Communication Theory and Models of Communication

Communication Theory

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Description:By the end of this chapter you should understand what communication theories are, their functions, how we evaluate them, and the five major theoretical paradigms shaping Communication study today. You’ll also discover just how important communication theory is to your everyday life.

Models of Communication

Models of communication are conceptual models used to explain the human communication process. The first major model for communication came in 1948 by Claude Elwood Shannon and published with an introduction by Warren Weaver for Bell Laboratories. Following the basic concept, communication is the process of sending and receiving messages or transferring information from one part (sender) to another (receiver).

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Communication in the Real World

Learning Objectives in above text:

Identify and define the components of the transmission model of communication.
Identify and define the components of the interaction model of communication.
Identify and define the components of the transaction model of communication.
Compare and contrast the three models of communication.
Use the transaction model of communication to analyze a recent communication encounter.

Introduction to Public Speaking Lumen Learning

Information about the Linear Model of Communication and Transactional Model of Communication.

Public Speaking Project

Chapter 1 page 3. Models of communication (Linear and Transactional models) described.

Communication Models a Theoretical Perspective-Open University

Learning Outcomes in above resource:
1. Identify important elements in the communication process.
2. Describe four models of communication.
3. Explain the significance of the roles of signs, symbols, and metaphors
to meaning and interpretation.

Lumen-Introduction to Communication

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the term “communication” and explain the primary types of communication.
  • Define the term “communication competence” and explain attributes of communication competence.
  • Identify differences between linear and transactional communication models.
  • Identify the components of interpersonal communication.

International Association of Communication Activists

Various models of communication and their theorists described.

Open Learn

Linear Model of Communication.  

Activity 7: What is noise?  Purpose: to consider how communication messages can be interrupted.


Various models of communication and their theorists described.

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Communication Models

Published on Jan 10, 2015

Covers elements of the models, the Linear, Interactional, and Transactional models.

Models of Communication

Published on Aug 16, 2016

An overview of some communication basics, including three common communication models: Action, Interactive, and Transactional.

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Models of Communication Process by Davis Foulger

Communication Models (Management Study Guide)

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Models of Communication (Dhanalakshmi Chandran-Slideshare)

3 Models of Communication (Diego Rodrigo-Slideshare)


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