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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Non-Written Communication 

Course designator within the area of Foundational Competencies

COMM courses help to develop and express ideas beyond the medium of writing. Defined as public speaking; musical expression; interpersonal, intercultural, or visual communication; multi-media authoring; or conversational foreign language, practice with non-written communication helps students develop skills in adapting content and conventions to appropriate contexts, audiences, and purposes, and in the skillful use of credible, relevant sources to communicate ideas appropriate to the medium. Development of communication abilities may involve working with technologies, including interplay between texts, data, and images. It also may involve oral presentations and discourse, such as public speaking, small-group interaction, one-on-one conversation, and active listening.

Communication represents one of three UCORE foundational competencies [QUAN, WRTG, COMM – 9 total credits] intended for completion in a student’s first year of study. Students may complete one WRTG course and one COMM course, or may choose to complete two WRTG courses to fulfill their foundational competency in communication (total 6 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [COMM] course should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively as appropriate to the mode of non-written communication (e.g., public speaking; musical expression; interpersonal, intercultural, or visual communication; multi-media authoring; conversational foreign language) (non-written communication).
  • Recognize how the intended audience for a message shapes choices about style, tone, media, and delivery, as well as how those choices in turn shape audience reception (critical thinking).
  • Recognize how the organization of a message impacts both its effectiveness and potential responses (critical thinking).
  • Reflect on and apply feedback to increase the effectiveness of communication (critical thinking).
  • Identify when and what types of supporting materials are necessary, given the chosen delivery mode (information literacy).
  • Communicate information in appropriate written forms to support effective non-written communication (written communication).

Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

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For Faculty

Learning Outcomes Grid

Whether submitting a new course for approval the first time or resubmitting an updated course as part of UCORE’s renewal process, faculty should submit a completed COMM Learning Outcomes Grid with the course syllabus in order to demonstrate clearly the relationship among UCORE designator learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, and activities and assignments that support those outcomes.