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Course Descriptions


SPCH-105   Fundamentals of Public
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

Students will gain skill in public speaking and overcome visible ner vousness when speaking in front of an audience. Students will learn how to structure informative  and persuasive messages for the maximum  effect and will experience using audio-visual aids effectively. Students will practice critical listening in learning to evaluate the content, deliver y and  style of speeches. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

SPCH-110    Interpersonal
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

Students will learn basic theories of oral commu- nication, studying the types of verbal exchanges each of us has every day. The course begins with an over view of the human use of communica- tion, including perception (with  emphasis on inter-gender and intercultural communication), listening, verbal and non-verbal language, and sending and receiving feedback. Students will practice communication  skills in pairs and write extensively about their experiences. Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

SPCH-115   Intercultural
3 Credits

Using directed readings, stories, media and activities, this course is designed to increase students’ sensitivity to other cultures, and just as importantly, increase awareness of their own 
cultural backgrounds and the contexts (social, cultural and historical)  in which  we live and communicate. This course is designed for stu- dents to explore communication  differences and similarities when living and working with people of different ethnicity, race, sex and/or nationality. Through  increased awareness and sensitivity, students will be able to articulate intercultural influences  on communication.  Prerequisite: Eligible  to enroll  in ENGL-121. (3 hours  weekly)

SPCH-142   Business Development and
Sales for Emerging Leaders
3 Credits (Humanities/ Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

Developing  effective selling skills is important
not only for professional salespeople but also for all of us who seek to persuade others. This course introduces the student to the basic skills used in business development and professional selling. Topics covered include how to prospect for potential clients, build effective relationships, assess an individual’s needs, present specific solutions and negotiate agreements. Given the growing need for global competency among business professionals, this course will also look at cultural context and the implications for nego- tiating agreements. This is appropriate for those interested in learning more about the profession of selling or for those who want to improve their ability to persuade others. Instruction is highly interactive with extensive use of oral and written communication and role play. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as BMGT-142.

SPCH-145   The Standard American
3 Credits

This course is designed to help students reduce their regional or non-standard American English accent. This course also allows students to experience and understand the basic tools of communication,  voice, and diction.  Class exer- cises include relaxation, articulation, vocal range, and inflection.  Students will learn to speak the standard American English accent with clarity and confidence. (3 hours weekly)

SPCH-151   The Spoken Word
3 Credits

The course will focus on performing literary selections as spoken presentations with an emphasis on analyzing prose, poetry, dramatic literature, and children’s  literature in order to communicate  its beauty, meaning, and emotional impact while emphasizing the oral and aural quality of the works. In addition,  this course will  empower individuals  to feel more at ease making text-based presentations at public and 
private events. Especially recommended  for all public performers, education, business and journalism /mass media majors and for those wishing to improve their delivery and articula- tion. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as THET-151.

SPCH-160   Argumentation and
3 Credits

The course includes skill training in reasoning and researching as well as presenting and de- fending positions effectively. Recommended for students seeking careers in law, business, teach- ing, or politics. Students will  be taught the ap- propriateness and ethics of good argumentation. They will learn how to build arguments using effective evidence and reasoning while learning to recognize the fallacies of weak arguments. Argumentation skills will be applied for effective delivery in academic, legislative, judicial, and/ or political debates. Students will enhance their skills by being videotaped and being required to review those tapes and turn-in a self-evaluation. Prerequisite:  SPCH-105. (3 hours weekly)

SPCH-175   Business Communications
3 Credits

Communication  skills are vital to the success of any employable person in today’s competitive organizational environment. Those able to com- municate an idea through interpersonal commu- nication, technology, and writing will be better prepared to conduct themselves properly in an organizational setting. This course encompasses four primary facets of business communication applicable to any employment setting: business writing, interpersonal business communication, business etiquette and professionalism, and business communications  utilizing technology. Students will be immersed in the business writ- ing process, thus enabling them to plan, design, and ultimately author a number of documents applicable to today’s organizational environment. Students will compose  cover letters, resumes, thank you letters, and job acceptance letters in preparation for the job search process. Students will also learn how to function cohesively and communicate  as a team through delivering a persuasive group presentation. Finally, course members will learn how  companies leverage technology, such as web applications, social media, and other tools to better communicate internally  as well as with customers. By the completion  of this course, students will also maintain a firm  understanding of the nuances of business etiquette, both domestically and internationally. (3 hours weekly)  NOTE: Also listed as BMGT-175.


SPCH-205   Intermediate  Public Speaking
3 Credits

Students will gain development  of a marked degree of skill in the composition and delivery of various types of speeches. Students will obtain advanced training in speech delivery techniques in both a controlled classroom audience setting as well  as presentations  in corporate  board rooms, orientation meetings, banquet halls, and public forums using complex and multi-media visual  aids.  Special emphasis  on speeches related to the student’s major vocational area. Prerequisite:  SPCH-105. (3 hours weekly)

SPCH-260   Voice and Diction
3 Credits

This course allows students to experience and understand the basic tools of communication, voice, and diction.  Class exercises include  re- laxation, alignment, breathing, phonation, reso- nation, articulation, vocal range, and inflection. Students will develop  a knowledge  and sense of their own voice and speech expressing who they are and what they feel. Students will dem- onstrate mastery of the International Phonetic Alphabet through testing and several memorized performances. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as THET-260.

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST