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COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course cultivates oral communication skill for non-majors, with an emphasis on improving speaking and listening skills.  It analyzes factors affecting oral communication with self, in dyads, small groups, the public arena, organizations, mass media, and among members of differing cultural backgrounds.  Students will gain practical experience in delivering speeches and briefings.  The course fulfills the general education requirement in oral communication.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Examine the concepts and skills essential for the effective communicator.           
  2. Identify the functions and meanings of nonverbal and verbal communication.
  3. Acquire the skills needed for effective listening and speaking.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to participate effectively in group interactions and presentations.
  5. Apply self-awareness techniques and perception methods in order to obtain crucial communication skills.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Reflection Assignments          
  2. Special Occasion Speech        
  3. Mid-term Exam                       
  4. Informative Speech                 
  5. Culture Shock Assignment     
  6. Group Presentation                  
  7. Final Exam    

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Attendance is required for all classes unless an illness or an unavoidable emergency occurs.  If absent during a day of one’s own presentation, a grade of zero will be given unless the student has notified the instructor of the emergency within 24 hours of the missed class. In that case, the presentation will be given during another class time or outside class time.