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Areas of Study | | SPCH101 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Oral Communication
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): C2 900
DELIVERY MODE:Fifteen traditional-only sections offered Fall and Spring semester

The oral communication course, combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills interpersonal communication theories, listening techniques, assertiveness skills, and group decision making skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventive, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking.

Students are expected to prepare and deliver at least three substantive speeches, including both informative and persuasive assignments delivered extemporaneously. To be substantial, these speeches should be of sufficient length to allow for careful development of thought (an individual presentation of at least five continuous minutes and requires significant attention to invention and organization). At least one of the substantive speeches must include multiple sources that are verbally cited.

Place into ENGL121.


Communication Theory--The student is expected to:
  1. Have a theoretical understanding of communication;
  2. Understand the relationships among self, message and others; and
  3. Understand the process of effective listening.
Communication Practice--The student is expected to:
  1. Phrase clear, responsible and appropriate purpose statements;
  2. Develop specific, well-focused thesis statements;
  3. Analyze an audience and situation, and then adapt a message to those needs;
  4. Generate ideas and gather supporting material;
  5. Incorporate material from various appropriate sources, using proper verbal citations;
  6. Use evidence, reasoning and motivational appeals in persuasive speaking;
  7. Prepare and use visual aids that promote clarity and interest;
  8. Organize and outline an effective message;
  9. Use language that is appropriate to enhance understanding and affect the desired result;
  10. Use language that is appropriate to enhance understanding and affect the desired result;
  11. Establish credibility by demonstrating knowledge and analysis of topic;
  12. Use extemporaneous delivery with reasonable fluency, expressiveness and comfort;
  13. Cope effectively with the tensions involved in public speaking;
  14. Demonstrate acceptable ethical standards in research and presentation of materials;
  15. Listen to, analyze and critique oral communication.

  1. Introduction to Human Communication-What is it & Communication Models
  2. Communicating in Close Relationships-Friends, Close Friends, Romantic Relationships
  3. Communicating Identities- What is identity & Individual Identity
  4. Communicating, Perceiving, and Understanding- The Importance of Perception
  5. Verbal Communication-Language, Influence, Meaning, Individual
  6. Nonverbal Communication- Influences, Codes, Society, Ethics
  7. Communicating Through Social and Other Interactive Media
  8. Integrating Support Material- Information literacy, Types of supporting material
  9. Organizing Ideas-Patterns of Organization, Transitional Devices
  10. Outlining the Presentation- Developing a Preparation & Speaking Outline
  11. Beginning and Ending the Presentation- Introduction & Conclusions
  12. Delivering the Presentation- Methods of Delivery, Verbal & Nonverbal aspects
  13. Understanding Persuasive Principles- Claims (Fact, Value, Policy)
  14. Building Arguments- Claims, Logos, Ethos, Pathos

Communicating in Society Speech 101 (Second Custom Edition for DACC ISBN: 9781323428030). Taken from Human Communication in Society Fourth Edition by Alberts, Nakayama, and Martin. Public Speaking: Prepare, Present, and Participate by Simonds, Hunt, and Simonds.

A point system will be used to determine the course grade. Although subject to change, grades will be computed on the following basis:

1. The final grade is based primarily on tests, quizzes, speeches, and the final exam.
2. The final grade is also based on the written homework, and/or any other written papers assigned, participation in class discussions and class exercises, the quality of that participation.
3. The grades will be computed as follows:

Tests - 30%
Speeches - 50%
Papers, Homework, & Class work - 20%

Exams and Quizzes - cover the text material and class discussion and handouts.

Homework Assignments/Journals - Written homework assignments/journals with
designated assignments by the instructor are collected at various times during the semester. They are to describe in some depth the students' experiences with
communication and their insights into the role communication plays in their life.

Group Activities - are a part of the course on a weekly basis. The students are in groups at least once a week discussing course theories. The groups, themselves, become instructional as the students learn to relate and communicate in groups. An evaluated group discussion becomes a part of the group/oral component of the course.

Speeches - At least three oral presentations will be given by students enrolled in the course. Suggested presentations include:

Speech #1--Narrative/self (5-7 minutes)
Speech #2--Informative or Expository (5-7 minutes)
Speech #3--Persuasive (5-7 minutes)

Students will be expected to listen to, analyze, and critique oral communication.


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