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The following is revised C2 900 course description, effective Fall 2012, which includes the addition of an online speech course accommodation - 05/14/2012:
The oral communication course, either a traditional public speaking or a hybrid content course, combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking.
Students are expected to prepare and deliver at least three substantive speeches, including both informative and persuasive assignments delivered extemporaneously. To be substantial, these speeches should be of sufficient length to allow for careful development of thought (an individual presentation of at least five continuous minutes and requires significant attention to invention and organization).
The face-to-face performance of the three substantial speeches with the class and the instructor serving as an in-class audience is the preferred method of instruction. Institutions that need to accommodate students who cannot attend on campus courses may offer online sections or courses of C2 900 to supplement their face-to-face offerings. This accommodation requires that a fully online C 2900 course meet all IAI oral communication guidelines and must also meet or exceed the following criteria:
1. VENUE: Face-to-face performances (speaker and audience) are required of the three substantial speeches in an appropriate setting for a public speech, such as a workplace or community venue.
2 AUDIENCE: At least 8 individuals, aged 16 and over, must be present for the entire presentation and must be seen on camera for each performance. Audience members must be aware that they will be recorded or streamed live. Video will be viewed by the instructor and the online class. Students must define their audience (demographics and psychographics).
3. TECHNOLOGY: Technology requirements must be clearly explained to students at the beginning of the course. Students taking the fully online course are expected to utilize appropriate technology despite the challenges of access. The quality of the recording must permit clear sound and video. Speeches may not be edited. Student privacy must be protected by the institution.
Upon successful completion of the oral communication course, students should have attained at least the competencies in both theory and practice listed below.
Communication Theory--The student is expected to:
· have a theoretical understanding of communication;
· understand the relationships among self, message and others; and
· understand the process of effective listening.
Communication Practice--The student is expected to:
· phrase clear, responsible and appropriate purpose statements;
· develop specific, well-focused thesis statements;
· analyze an audience and situation, and then adapt a message to those needs;
· generate ideas and gather supporting material;
· incorporate material from various appropriate sources, using proper verbal citations;
· use evidence, reasoning and motivational appeals in persuasive speaking;
· prepare and use visual aids that promote clarity and interest;
· organize and outline an effective message;
· use language that is appropriate to enhance understanding and affect the desired result;
· establish credibility by demonstrating knowledge and analysis of topic;
· use extemporaneous delivery with reasonable fluency, expressiveness and comfort;
· cope effectively with the tensions involved in public speaking;
· demonstrate acceptable ethical standards in research and presentation of materials; and
· listen to, analyze and critique oral communication.
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