Unit 1 - Communication Foundations

General Purpose:  To introduce the concepts, components, and definitions of communication.

Unit Outline

I.   Communication

     A.   Definition - process of stimulating meaning in the minds
            of others through the use of verbal and non-verbal

     B.   Components

          1.   Source - originator

          2.   Message - coded meaning (Examples - English
                language, Cobol, etc.)

          3.   Receiver - target of message (recipient)

          4.   Channel - means of transmission

          5.   Feedback - how the receiver responds

          6.   Encoding - what the source does (the step from
                meaning to message)

          7.   Decoding - from message to meaning

          8.   Noise - anything that interferes with communication

          9.   Three Goals -

               a.   To inform people, share information
               b.   To relate, to connect, have relationships
               c.   To influence

     B.   Putting Media in the Model (Tech Device) - screen,
            projector, etc.

II.  Models of Communication

     A.   Basic Model - see page 3

     B.   Mediated Model (add media) - see page 3

III. Types of Communication

     A.   Two Dimensions of Communication

          1.   Number of Communicators 
		Interpersonal-one to one
		Mass-one to many

          2.   Use of Technological Device - see page 4 & 5

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Notes prepared by Teresa Jones, Spring, 1996 and Charlene McErlane, Spring 2000. Page created April 21, 1996; updated on October 26, 2000. Edited by Mike Lowry Copyright © Teresa Jones and Steve Booth-Butterfield and Charlene McErlane and Mary Toale, 1996-2001.