Communication And Culture | Business & Prof Communication
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C223 - Business & Professional Communication

C223 is a course designed to familiarize students with the kinds of
communication behavior commonly occurring within the organizational
context, to assist their awareness and understanding of underlying
communication processes, and to develop in them the skills needed for
effective communication in a variety of organizational settings.
Students in C223 are exposed to theories of leadership, ethics,
learning and persuasion, and group dynamics. The major thrust of the
course, however, is oriented toward the acquisition of communication
skills. Thus, C223 students participate in a variety of communication
activities, including: an informational interview (playing both roles
of interviewer), an employment interview (playing both roles of
interviewer and interviewee), a sales presentation to the class, a
proposal presentation in a board room setting, and a team
presentation to the class. By so doing, they develop skills in
gathering information through probing interviews; communicating
persuasively, asking good questions, and making sound decisions in
employment interviews; speaking persuasively in both small group and
public settings; and contributing to group planning that culminates
in a public team presentation. While studentsí oral communication
skill acquisition is the main thrust of the course, several
assignments require written work as well: developing speech outlines,
writing short analytical papers based on interview and public
speaking work, and crafting interview questions. Students are
consistently taught the ways in which oral and written communication
skills work in tandem. Finally, C223 emphasizes the studentís role as
a thoughtful consumer of communication. To that end, effective
listening and critical thinking are sought in conjunction with each
communication activity throughout the course.