Proposal for Designation as an Oral Communication (“C”) Course
Proposed Course (Number and Title): _______________________________________________
Is this a multiple section course? Yes ____ No ____
If so, are all sections being proposed? Yes ____ No ____
If not, which sections are being proposed?
Directions: Please indicate whether or not your course satisfies each of the criteria listed below.
If you check “No” for any of the criteria, please provide a written rationale for why this course
should be designated as a C course. If you check “Yes” for all of the criteria, then you do not
have to provide a written rationale.
Certification of Criteria:
Yes No This course is designed to assist students achieve the objectives of the
Oral Communication requirement (i.e., Clear Structure, Substantial
Content, and Effective Delivery – see other side for more detail).
Yes No This course devotes at least the equivalent of one class period (along
with associated readings) to instruction of objectives and strategies for
effective oral communication.
Yes No This course requires a minimum of two separate oral presentations.
Yes No This course requires individual oral presentations of between five and
fifteen minutes in length. PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning to incorporate
group presentations, please check “No” here and provide a written description of the
type of group presentations which you plan to use.
Yes No This course provides students with feedback on each oral presentation (in
ways that permit and encourage students to incorporate the feedback
into their next presentations).
Yes No This course bases part of the student’s final grade on the oral
Yes No This course considers student improvement as part of the grade.
Yes No I certify that the proposed course meets all these criteria.
PLEASE NOTE: If you checked, “Yes,” no written rationale is required. If you checked “No,”
please supply a written rationale below for why this course should be designated as a C course.
Written Rationale: (You can attach an additional sheet if necessary.)
Instructor’s Signature: ___________________________________ Date: ___________
Department Chair’s Signature: _____________________________ Date: ___________
OBJECTIVES FOR ORAL COMMUNICATION (“C”) COURSES
A course in any field is eligible to be designated as a C course if, in addition to its other goals, it
also meets the following objectives:
I. C courses teach students how to construct and deliver an oral message of at least five
II. C courses teach students how to craft oral presentations which are characterized by Clear
Structure, Substantial Content, and Effective Delivery.
Clear Structure includes the following:
A clearly identifiable purpose which can be summarized in a thesis or focus
An identifiable design with a coherent beginning, middle, and end
Effective previews, transitions, and summaries which facilitate active listening
Substantial Content includes the following:
Content which is substantial and not frivolous
Language which is appropriate to the topic and the audience
Sufficient supporting material (examples, evidence, reasoning, etc.)
Clear citation of sources
Responsible and accurate use of information and knowledge
Effective Delivery includes the following:
Connection to the audience, its needs, and its knowledge
Sufficient and balanced eye contact
Volume which is appropriate to the space, the topic, and the audience
Clear enunciation and accurate pronunciation
Gestures and movement which enhance (and do not distract from) the message
Personal commitment (i.e., passion) to/for the topic
Effective use of any visual aids in ways that enhance the message.
III. C courses provide students with multiple opportunities to craft and deliver oral
presentations. PLEASE NOTE: The intent of C courses is that each student will have individual
opportunities to speak and be evaluated (including assessment of improvement). Faculty who wish to use
group presentations to satisfy the C course speaking requirement will need to demonstrate that students will
have opportunities to speak individually and that they will be assessed individually. For more information,
please contact the Curriculum Committee.
IV. C courses facilitate student improvement by providing feedback in ways that both permit
and encourage students to incorporate the feedback into subsequent oral presentations.
V. In order to provide the level of instruction and feedback which are necessary, C courses are
open to no more than 20 students.