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Discipline: Communication
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Argumentation and Debate SPCH 20
  • Students will be more argumentative.
  • Students will become less verbally aggressive.
  • Students will critique an argument.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will be able to use electronic resources to conduct research.
Argumentation and Debate - Honors SPCH 20H
  • Students will use multiple electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will become less verbally aggressive.
  • Students will critique an argument.
  • Students will be more argumentative.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
Forensics: Debate Team SPCH 17
  • Students will be able to use electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will become more argumentative.
  • Students will compete in an intercollegiate forensics tournament
  • Students will apply techniques from multiple genres of speech communication
  • Students will feel more confident.
Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate SPCH 15
  • Students will compete in an intercollegiate forensics tournament.
  • Students will apply techniques from multiple genres of speech communication
  • Students will feel more confident
Forensics: Individual Event Team SPCH 16
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will record their performances on video and review their own and others' performances to enhance their understanding of performance events and evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses as speakers.
  • Students will compete in an intercollegiate forensics tournament
  • Students will apply techniques from multiple genres of speech communication.
Forensics: Reader's Theater Team SPCH 18
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will perform for a live audience.
  • Students will collaborate to stage and perform multiple selections of literature as a group.
Group Communication SPCH 6
  • Students will facilitate a group decision-making process.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will perform a group presentation in front of a live audience.
  • Students will solve a problem as a group.
Intercultural Communication SPCH 7
  • Students will define culture.
  • Students will evaluate their own intercultural competencies
  • Students will demonstrate cultural sensitivity in conflict management
  • Students will examine cultural factors that influence perceptions.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will examine the relationship between communication and culture.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Intercultural Communication - Honors SPCH 7H
  • Students will examine the relationship between communication and culture.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will define culture.
  • Students will evaluate their own intercultural competencies
  • Students will demonstrate cultural sensitivity in conflict management
  • Students will examine cultural factors that influence perceptions.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Interpersonal Communication SPCH 26
  • Students will evaluate their self concept.
  • Students will improve their interpersonal listening skills.
  • Students will be able to formulate suitable conflict management strategies for interpersonal conflict.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing their lifelong personal well being.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Students will feel more confident.
Interpersonal Communication - Honors SPCH 26H
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will evaluate their self concept.
  • Students will demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing their lifelong personal well being.
  • Students will improve their interpersonal listening skills.
  • Students will be able to formulate suitable conflict management strategies for interpersonal conflict.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
Introduction to Communication Theory SPCH 30
  • Students will illustrate competence in research in the communication field.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between social, political, and/or economic institutions and human behavior.
  • Students will conduct research using a communication database.
  • Students will evaluate theoretical components of communication theories.
  • Students will synthesize theoretical communication studies and draw conclusions.
  • Students will construct a literature review on one aspect of communication studies.
  • Students will assess various areas of the communication field and choose one specific area for further study.
Introduction to Persuasion SPCH 9
  • Students will correctly identify and evaluate the use of classical persuasive techniques.
  • Students will ethically apply persuasive techniques in message development.
Performance of Literature SPCH 4
  • Demonstrate effective use of voice, body, facial expressions, focal points, emphasis, and integration of manuscript during performance
  • Students will critique videotaped performances of their literature performances using an appropriate theoretical framework.
  • Students will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
  • Students will be able to use electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will be able to classify literature into the poetry, drama or prose genre
  • Students will identify the central theme of a literature selection.
  • Students will be able to compose an original introduction for a literary selection.
  • Students will be able to edit a text for performance.
  • Students will construct a program of literature that advances an argument.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will express subtext of written literature.
  • Students will evaluate performances of literature using an appropriate critical framework.
Professional and Organization Speaking SPCH 8
  • Students will understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the differences in others
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will conduct an employment interview.
Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors SPCH 8H
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the differences in others
Public Speaking SPCH 1A
  • Students will incorporate strategies to reduce speech anxiety.
  • Students will construct a keyword and full sentence outline using a speech organizational pattern, with credible research and attribution.
  • Students will engage in audience adaptation.
  • Students will perform basic speaking skills using a variety of delivery methods.
  • Students will critically evaluate public speeches, including perspectives, evidence, and arguments with reasoning and support.
Public Speaking - Honors SPCH 1AH
  • Students will incorporate strategies to reduce speech anxiety.
  • Students will construct a keyword and full sentence outline using a speech organizational pattern, with credible research and attribution.
  • Students will engage in audience adaptation.
  • Students will perform basic speaking skills using a variety of delivery methods.
  • Students will critically evaluate public speeches, including perspectives, evidence, and arguments with reasoning and support.
Special Projects in Speech SPCH 99
  • SLOs will be defined in an independent study contract for the course.
  • SLOs will be defined in an independent study contract for the course.
  • Students will plan informative meetings for Communication Majors
  • Students will create and distribute marketing material for the Communication Major meetings
  • Students will act as emcee of the Communication Major meetings
  • Students will feel more confident in their leadership abilities.
  • Students will feel more confident in their event planning abilities
Survey of Communication Studies SPCH 2
  • Students will understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the differences in others
  • Students will evaluate their self concept
  • Students will solve a problem as a group.
  • Students will perform three speeches
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will feel more confident.
Voice and Diction SPCH 3
  • Students will be able to produce language with appropriate breathing skills.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
  • Students will be able to use electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will be able to use phonemes.
  • Students will demonstrate vocal expressiveness.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.