Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
COMM 101
Course Title:
Oral Communication Skills
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Course Description

Improve listening and speaking skills. Includes oral reports, conference procedures and everyday conversation. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

APPROVED TEXTBOOK:  Oral Communication, 10th edition, Samovar and Mills

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Continue to speak with reduced anxiety by recognizing and using communication strategies
  2. Use gained skills in the selection of appropriate communication behaviors in order to initiate and organize ideas
  3. Continue to improve intercultural competence through improved cultural awareness

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor.

Assessment strategies may include:

  • Oral presentations
  • In-class participation
  • Listening activities
  • Simulations/role playing
  • Qualitative examinations
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Oral examinations
  • Journals
  • Group work
  • Peer evaluations
  • Short essays

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

What is Communication?

  • Ingredients of Communication
  • Importance of Communication
    • Communication and Democracy
    • Communication and Careers
    • Communication and Social Relationships
    • Communication and Culture
  • Taking Part in Communication
  • Dealing with Communication Apprehension
  • Ethical Principles of Communication
  • Culture and Ethics
  • Organizing and Presenting Ideas
  • The Role of Culture in Organizational Patterns
  • Process of Listening
  • Listener and Speaker Responsibilities

Competencies and Skills:

The successful student should:

  • Be able to assess the effectiveness of their communication competence
  • Determine how to articulate their ideas effectively to a variety of listeners
  • Listen to messages and understand content and relational aspects

A textbook is required. Approved texts are listed below. Alternative texts need Department/SAC Chair approval.

Oral Communication, 10th ed., Samovar and Mills

Oral Communication: Skills, Choices and Consequences, Young and Travis