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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 after successfully completing the oral communication course:

  • Find and evaluate a variety of source material in order to plan, develop and craft extemporaneous public presentations. You will compose and deliver speeches that incorporate source material on topics of social relevance.
  • Deliver extemporaneous, in-person speeches in English that contain logically coherent and adequately supported assertions, organized to intentionally affect the specific listening audience. You will create and deliver organized extemporaneous speeches demonstrating audience analysis and adaptation.
  • Speak with confidence to a live audience in ways that reflect her or his distinct perspective and identity. You will develop better control of nervous mannerisms through familiarity with the speech making process and delivery techniques.
  • Apply communication theory, concepts, principles to make rhetorical choices (regarding language, organization, content/support, and delivery) to be effective with a variety of audiences and purposes (i.e., inform, persuade, entertain, commemorate). You will apply ethical speaking and listening practices defined in the text, as well as knowledge of the social and political significance of communication in a free society.
  • Actively listen, critically evaluate and thoughtfully respond to the diverse perspectives of all members of the community. You will analyze your own and others’ speeches, demonstrating respect for the diverse speaking styles and perspectives of others.