Over the years I have had the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses. The following is a list of some of the various courses I’ve taught:
List of Courses and Syllabi
Fundamentals of Human Communication — COMS 1010
Introductory analysis of oral communication in human relationships with foucs on variety of contexts including dyadic, small group, and public communication experiences. Serves as survey of human communication process.
Fundamentals of Public Speaking — COMS 1030
Principles of public speaking, practice in presenting informative and persuasive speeches with emphasis on communicative process.
Communication Between Culture — COMS 1100
Communication between culture explore the role of communication in understanding, accepting and appreciating cultural differences.
Techniques of Group Discussion — COMS 2050
Study of structure and dynamics of small groups, nature and functions of leadership, group participation, problem solving, and decision making; frequent participation in group discussion activities.
Communication in Interpersonal relationships — COMS 2060
Study of communication in social interaction. Exploration of communication variables, and skill development in message generation in one-to-one informal setting.
Introduction to Communication Theory — COMS 2035
Identify the purposes, history, and application of key social and rhetorical theories of communication through reading and discussing classic works of communication theory. To understanding issues of epistemology, ontology, and axiology when discussing the goals and methods related to relevant theories.
Introduction to Health Communication — COMS 3040
Concerned with issues in the theory and practice of health communication. Topics include provider-patient communication, organizational communication in health care delivery systems, communication in community/consumer health education, information technologies in health communication, communication in support systems for the elderly, disabled, and terminally ill, and communication training for health care professionals.
Introduction to Organizational Communication — COMS 2045
Analysis of traditional and contemporary theories of communication in context of modern complex organization (government, industry, education, etc). Consideration and explication of such pertinent concepts and variables as message, channel, networks, information, information flow, communication flow, communication climate, communication audit, etc.
Field Research Methods in Communication — COMS 3000
Discussion and application of communication data collection methods such as content analysis, participant observation, Q-analysis, questionnaire design, sampling procedures, case studies and unobtrusive measures.
Principles and Techniques of Interviewing — COMS 2040
Methods used in two-party, face-to-face oral communicative situation commonly encountered in organizational and professional environments. Intensive practice through role playing and real-life interviews in and out of class, emphasizing skills involved in giving and getting information, persuasion, and job employment situations
Women and Health Communication — COMS 3040
The course focuses on the unique communication issues for women in health related setting. Topics include the accomplishment of relational, informational, and medical goals for women health care seekers, as well as the challenges of offering and seeking social support in contemporary society.
Advanced Interpersonal Communication — COMS 4060
An examination of communication theories relevant to the study of interpersonal communication. Attention will be given to communication involved in initiating, developing, maintaining, perception, and thought.
Cross-Cultural Communication — COMS 4100
Analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures; effects of differences in language, values, meaning, perception, and thought.
Gender and Communication — COMS 4200
Explores variations in communicative behaviors related to biological sex and psychological gender. Examines female and male communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, public and organizational settings.
Communication in the Family — COMS 4220
Examination of the communication concepts basic to understanding interaction in the family. Provides a framework for analysis of family communication.
Explores communication issues that relate to family communication. Explores communication issues that relate to family interaction, including conflict, power, intimacy, and the development of relationships. Presents a model of effective communication in the family. Consideration of verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors.
Senior Practicum — COMS 445
Students assume roles in an internal real-to-life organization and engage in a consulting or training project with actual client. Opportunity to apply theories and skills development in major.
Capstone Seminar in Communication — COMS 4500
This course presents a seminar treatment of current or topical interest in communications. The topic will vary with instructor expertise and research interests. During the seminar, students will synthesize and integrate concepts form multiple areas of communication.
Health Communication Internship — COMS 4960A
This course will provide students with a supervised, guided practical experience relevant to their Health Communication concentration.
Organizational Communication Internship — COMS 4960B
This course will provide students with a supervised, guided practical experience relevant to their Organizational Communication concentration.
Topics in Communication — COMS 4800
This structure of the course will vary with each instructor, but readings classroom discussion, and demonstration of understanding through written work will be typical.