This tutorial is divided into seven segments, each of which concerns itself with a major question or field of study within the discipline of Communication. The main tutorial web page lists all, gives a brief description of each, and provides a link to the first page of each segment.
To speed up Internet downloading time, each segment is divided into pages. The top of each page contains the following information (for example):
TUTORIAL: THE COMMUNICATION PROCESS
INTRODUCTION . SYSTEMS . THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATION . HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN COMMUNICATION . THE SHANNON/WEAVER MODEL OF COMMUNICATION . CONTENT AND CODE .
At various points within the text, the "top of page" button provides the means to return to the beginning of the page.
Examples of concepts introduced in the text are indicated by this icon: . The text of the example will open in a new window. When you are finished with the example, simply close the window.
Questions that relate to the material are indicated by this icon: . Questions are numbered and collected together in a special section of HFCL. When you click on a question in the tutorial, a page from the question section will open with your selected question at the top. The questions themselves are linked back to relevant material in the tutorial. Thus, you can peruse the questions and use them to organize your survey of the tutorial.
Focus segments are essays, exercises, and other instructional materials that focus on particular aspects of communication. These are collected together in their own section of HFCL, and some of them can be accessed from the tutorial. The tutorial is written entirely in the Internet HTML language and can be run from any web browser. However, some of the focus segments use the PDF or SHOCKWAVE formats and may require the presence of a browser plugin. When this is the case, it will be noted on the entry page of the focus segment.