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Varies; self-study format.
Version 1: April 2017 - September 2022. Version 2: October 2022 -Present.
Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: summarize the importance of public speaking and distinguish how public speaking differs from casual conversation; identify characteristics of effective presentations and strategies for developing them; and analyze the process of tailoring business presentations to different audiences.
Version 1 and 2: The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: the importance of public speaking and presentation skills; developing presentation skills; tailoring business presentations to an audience; delivering a presentation; and using visuals in a presentation.
Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or as a general elective (4/17). Version 2: In the associate/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or as a general elective (10/22 revalidation).
20 hours (12 weeks).
December 2014 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the historical tradition of public speaking and different types of speeches; analyze informal and formal methods for conducting audience analysis; examine the general and specific purpose of a speech as well as techniques for generating main ideas and developing a thesis; differentiate primary and secondary research; evaluate types of supporting material and source credibility; survey criteria for selecting main and supporting ideas; research organizational patterns for informative and persuasive speeches; analyze the uses of preparation and speaking outlines as well as components of a speech's introduction, transitions, and conclusions; contrast written and oral language styles as well as impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript and memorized speeches; discuss strategies for developing effective, informative, and persuasive speeches as well as special occasion speeches designed to entertain; explain components of rhetorical proof and the differences between inductive, deductive, causal, and analogical reasoning; and describe methods for evaluating oneself as a speaker as well as guidelines for evaluating other public speakers.
Major topics include: introduction to public speaking; analyzing the audience; listening and feedback; selecting the topic, purpose, and thesis of the speech; researching the speech; organizing the speech; outlining the speech; language and style; speech delivery; selecting and incorporating visual supports; types of speeches; reasoning and rhetorical proof; speech evaluation; and preparing for an impromptu speech.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in English (12/16) (4/22 revalidation).
August 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain interpersonal communications within the context of the overall communication process, discuss the effects of different aspects of culture on interpersonal communications, compare and contrast the types and effects of verbal and non-verbal communications, interpret relationship models and theories in the context of interpersonal communication, explain the role of communication in different types of positive and negative relationships, discuss the concept of perception and its effects on effective communication, explain various aspects of listening and its role in communication, explain the effects of poster, emotions and conflict on interpersonal communications, differentiate among different communication needs based on relationships - family, friends, love, organizational.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: overview of interpersonal communication; the impact of culture on interpersonal communication; perception and self-awareness in interpersonal communication; the importance of effective listening; understanding verbal and nonverbal communication; overview and principles of conversation management; relationship theory in interpersonal communication; communication in relationships; the process of conflict management; the role of power in interpersonal relationships; emotions and emotional expression; communication between family and friends; interpersonal communication in love and relationships; interpersonal communication in the workplace; and computer-mediated communication.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, Communications, Cultural Studies, Psychology, or Sociology (8/17) (10/22 revalidation).
15 hours (12 weeks).
December 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define technical communication and examine its characteristics; choose the right tone and select the best words for a message using nondiscriminatory language, active verbs, and active voice in business communication; identify the purpose of messages and adapt messages for the selected audience with a focus on the different channels of communication, primary and secondary research, and methods for assessing validity of sources; determine how to achieve clarity in technical communication and identify five patterns of organization used for clarity; distinguish between formal and informal reports and compare different report types (e.g., progress reports, research and lab reports, incident reports, recommendation reports, feasibility reports, and evaluation reports); contrast technical descriptions and definitions and outline the purpose of introductions, conclusions, and recommendations; assess the different types of correspondence and communication (e.g., e-mails, print communication, memos, instant and text messaging); evaluate types of resumes and the purposes for letters of employment; demonstrate how to follow the writing process to create instructions and evaluate technical instructions; differentiate between different types of manuals (print versus e-manual), assess standard operating procedure, and demonstrate how to follow the writing process to create manuals; and analyze the content and structure of proposals and compare the different proposal types.
Methods of instruction include audiovisual materials and computer-based training. Major topics include: introduction to technical writing; pre-writing for technical documents; writing technical documents; technical editing and writing; elements of technical documents; business reports and proposals; technical correspondence; technical writing in business correspondence; technical resumes and cover letters; technical instructions; writing technical manuals; and how to write proposals.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in technical Writing or English (12/16) (4/22 revalidation).