Communications (COM)


Course Information Cr Hrs
COM-100 Introduction to Communication

This course provides an overview of and introduction to the study of human communication, including interpersonal and small group communication and public speaking.

COM-105 Public Speaking

This is an introductory course in research, composition, delivery, and evaluation of speeches for a variety of purposes and occasions. Students will develop skills in critical listening and analysis through small group and individual activities.

*Students who enroll in an online section of COM 105 MUST HAVE the following:

  1. Blackboard experience
  2. A digital video camera (handycam) is strongly recommended.  Other recording devices will be allowed as long as the device will capture a full body shot.  Acceptable video formats include .flv, .avi, .mov, .qt, .mpg and .mp4
  3. Ability to complete the proctoring requirement:
    • Students must be able to appear at OTC-Springfield or another approved location for a 30 minute appointment to have their final speech recorded.
    • Dates and times will be announced in the course syllabus.
    • Students must bring a 5 person audience with them. Every audience member must be over 16.

Questions? Please contact OTC's Department of Communication at

COM-125 Introduction to Debate

This is an introductory course in the basics of debate. The components of research, reasoning and argumentation will be studied and put into practical debate situations.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in COM 105.
COM-150 Introduction to Mass Communication

The media are everywhere, and they affect almost every aspect of our lives, including our knowledge of the world around us, the decisions we make as consumers, and the values we embrace. Print and electronic media will be covered in this course.

 Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 105.
COM-200 Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed as an introduction to the theory and practice of interpersonal communication. Students learn how to become both effective and appropriate communicators in a variety of contexts. Students also develop good listening and responding skills, conflict management strategies, sensitivity to language and an understanding of cultural and gender differences.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG 101 and a grade of C or better in COM 100 or COM 105.
COM-225 Organizational Communication

This course provides an in-depth study and application of effective communication practices within the workplace or any other organization. Students will learn to improve infrastructural communication, while developing the skills required to lead, manage, and maintain positive and effective information flow within organizations.

 Prerequisite: COM 100 or COM 105.
COM-290 Co-Operative Ed/Intern/Related Elective

This course provides supervised work experience in the major discipline, providing the student with the opportunity to make practical application of the skills and knowledge attained. An individual application and instructional management plan will determine goals.

 Prerequisites: Completion of 30 credit hours or more and permission of department chair.
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