Business & Professional Speech Communication
Course Number: COMM 130
Transcript Title: Bus & Prof. Communication
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Focuses on communication as it relates to business and professional settings. Explores the climates, settings, philosophies, and practices of organizational communication, including effective business presentations. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
- Use an understanding of communication principles to effectively speak, listen, and interact, both verbally and nonverbally, within business and professional environments.
- Discern and apply communication in the modern organization, especially as it relates to persuasive strategies and the dissemination of information.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment strategies may include:
- Qualitative examinations
- Quantitative examinations
- Research papers
- In-class participation
- Oral presentations
- Group work
Course Activities and Design
Course activities include:
- Mastering the art of interviewing for the job you love
- Creating and delivering powerful presentations at work
- Working effectively in virtual teams
- Communicating in today’s technology-driven workplace
- Studying businesses in your chosen career field
- Crafting the resume and cover letter that’s right for you
- Defining your own personal code of ethics within the world of business
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, and Issues
- Communication in organizations
- Rhetorical strategies
- Nonverbal Communication
- Audience Analysis
- Creating Business presentations
Competencies and Skills
- Be able to recognize and analyze organizational channels and networks, in terms of formal and informal effects of these networks on message accuracy.
- Be able to explain principles for effective language use and principles for nonverbal code interpretation.
- Be able to recognize the factors involved in audience adaptation.
- Be able to demonstrate competence in public speaking situations including the use of visual and verbal supports.
- Be able to research a variety of business-related topics.
- Students will be able to effectively speak, listen, and interact, both verbally and nonverbally, within business environments.
- Students will appreciate the role of communication in the modern organization, especially as it relates to persuasive strategies and the dissemination of information.
Business and Professional Speech Communication, is a course which provides students the opportunity to develop skills and understandings useful in the career environment. A variety of communication situations may be analyzed, including: problem solving; discussion groups; organizational networks; interviewing; and, conference planning and speaking. This course emphasizes the theory and practice of communication as it relates particularly to business and professional settings. Readings and discussions focus upon the philosophies and practice of organizational communication. Basic concepts of effective speech communication are presented, which students can apply in their career environments.