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[COM CO 101] - Final Exam Guide - Ultimate 59 pages long Study Guide!


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Core Courses
Course Code
COM CO 101
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Tammy Vigil
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Final

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COM CO 101
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Communication- process, human, shared, symbolic
a process/an action… something you do
a piece of communication is an object… something you can have
ex: email, communicates ideas
Communication vs Communications
Communication is process, communications are pieces of communication
College of Communication
Transactional Model of Communication
Sender/encoder idea <——————> Receiver/decoder
channel (medium being used for communication)
feedback (return in response)
field of experience- we always have some degree of overlap. The size of the overlap
determines how much communication you can have. The more communication you have with
someone, the more things in common you find
Context affects our behavior
Noise is anything that interrupts the message
Human/Animal Communication Debate
human/animal communication doesn’t count because we don’t have the shared experience
of being human and we can’t really understand them enough
Reasons for choosing human limitation:
easier
more reliable findings
provides boundaries
more professionally practical
Humans are Communicators
“Definition of Man” by Kenneth Burke
—Humans are:
-symbol users, misusers, and creators (YOLO)
-inventors of the negative
-goaded by the spirit of hierarchy (we like being on top)
-separated from natural condition by instruments of their own making (A/C)
-rotten with perfection (we need to be perfect and are never quite satisfied)
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Communication is shared
what does “shared” mean?
Can you communicate with yourself? (yes)
does it need to be intentional?
Can you accidentally communicate?
must it be successful?
what determines successful?
Words have etymological roots (they come from somewhere)
Communicare (to share, 16th century)
Communis (duties together, 13th century)
Common roots create shared meaning: common, community, commune
Intrapersonal communication (self) (some argue it doesn’t count)
Interpersonal Communication (2 people)
Small Group Communication (3-15 people)
Public Communication (few to may, often in person)
Mass Communication (few to many and always mediated)
What is a symbol?
any representative of a thought, idea, concept, etc.
symbols don’t need to be big, deep, highly emotional to “count”
verbal and nonverbal symbols
Flexible/malleable, arbitrary, useful, powerful
Different from signs and signals:
symbols do not require immediate or coordinating stimulus
responses vary more widely
signs and signals are often interpreted symbolically by humans, but usually not by
animals
Language is “a collection of symbols governed by rules and used to convey messages between
individuals”
Language as culturally shared (i.e., Spanish, English, Mandarin, etc.)
Language as daily use of words
Language is always contextual (as is all communication
Language is a choice-driven activity
Language is often an indicator of…
education
geographic background
experience
Terministic Screens: another concept by Kenneth Burke (1897-1993)
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