Speech

Classes

SP 151 : Personal and Public Speech

This course introduces students to the basic principles of human communication. Students will receive practice in improving their competency in the areas of public speaking, specifically in informative and persuasive speaking.

Credits:

3

Prerequisites:

Placement in ENG 21 or ENG 23 or higher.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Describe the principles and processes of human communication.
  • Compare and contrast differences between interpersonal, intrapersonal, and public speaking.
  • Demonstrate and evaluate effective verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Appropriately adapt communicative messages to the self and to others.
  • Demonstrate effective listening skills.

SP 181 : Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Introduction to basic principles of interaction between two people. Emphasis is on enhancement of skills in a variety of interpersonal contexts.

Credits:

3

Prerequisites:

Placement in ENG 21 or ENG 23 or higher.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Analyze situations in terms of communication models, identifying perspective and perception.
  • Demonstrate improvement in listening skills through tests and critical analysis of other students by avoiding listening problems and practicing guidelines for listener feedback.
  • Determine the source of individual values and development in understanding and analyzing self-image as the communicator.
  • Recognize nonverbal communication identifying body language, gesture, facial expression, and posture.
  • Apply effectively specific skills to improve assertiveness.
  • Define conflict/stress and identify steps in reaching a mutually acceptable decision.
  • Trace the development of relationships, identifying major steps of each level, and analyzing the progression of these levels.

SP 251 : Principles of Effective Public Speaking

This course provides students with the opportunity to build on their public speaking skills through extensive practice in speech preparation and delivery techniques. This course will focus on how to organize a presentation, develop rhetorical skills, and use analytical skills.

Credits:

3

Prerequisites:

Grade of ā€œCā€ or better in ENG 100 or credit for SP 151.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Demonstrate correct usage of relevant concepts, theories, and principles of effective public communication.
  • Analyze the ethical implications of speaking and being an attentive audience member.
  • Select appropriate and effective speech topics.
  • Conduct quality research and gather supporting material for various types of public speeches.
  • Critique and provide constructive feedback to public speakers.

SP 253 : Argumentation and Debate

SP 253 develops writing, reading, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will learn to develop techniques to researching and presenting arguments in an effective and articulate manner.

Credits:

3

Prerequisites:

Grade of ā€œCā€ or better in ENG 100 or credit for SP 151.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Use different speech components to form cohesive argument
  • Identify support for claims and be able to refute and explain logical fallacies
  • Recognize ethical and unethical arguments through the use of rhetoric
  • Differentiate between propositions of fact, value, and policy
  • Demonstrate an increased self-awareness of critical thinking and reasoning including identifying self-biases and inferences

SP 261 : Organizational Communication

Introduces theories and strategies for managing communication in organizations. Students will gain an understanding of how communication functions by addressing the self, maintaining interpersonal relationships, problem solving and decision-making, and the use of technology in the workplace.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Discuss the characteristics of groups and teams in organizations
  • Analyze communication problems in the workplace
  • Evaluate the role of interpersonal relationships in organizations
  • Apply communication theories to everyday situations using multiple perspectives
  • Discuss case studies to reflect on qualitative methods used in organizational communication.