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Speech Communication - Courses Offered

Queensborough Community College offers an Associate in Arts Degree in Fine and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre Arts. Students may also opt to complete an interdisciplinary tract combining Theatre with Art, Music or Dance.The Digital Design Lab for Stage and Film

SP-020 Improving Speech Skills
3 class hours - 0 credit
Improvement of basic vocal and articulation problems; awareness of common speech faults and development of oral language skills. Intensive practice and supervised correction provided. Students are assigned to this course on the basis of a speech placement test; it may also be taken with permission of the Department.

SP-005 Speech Communication Skills for Students of English as a Second Language: Sound Structure of 
American English
3 class hours - 0 credit
This is the first course of a two-semester sequence designed for English as a Second Language students in need of intensive work in oral communication. Emphasis is on recognition, discrimination, and production of the individual sounds of English and transition from laboratory practice to real-life situations, as well as development of acceptable idiomatic speech. Students have an opportunity for individual practice and assistance. Students are assigned to this course on the basis of a speech placement test; it may also be taken with permission of the Department.

SP-006 Speech Communication Skills for Students of English as a Second Language: Stress and Intonation of American English
3 class hours - 0 credit - Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of SP-005 or appropriate speech placement
A speech improvement course designed for foreign and bilingual students to reinforce and further develop basic skills and acceptable idiomatic speech; integration of oral and written facets of language development and utilization; development of clear communication in everyday situations. Recognition, discrimination, production, and application of the individual sounds of American English and their use in connected speech is reinforced, with special emphasis on the use of stress and intonation. Comparisons and contrasts are made with the stress, pitch, rhythm, and transitional features of the student’s native language. Students have an opportunity for individual practice and assistance.Students are assigned to this course on the basis of a speech placement test; it may also be taken with permission of the Department.

SP-007 American English Sound 
Structure for the Health Sciences
3 class hours - 1 recitation hour (The recitation hour is taught by Nursing Department faculty) - 0 credit 
Prerequisite:  Speech Placement Test or referral by the Speech or Nursing Department.
This course is designed for students majoring in the health sciences (including Nursing) for  whom English is not the native language, and who require intensive work in oral communication.  Emphasis is on the recognition, discrimination, and production of the individual sounds of English, and transition from classroom practice to real-life situations, as well as the development of acceptable idiomatic speech.  The focus of the course is the improvement of communication skills between health science personnel/health care providers and their colleagues, patients, family members, and caregivers.  
Students are assigned to this course on the basis of a Speech Placement Test, permission of the Speech Department, or referral from the Nursing program.

SP-211 Speech Communication (2B1)
3 class hours - 0 credits - Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of Speech Placement Test, or successful completion of SP-020, or SP-005 and/or SP-006
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of contemporary forms of public speaking in the United States.   Selecting topics from current U.S. society and or American history, students will perform research and gather credible evidence from both primary and secondary U.S. sources to create both informative and persuasive speeches.  Students are also asked to employ methods taught in this course to analyze both historical and contemporary U.S. rhetoric for authenticity, organizational structure, target audiences and effectiveness as a means of persuasion or communication. Enrollment limited to 22 students.

SP-230 Video Production I
2 class hours - lab hours - 3 credits - Offered in Fall
Prerequisites: BE-112 (or BE-205) and BE-122 (or BE-226)
Video Production 1 is an introductory class in the creation and aesthetics of video production. Basic concepts of media production and integration will be introduced incorporating mediums such as photography, video, and audio. Design and development principles will be combined with the necessary technical skills in media production tools and software to produce various elements that will be integrated into several short projects. This class will also have screenings of various short films and videos in class as well as additional assigned readings.

SP-274 Introduction to 
Electronic Media (2C2)
3 class hours - 3 credits - Prerequisite: BE-112 (or BE-205) and BE-122 (or BE-226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test
An introduction to the history, growth, development and practices of media technology. Students develop an understanding of the growth and development of electronic media. Historic context of mass media including print, film, television, video games, and the Internet are examined with attention given to economic, legal and creative forces as well as their influences on popular culture. This class is a designated Writing Intensive (WI) course.

SP-275 Media Criticism (2C2)
3 hours - 3 credits - Offered in Fall - 
Prerequisites: BE-112 (or BE-205) and BE-122 (or BE-226)
Theories of mass culture will be introduced and applied to a diverse selection of media such as film, television, video games and the Internet.
In the identification, examination and discussion of these theories, students will analyze and write critically about the influences of mediated images on society.

SP-321 Oral Performance for 
the Actor and Speaker (2C2)
3 class hours - 3 credits  
Designed to improve the interpretation skills of actors, speakers, and those individuals desiring to improve the level of their individual oral expression for personal or professional reasons. Techniques of reading aloud from plays, poetry, prose, and essay. Practice in conveying information, projecting ideas, creating emotions, and interpreting from the script and oral interpretation as a means of developing literary criticism and discrimination.

SP-471 American Film History I (2C2)
3 class hours - 1 recitation hour - 3 credits - 
Offered in Fall - Prerequisite: BE-112 (or BE-205) and BE-122 (or BE-226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test
A historical study of the nature and development of the cinema as an art form in the United States from its beginnings until present time. Technological, economic, industrial, legal, social and cultural factors which played an important role in shaping film genres are examined decade by decade.  Significant foreign influences are also cited along with hundreds of illustrative clips and a classic feature film each session.

SP-472 American Film History II (2C2)
3 class hours - 1 recitation hour - 3 credits
 - Offered in Spring - Prerequisite: BE-112 (or BE-205) and BE-122 (or BE-0 credit, 226), or satisfactory score on the 
CUNY/ACT Assessment Test
This course introduces basic concepts of cinematic communication and presents them as “languages” which filmmakers use to create predictable emotional responses in audiences through historically significant films and their makers. Films will be examined and discussed in relation to American culture and society. Photography, framing, shots, angles, movement both within the frame and of the camera, sound, editing, story narrative, acting and ideology are some of the components of film structure which directors use to create a visual style. Viewings and discussions are positioned to provide an active film vocabulary and achieve critical perspectives of modern American history and cinema. Enrollment limited to 30.

SP-643 Introduction to Speech and 
Hearing Problems
3 class hours - 3 credits - Offered in Fall
Orientation to the area of speech pathology and audiology; provides a background for understanding the nature of speech development and speech and hearing disorders; presents the diagnosis, evaluation, and therapies of common speech and hearing problems.

SP-644 Speech, Language and
 Hearing Problems of Children
3 class hours  credits ffered in Spring
Designed to orient classroom teachers, guidance counselors, paraprofessional workers, parents, and others to speech and hearing problems frequently encountered in the school-age child; and to provide background and understanding of the ways in which these problems may be handled within the public school framework.

SP-900, 901 Cooperative Education in Speech, Theatre, and Media 
Communication
Hours to be arranged - 2 credits each course (90 hours each)
Open only to matriculated students who have completed at least 24 credits with an index of 2.0 in Liberal Arts and Sciences and are recommended by the Department. The cooperative education experience in speech and media communication is designed to provide the student with an apprentice training opportunity in such areas as speech arts and science, theatre production, cable and commercial broadcasting, and other media, either in or outside of the College. Evaluation of the cooperative education experience will be determined by periodic review of the student log or diary, participation in required conferences and monthly seminars, plus a written evaluation by the employer. Students will earn a grade of Pass or Fail. Students will engage in a field experience of a minimum of 90 hours for 2 credits and 180 hours for 4 credits. Theatre Arts.