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General Education Oral Communication, GEO 102

GEO 102 provides an introduction to the form and content of communication.

Includes the linguistic, psychological, and cultural bases of communication; various types of communication ranging from basic speech acts to forms of persuasion; the social and political significance of communication; and how communication operates within and across a wide range of social contexts.  Students become actively acquainted with some of the potential proficiencies that may be brought into various social contexts. The course requires active participation in classroom exercises and practicing public speaking.

This course is a general education course that supports general education program learning outcomes. Specifically, upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: use oral communication to effectively convey meaning to various audiences.

In addition, the primary objective of this course is to help students function competently within a variety of communication settings. In order to achieve this objective, the course will focus on many different communication principles as well as provide practice of these principles.

Campus-wide expectations for students who successfully complete the oral communication course:

SLO 1: Develop and deliver audience-centered public presentations.

SLO 2: Locate and employ suitable supporting materials to craft cohesive messages.

SLO 3: Demonstrate appropriate delivery skills that are free of distracting verbal and nonverbal cues, and that include

stylistic elements to enhance communication. 

SLO 4: Apply communication theory to make ethical rhetorical choices that achieve selected communicative purposes

(i.e., inform, persuade, commemorate).

SLO 5: Employ listening skills to critically evaluate public communication from diverse perspectives.