Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
5 hours lecture.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 5 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Communication & Analytical Thinking

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/1/9;5/9;12/9;12/13

Cross Listed as:
Related ID:COMM 1A

1. Description -
Introduction to the analysis of the history of rhetoric and public address; application of principles of public address to the preparation and delivery of public speeches in front of a live audience. Particular attention is paid to development of oral communication and listening skills. The honors section provides accelerated students with additional academic challenge in the areas of research, discussion, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Expanded opportunities include, but are not limited to, in-depth examination of speech text within historical context, self-reflection speeches and papers, creative individual and group projects, historical oral interpretation, and enrichment activities.
Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in COMM 1A or SPCH 1A.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. investigate the process and nature of oral communication.
  2. gain experience in the evaluation of public communication presentations.
  3. take an active part in speaking exercises for a variety of purposes including narrative, informative, persuasive and special occasions.
  4. consider effective organizational strategies for oral communication.
  5. practice audience analysis with emphasis on cultural background, understand the listening process and utilize modes of gaining and retaining attention.
  6. examine, plan and use informative and persuasive speaking skills.
  7. prepare and evaluate oral presentations that reflect a sensitive awareness of the cultural diversity of listeners.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Video camera, television, DVD/VCR, computer with Internet connection, projector, viewing screen.
  2. When taught as a hybrid course via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Oral communication theory
    1. Common characteristics of the public speaking process
    2. The competent communicator's view of cultural diversity as a communication opportunity
    3. The effects of mass communication on modern rhetorical theory
  2. Critical evaluation of speech presentations
    1. Self-analysis through use of at least one video-taped speech
    2. Peer evaluations of student speeches
    3. Instructor evaluations
  3. Organization and planning of the speech performance
    1. Traditional patterns of organization to include Dewey's motivated sequence
    2. Effective introductions and conclusions
    3. Oral communication skills
    4. Outlining techniques
  4. Use of supporting materials
    1. Visual aids
    2. Documentation and support of claims
  5. Informative and persuasive speeches before a live audience
    1. Analysis of audience belief and value structures in terms of cultural and societal influences
    2. Determination of motive appeals for a variety of speaking purposes
    3. Effective oral communication
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Formal speech presentations in front of a live audience
  2. Self-reflection paper
  3. Written speech analysis and critique
  4. Written examination
7. Representative Text(s) -
Beebe, Stephen A. and Susan J. Beebe. Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 8th Edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2011.
Fraleigh, Douglas M. and Joseph S. Truman. Speak Up! An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking, 3rd Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014.
Fujishin, Randy. The Natural Speaker, 8th ed. Massachusetts: Pearson, 2014.
Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking, 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via Email and/or Internet; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via Email and/or Internet; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves, and newsgroups.

8. Disciplines -
Communication Studies
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations in front of a live audience, Electronic discussions/chat, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, online curriculum, and outside sources. Writing: Peer critique, self-evaluation.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in Communication and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking. It also satisfies the CSU GE Requirement in Area A1, Oral Communication and IGETC Area 1C requirement in Oral Communication.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-09 14:47:15

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines