COMM 210 CRN 72932 Fall 2023

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Welcome to Comm 210:  Small Group Communication

Fall 2023

Course Reference Number (CRN): 72932

Start Date: 8/14/23

Joshua J. Lyman

Department of Languages and Communication


(Note, Email responses will generally be done during regular business hours, Monday-Friday)

Office Hours: By Appointment

Contact Number: Phone: 805-546-3100 ex.2856

Dear Online Students:

Welcome to Communication 210

Important Note: This class will be taught in a hybrid Mode.  This means there are mandatory Face-to-Face class meetings to accommodate presentations and the rest of the course, content, tests, discussions will be done Asynchronously online. 


  1. All of your class work will be online—textbook readings, assignments, tests, discussion posts.
  2. All of your presentations will be live in the classroom.  

These Face-to-Face meeting dates are as follows:

8/15/23, 8/29/23, 10/17/23, 10/24/23, 11/21/23, 11/28/23

Time: 12:30pm-1:50pm

Failure to attend any of these meetings could result in a substantial grade loss or dismissal from the course. 

Description and Objectives: This is an introductory course in Group Communication designed to provide the opportunity for improvement in both theoretical understanding and practical performance of human communication in a group setting. This class satisfies the general education requirement in oral communication and is acceptable for UC and CSU transfer credit.

My objectives for this course are for you:

  1. To learn the basic principles of human communication.
  2. To become a more effective communicator. This involves an analysis of your communication situation, audience, occasion, and purpose; selection of subject matter; research, analysis, and organization of material; presentation of the message, and evaluation of the effectiveness of your communication.
  3. To become a more careful and critical thinker and communicator, both as a speaker and a listener.
  4. To understand your relationship and ethical responsibilities to others involved in the communication transaction.
  5. To understand the necessity of working in a variety of groups and how those groups develop, deal with conflict, leadership, participation and presentation.


Rothwell, J. Dan.  (2019).  In Mixed Company: Communication in Small Groups and Teams (10th ed.). New York, NY; Oxford University Press.  


Our class will be hosted on Canvas and will open on 8/14/23.  If you have any problems, email me immediately.  You can access a quick reference video for CanvasLinks to an external site.Links to an external site.Links to an external site. Links to an external site.   For technical supportLinks to an external site.Links to an external site. Links to an external site.


I look forward to working with you this semester,


Joshua Lyman

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