Communications (COMM)

COMM-101  Written & Oral Communication I    4 Credits

Prerequisites: None
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
This course is designed to help students write and speak effectively in academic settings and in their work organizations. Basic principles underlying practical communication techniques are taught, with an emphasis on skills for conveying technical and business information. Students engage in writing and speaking assignments that familiarize them with appropriate formats for those kinds of communication. Student performance is analyzed as a means of promoting individual improvement.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

COMM-301  Written & Oral Communication II    4 Credits

Prerequisites: COMM-101
Minimum Class Standing: Junior
Terms Offered: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
The course prepares students to launch their thesis project and to perform other advanced writing and speaking tasks. Thus students will employ the concepts and skills gained in the foundational course Written & Oral Communication I (COMM-101). Emphasis is placed on helping students to communicate effectively in regard to the technologies and business purposes of their own workplace and profession. Students’ development of the required skills is demonstrated in writing assignments and oral presentations. Credit must be received for the course before a student’s Senior Thesis Assignment Proposal will be processed for its approval.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

COMM-311  Rhetorical Principles of Persuasion    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As needed
Theories of persuasion, techniques of argumentation, and the analysis of persuasive texts are covered. Topics include political speeches and campaign messages, rhetorical interpretation of advertising and business communication, and persuasive elements of popular culture. Verbal and visual elements of persuasion will be addressed. Students will apply these concepts by written analyses of persuasive texts and by composing and delivering persuasive speeches.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

COMM-313  Rhetorical Principles of Public Speaking    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: As needed
Understanding the processes and contexts of public speaking, including audience adaptation, principles of clear organization, development of ideas, and techniques of effective persuasive and informative speaking. Although the focus of the course is on analysis of great speeches throughout history, the course provides an opportunity for students to practice speaking about topics of current interests.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

COMM-391  Communications Special Topics    4 Credits

Prerequisites: HUMN-201 and SSCI-201
Terms Offered: As needed
An interdisciplinary advanced course focusing on a specific topic. This course is a one-time offering whose content is determined by current faculty interest, and provides a comprehensive and coherent examination of the chosen topic. This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

COMM-435  Written & Oral Communication for Overseas Students    4 Credits

Prerequisites: None
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring
This course, intended for overseas students, seeks to heighten their awareness of American business communication practices. It will help develop a systematic approach to written and oral communication in the workplace. Topics include the nature of organizational communication and business writing, including techniques for writing letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports. Electronic communication practices are examined. Emphasis is also placed on professional communication skills in multicultural environments and relevant current events. This course does not receive credit in any Kettering University degree program.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0