Embedded Skill: Oral Communications

Requirement – A student will be required to have two OC courses.

Requirement Purpose

In order to be a well-engaged global citizen, individuals must be able to express ideas effectively to others. Oral communication skills help the communicator redefine and shape his or her values and facilitate change in others. Specifically, oral communication skills are a set of abilities enabling individuals to become confident and competent speakers by the time of their graduation. These skills develop over time through a carefully planned process. OC courses will engage students in both formal and informal uses of communication. OC courses will equip students to comprehend, critique, and analyze information in order to be able to effectively and efficiently communicate their ideas to others.

In an OC course, students can expect to receive, process, and disseminate information; learn to appropriately cite evidence to support their claims; and demonstrate critical thinking skills used to examine, analyze, critique, and convey thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Students will learn the basic principles for organizing ideas appropriately in order to express them through oral communication.

Definitions:  These terms are used in the Course Characteristics and Student Learning Outcomes below.

Formal communication:  Formal oral communication will have the following characteristics: a major project that entails a significant amount of out of class preparation, such as a research presentation, accompanied by appropriate activities used to develop necessary skills systematically; or a set of smaller projects that accomplish the same goals

Informal communication:  Informal oral communication will have the following characteristics: numerous shorter activities that may include class discussions, research updates, etc. consisting of activities that emphasize the appropriate oral communication skill

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

OC CC1. offer explicit instruction in both the process and the product of oral communication and listening skills
OC CC2. include several opportunities for students to develop oral communication skills in both formal and informal situation
OC CC3. provide feedback that is designed to help students evaluate and improve oral


Embedded Skill Learning Outcomes

Through completion of an OC course, students should be able to

OC SLO1. communicate orally in response to a prompt
OC SLO2. evaluate arguments given through oral communication
OC SLO3. provide credible evidence to support claims and arguments in oral communication
OC SLO4. organize information logically in oral communication
OC SLO5. incorporate elements to engage an audience in oral communication


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