COM 112: The Art and Joy of Communication

Course Description

This course is designed to focus on elevating all of your communication skills – writing, conversing, and corresponding – by stimulating the exploration of your creative mind-set. We will tap into your innovative, thoughtful, intelligent, and humorous potential. The real (maybe hidden) you: eloquently expressive, sublimely jubilant, sagely introspective, and outrageously fecund. My goals are to enrich and empower your communication abilities, enabling you to correspond and articulate fluently and expressively. With panache! To enjoy the art – and enormous fun – of communication. (1 credit)

Note: This course duplicates our COM 113 course. Students can only earn credit for one or the other. Credit cannot be earned for both courses.” Advisors and Counselors need to be notified of this as well.


  • ENG 101: English Composition 1

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Examine in essay and conversational form – your innovative, thoughtful, intelligent, humorous and creative communication skills: writing, speaking, advising, advocating, debating, negotiating (how to gently convince your spouse/child/friend that they should wash the dishes), encouraging, empathizing, and laughing.
  2. Illustrate creative and thoughtful thinking, conversing, and writing, by exploring your imaginative abilities, helping to empower you verbally, and urging you to express your individual cultural experiences in essays and conversation in a more effective (sincere, persuasive and humorous) manner.
  3. Demonstrate your writing and conversational skills, thereby enabling you to articulate with more precision.
  4. Discover how language influences and how it will cultivate contentment, joy, empathy and bonhomie. How a strong vocabulary is a powerful tool – and words matter.
  5. Demonstrate the power of laughter: stupid puns, silly jokes, clever quips and outlandish pranks (some gone sour – see Domino’s Pizza). Humor is a palliative.
  6. Analyze the influence (sometimes pernicious) of social media (crises created by loose words, sloppy postings, images, videos: Jet Blue, Walmart).
  7. Acquire and realize a more inspired, sanguine, confident, literate (perhaps urbane), and knowledgeable mindset – and, hopefully, radiate even more happiness and kindness in all forms of your communication.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading


Discussions (Weeks 1- 5)


Weekly Essays (Weeks 1-5)


Midterm (Week 3)


Final (Week 5)




Required Textbooks

  • This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students.


Course Schedule



Readings and Exercises




Topics: Writing and Storytelling

  • Read assigned articles (3)
  • Essay “YOU”
  • Your Poem
  • Vocabulary List
  • Discuss: what motivates and inspires you to write?



Topics: Figures of Speech, Creativity, and the Power of Language

  • Read assigned materials (5)
  • Compose five succinct Metaphors
  • Using copious figures of speech, write a short “review” of a movie or novel you liked (or disliked)*
  • Essay: Creatively explore a cultural experience(s) that has impacted you
  • Listen to the music
  • Discuss: share 3 songs rich in metaphors
  • Continue Vocab List



Topics: Happiness and Laughter – Joy and Humor

  • Read assigned articles (5)
  • Essay: What are the threads of “happiness” that weave through the readings and how do they relate to the Four Pillars?
  • Essay: What have you done to make someone especially happy?
  • Write: Favorite Jokes, Puns, Pranks Guffaws – videos, cartoons
  • Listen: assigned video; and songs, comedy, movie (if you have time)
  • Discuss: what makes you happy and how humor reinforces the joy
  • Continue Vocab List
  • Complete Midterm Exam
Midterm Exam
SLO 1,2,3,4,5,7



Topic: Social Media – Does it Help or Hinder?

  • Review assigned materials (5)
  • Essay: Pros and Cons of Social Media; does FB Need Regulation? Is Sacha too extreme?
  • Essay: When has SM (1) been a great advantage; and, (2) hurt or embarrassed you?
  • Discuss: share links of bad stories/unhappy endings on SM
  • Continue Vocab List



Topics: Kindness and Conflict – Negotiation, Reconciliation

  • Read assigned Materials (5)
  • Essay:Your Thoughts?*
  • Essay: what was the subject matter – and result of – your most memorable argument?*
  • Discuss: When did you negotiate and fail? How best to defuse an argument? Did you use tactics from reading #5?
  • Finalize Vocab List
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course evaluation
Final Exam
SLOs 1-7

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