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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Principles of Group Communication (COM-102)


Varies (self-study; self-paced). 

Various; distance learning format.

April 2019 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss the major theories associated with the study of small group communication; determine how individual roles are filled in small groups; compare strategies in group communication that facilitate the achievement of group goals; develop skills in understanding, analyzing, and evaluating small group experiences; identify barriers to effective small group communication; and apply small group communication knowledge for group problem solving scenarios in case studies.  Students will have the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to communicate effectively in a variety of group settings upon completion of this course.


This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of small group communication.  Students learn the theory and current research on group communication as well as the challenges of communicating in groups and explore the foundations of small group communication (verbal and nonverbal elements and listening), the development of the group, and the challenges that small groups face due to diversity and internal conflicts.  Critical thinking skills are developed by analyzing how groups are formed, group problem-solving techniques, conflict resolution, and ultimately applying practical leadership principles with the group dynamic.  Instructional methods include: study guide, required readings, and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Education, Management, Project Management, or as an Elective in Business (4/19) (3/24 revalidation).