Speech Communication

Speech Communication
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Speech Communication 100

100 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 
3.0 Units

SPCH 100 is an introductory course focusing on human communication between two people. Through their reading of research-based theories and principles of interpersonal communication, verbal and nonverbal communication exercises, and class discussions regarding personal identities and ethical conduct, students learn to identify and understand factors affecting interpersonal communication in personal and professional contexts. The course focuses on self-discovery and developing skills in the areas of language, listening, assertiveness, conflict management, nonverbal behaviors, group problem solving, and cross cultural communication. Students discover and identify the factors that influence communication behavior, and the establishment and maintenance of meaningful and necessary relationships. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID COMM 130)

Speech Communication 101

101 PUBLIC SPEAKING 
3.0 Units

SPCH 101 is an introductory course focusing on public speaking - the process of learning to speak in front of a group of people in a structured, deliberate, organized manner in a variety of public speaking environments. Through their reading of research based theories and principles of human communication, and critical analysis of public discourse, students learn to research, compose, present and evaluate various types of speeches including informative and persuasive presentations. The course focuses on developing skills in the areas of language, listening, ethics and diversity, audience analysis, evidence evaluation, presentation skills and oral communication effectiveness. Through class discussions, written assignments, verbal and nonverbal communication exercises, and oral presentations, students learn the essential elements of public speaking and how extemporaneous speeches are used in personal and professional contexts. This course satisfies speech requirements for those students who expect to transfer to colleges and universities. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID COMM 110)

Speech Communication 103

103 GROUP DISCUSSION
3.0 Units

SPCH 103 is an introductory course focusing on the principles and practices of human communication in various group contexts. This course is designed to help students become familiar with the major theories and research regarding group communication. Students experience the challenge of learning how to improve their group communication skills through participation in a variety of group activities. The course focuses on self-discovery and developing skills in the areas of language, listening, leadership, conflict management, problem solving and decision making, nonverbal behaviors, and cross cultural communication in family, social and professional group settings. Knowledge gained through group discussion helps students to become more comfortable and competent participants in the group communication process. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID COMM 140)

Speech Communication 104

104 ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE 
3.0 Units

SPCH 104 provides students with instruction and practice in the principles of argumentation and the various forms of debate. It includes the analysis of propositions, research, evidence and reasoning. Students are required to practice various forensic debating techniques through the presentation of their outlined affirmative and negative cases after investigating major contemporary issues; to read a college level argumentation and debate textbook and apply its principles in the preparation of their cases and to critically analyze debate cases. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring. Transfer

Speech Communication 105

105 VOICE AND DICTION 
3.0 Units

SPCH 105 is designed to improve vocal quality and force, pitch flexibility, rate, articulation, and pronunciation. The student develops an understanding of the speech mechanism. Emphasis is placed on improvement through increased self-perception and practice exercises. The student acquires a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Course Typically Offered: Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

Speech Communication 106

106 ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE 
3.0 Units

SPCH 106 teaches the skills, techniques and theories of oral interpretation of literary works. Students learn to use verbal and nonverbal elements to communicate subtextural choices related to structural analysis of a variety of literary genres including prose, poetry and drama. Class exercises and instructor feedback are used to teach these concepts and to focus on the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Methods of literary selection and excerpting, along with analysis in relation to performance requirements are demonstrated. Specific skills needed to participate in collegiate forensics competitions are also taught. Note: An audition may be required. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID COMM 170)

Speech Communication 107

107 CAREER COMMUNICATION 
3.0 Units

SPCH 107 is an introductory course focusing on effective oral communication in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on examining both theoretical and practical essentials of effective business and professional communication - from preparation and presentation to efficacious observation and analysis. The course focuses on developing skills in the areas of language, listening, verbal and nonverbal behaviors, interviewing, informative and persuasive presentations, conflict management, group problem solving, and cross cultural communication in the workplace. Speech 107 deals with the specific challenges associated with oral communication in a career setting. The course is designed for students of all majors- not only those seeking a career in business. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Transfer Credit: CSU

Speech Communication 108

108 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 
3.0 Units

SPCH 108 focuses on the principles and practices of intercultural communication. This course is designed to help students become familiar with the major theories and research of intercultural communication in domestic and global contexts. Students examine culturally coded communication behaviors to identify and understand differences in communication patterns among individuals and groups from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The course provides students with an opportunity to enhance their intercultural communication knowledge and skills through practical exercises and activities. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Course Typically Offered: Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID COMM 150)

Speech Communication 111

111 INTRODUCTION TO ORAL COMMUNICATION 
3.0 Units

SPCH 111 is an introductory course focusing on oral communication. The course is specifically designed for non-native speakers of English whose oral language skills require further development, and those native English speakers whose degree of communication anxiety prevents them from communicating effectively in social, academic and/or workplace settings. Emphasis is placed on examining both theoretical and practical essentials of effective oral communication. Speech 111 focuses on developing skills in the areas of language, listening, voice, articulation, pronunciation, verbal and nonverbal behaviors, interpersonal conversations, informative presentations, job interviews and workplace communication, conflict management, group problem solving, and cross cultural communication. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 120 or ESL 151.

Transfer Credit: CSU

Speech Communication 115

115 GENDER AND COMMUNICATION 
3.0 Units

SPCH 115 is an introductory course designed to analyze issues of gender and communication. Using a communication approach, the course examines theoretical and perspectives issues in gender construction by explaining the differences between gender, sex, and sexual orientation, and how gender, race, and class intersect with one another. Students explore the relationship between gender and communication as it relates to verbal and nonverbal communication. Students also learn to identify the perception of gendered communication from various standpoints, including those of heterosexual men and women as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and/or questioning) individuals/identities (LBGTQ). An emphasis is placed on improving communication skills by exploring the significance of gender in everyday communication interactions. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC

Speech Communication 120

120 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION THEORY 
3.0 Units

SPCH 120 introduces students to the process of human communication through the study of basic communication models, fundamental theories, and relevant research findings. Emphasis is placed on achieving an understanding of the various forms of human communication, and the ways in which researchers contribute to the communication field. Coursework encourages students to research, analyze and apply communication theories to everyday communication practices. SPCH 120 prepares students for upper division coursework in the communication discipline. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101. ESL students should complete ESL 155.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID COMM 180)