Undergraduate Courses

Royal Roads University (RRU). ACOM 350. Interpersonal Communication (3 credits). Examines essential concepts and key debates around the study of human communication. Considers a variety of models of human communication, including feminist, semiotic, speech act theory, and other perspectives. Fosters an understanding of language and culture that will contribute to improved communication skills in both learners’ professional and personal lives. Delivered as part of on-campus BA in Applied Communication program. September-December 2007.Course Evaluation: 4.60 out of 5. Instructor Evaluation: 4.50 out of 5.

RRU. AC 430. Argumentation, Persuasion, and Conflict Management (3 credits). Develops oral communication; public speaking; successful debating; and the basic elements of speech writing. Students learn how to chair meetings, debate ideas, and present opinions effectively and how to draft and edit informative and persuasive speeches. The second section of the course concentrates on argument, negotiation, and conflict management, using role-play exercises. August 2005. Delivered in on-campus residency. Course Evaluation: 4.60 out of 5.

University of North Dakota (UND). COMM 310. Media and Diversity (3 credits). Study of minority status within mass media organizations and in media content from historical and contemporary points of view. Spring 2005.

UND. COMM 402. International/Intercultural Communication. (3 credits). This course provides an overview of the study if intercultural or international communication. Topics addressed will include: history, literature, and culture of specific groups including ethnic and religious issues that affect communication patterns and outcomes. Fall 2004.

UND. COMM 403. Community Relations. (3 credits). Examination of strategies organizations use to establish and maintain rapport with communities. Theoretical foundations, crisis and issues management, conflict resolution, promotional strategies and effective media relations. Fall 2004.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Web-Delivered Distance Education course version of IPC/INST 210. First course in the Department of Interpersonal Communication to be offered in an online format. Summer 2004.

BGSU. INST210/IPC 210. Interpersonal Communication in International Contexts (3 credits, Fall, Spring). New general education course developed with grant funding from the College of Arts and Sciences. Required core course for International Studies majors and a major elective for Interpersonal Communication majors. Offered for the first time in Fall 2003. Fulfills General Education and International Perspectives requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

BGSU. IPC 406. Environmental Communication (3 credits). New undergraduate course offered for the first time in Spring 2003. Focus on the discourse of environmentalism. Students will apply course concepts in careers in communication studies, linguistics, and/or environmental studies as well as in their personal and political lives as consumers and/or activists.

BGSU. IPC 409/WS 400. International Communication (3 credits). Taught Spring and Fall 2000; Fall 2001; and Spring 2002. Focus on an understanding of the relationships between communication and national cultures with particular emphasis on communicative processes and practices in countries across the world and on a global level. Applied development of international and global communication competence. (New course design; developed from Topics course (IPC 406) into catalog offering (IPC 409).

BGSU. IPC 406. Language and Communication (3 credits). Spring 2001. Focus on linguistic processes in communication to gain an understanding of the role language plays in everyday communication. Background theory and research regarding language and communication including discourse analysis and conversation analysis. Increased understanding of contemporary social, political, and cultural issues involving issues of language and communication.  (New course design)

BGSU. IPC 408. Intercultural Communication (3 credits). Fall 1999, Spring, & Summer 2000. Communication variables in intercultural contexts. Culture and meaning, communication values in intercultural dialogue, culture as symbolic worldview, culture shock, conflict resolution across cultures.

Doane College. CMS 205. Fundamentals of Speech Comm. (3 credits). Fall 1997-Spring 1998. An introduction to basic concepts in communication, focusing upon the development of speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills necessary for effective communication. The course focuses upon developing communicative competency in interpersonal, small group, organizational, public and mass communication contexts. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Doane College. CMS 220. Interpersonal Communication (3 credits). Spring 1998. A focus upon the nature and influence of communicative behavior in close, personal relationships. Interpersonal communication structure and processes are explored as they relate to the development and maintenance of identities.

Doane College. CMS 321. Intercultural Communication (3 credits). Spring 1998. Communication between cultures in the interpersonal and organizational context. Differences in communication behaviors due to nationality, ethnicity, and social status are explored. Students study their own cultures, as well as the cultures of others, to develop greater awareness of patterns of thinking, beliefs, assumptions, values, and cultural norms which influence communicative behaviors. This course fulfilled the International/Multicultural requirement of the Doane Plan.

Doane College. CMS 323. Training and Development (3 credits).  Spring 1998. A course providing the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective as a trainer in the workplace. The leadership role of the trainer in the organizational socialization process is explored, and units on needs analysis, program design and training strategies, and program evaluation are included.

Doane College. CMS 296. Organizational Comm. Practicum (1 credit hour). Fall 1997-Spring 1998. Supervised work experience on a campus or community organizational communication project. The student gains practical hands-on experience and develops a sense of professionalism.

Doane College. CMS 130. Doane Speakers (0-1 credit hour). Fall 1997-Spring 1998. A non-competitive speaking experience in public settings. (Pass-Fail)

Doane College. CMS 112  Small Group Communication (3 credits). Fall 1997. A practical course in the theory and practice of small-group problem solving. Small-group processes and procedures are examined and practiced. Students focus on leadership which fosters effective teamwork by a group.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits). Fall 1996- Spring 1997. Dyadic communication and relational communication structures and patterns; introduction to basic interpersonal communication theories and theorists.

UNL.  COMM 109. Fundamentals of Human Communication (3 credits). Fall 1995-Spring 1996. Independent lecture section of introductory hybrid communication class.