Academic Catalog

Speech (SPE)

SPE 130  Fundamentals of Public Speaking  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to develop students’ knowledge of and skills in oral communication. It focuses on the speech-making process, rhetorical analysis, and the ethics of public speaking. Students will prepare, present and respond to public speeches on a regular basis. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Oral Communication  
Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 242E  Public Speaking Skills and Techniques  (4 Credits)  

Provides the foundation in public communication required for professional success in contemporary business. Topics include formal, informal, rehearsed, and extemporaneous speeches; preparing an effective presentation; group speech delivery; techniques for overcoming anxiety and elevating self-confidence; and videotape and written feedback evaluation strategies. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Oral Communication  
Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
SPE 242X  Public Speaking Skills and Techniques  (4 Credits)  

Provides the foundation in public communication required for professional success in contemporary business. Topics include formal, informal, rehearsed, and extemporaneous speeches; preparing an effective presentation; group speech delivery; techniques for overcoming anxiety and elevating self-confidence; and videotape and written feedback evaluation strategies. Offered as needed.

Essential Learning Outcomes for Medaille College: Oral Communication  
Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
SPE 298  Special Topic in Speech  (3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 298X  Public Speaking  (3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 301  Speaking Clearly: Voice and Diction  (3 Credits)  

A combination of basic as well as advanced techniques used in speech. Emphasis will be placed on improving voice and diction techniques as used in the communications process. Students will learn to speak to be understood, with emphasis on clarity. Offered as needed.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: SPE 130.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None  
SPE 315  Advanced Public Speaking  (3 Credits)  

An intensive study of the theory and practice of public speaking. Strategies and techniques for effective public speaking will be discussed in depth and a variety of experiences in public speaking will be offered. Offered as needed.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: SPE 130.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a classification of Junior or Senior.Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 330  Small Group Communication  (3 Credits)  

An analysis of the communication process in small groups. Special emphasis is placed on the theories and practices, which pertain to decision-making groups. Offered as needed.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: SPE 130.  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 330X  Small Group Communications  (3 Credits)  

An analysis of the communication process in small groups. Special emphasis is placed on the theories and practices which pertain to decision-making groups. Offered as needed.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 331E  Effective Group Communication  (4 Credits)  

This course provides an analysis of the skills and processes needed for effective communication in groups and teams. Topics include the communication process, the role of culture and paradigms in understanding meaning, group roles and dynamics, and interpersonal communication skills for the workplace. Special emphasis is placed on the theories and practices, which pertain to conflict management and decision-making. Offered as needed.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: 60  
SPE 398  Special Topic in Speech  (3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 498  Independent Study in Speech  (1-3 Credits)  

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.  
Fees: None  
SPE 498X  Independent Study in Speech  (1-3 Credits)  
Department: Social Sciences  
Pre-Requisites: None  
Co-Requisites: None  
Fees: None