Introduction to Speech Communication

Western Texas College
Department of Speech


  1. Basic Course Description
    1. Course description - Study and application of communication within the business and professional context. Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats. 
    2. Prerequisites: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Demonstrate communication competence and critical thinking through an understanding of
      the foundational communication models.
    2. Demonstrate essential public speaking skills in professional presentations.
    3. Demonstrate written and oral competencies as it relates to employment (including job searches, interviews, interpersonal interaction, conflict management, leadership and performance appraisals.)
    4. Apply essential dyadic and small group processes as they relate to the workplace.
    5. Utilize various technologies as they relate to competent communication.
    6. Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication.
  3. Major Course Requirements:
    1. Quizzes: Students will complete quizzes covering materials in the text. 
    2. Presentation:  Five presentations will be given during the semester: interview, mock meeting, informative, persuasive and group presentation.  Online students are responsible for all technology and technology access associated with recording and submitting presentations according the individual instructor’s policy. 
    3. Homework: Students will turn in topic proposals, outlines, and source materials and other activities as assigned.
    4. Tests: Students may take two proctored tests.  Online students may be provided with a list of approved test sites.  Students may be responsible for making testing arrangements and paying any testing fees.
  4. Information on Books and other Course Materials
    1. Communicating at Work, 11th edition, R. Adler, 2012
      ISBN10: 0078036801  ISBN13: 978-0078036804
  5. Other Policies, Procedures, and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental policy regarding late/make up work: No late work will be accepted.
  6. . Course Organization and Tentative Schedule*

    Unit 1: Weeks 1-4

    The communication process, cultural diversity, verbal and non verbal messages, listening, interpersonal skills, interviewing and types of interviews

    Unit 2: Weeks 5-10 Working in teams, effective meetings, developing the presentation, organizing ideas, verbal and visual support, delivering the presentation, and informative persuasive and group presentations.
    Unit 3: Weeks 11-15 Research, prepare, deliver, record (if applicable) and evaluate presentations.

* Course policies and schedule may vary according to instructor and extenuating circumstances.  Scheduling of tests and assignments in each unit is at the individual instructor’s discretion. 



Last Modified: January 10, 2017