Oral Communication Competency

 

Designing an Oral Communication Competency Course

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

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What are the learning objectives of Oral Communication Competency courses?

  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.

What aspects of course design are necessary to certify a course for Oral Communication Competency?

The course submission must reflect the following information:

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

  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. The course should include: 1) instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication, 2) guided speaking practice throughout the term, and 3) instructor critique and feedback on speaking performance.
  2. A set of two companion courses:
    • a prerequisite course of 0- (or more) credit hours that provides students with instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication, and
    • a subsequent course of 0- (or more) credit hours in which students apply learned principles of oral communication through guided speaking practice. Students’ performance is then evaluated and critiqued by the instructor to determine whether they have met the oral communication learning objectives.

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

Oral Communication Competency courses help students become flexible and proficient oral communicators for professional purposes. The course objectives, course materials, activities, and grading criteria should reflect how students will achieve this outcome.

  • The course must include explicit instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication in the form of readings and/or lectures.
    • When submitting a curricular request, include a description of how the course(s) will address the OCC criteria concerning instruction in the theory and practice of oral communication.
  • Students must receive multiple opportunities for guided speaking practice throughout the term.
    • Students should receive instructor critique and feedback on these assignments so that they learn to create oral messages as a process, including guided practice, critique, and revision.
    • While instructor feedback is required, peer feedback is also welcome.
  • A sample assignment or two aligned with the OCC student learning objectives.

These submitted materials should illustrate how students will be assessed on their achievement of the Oral Communication Competency student learning objectives.

What language must be included in the syllabus?

There are two components of required syllabus language:

  1. Statements approved by the Faculty Senate, and
  2. Statements for each Liberal Studies designation the course is certified for

 

Faculty Senate required syllabus language:
All syllabi are required to include the syllabus language statements approved by the FSU Faculty Senate, available at https://facsenate.fsu.edu/Curriculum-Resources/syllabus-language.

Liberal Studies required syllabus language:

The following statement can either be 1) adapted specifically to the course content, or 2) pasted verbatim into the syllabus. In either case, the meaning of the language should be clearly communicated to students.

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.

Can I combine Oral Communication Competency with any other Liberal Studies areas?

  • Oral Communication Competency can be combined with any General Education designation.
  • Oral Communication can be combined with any of the University Wide Graduation Requirements.
    • If you choose to add a Diversity designation to your course proposal, note that courses cannot carry both Diversity designations.
      • A course may be Cross-Cultural (X) or Diversity in Western Experience (Y), but not both.
    • If you choose to add a writing designation to your course proposal, note that a course can only fulfill one type of Writing requirement.
      • A course may be E-Series/State-Mandated Writing “W” or Upper-Division Writing.
    • Note that a course can carry either the Scholarship in Practice (SIP) or Formative Experience designation, but not both.

Is there a syllabus template I can use to develop an Oral Communication Competency course?

Yes. While there is no strictly required format for syllabi, our office has created the following document that you may use to facilitate the process of creating a Liberal Studies syllabus:  Syllabus Guide - Oral Communication Competency

Who should I contact if I have more questions or concerns?

  • For general questions about Liberal Studies requirements as well as questions about the Curricular Request Application (CRA), contact Kestrel Strickland.
  • For other questions, contact Lynn Hogan.
  • You may also browse the FAQ for commonly asked questions and answers.

 

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