Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog
Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)

SPC 101 - Fund of Oral Communication

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
Explores the fundamentals of oral communication through the study and practice of interpersonal and small group communication and the composition and delivery of short speeches.
  1. Explain the transactional nature of the communication process
    1. Identify the components of the process
    2. Use the transactional model to describe a communication event
  2. Explain how perceptions influence human communication
    1. List ways the perception of self and others influences communication
    2. Explain how elements of the perception process affect message meanings.
    3. Use perception checking to improve the accuracy of perceptions and reduce misunderstandings
  3. Describe relationships between verbal and non-verbal messages in communication
    1. Explain how nonverbal behaviors function to create meaning in communication
    2. Identify main categories of nonverbal messages
    3. Apply nonverbal behaviors congruent with verbal messages
  4. Demonstrate appropriate language in a variety of contexts
    1. Employ the vocabulary and grammar of standard American English
    2. Avoid use of language which is prejudiced, sexist, or otherwise offensive
    3. Use language appropriate to the speaker, audience and occasion.
    4. Adapt language appropriately to the nature of the relationship
  5. Demonstrate ways cultural diversity affects interpersonal communication and public speaking
    1. Demonstrate through language and nonverbal behavior a position of being ‘other-oriented’ when interacting with others
    2. Analyze your audience in terms of cultural diversity
  6. Demonstrate active listening skills
    1. Identify types and levels of listening ability
    2. Provide feedback relevant to speaker, message and situation
  7. Analyze speeches from a listener’s point of view
    1. Perceive speech purpose and plan
    2. Recognize main ideas and their support
    3. Distinguish among arguments tased in ethos, logos, and pathos.
    4. Recognize incongruencies between a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages
    5. Give feedback on the effectiveness of speech communication according to standards/criteria of performance.
  8. Analyze how communication functions in relationships
    1. Describe communication associated with levels of relationship formation
    2. Identify interpersonal skills associated with creating positive communication climates
    3. Use self-disclosing communication to enhance interpersonal relationships
    4. Name cause of interpersonal conflict and strategies for conflict resolution 
  9. Identify characteristics and functions of small groups
  10. Participate in problem-solving and/or decision-making groups
    1. Use one or more recognized approaches to problem solving in groups
    2. List guidelines for promoting effective participation in group discussion and problem solving
  11. Identify communication behaviors characteristic of roles in groups
    1. Describe communication behaviors associated with task, social/maintenance, and negative role formation
    2. Describe communication behaviors of effective group leaders
  12. Develop a topic according to purpose and audience
    1. Generate a specific purpose statement relevant to the context and the general purpose
    2. Employ methods for analyzing characteristics of audiences
  13. Organize information and ideas appropriately
    1. Use a thesis as a planning tool
    2. Choose from one of several commonly used organizational patterns
    3. Use transitions for clarity and movement
    4. Creates an outline for the informative and persuasive speeches.
    5. Uses standard outline notation and alignment with correct coordination and subordination.
    6. Includes an introduction, body, and conclusion
  14. Develop main ideas specifically and coherently
    1. Select supporting materials that meet criteria of relevance, validity and logic
    2. Adapt support material to listeners
    3. In addition to personal experience, incorporates support from research and cites it both orally in speech and in writing on the outline.
    4. Distinguish between main points and supporting materials
  15. Deliver informative and persuasive speeches in an extemporaneous style
    1. Use physical behaviors supportive of the verbal message.
    2. Use vocal variety in rate, pitch, and intensity to clarify meaning and promote interest
    3. Speak articulately and directly in a naturally expressive style

Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)