Maricopa Community Colleges  COM207   20046-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12-09-2003

COM207  2004 Fall – 2009 Spring

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Introduction to Communication Inquiry

Overview of theory and methodological practice in communication with particular attention to scholarly writing skills. Emphasis on development of critical thinking skills through active participation in the research process.

Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107 or equivalent, and COM100 or equivalent, or permission of Instructor.

Course Notes: COM207 is recommended for the communication major.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Literacy and Critical Inquiry - [L]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


COM207  2004 Fall – 2009 Spring

Introduction to Communication Inquiry



Trace the history of the communication field and describe the breadth of the discipline today. (I)


Explain the purposes of communication scholarship. (I)


Identify and describe a broad range of communication theories. (II)


Describe the relationship between communication theory and practice. (II)


Identify and describe the basic paradigms of communications research. (III)


Analyze, synthesize and evaluate research as a precursor to the development of students' own inquiries about communication phenomena. (IV)


Identify and describe the types of research found in the communication field and methods associated with each. (IV)


Write at least one paper in each of the primary academic styles including MLA and APA (Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association). (IV)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


COM207  2004 Fall – 2009 Spring

Introduction to Communication Inquiry


I. Introduction to the Communication Discipline

A. History

B. Breadth of discipline today

C. Purposes of scholarship

II. Communication Theory

A. Process of theory development

B. Theory evaluation

C. Functions of theory

D. Types of theories

1. Interpersonal

2. Group

3. Public

4. Mass communication

5. Cultural context

E. Theory and application

III. Communication Research Process

A. Paradigms

1. Functional

2. Interpretive

3. Rhetorical

B. Applications

IV. Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Research in Communication

A. Research resources

1. Internet

2. Print-based

B. Writing

1. MLA, APA stylesheets

2. The research report

a. Literature review

b. Method

c. Discussion

d. Discussion

e. References

3. Abstracts

a. Informative

b. Critical

c. Evaluative

C. Research methods

1. Experiment

2. Survey

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