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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

Oral Communication Competency Liberal Studies Course Design

Course Goals and Expectations

Oral Communication Competency courses help students become flexible and proficient oral communicators for professional purposes.

Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, student will demonstrate the ability to;

  1. Deliver original oral messages for a specific purpose, occasion, and type of audience.
  2. Make effective use of both verbal and non-verbal delivery in presentations.

OCC courses must include instruction in oral communication and opportunities for guided practice in speaking. They must contain the following elements:

  1. Course readings and/or lectures related to instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication.
  2. Instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication as evidenced in course objectives, course readings, activities, and evaluation.
  3. Oral communication competence demonstrated on multiple occasions spread out over the term.
  4. Instructor critique and feedback so that students create oral messages as a process, including guided practice, critique, and revision. Peer feedback is also appropriate in addition to instructor feedback.

Courses approved to fulfill the Oral Communication Competency requirement must be one of two types:

  1. 1. A 0- (or more) credit hour course in which the oral communication component is a significant portion of the course work and final grade and includes the requisite instruction and critiques noted above; or
  2. 2. A 0- (or more) credit hour course that has, as a prerequisite, a 0- (or more) or no-credit companion course that provides students with instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication. In the subsequent course, students apply principles of oral communication and are evaluated by an approved instructor to determine whether they meet the requisite oral communication learning objectives. Examples might include undergraduate FIG Instructorships or undergraduate Teaching Assistantships (again, if tied to a course for credit).

Oral communication courses in languages other than English can be approved for the OCC designation.

This course has been approved as meeting the requirements for Oral Communication Competency and will help you become a flexible and proficient oral communicator for professional purposes.

By the end of this course, you will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Delivery original oral messages for a specific purpose, occasion, and type of audience.
  2. Make effective use of both verbal and non-verbal delivery in presentations.

In order to fulfill FSU’s Oral Communication Competency Requirement, you must earn a “C–” or better in the course.

The course syllabus or an attached appendix must include the following:

  • Grading criteria (e.g., rubrics or other) to assess student competence in oral communication.
  • In curricular requests for OCC subsequent companion courses (type two above), include a description of how the prerequisite course will address the OCC criteria concerning instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication.

Note: All syllabi are also required to include the syllabus language statements approved by the FSU Faculty Senate, available at http://facsenate.fsu.edu/Curriculum/Syllabus-Language


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