflict resolution strategies.  Facilitate discussions.  Facilitate effective work groups.  Analyze and select the leadership style most suited to a group.  Analyze effective and efficient leadership styles. Analyze and evaluate personality strengths and weaknesses in group dynamics.  Identify nonverbal traits characteristic of leaders.  Function effectively as a member of a group.  Analyze theories of group communication, such as norms, roles, leadership styles, and conflict resolution.  Analyze the decision-making process of an effective and efficient group.  Analyze group decision-making theories.  Evaluate the effectiveness of group members including self-assessment. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Test 1:  Ch. 1, 2 & 3 plus lecture.....................100 pointsTest 2:  Ch. 4, 5 & 6 plus lecture.....................100 points

Test 3: Ch. 7 & 8 plus lecture..........................100 points

Take Home final Exam....................................100 points

Oral Communication Activity # 1...Workshop...100 points


Each student will be part of a workshop presented to the class.  Some possible topics include:  running a business meeting, creating cohesiveness, effective management, conflict, listening, assertiveness, interviewing, nonverbal communication, self-concept, public speaking, or fear of speaking. Students will create a two-hour workshop, and will present one hour to the class. Each group will develop a booklet that reflects the information activities associated with the workshop (see written communication activity.)

 Written Communication Activity................100 points

1. The group creates a workbook to be presented to each member of the class.

2. The group creates an annotated bibliography of relevant sources including relevant websites and/or academic peer reviewed journal articles.

 Oral Communication Activity #2.... Decision-making group. 100 points Each student will participate in a decision-making group that addresses a question of policy. Some library research will be necessary in order to complete this assignment successfully.  Topics need to be cleared through instructor.  Students will independently research all aspects of the topic will bring the research to the group on the presentation day.   Oral Communication Activity #3.............100 points 

Each student will participate in devising a marketing plan and campaign.


It will include: Product: the design, the packaging. The safety and the green. Place: distribution or how to reach the customers.  Price the pricing strategy you will use. Promotion: how you will affect the customer behavior in order to close a sale.

  Grading Total: 700 pointsA<=90%>B<=80%>C<=70>D<=60%F>60% of possible points. 

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Course Material:

Chapter 1 Powerpoint

Chapter 2 Powerpoint

Chapter 3 Powerpoint

Chapter 4 Powerpoint

Chapter 5 Powerpoint

Chapter 6 Powerpoint

Chapter 7 Powerpoint

Chapter 8 Powerpoint

Chapter 9 Powerpoint

Chapter 10 Powerpoint

Intercultural Communication

Listening Powerpoint

Psychographics Powerpoint

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Online Resources: (related websites as links)

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El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, California 90506
Phone: 310-532-3670 Toll Free: 1-866-ELCAMINO (1-866-352-2646)
 Last Published 7/14/16