Southeast Missouri State University

The following are the courses offered by the Department of Communication Studies.

University Studies

UI 100 First Year Seminar

An academic skills-centered seminar which introduces students to the University Studies Program and the value of liberal education while addressing one of a variety - of themes. See First Year Experience Website for themes (http://ustudies.semo.edu/UI100/). Required of all students entering the University with fewer than 24 credit hours. (3)

UI 301 Managerial Communication Processes

An examination and application of theories and skills necessary for effective managerial communication in organizations. Prerequisites:  SC 105 or consent of instructor. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  The student will locate and gather recent scholarly articles regarding a significant topic in communication and business and will report their findings and ideas in a well-written research paper.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will demonstrate critical thinking about an artifact that portrays team characteristics (e.g., “A League of Their Own” documentary) by identifying and describing four team characteristics illustrated therein that every manager would like to see in an organizational team and will explain how management can foster these team characteristics or attributes.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will discuss, precisely and comprehensively, the personal appraisal feedback interview and select and defend a well-formulated strategy for reducing anxiety for the evaluator and the “evaluate.”

UI 345 Nonverbal Communication

Study of nonverbal communication. Areas of study include body language, vocal cues, touching behavior, environmental factors, eye behavior, physical appearance. Prerequisites: Junior standing; Artistic Expression; Oral Expression; Behavioral Systems; Social Systems (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify and explain the basic modes of nonverbal communication.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will use basic theoretical concepts of nonverbal communication to analyze communication events.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will utilize quality information to effectively support/ communicate their judgments and opinions.

UI 423 Political Communication

An introduction to communication principles and practices central to election campaigns through the study of political campaigns as communication phenomena. Prerequisite: 3 hours in Communication Studies. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify and evaluate the strategies of image construction used by political candidates.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will distinguish between different types of political ads and evaluate their effectiveness by applying stock “functional analysis” criteria.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will formulate criteria for judging political debates and use those criteria to evaluate a candidate’s debate performance.

UI 425 Persuasion

An examination of influences on human attitudes and behavior with special emphasis on the analytical tools that allow us to evaluate persuasive appeals in terms of effectiveness and ethics. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Utilizing library subscription database(s), the student will locate and gather recent scholarly articles exploring one or more types of rhetorical appeals.
  2. SLO 2:  The student will demonstrate critical thinking about the textbook’s coverage of particular rhetorical appeals by utilizing recent scholarly articles to note and explain agreement and/or discrepancies.
  3. SLO 3:  The student will communicate effectively in written form while critiquing a rhetor’s use of particular rhetorical appeals.
  4. SLO 4:  The student will communicate effectively in oral form while critiquing a rhetor’s use of particular rhetorical appeals.

UI 504 Leaders of Social Change

A course in rhetorical criticism, exploring how rhetorical theories help us process and appreciate the substance of speeches and the effectiveness of speakers. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Recognizing that public discourse does not occur in a vacuum, the student will locate and gather some combination of scholarly articles, news articles, reference material, biographies, and histories to explain the context in which specific discourse occurred.
  2. SLO 2:  Recognizing that public discourse influences the mindset and actions of auditors, the student will locate and gather some combination of scholarly articles, news articles, reference material, biographies, and histories to explain the likely impact of specific discourse.
  3. SLO 3:  Drawing upon relevant scholarship and contextual information, the student will produce well-founded rhetorical criticism of rhetorical artifact(s) that comprise significant public discourse.
  4. SLO 4:  The student will communicate effectively in written form while critiquing a leader’s use of a particular rhetorical appeal.
  5. SLO 5:  The student will communicate effectively in oral form while critiquing a leader’s use of a particular rhetorical appeal.

Communication Studies

(formerly "Speech Communication")

SC 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

The development of proficiency in oral communication through the study of rhetorical theories, principles, and strategies. (University Studies Course) (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Relying upon the skills inherent to information literacy, the student will locate and gather credible information utilizing the latest technology (such as library subscription databases and advanced searches of the Internet) as well as traditional sources (such as interviews).
  2. SLO 2:  As a part of communicating effectively, the student will structure a speech with a well-stated thesis statement, main points/ideas, subpoints (as needed), transitions, preview, and review—all of which culminate into a coherent framework.
  3. SLO 3:  Utilizing critical thinking skills and meeting accountability as a responsible communicator, the student will adequately develop the main points/ideas advanced in a speech with a variety of quality supporting materials, such as examples, statistics, testimony, definition, and comparison.
  4. SLO 4:  As a part of communicating effectively, the student will generate visual support to effectively present content during the delivery of a speech.
  5. SLO 5:  As a part of communicating effectively, the student will present a speech employing extemporaneous delivery skills.

SC 107 - Online Oral Presentations

A course in public speaking adapted to the online environment.  Restricted to students pursuing an online degree. (University Studies Course) (3).

  1. SLO 1:  Relying upon the skills inherent to information literacy, the student will locate and gather credible information utilizing the latest technology (such as library subscription databases and advanced searches of the Internet) as well as traditional sources (such as interviews).
  2. SLO 2:   As a part of communicating effectively, the student will structure a speech with a well-stated thesis statement, main points/ideas, subpoints (as needed), transitions, preview, and review—all of which culminate into a coherent framework.
  3. SLO 3:  Utilizing critical thinking skills and meeting accountability as a responsible communicator, the student will adequately develop the main points/ideas advanced in a speech with a variety of quality supporting materials, such as examples, statistics, testimony, definition, and comparison.
  4. SLO 4:  As a part of communicating effectively in the online environment, the student will use appropriate camera techniques, lighting, background, and movement.
  5. SLO 5:  As a part of communicating effectively, the student will present a speech employing extemporaneous delivery skills.

SC 155 - Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

Consideration of the elementary principles involved in effective person to person communication. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Utilizing library subscription database(s), the student will locate and gather recent scholarly articles exploring one or more interpersonal concepts.
  2. SLO 2:  The student will demonstrate critical thinking about the textbook’s coverage of a particular interpersonal concept by utilizing recent scholarly articles to note and explain agreement and/or discrepancies.
  3. SLO 3:  The student will communicate effectively in written form, while reporting findings about a particular interpersonal concept.
  4. SLO 4:  The student will communicate effectively in oral form, while reporting findings about a particular interpersonal concept.

SC 200 - Advanced Public Speaking

Designed to extend skills acquired in SC 105 through the study of different types of speeches for various occasions. Prerequisite: SC 105 or the consent of instructor. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify the stages of development that typify social movements and apply them in the evaluation of the communication strategies employed by movement spokespersons.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will identify and explain the “resistance strategies” used by defenders of the status quo when confronting social movements.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will employ a “functional perspective” in crafting and communicating messages designed to promote or resist social change.

SC 215 - Intercultural Communication

Study of such cultural variables as language, values, institutions, traditions, customs, and nonverbal behavior on the communication process. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will effectively analyze an intercultural experience using the D.I.E. (Description, Interpretation, and Evaluation) Method.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will critically evaluate an intercultural essay in the form of a well-written response paper displaying sound analysis.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will use the correct terminology for discussing intercultural communication concepts in written and oral assignments.

SC 310 - Speech Writing:

Theory and practice of writing the spoken word. Special attention given to matters of style. Study of the role of the illustration as a composition device. Accumulating and structuring supporting material for manuscript speaking. Prerequisite: SC 105. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will construct and present speeches that exhibit appropriate adaptation to the constraints imposed by audience, context, and situation.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will identify the key differences between oral and written communication.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will identify and explain the influence of speech genres on message reception.

SC 314 - Argumentation & Problem Solving

Study of argumentation and decision-making in questions of controversy and public policy (i.e., law, business, social action, politics, education). (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify and explain constructive and destructive argumentative behaviors.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will evaluate the quality of arguments by assessing the arguments’ appropriateness to speaker, audience, field, and situation.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will communicate their arguments (written and oral) in a well organized format utilizing quality evidence.
  4. SLO 4:  Students will identify and explain the value of norms of civility in argument.

SC 320 - Group Communication & Decision-Making

Principles of group communication and decision-making. Development of skills necessary for effective participation in group settings. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify and explain the types and functions of leaders in group communication.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will analyze the type, size, structure, and function of a problem-solving and/or decision-making group.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will apply and demonstrate the use of significant alternative problem-solving strategies used in the decision-making process.

SC 330 Corporate & Professional Communication

The study of basic communication principles and the opportunity to apply those principles to typical business and professional communication situations. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Utilizing library subscription database(s), the student will locate and gather recent scholarly articles exploring one or more significant topics about communicating effectively in business and organizational settings.
  2. SLO 2:  The student will communicate effectively in written form while reporting findings about communicating effectively in business and organizational settings.
  3. SLO 3:  The student will communicate effectively in oral form as a member of a team presentation, which includes displaying good coordination with the team.

SC 335 Interviewing: Principles and Practices

A study of the basic principles of interviewing used in informational, persuasive, employment and appraisal interviews. Extensive practice in questioning techniques, structuring and conducting various types of interviews. Prerequisite: 3 hours in Communication Studies. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will effectively conduct an informative interview with a well formulated question schedule, opening, and closing.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will effectively conduct an employment interview both as the applicant and recruiter with a well formulated question schedule, opening, and closing.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will schedule and effectively develop and conduct a field informational interview to strengthen networking and career preparation.

SC 355 Relational Communication Strategies

Study of concepts and theories of communication strategies in building and maintaining relationships, with emphasis upon improving communication in the workplace. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will accurately identify and explain principal theories associated with interpersonal communication in the workplace.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will demonstrate understanding and critical thinking while identifying, explaining, and evaluating different perspectives regarding interpersonal communication and relationships
  3. SLO 3:  Students will demonstrate critical thinking about interpersonal concepts through an observational analysis reported effectively in written form.

SC 360 Experiential Projects in Communication

Provides students with experiential learning opportunities in communication that include public performance (debate & forensics), teaching internships, consulting, and public event planning and promotion. (1-3 hrs. credit, repeatable to 6)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will demonstrate an ability to work well with others.
  2. SLO 2:  The student will communicate effectively in written form in artifacts related to her or his particular project.
  3. SLO 3:  The student will communicate effectively in oral form while reporting about her or his particular project.

SC 406 Communication Principles of Negotiation and Conflict Management

Study of the utility of negotiation and mediation in community, interpersonal, labor/management, legal, commercial, and international disputes. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify and explain the factors that contribute to conflict.
  2. SLO 2:  Students will analyze conflict situations by identifying and assessing the constraining influences of audience, situation, interactants, and purpose.
  3. SLO 3:  Students will identify communication competencies that promote cooperation in conflict situations.

SC 483 Internship in Speech Communication:

Supervised work with professionals in communication studies. Prerequisites: 75 hours with minimum 3.0 GPA; 18 hours of speech communication with minimum of 3.25 GPA; consent of department chairperson. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  The student will reflect upon and explain how what they are doing in the internship utilizes knowledge and skills they learned in school.
  2. SLO 2:  The student will reflect upon and explain how what they are doing in the internship further refines knowledge and skills they learned in school.
  3. SLO 3:  The student will reflect upon and explain how what they are doing in the internship will be utilized moving forward in their chosen career.

SC 510 Leadership and Team Building

A study and survey of leadership theories and concepts of team building. Emphasis on communication competencies necessary for successful leadership and teamwork within the organizational culture. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  Students will identify and explain the strengths and weaknesses of major leadership styles.
  2. SLO 2:  Utilizing case studies, students will devise and defend a well-formulated strategy for team building based upon successful companies’ actions and policies .
  3. SLO 3:  On the basis of primary research through observation and interviews, the student will persuasively explain and critique a community leader’s strategy for addressing a specific problem impacting her or his organization.

SC 560 Organizational Communication

Study of communication functions and networks in organizations. Emphasis on leadership functions and principles needed for effective management of organizational communication processes. Prerequisite: 3 hours in Communication Studies. (3)

  1. SLO 1:  The student will display an understanding of central theories and research in organizational communication by comparing, contrasting, and evaluating these theories.
  2. SLO 2:  The student will explain intercultural and interpersonal implications for organizational communication and defend the importance of those implications.
  3. SLO 3:  The student will demonstrate analytic and applied skills in organizational communication by crafting and defending well-formulated organizing processes.

 

*SLO: Student Learning Outcome

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