Speak Effectively before an Audience (SPK)

A person’s effectiveness in any profession is either enhanced by or limited by his or her communication skills. In the 21st century, professionals use a variety of media to convey information or to persuade an audience. Students, therefore, should be prepared when they graduate to give a report on any subject that they have researched or been assigned.

Learning Outcomes for “Speak Effectively before an Audience”
1. Research a topic, develop an oral argument and organize supporting details.
2. Deliver a proficient and substantial oral presentation for the intended audience using appropriate media.
3. Evaluate oral presentations of others according to specific criteria.

Standards for “Speak Effectively before an Audience”
1. Courses or modules certified as providing oral communication practice must provide access to instruction in the methods of making a proficient oral presentation. Access might include referral to on-campus resources.
2. Certified oral communication experiences shall require students to make a substantial and graded oral presentation (e.g., 10-15 minutes) before a group.
3. Certified oral communication experiences shall have students evaluate other students’ oral presentations using explicit criteria.
4. A certified experience shall achieve all three learning outcomes.
5. Although most programs will stipulate that the learning outcome will be completed in English, some programs could demonstrate that the requirement could be completed in an alternative language.

As of December 2013, the courses below have been certified as meeting the learning objectives and standards for the SPK category.

  • BIO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as STAS)
  • BUS 447 Business Ethics (also certified as WRTD and CER)
  • CHE 341 Organic Chemistry Honors Seminar I (also certified as ESI)
  • CHE 342 Organic Chemistry Honors Seminar II (also certified as ESI)
  • CHE 385 Tools of Chemistry (also certified as CER)
  • CHE 496 Senior Research (also certified as EXP+ and ESI)
  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication (also certified as WRTD)
  • ECO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as STAS)
  • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as STAS)
  • ESG 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as STAS)
  • GEO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as STAS)
  • GER 311 German Conversation and Composition (also certified as HFA+ and WRTD)
  • GER 312 German Conversation and Composition (also certified as HFA+ and WRTD)
  • JRN 310 Multimedia Newsroom I / Visual
  • PHI 396 Speak Effectively Before an Audience
  • SPN 312 Introduction to Literary Studies (also certified as HFA+)

 

 

 

 

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