NYSCAS: New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Speech & Communications

The Speech & Communication Department offers courses to help students improve their oral and interpersonal communications skills: The courses are designed for:

  • students for whom English is a second language.
  • students seeking to develop their professional skills in areas where the ability to communicate effectively is an integral part of job performance.

FACULTY

J. Weller, Chair, Speech; H. Wicke, Deputy Chair; H. Lubinsky, Director, Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology; A. Hippolyte, G. Backinoff, S. Bernstein, P. Epstein, R. Green, E. Hurley, R. Kolsby, M. Llorenz, J. Miller, D. O.Brien, S. Reiter, L. Rosenberg, Chair (Lander Colleges of Arts and Sciences); M. Sahl, P. Schwartz, R. Sherman, L. Smitheimer, R. Unterman, A. Warshaw, R. Zeller.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Note: A one-credit "topics" or workshop course may be offered with certain three-credit Speech & Communication courses.

ESL COURSES

GCA 110 Basic Speech (ESL) (Fall, Spring)
Promoting fluency in spoken English is the goal of this first course in the ESL/Speech sequence. This intensive 8-hour-per-week course contains vocabulary building, asking questions, conversation, and writing to prepare for speaking. Listening skills, careful articulation and pronunciation, grammatical syntax are reinforced in individual and group exercises to increase general fluency and develop poise and self-confidence while communicating.
4 credits

GCA 112 Voice and Diction (ESL) (Fall, Spring)
Focus is on an intensive study of the many aspects of voice, articulation and the development of auditory discrimination skills. The International Phonetic Alphabet is utilized to improve these areas. Correct intonation, stress, and rhythm is studied through the development of more advanced vocabulary, syntax, general conversation, group discussion, and presentations.
4 credits

GCA 126 Fundamentals of Speech I (ESL) (Fall, Spring)*
Building and extending spoken English fluency is the goal of this third course in the ESL/Speech sequence. Vocabulary building and clear English articulation are staples of familiar speaking formats such as conversation, questioning, story telling, reporting, discussion and impromptu and prepared speaking. Speech organization and outlining skills are introduced. Frequent practice is designed to increase general poise and self-confidence.
*satisfies Speech Core Requirement

3 credits

GCA 127 Fundamentals of Speech II (ESL) (upon request)*
Confirming and refining spoken English fluency is the goal of this course. Vocabulary building and clear English articulation continue to be standards of the course as students refine their oral English skills. Organization and outlining are important elements as students present various informative and persuasive speeches in impromptu discussion and extemporaneous formats. Frequent practice is designed to increase general poise and self-confidence.
*satisfies Speech Core Requirement
3 credits

GCA 128 Speech Workshop I (ESL) (Fall, Spring)
This co-requisite of GCA 126 focuses on the individual needs of students in developing communication competencies.
1 credit

GCA 129 Speech Workshop II (ESL) (upon request)
This co-requisite of GCA 127 focuses on the individual needs of students in developing communication competencies.
1 credit

COURSES FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH

GCA 100 Survey of Human Communication (Fall, Spring)*
A study of oral communication skills most frequently used in the professions, business and industry as well as our daily lives. Exploration of the purpose of stage fright, the value of listening, the impact of verbal languages on conversation, the use of the telephone, interviewing, group discussion and meeting, impromptu speaking and presentations.
*satisfies Speech Core Requirement

3 credits

GCA 101 Public Speaking (Fall, Spring)*
Effectiveness in public speaking is vital for students who wish to achieve prominence in their chosen field. Intensive study of the preparation and delivery of various forms of public speaking. Continued focus on oral fluency and clarity of articulation. Skills include audience analysis, the development of ideas, organization and outlining, unity and coherence of speaking through impromptu, informative, demonstration and persuasive speaking assignments. Required of Education majors.
*satisfies Speech Core Requirement
3 credits

GCA 102 Public Speaking Workshop (Fall, Spring)
This co-requisite of GCA 101 focuses on the individual needs of students in developing the communication competencies.
1 credit

GCA 103 Communication Workshop (Fall, Spring)
This co-requisite of GCA 100 focuses on the individual needs of students in developing the communication competencies.
1 credit

GCA 121 Ethics in Communication (upon request)
Human beings are faced daily with decisions about the rightness and/or wrongness of their actions. Many make decisions without an ethical yardstick. This course focuses on analysis of classical and modern views of ethics and their relation to written and oral communication. Evaluation of contemporary standards and practices in the media (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online), politics, the arts (theatre and film), the legal system, sales and advertising, the pulpit and classroom.
3 credits

GCA 168 Mass Media in America (upon request)
The public receives most of its information through the filter of the media. To make informed decisions, students need to be aware to the forces that operate in the media. An examination of the responsibilities, values, structure, dissemination of information and effectiveness of the media (newspapers, magazines radio, television, film, on-line). Attention to the freedoms of speech and press and potential conflicts with the rights of the individual and public.
4 credits

GCA 201 Persuasion and Propaganda (upon request)
We are assaulted daily by billions of stimuli. Often we are not aware of how we are influenced. This course analyzes how visual, kinetic and verbal/non-verbal strategies and techniques are used in the media, advertising, sales, politics, etc. to influence public opinion and to sell ideas, products, people and politicians. Exploration of the differences between persuasion and propaganda, the power of emotion, flattery, the group mind, the impact of mythology and hero-worship, stereotyping and scapegoating, suggestion and concealment.
3 credits

GCA 204 Oral Interpretation of Literature (upon request)
A consideration of the artistic standards governing the understanding and appreciation of literature as it is communicated orally. Techniques in ascertaining the purpose, ideas, and moods of the author.
3 credits

GCA 205 Discussion and Meeting Dynamics (upon request)
Meetings and discussion are the principal means by which business and professionals arrive at decisions. How they are conducted affects the outcome. A comprehensive study of the principles methods of discussion and the impact on group dynamics on meetings of all kinds. Topic includes preparation for presentations to small groups. Listening, non-verbal communication, proxemics, Robert's Rules of Order, conflict resolution and negotiation.
3 credits

GCA 210 Survey of Speech Disorders (upon request)
A review of the major types of speech disorders. Emphasis is placed on recognition and referral of disorders such as articulation, stuttering, voice disorders and aphasia. Ten observation hours n a school or hospital setting are required. Recommended for Education and Health/Human Services majors.
3 credits

GCA 215 Interpersonal Communication (Fall, Spring)*
Much of the pain and confusion that result from misunderstandings can be avoided through a more complete awareness of the process of communication. The ability to communicate effectively is determined by self-concept and by sensitivity to and understanding of others. verbal and non-verbal behavior. Includes elements of how people use communication to relate to each other: self-concept, needs, power, emotions, general, cultural values, conflicts and communication competence. Dialogues and role plays between client/case worker, teacher/pupil, parent/child are analyzed. Required for Human Services majors.
*satisfies Speech Core Requirement
3 credits

GCA 217 Introduction to Public Relations (Fall, Spring)
This course provides an overview of the functions, practices, and use of public relations in the professional workplace. It provides preparations for entry into the public relations profession. Issue analysis, press releases, press kits, brochures, newsletters, and public relations planning are covered. Communication theories and applications are covered.
Prerequisites: GCA 101, GLL 122, and departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 218 Dispute Resolution (Fall)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of dispute resolution. Key theories and approaches to peaceful dispute resolution, including negotiation, litigation, arbitration, mediation, and mediation-arbitration, will be explained and discussed. Students engage in mediation and arbitration of disputes. Each student prepares mediation agreements and arbitration awards.
Prerequisites: GCA 217 or departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 219 Non-Profit Communication and Management (Spring)
Communication and management in non-profit institutions are not the same as in profit-oriented firms. The materials, language and publics have different expectations that require approaches to them that entail the acquisition of specialized written, research, and analytic communication knowledge and skills. This course addresses the communication environment and publics of nonprofits and key writing skills needed for professionals in this career area: analyses, reports, and funding proposals for businesses, foundations, and individuals.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 220 Communication and Public Policy (Fall)
Public policy is not confined to government. Corporations, international organizations, non-profits, foundations, religious groups, and other entities communicate with elected officials and others to formulate public policy. This course investigates their interplay in print, verbal, and visual communication forms. Particular reference is made to topics such as: racism, anti-semitism, Nazism, environmentalism, the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Movement, social responsibility, social entitlements, cultural/language movements, illegal/other immigrants. rights, and technology.
Prerequisites: GCA 217 or departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 222 Customer-Service Management Communication (Fall)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of principles and practices in effective customer-service management communication. The focus is on writing, speaking, information literacy, and non-verbal communication in business settings. Students learn about communication frameworks that include customer service policy formation, customer service in organizational/institutional planning, marketing, and profitability. Students analyze complex customer service issues and problems and make logical and sensitive written and oral presentations.
Prerequisites: GCA 217 or departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 302 Community Journalism (upon request)
Principles and practices in the writing, editing, and publishing of community newsletters, journals, and other periodicals. Preparation of news releases, feature stories, and editorial writing. Techniques of securing and disseminating information.
3 credits

GCA 304 Event Planning (Fall)
This course is directed to those preparing for careers in the private or public sector in which the planning and implementation of events, seminars, programs, promotions (such as fund-raising), and conferences are occasional or frequent responsibilities. The focus of this course is the development of analytical and planning skills and the social, cultural, and psychological context in which these are used in communication. Students learn to do various types of research used in communication, to prepare basic budgets, and to work as part of a communication team.
Prerequisites: GCA 217 or departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 305 Intercultural Communications (Spring)
Culture is communication. It is the way we organize our lives and interactions. This course is designed to explore ways that verbal and nonverbal communication occurs in various cultures in workplace, management, marketing, social, and other interactions. Recognizing globalization and our increasingly multicultural society, the aim of the course is to develop culturally fluent persons.
Prerequisites: GCA 217 or departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 320 Professional Business Communication (Spring)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of principles and practices in effective business communication. The focus is on writing, speaking, information literacy, visual/graphic arts, and non-verbal communication in business settings. Students learn about business communication frameworks that include business plans, business proposals, reports, business studies, graphic aids, and oral presentations. Students learn to organize their thoughts logically, to analyze complex issues and problems, and to present points of view.
Prerequisites: GCA 217 or departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 350 Managerial Communication (Spring)
The purpose of this course is to improve the ability of prospective managers to communicate effectively within organizations and with external publics. Students, individually and in teams, make oral presentations about case studies and problems. Students analyze research and compose various types of business and professional reports and materials. Students learn how to identify barriers to communication and methods to overcome them.
Prerequisites: GLL 122 and departmental approval. 3 credits

GCA 481/482 Independent Study (upon request)
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Credits to be arranged.


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