Course Abstract Details

SPCH-101, Introduction to Speech Communication

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

SPCH-101, Introduction to Speech Communication, is designed to provide a foundation for theories focusing specifically in relational, group, public, and cultural communication contexts. Students will engage in communication theory and practice focusing on interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099, plus assessment for placement in ENGL-101 or better. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Students will be able to: 

1. Recall information on theory and structure regarding interpersonal communication, intrapersonal communication, and public speaking. (GE 1, PG 4) 

2. Demonstrate an improved level of proficiency in speaking and listening in a variety of communication models and settings. (GE 1, PG 1, 2, 4, 5) 

3. Differentiate speaker and listener responsibilities in today?s world. (GE 1, PG 1, 2, 4) 

4. Recognize the process of communication. (GE 1, PG 1, 2, 4) 

5. Demonstrate what it takes for communication to work well. (GE 1, PG 1, 2, 4) 

6. Develop skills in listening to be able to comprehend and assess messages of different speakers, self-monitor listening, and adapt feedback. (GE 1, PG 2) 

7. Demonstrate basic skills in oral communication as a speaker, effectively relating messages to many different audiences. (GE 1, PG 1, 4) 

8. Practice effective conversation and public speech. (GE 1, PG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 

9. Organize and participate in a group conversation/meeting. (GE 1, PG 1, 4) 

10. Develop skills and strategies for decreasing communication anxiety. (GE 1, PG 3, 5) 

11. Evaluate differences in attitudes and communication behaviors of diverse people.(GE 1, 7, PG 4) 

12. Utilize interpersonal skills for building relationships, using feedback, and managing conflict. (GE 1, PG 1, 2, 3, 4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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