The Basic Communication Course at South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University School of Communication & Journalism has a distinctive, successful, and award-winning basic course called Fundamentals of Speech (SPCM 101). The course plays a pivotal role within the institution and is offered to approximately 2200 students annually through traditional, online, and honors course sections.
2013 Basic Course of Excellence Program Award Winner
SPCM 101: Fundamentals of Speech was recognized as the 2013 Program of Excellence award winner by the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association. The division confers only one Program of Excellence per year.
The SDBOR system graduation requirement for the oral communication goal is that students will communicate effectively and responsibly through listening and speaking.
Student Learning Outcomes for SPCM 101; students will:
- Prepare and deliver speeches for a variety of audiences and settings.
- Demonstrate speaking competencies, including choice and use of topic, supporting materials, organizational pattern, language usage, presentational aids, and delivery.
- Demonstrate listening competencies by summarizing, analyzing, and paraphrasing ideas, perspectives, and emotional content.
Speech is a communicative art. The purpose of our basic course is to help students communicate effectively and respond in any situation by guiding them in acquiring (a) curiosity and the desire for full and adequate knowledge, (b) sound judgment in using that knowledge, (c) the skills necessary to convey knowledge and judgments, and (d) the ability to respond critically to the communication of others.
The basic communication course is concerned primarily with the skills and body of knowledge that are common to the speaker-listener-critic relationship. The course concentrates on public speaking but does not ignore the other contexts of communication. The public speaking context of the course focuses on listening, topic selection, audience analysis, organization, research, information literacy, supporting claims/reasoning, language use, delivery and ethical speaking. Other contexts of communication addressed throughout the course include intercultural communication, small group communication, interpersonal communication, and the relevance of the communication discipline. Competency in these communication contexts are measured through various assessment measures; including personal attitude speeches, informative speeches, indictment speeches, proposition of policy speeches, group panel discussions, a speech criticism paper, a self-reflection paper and examinations.