West Hills CollegeCoalinga
College Catalog 2003 - 2004 Programs of StudyCourse DescriptionGeneral InformationFaculty and Staff
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SP 1

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CAN SPCH 4CSU General Education Requirement: A1
Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

SP 1 provides instruction in the fundamental processes of oral communication. This course is designed to improve the student's ability to function in any speaking situation. Emphasis is on the basic concepts of speaking as a transfer of understood messages, particularly as a communication between a single speaker and an audience. Students are involved in the critical thinking process of preparing and delivering extemporaneous speeches and in the development of active listening skills. (AA, CSU, UC)

SP 3

Class Hours:  3 Lecture  CAN SPCH 6
Prerequisite: Successful completion of SP 1 or  SP 4

The course provides instruction in the development of reasoning skills and practice in formal and informal argumentation and persuasion.  While course content includes an analysis of standard debate techniques (traditional,  cross-examination, Lincoln-Douglas) requiring two matched sides for and against a proposition, Speech 3 emphasized the argumentation mode of persuasion that enables an individual to reach decisions based on good reasoning and evidence. (AA, CSU, UC)

SP 4

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement: A1 Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 51A or equivalent.

Speech 4 provides instruction in the dynamics of small group communication.  Students will explore their own communication skills and weaknesses through the application of critical thinking and analysis.  Students will learn a  variety of problem solving and leadership techniques, including how to conduct meetings and discussions, as well as how to effectively and persuasively present information within small groups and as a small group to a larger audience.  (AA, CSU, UC)

SP 5

Class Hours:  3 Lecture CSU General Education Requirement: E  Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG51A or  equivalent.

Speech 5 is designed to provide understanding, critical thinking, and practical skills in basic communication settings; one to one, one to many, and speaker to audience.  Students will engage in interpersonal exercises to use communication skills such as listening, paraphrasing, describing feelings, decision-making, perception checking, and verbal and non-verbal communication. (AA, CSU, UC)

SP 30/60  

Class Hours:  18 lecture hours or 54 laboratory hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 30/60 are designed to permit department to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility.  A required course description identifies each course subject.  These courses may be taken for CR/NC.

SP 49/99  

Class Hours:  54 Laboratory for each semester unit.  No more than 2 units per semester per 49/99 series.

Speech 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a particular field. Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study. (AA,CSU)