Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

COM 101: Oral Communications

General Information

  • Name: Oral Communications
  • Discipline: Communication (COM)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces the principles and practices of public speaking.

II: Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Develop the critical thinking about oral communication, both in interpersonal and group settings.
  • Review the major theories of oral communication.
  • Assess modern oral communication electronic media.
  • Appreciate intercultural forms of communication and presentations.
  • Assess speaking situations and audiences.
  • Learn how to create, rehearse, and research presentations.
  • Gain experience in delivering basic presentations.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Educational Program Mission Linkage:

Oral Communications can be used for all degrees and certificates at WNC. It is most strongly linked to the missions for general education and the two primary transfer degrees: AA and AS. This course also helps prepare students to transfer successfully to baccalaureate degree programs.

General Education Program Outcomes:

This course fulfills Western Nevada College's Student Learning Outcomes of ensuring that successful students:

  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Understand the theoretical principles behind creating and maintaining a professional level Web site.
  • Use current software to create, publish, and maintain a professional level Web site.
  • Apply techniques appropriate to their specialty in the operation of a Web site.


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