Introduction to Communication

This course is a study of basic communication theory and history. It focuses specifically on the relevance of communication study today and how different situations and technologies demand the evaluation and application of appropriate communication techniques. Students in the course will apply communication studies to developing applications of communication including business presentations, public speaking, organizational communication, and small group communication. Students will be required to record five speeches. Of the five, two are required to be delivered in front of no fewer than seven people, either in person or virtually. Failure to complete these assignments will result in an automatic failure of the course. If needed, contact support for assistance in completing this requirement.


Course Information

Define, identify, and analyze the essential focus of communication study and theory, including the communication cycle, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the differences in spoken versus written communication.

Bloom’s level 4

Define, identify, and analyze the different disciplines within mass communication studies and the personal and global impacts and obligations when considering these disciplines.

Bloom’s level 4

Define, identify, and analyze the integral aspects of international and intercultural communication as they apply to global and local organizations and individuals working within these organizations.

Bloom’s level 4

Define, identify, and analyze the tenets of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication as they apply to working relationships in organizations as well as other aspects of daily life.

Bloom’s level 4

Demonstrate and apply the essential aspects of organizational and small group communication as they apply to work relationships, leadership, project management, team motivation, and online collaboration.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate and apply the fundamentals of professional writing and public speaking to create a business proposal and presentation.

Bloom’s level 5

Identify and apply communication theory to adapt to your audience.

Bloom’s level 3

Create an informative and a persuasive speech.

Bloom’s level 6

Analyze the trends and issues in modern society that impact communication.

Bloom’s level 4

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.


2 Year Public College #1

4 Year Regional Public University #1

2 Year Public College #2

4 Year Regional Public College #2

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 Speech & Writing Assignments

5 Speeches with Peer Evaluation2 Written Assignments
1 Written Journal
1 Speech Outline
2 Oral Speeches
1 Oral Speech
1 Written Speech Outline
1 Cover Letter
1 Oral Mock Job Interview
Journal Entries
2 Oral Speeches
1 Analysis Paper

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2 ExamsFinal ExamN/AN/A3 Exams


N/AParticipationPeer Evaluation
10 Discussion Posts
1 Reflection Journal
Group Decision-Making Activity
4 Discussions

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.



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