Communication (2)



Oregon Tech students will communicate effectively orally and in writing. 


Communication is the creation, development, and expression of ideas. The Communication ESLO differentiates between oral and written communication. The two forms of communication operate much the same but differ in the criterion Style and Delivery because of their differing forms of expression. 1Both forms of communication involve purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

Criteria for Communication Assessment

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work: 
  • Purpose: Focus and connections made in presentation of evidence. 
  • Audience: Adjustments in presentation made for differing levels of knowledge and expertise among listeners and readers. 
  • Evidence: Support provided by research and disciplinary knowledge. 
    Genre and Disciplinary Conventions: Adjustments in structure and order made for various fields and forms of presentation. 
  • Style and Delivery:
    o Oral Communication: Techniques including posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness. 
    o Written Communication: Control of syntax and mechanics, as well as craft in choices of phrasing, vocabulary, and structure. 
  • Visual Communication: Support provided by visual presentation integrated with oral or written content. 
  • Justification: Self-assessment and support of choices made in communication.2 

    1 Oral communication differs from the Teamwork ESLO because oral communication focuses on an individual speaker presenting, not on interaction. Oral and written communication are assessed individually. 
    2 This may be a separate assignment from the written or oral assignment used to assess the other criteria; this justification piece will ask the students to reflect on the deliberate choices they made during the composition process. While this is most often an implicit process, it will be made explicit for the purpose of assessment of at least one piece of written or oral communication.

Pathway Requirements


  • WRI 121 - English Composition (3 credits)
  • WRI 122 - Argumentative Writing (3 credits)
  • SPE 111 - Public Speaking (3 credits) 

Essential Practice:                                              

  • 3 credits from Communication – Essential Practice List

Program-Integrated Practice:

  • 1 or 2 courses, defined by program, that integrates communication in the context of the major (courses must be identified for both written and oral communication, but can be the same course).