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Communication Courses (GE Area A)

Communication Courses (GE Area A)

have been updated for the 2017-19 catalog

  • GE Area A: Communication Course Descriptions are listed as a guide for your convenience.
  • GE credit will ONLY be given IF the course was approved for GE in the quarter in which it was taken.
  • GE Quarterly Course Offerings are listed on PASS, which can be accessed through the Cal Poly Portal.
  • The "Start Date" (quarter and year) is listed under the course description.
  • For students admitted in Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better is required in all courses in Area A. (A1, A2, and A3)
  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
COMMUNICATION (AREA A) 12 12 12
Expository Writing (A1) 4 4 4
ENGL 133
Writing & Rhetoric for English as a Second Language Students

GE Area A1

Term Typically Offered: F, W

Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the English Placement Test.

Rhetorical principles and tactics applied to written work. Writing as a recursive process that leads to greater organizational coherency, stylistic complexity, and rhetorical awareness with an emphasis on grammatical elements appropriate for English as a Second Language students. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE A1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A1.

ENGL 134

Writing and Rhetoric

GE Area A1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the English Placement Test.

Rhetorical principles and tactics applied to written work. Writing as a recursive process that leads to greater organizational coherency, stylistic complexity, and rhetorical awareness. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE A1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A1.

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Oral Communication (A2) 4 4 4
COMS 101
Public Speaking

GE Area A2

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Introduction to the principles of public speaking. Practical experience in the development, presentation, and critical analysis of speeches to inform, to persuade, and to actuate. Not open to students with credit in COMS 102. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/HNRS 101. Fulfills GE A2; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A2.

COMS 102
Principles of Oral Communication

GE Area A2

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Introduction to the fundamentals and principles which underlie effective oral communication. Practical experience in various types of speaking situations: informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and panel discussion. Not open to students with credit in COMS 101. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/HNRS 102. Fulfills GE A2; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A2.

HNRS 101
Public Speaking

GE Area A2

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Introduction to the principles of public speaking. Practical experience in the development, presentation, and critical analysis of speeches to inform, to persuade, and to actuate. Not open to students with credit in COMS 102. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/HNRS 101. Fulfills GE A2; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A2.

HNRS 102
Principles of Oral Communication

GE Area A2

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Introduction to the fundamentals and principles which underlie effective oral communication. Practical experience in various types of speaking situations: informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and panel discussion. Not open to students with credit in COMS 101. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/HNRS 102. Fulfills GE A2; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A2.

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing (A3) 4 4 4
       
COMS 126
Argument and Advocacy

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The nature of critical thinking as applied in written and oral argument. Analysis of inductive and deductive reasoning. Analysis of reasoning, argument, forms of support and fallacies of argument and language. Instruction in and practical experience in writing sound persuasive arguments and engaging in oral argumentation assignments. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

 

COMS 145
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of reasoning in argumentation. Examination of rhetorical principles and responsible rhetorical behavior. Application of these principles to written and oral communications. Effective use of research methods and sources. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/ENGL/HNRS 145. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

ENGL 145
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of reasoning in argumentation. Examination of rhetorical principles and responsible rhetorical behavior. Application of these principles to written and oral communications. Effective use of research methods and sources. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/ENGL/HNRS 145. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

ENGL 148
Reasoning, Argumentation and Professional Writing

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of reasoning in professional writing. Discussion and application of rhetorical principles, both oral and written, in professional environments. Study of methods, resources and common formats used in corporate or research writing. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as ENGL/HNRS 148. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

ENGL 149
Technical Writing for Engineers

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor; for Engineering students only. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of technical writing. Discussion and application of rhetorical principles in technical environments. Study of methods, resources and common formats used in corporate or research writing. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as ENGL/HNRS 149. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

HNRS 145
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of reasoning in argumentation. Examination of rhetorical principles and responsible rhetorical behavior. Application of these principles to written and oral communications. Effective use of research methods and sources. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as COMS/ENGL/HNRS 145. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3

HNRS 148
Reasoning, Argumentation and Professional Writing

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of reasoning in professional writing. Discussion and application of rhetorical principles, both oral and written, in professional environments. Study of methods, resources and common formats used in corporate or research writing. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as ENGL/HNRS 148. Fulfills GE A3

 

HNRS 149
Technical Writing for Engineers

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor; for Engineering students only. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A2.

The principles of technical writing. Discussion and application of rhetorical principles in technical environments. Study of methods, resources and common formats used in corporate or research writing. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as ENGL/HNRS 149. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

PHIL 126
Logic and Argumentative Writing

GE Area A3

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A1 with a C- or better, or consent of instructor.

Principles of argument analysis, evaluation and construction. Deductive and inductive reasoning, including analogical arguments, universal and statistical generalizations, and causal inferences. Principles of organizing and writing argumentative essays. Moral dimensions of rational discourse. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE A3; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later a grade of C- or better is required to fulfill GE Area A3.

 

 

 

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