G.E. Course Proposal for AREA A: Basic Subjects

Subarea: A1 Oral Communications

Department__________________________________________ Course Number ________

Course Title_______________________________________________ Units__________

Contact Person_____________________________________________ Phone__________

I. Submissions shall include the following:

A. A proposed course syllabus which must include: catalog description of the course; prerequisites, if any; student learning objectives; assignments; texts; reading lists; materials; grading system; exams and other methods of evaluation. If more than one section is offered, provide a description of what would be considered common to all sections and what might typically vary between sections.

B. Detailed course outline with topics and subtopics to be covered on a weekly basis.

C. A statement indicating

l) the means and methods for evaluating the extent to which the objectives of Area A1 and the writing requirements are met for all course sections, and

2) what steps does the department plan to take to ensure that instructors comply with the category criteria and who is responsible?

II. Indicate in a written statement how the course meets the following criteria for Category A1. Relate the statement to the course syllabus and outline. Be as succinct as possible.

A. General criteria:

Courses specifically designated to fulfill the oral communication requirement must emphasize the content as well as the form of communication and must include active participation in oral communication. Courses should also provide an understanding of the psychological bases and social significance of the communication studied.

B. Specific criteria are as follows:

1. Analysis of oral communication focuses on the rhetorical perspective, including reasoning and advocacy, organization and accuracy, style and structure of oral expression.

2. Students receive evaluation and instruction in effective listening techniques as well as the discovery and selection, critical evaluation, and oral report of specific content.

3. Assignments emphasize both theoretical and practical aspects of public speaking or group discussion, involving each student in a minimum of 3 in class presentations, totaling 22 minutes or more. Presentations must be followed by classroom feedback explaining the speaker's performance in relation to applicable theories of oral communication. [Class size in these courses will be limited to 30. Oral presentation may include public speaking, such as advocacy, information and expressive presentations, or student participation in debate or group discussions. Courses will include instruction and practice in effective listening techniques.]

C. Includes a writing component described on course syllabus.

l) If course is lower division, formal and/or informal writing assignments encouraging students to think through course concepts using at least one of the following: periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, periodic formal writing assignments, periodic journals, reading logs, other. Writing in lower division courses need not be graded, but must, at a minimum, be evaluated for clarity and proper handling of terms, phrases, and concepts related to the course.

2) If course is upper division, a minimum of 1500 words of formal, graded writing. [Preferably there should be more than one formal writing assignment and each writing assignment (e.g. periodic lab reports, exams which include essay questions, a research/term paper etc.) should be due in stages throughout the semester to allow the writer to revise after receiving feedback from the instructor. Include an indication of how writing is to be evaluated and entered into course grade determination.]

III. If you would like, you may provide further information that might help the G.E. Course Review Committee understand how this course meets these criteria and/or the G.E. Program Objectives found on PP. 2-3 of the "Statement of Policies Pertaining to the G.E. Program" of August, 1991.

Submit proposals to the General Education Office in Sacramento Hall 234 [6016].


revised 10/24/03