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Course Catalog

Communications Skills Program  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

COSK0990 - College Reading and Writing
Fall 2014

This course helps student become more adept at discovering and generating meaning, in developing and refining their self-awareness as learners, in expanding their repertoires of reading and writing strategies, and in developing their abilities as purposeful readers and writers. Also given attention are issues of organization and surface-level elements of academic writing. Students use reading, writing, and speaking to learn about communicating in college; and they compose relatively simple texts to communicate with real readers (self, classmates, and teacher) about this issue.
3 Credits

COSK1220 - Reading & Writing Strategies
Fall 2014

This course introduces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and establishes the importance of communications for a successful life and career. Students are made conscious of the behaviors and communication patterns typical of the groups to which they and other students belong; they learn to see themselves as audiences for others as they explore how different audiences have different patterns of communication and different expectations; they are encouraged to value and respect differences in communication patterns exhibited by others; and they are encouraged to adapt to the patterns of behavior and communication expected in academic and professional life. Though all the communications skills are introduced and practiced, reading, interpreting, and writing are emphasized.
3 Credits

COSK1221 - Argument and Research
Fall 2014

This course reinforces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the significance of communications for a successful life and career. By learning to analyze and understand their professors as audiences, students are made conscious of the communications and behavioral expectations of their professors and of the reasons for variations in those expectations. While acquiring strategies for researching, interviewing, interpreting, and speaking, students focus on principles of logic, critical thinking, argumentation, and audience analysis necessary to create their own arguments as well as critique the arguments of others. Though all the communications skills are practiced, speaking and writing are emphasized. All written work is to be done on a word processor.
Prerequisite: COSK1220
3 Credits

COSK1225 - Honors Argument and Research
Fall 2014

This course reinforces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the significance of communications for a successful life and career. By learning to analyze and understand their professors as audiences, students are made conscious of the communications and behavioral expectations of their professors and of the reasons for variations in those expectations. While acquiring strategies for researching, interviewing, interpreting, and speaking, students focus on principles of logic, critical thinking, argumentation, and audience analysis necessary to create their own arguments as well as critique the arguments of others. Though all the communications skills are practiced, speaking and writing are emphasized. All written work is to be done on a word processor.
Prerequisite: COSK1220
3 Credits

COSK2220 - Public Speaking and Persuasion
Fall 2014

This course underscores the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the importance of communications skills for a successful life and career. While refining research and writing skills, students develop computer-assisted presentational materials to enhance the delivery of speeches. Among the communications topics explored are personal and professional relationships, ethical and legal issues, the impact of changing technology, audience analysis, and diversity in the workplace. This course emphasizes the development of a professional style of oral delivery and the production and use of relevant supporting materials.
Prerequisite: COSK1221
3 Credits

COSK2221 - Intercultural Communications
Fall 2014

This course reintroduces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and underscores the importance of communications for a successful life and career. While introducing small group process, CO221 extends the study and practice of communications skills into multicultural and global contexts. Focusing on the complexity and diversity of group activity in the contemporary workplace, this course provides an understanding of and strategies for coping with groups comprised of persons having different ethnic gender, racial, religious, organizational, and professional backgrounds and perspectives. Attention is given to multi cultural and ethical awareness, leadership styles, small group processes, and problem-solving methods. Besides demonstrating their command of the communications skills developed in the previous communications courses, students are expected to use appropriate support technologies in course projects and presentations.
Prerequisite: COSK1221
3 Credits

COSK2225 - Honors Public Speaking/Persuas
Fall 2014

This course underscores the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the importance of communications skills for a successful life and career. While refining research and writing skills, students develop computer-assisted presentational materials to enhance the delivery of speeches. Among the communications topics explored are personal and professional relationships, ethical and legal issues, the impact of changing technology, audience analysis, and diversity in the workplace. This course emphasizes the development of a professional style of oral delivery and the production and use of relevant supporting materials.
Prerequisite: COSK1225
3 Credits

COSK2230 - Busn Professionl Communication
Fall 2014

This course assesses the degree to which students have succeeded in achieving the goals of the lower-division communications skills program. By reviewing and synthesizing the topics and skills covered in the previous four courses, by providing continued practice in all the communications skills, and by introducing the different communication practices of various disciplines and careers, CO230 emphasizes the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the importance of communications for a successful life and career. This course explores further the importance and practice of adapting communications to the expectations of various audiences and emphasizes the completion of standardized assessments in the various communications skills, the establishing of bridges between Communications Skills I-V and communications-intensive courses in the various disciplines, and the conceptual integration of the communications issues and skills taught in all five courses. Students are to maintain and present a portfolio of written materials and videotaped oral presentations from CO120-221 for assessment in CO230. This course requires competency in presentation software. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for students to enroll in upper-division communications skills courses.
Prerequisite: COSK2220
3 Credits

COSK2235 - Honors Intercultural Communic
Fall 2014

This course reintroduces the integrated nature of the communications skills program and underscores the importance of communications for a successful life and career. While introducing small group process, CO221 extends the study and practice of communications skills into multicultural and global contexts. Focusing on the complexity and diversity of group activity in the contemporary workplace, this course provides an understanding of and strategies for coping with groups comprised of persons having different ethnic gender, racial, religious, organizational, and professional backgrounds and perspectives. Attention is given to multi cultural and ethical awareness, leadership styles, small group processes, and problem-solving methods. Besides demonstrating their command of the communications skills developed in the previous communications courses, students are expected to use appropriate support technologies in course projects and presentations.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or COSK1225
3 Credits

COSK2245 - Honors Busn Professnl Commun
Fall 2014

This course assesses the degree to which students have succeeded in achieving the goals of the lower-division communications skills program. By reviewing and synthesizing the topics and skills covered in the previous four courses, by providing continued practice in all the communications skills, and by introducing the different communication practices of various disciplines and careers, CO230 emphasizes the integrated nature of the communications skills program and the importance of communications for a successful life and career. This course explores further the importance and practice of adapting communications to the expectations of various audiences and emphasizes the completion of standardized assessments in the various communications skills, the establishing of bridges between Communications Skills I-V and communications-intensive courses in the various disciplines, and the conceptual integration of the communications issues and skills taught in all five courses. Students are to maintain and present a portfolio of written materials and videotaped oral presentations from CO1220-2235 for assessment in COSK2245. This course requires competency in presentation software. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for students to enroll in upper-division communications skills courses.
Prerequisite: COSK2220 or COSK2225
3 Credits

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