California State University, Sacramento


COMS 100A - Course Overview
Survey of Communication Studies
Fall 1998


A survey of various theories of communication. Attention will be given to such topics as verbal and nonverbal coding, information processing, interpersonal and small group communication, political and organizational communication, the structure and effects of mediated communication, rhetorical criticism, and research in communication. Note: majors and minors must complete the course with a grade of "C-" or better.

3 credits


Why Take This Course

Some benefits of online learning:
  • Virtual office hours for interaction with instructor
  • Participation in an online learning community
  • Interaction with classmates through electronic discussion lists


Technology Requirements

Students will need an electronic mail account and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for electronic mail and Internet services. Although a home computer with a high speed modem running Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial, students can use the Web from one of the campus student labs.

Computing Recommendations

Comfortable using the computer and browsing the Web. For tips on using the Internet, see

Windows compatible 486 running Windows 3.1, Windows NT, or Windows 95 or Macintosh compatible with System 7.1 or higher

16 MB of RAM, preferably 32 MB

19.6K or faster modem - preferably 28.8K

Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape 3.0 (or higher)

SacLink or other Internet Account

Word processing skills

Online class participation on the Web assignments and electronic discussions.

Technology Used in the Course

Check the COMS 100A Web Quest for information on the technology used in the course.


Successful Student Characteristics

Discipline to complete projects by deadlines; motivation to read, write, and participate fully in class activities; and time to devote approximately 9 hours a week to a 3-credit course.


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    Page updated: September 4, 1998