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Core Curriculum

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Foundations-Oral Communication

Oral Communication Definition

Oral communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Convey a central message (the main point/thesis/"take-away" of a presentation).
  2. Employ effective delivery techniques, including posture, gestures, eye contact, and use of the voice.
  3. Use appropriate language, including vocabulary, terminology, and sentence structure.
  4. Organize material strategically by grouping and sequencing of ideas and supporting material in a presentation.
  5. Convey appropriate supporting material, such as explanations, examples, illustrations, statistics, analogies, quotations from relevant authorities, and other kinds of information or analysis that supports the principal ideas of the presentation.
Ways to Fulfill Competencies


  • Successful completion of COMM 150 at Viterbo University or a 100-level or higher public speaking course at an accredited college or university will show that students have met this competency.
  • Any course that has been approved by the Core Curriculum Committee.
  • Courses need to include a minimum of two, 7-10 minute, planned public communication activities with instructor feedback.
  • The instructors will evaluate the presentations for both style and content, using the AAC&U Oral Communication VALUE rubric(pdf);
  • These courses were provisionally granted status as OC courses:

AADM-200, ARTS-470, 471, BIOP-261, COMM-150, CRMJ-265, EDUC-255, ENGL-255, MGMT-243 (OC status deleted 3.2012), MUSC-328 (OC status deleted 3.2012), NURS-240 (OC status deleted 9.2012), SOCL-265, SPAN-306, THTR 281 (OC status deleted 12.2012)


  • A student with one or more years of formal high school debate, forensics, or individual events experience (extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, communication analysis) will have satisfied the foundation requirement.
  • A student with one or more years of high school oratory, moot court, model United Nations will have satisfied the foundation requirement.

Test out Procedure(doc)

Current catalog list of LIVE courses

Expected Levels

Foundational level will be milestone 2 on AAC&U Oral Communication VALUE rubric(pdf)

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