SP-211: Speech Communication (2B)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: SP-211 Speech Communication (2B)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): None

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

Study of oral communication and its role in contemporary society. Emphasis on listening, interpersonal communication, small group decision making, and public speaking, informative and persuasive speaking. 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.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Management

A.A.S. Medical Assistant 

A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art History)

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Dance

A.S. Music

A.S. Theatre (Concentration: Acting)

A.S. Theatre (Concentration: Technical Theatre)

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies

QCC/Queens College Dual/Joint Degree Program for Childhood Education

A.S. Psychology

QCC/York College Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to apply verbal and non-verbal communication skills while delivering informative, persuasive and group speeches.
  2. Students will be able to research, analyze and report information about local and national themes from U.S. history to prepare speech content.
  3. Students will be able to locate, interpret and assess information from both primary and secondary sources through academic journals and databases found in the CUNY library.
  4. Students will be able to prepare a speech using a speech outline to illustrate their reasoning and supporting materials while formulating their arguments.
  5. Students will be able to listen thoughtfully and critically to others; to critique constructively to peers’ speeches and to apply the knowledge gained through critique to their own speeches.
  6. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature and functions of the communication process, which includes communication models and audience analysis.

Program-specific outcomes

Use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processesUse historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

a. Speeches

b. Outlines

c. Exams

d. Group Project

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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