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Communication Studies Course Descriptions

CMST& 101
5 credits
Introduction to Communication
This course surveys the field of communication. It teaches students the theories and skills associated with effective interpersonal, small group, and public communication. Emphasis is on in-class activities and on improving the student’s confidence in a variety of communication settings. Students receive at least 11 (eleven) hours of instruction in topical research, speech organization and support, and writing expository and persuasive prose for the purpose of oral delivery in an academic setting.
CMST 103
3 credits
Effective Listening
Most people assume they are effective listeners; however, according to listening expert Dr. Ralph Nichols, college students test at about 25 percent accuracy in their listening skills. This course is designed to help students assess their listening and learning styles and to develop those skills necessary for success in college and in the job market.
CMST 104
1-3 credits
College Ambassadors
This unique course provides links for students from the U.S. and those who have English as a second language. Students work one-on-one with international students while learning about various cultures and building friendships. Students may not exceed 6 credits for the series. Prerequisite: CMST 227 or permission of instructor.
CMST 105
1-3 credits
College Ambassadors
This unique course provides links for students from the U.S. and those who have English as a second language. Students work one-on-one with international students while learning about various cultures and building friendships. Students may not exceed 6 credits for the series. Prerequisite: CMST 227 or permission of instructor.
CMST 106
1-3 credits
College Ambassadors
This unique course provides links for students from the U.S. and those who have English as a second language. Students work one-on-one with international students while learning about various cultures and building friendships. Students may not exceed 6 credits for the series. Prerequisite: CMST 227 or permission of instructor.
CMST 111
4 credits
Voice and Articulation I
Students learn to speak and interact in small group settings. Class discussions on a variety of cultural, social and technical topics, and one-on-one assistance in pronunciation/articulation are emphasized. Presentational skills also are included. Prerequisite: Passing the SLEP test with a minimum score of 50 or permission of instructor.
CMST 112
4 credits
Voice and Articulation II
ESL students continue the concepts learned in CMST 111 by speaking and interacting in small group settings. Class discussions on a variety of cultural, social and technical topics, and one-on-one assistance in pronunciation/articulation with a speech clinician are emphasized. Presentational skills also are included. prerequisite: CMST 111, passing the SLEP test with a minimum score of 50 or permission of instructor.
CMST 113
4 credits
Voice and Articulation III
ESL students continue the concepts learned in CMST 111 by speaking and interacting in small group settings. Class discussions on a variety of cultural, social and technical topics, and one-on-one assistance in pronunciation/articulation with a speech clinician are emphasized. Presentational skills also are included. Prerequisite: CMST 112, passing the SLEP test with a minimum score of 50 or permission of instructor.
CMST 120
3-5 credits
Practical Communication for Technicians
This course will assist vocational/technical students in improving their listening skills, understanding the importance of a positive attitude and motivation, and increasing basic verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Recommended for first or second quarter students.
CMST 121
2-5 credits
Job Communication Skills
This course is designed to meet the needs of specific professional/technical students with emphasis on attitudes, work ethics, resumes and job interviewing skills.
CMST 127
3-5 credits
Leadership Development
Emphasizes integrity and professionalism in the workplace, team-building problem-solving, presentational skills, and selling techniques for success on the job. Variable credits.
CMST& 210
5 credits
Interpersonal Communication
This course provides an opportunity to learn and apply the theory of interpersonal communication. Learning experiences include work with personal growth, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, active listening, stress management, and resolving communication conflicts to develop healthy personal relationships.
CMST& 220
5 credits
Public Speaking
This course teaches students fundamental principles of researching, writing and delivering an effective public address. Students learn audience adaptation and receive at least 11 hours of instruction in the development and composition of formal preparation outlines for expository, persuasive and motivational speeches. Students study and practice a variety of rhetorical techniques suitable for crafting clear, memorable and persuasive prose. They gain confidence as speakers through the study and practice of a wide variety of proven delivery techniques and styles.
CMST 223
1-5 credits
Intercollegiate Speech and Debate
Students prepare for and participate in competitive intercollegiate speech and/or debate. Activities include preparing for debates, presentational speeches, oral interpretation of literature and extemporaneous speaking. May be repeated up to 15 credits.
CMST 224
1-5 credits
Intercollegiate Speech and Debate
Students prepare for and participate in competitive intercollegiate speech and/or debate. Activities include preparing for debates, presentational speeches, oral interpretation of literature and extemporaneous speaking. May be repeated up to 15 credits.
CMST 225
1-5 credits
Intercollegiate Speech and Debate
Students prepare for and participate in competitive intercollegiate speech and/or debate. Activities include preparing for debates, presentational speeches, oral interpretation of literature and extemporaneous speaking. May be repeated up to 15 credits.
CMST 226
5 credits
Gender Communication
This course provides the opportunity to learn and apply theories of gender communication. Learning experiences include work with both verbal and nonverbal communications as they apply to perception, stereotyping, brain and other biological differences, gender and socialization, processing information, differences in communication style, gender communication in friendships, and gender communication in the workplace.
CMST 227
5 credits
Intercultural Communication
This course is a culture-general approach to intercultural communication. Emphasis is on experiential learning in order to understand and improve intercultural communication at both the domestic and international levels. Students have the opportunity to improve verbal and nonverbal communication skills with different cultures in the community, and to focus on international communication needs. Prerequisite: SFCC only: Recommends minimum reading placement score: COMPASS 80, ASSET 40.
CMST 229
5 credits
Argumentation and Debate
Argumentation & Debate teaches students the theory and practices associated with analyzing, constructing, and delivering arguments -- in writing and orally -- on topics of controversy. Students develop skills in case construction, using evidence in support of argument, responding to arguments and questions, and effective delivery of arguments to critical audiences.
CMST& 230
5 credits
Small Group Communication
Practical application of problem-solving skills, discussion techniques, task and social roles including leadership are explored. Focus will be on communication behavior in small task-oriented groups. Prerequisite: SFCC only: Recommended minimum reading placement score: COMPASS 80, ASSET 40.
CMST 250
5 credits
Managing Conflict Through Communication
Understanding conflict is a critical step in the process of managing it. This course emphasizes both theory and practical application to help students manage conflict by utilizing communication skills. Prerequisite: CMST& 210.
CMST 266
1-2 credits
Cooperative Education Seminar
For course description, see Cooperative Education.
CMST 267
1-18 credits
Cooperative Education Work Experience
For course description, see Cooperative Education.
CMST 280
5 credits
Public Relations
An introduction to the basic principles of public relations. Areas of interest will include research, ethics and theory, media, and campaign strategy. Prerequisite: College level reading and writing skills. CMST& 101.
CMST 287
3-5 credits
Business and Professional Communication
This course is designed to focus on how interaction skills affect the individual's and the organization's success. Students learn to maintain employment and to benefit the organization through effective communication skills with managers, co-workers and customers. Some topics covered include organizational communication theory and history, culture, working in teams, presenting at work, conflict management and listening skills. Prerequisite: Second-year student or permission of instructor.
CMST 294
3-5 credits
Special Topics in Speech Communication
A communication course with content and scope varying from quarter to quarter according to designation and credits filed in advance of each quarter.

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