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2011/2012  BA-1FCO  Fundamentals of Communication, Module 1

English Title
Fundamentals of Communication, Module 1

Course Information

Language English
Point 5 ECTS (150 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn . First Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course Coordinator
  • Annette Hoffskov - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • understand, define, explain and compare concepts of communication and develop a conceptual framework of the basic theoretical elements of communication,
  • write a coherent, argumentative text in English,
  • demonstrate an adequate level of written English that does not constitute a barrier to communication and does not contain significant lexical or grammatical errors.
1st quarter paper:
Assessment Home Assignment
Marking Scale Pass / Fail
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period October
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
Individual paper of max. 3 pages.
Course Content

The course, module 1, focuses on basic theories and concepts in communication studies. It provides an introduction to basic theories and concepts in communication studies. Topics will include:

· Communication theories and models.

· Basic constituents of the communicative act: sender, message and receiver.

· Advanced constituents and models.

· General communicative forms: mass communication and interpersonal communication.

· Communicative processes: an act of transmission or an act of constitution.

· Text-context: symbols, what they refer to and how we interpret them.

The workshops parallel to the lectures will introduce students to academic genres, standards and demands; train neutral description, summaries, comparisons and analyses.The aim of the workshops is, besides training the application of the theories and principles presented in the lectures, to develop students’ capacity and confidence in reading academic texts and in writing papers and assignments.

Teaching Methods
Lectures and workshops

Fairbairn, Gavin &Winch, Christopher (1996). Reading, Writing and Reasoning: A Guide for Students. New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education.

Griffin, Em (2009). A First Look at Communication Theory. 7th edition. New York: McGraw Hill.

Please check the complete course literature list on CBS Learn