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Discipline: Communication
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Argumentation and Debate SPCH 20
  • Students will be more argumentative.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
  • Students will be able to use electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will become less verbally aggressive.
  • Students will critique an argument.
Argumentation and Debate - Honors SPCH 20H
  • Students will be more argumentative.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
  • Students will use multiple electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will become less verbally aggressive.
  • Students will critique an argument.
Forensics: Debate Team SPCH 17
  • Students will compete in an intercollegiate forensics tournament
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will become more argumentative.
  • Students will be able to use electronic resources to conduct research.
  • Students will apply techniques from multiple genres of speech communication
Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate SPCH 15
  • Students will feel more confident
  • Students will apply techniques from multiple genres of speech communication
  • Students will compete in an intercollegiate forensics tournament.
Forensics: Individual Event Team SPCH 16
  • Students will compete in an intercollegiate forensics tournament
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will apply techniques from multiple genres of speech communication.
  • 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.
Forensics: Reader's Theater Team SPCH 18
  • Students will perform for a live audience.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will collaborate to stage and perform multiple selections of literature as a group.
Fundamentals of Communication SPCH 2
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the differences in others
  • Students will perform three speeches
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will evaluate their self concept
  • Students will solve a problem as a group.
Group Communication SPCH 6
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • Students will solve a problem as a group.
  • Students will facilitate a group decision-making process.
  • Students will perform a group presentation in front of a live audience.
Intercultural Communication SPCH 7
  • Students will examine the relationship between communication and 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.
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will define culture.
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 feel more confident.
  • 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.
  • Students will evaluate their self concept.
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 synthesize theoretical communication studies and draw conclusions.
  • 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 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
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will perform in front of a live audience.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.
  • 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 construct a program of literature that advances an argument.
  • Students will be able to edit a text for performance.
  • Students will be able to compose an original introduction for a literary selection.
  • Students will identify the central theme of a literature selection.
  • Students will evaluate performances of literature using an appropriate critical framework.
  • Students will express subtext of written literature.
  • Students will critique videotaped performances of their literature performances using an appropriate theoretical framework.
  • Students will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression.
  • Demonstrate effective use of voice, body, facial expressions, focal points, emphasis, and integration of manuscript during performance
Professional and Organization Speaking SPCH 8
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • Students will understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the differences in others
  • Students will conduct an employment interview.
Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors SPCH 8H
  • Students will understand the need to adapt communication style to acknowledge the differences in others
  • Students will feel more confident.
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.
  • 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
Voice and Diction SPCH 3
  • Students will feel more confident.
  • 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 produce language with appropriate breathing skills.
  • Students will be able to use phonemes.
  • Students will demonstrate vocal expressiveness.
  • Students will examine the relationship between culture and communication.