CMS 101: Introduction to Human Communication

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. explain the different meanings of communication;
  2. highlight the various elements of the communication process;
  3. distinguish between different types of human communication and their features;
  4. explain the roles of communication; and
  5. outline the different forms of African traditional forms of communication

Course Content

A global overview of the history, institutions and functions of communication in human society; an examination of the concepts, levels/categories and elements of human communication; survey of the role and influence of cultural beliefs and practices as well as changing technologies in human communication. The development of different types of communication media, their uses and influences in social and political development. The course introduces the students to various types of communication, communication process, communication modes, African communication system, African oral traditional communication, structure, the role of the media in the development of African cultures, society and civilization, factor that have influenced the development of human communication, communication as channels for the cultural values and ideas.