COURSE INTENTED OUTCOMES
Writing, speaking and presenting to different audiences and for various purposes
The five skills of communication (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing) are studied and simulated in advanced academic settings, such as conversing intelligently on a subject of import, reporting on group work and/or assignments, writing and delivering a formal speech, writing minutes of meetings and similar documents, preparing a research or technical paper, and making an audio-visual or web-based presentation. In the process, the criteria for effective communication are discussed and used as the basis of peer evaluation of communication exercises in the class as well as for judging communication techniques used by public officials, educators, industry leaders, churches, and private individuals. The purpose of these combined activities is to enable students to practice strategies of communication with a clear purpose and audience in mind, guided by the criteria of effective communication and the appropriate language.
At the end of the course, students should be able to
listen, comprehend, critique, and respond to live or recorded conversations
speak in public with confidence
explain extended texts in their own words using examples and other aids to bolster their explanation
write texts ranging from a simple report to a full-length technical or research paper (scientific, social science, or literary, depending on the student’s major), and
prepare an audio-visual and web-based presentation on an assigned topic.