COM4407

Nonverbal Communication

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The course investigates the impact of nonverbal behavior on the communication process.  It explores how the environment, dress, appearance, movement, facial expressions, eye behavior, and chronemics affect communication.

 

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:

  • Describing the role of the nonverbal channel in the communication model.
  • Locating and collecting scholarly research, on-line resources and videos, on nonverbal behavior, and writing a professional summary.
  • Using critical thinking skills to analyze a business environment.
  • Discussing the role of semi-fixed and fixed feature space within the environment.
  • Listing and describing the proxemic distances: intimate, personal, social, and public.
  • Discussing how terroritoriality affects the interaction among people.
  • Listing and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of attractiveness and unattractiveness.
  • Identifying and describing the different classic body types:  endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph.
  • Listing, describing, and discussing the different types of facial expressions.
  • Describing the causes of pupil dilation.
  • Differentiating between circumstances under which people gaze more often and when they gaze less often.
  • Explaining why touch is important.
  • Listing and describing touch norms.
  • Describing how an individual’s vocalics can influence whether he is seen as competent, friendly, sad, optimistic, or warm.
  • Defining emblems, illustrators, regulators, and adapters.
  • Describing how nonverbal communication can be used to persuade others.
  • Discussing the cultural differences in diversity.

 

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