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Oral Communication Focus
Faculty members with current, active approvals do not need to submit a proposal form. As long as they are listed as the section's instructor of record in MyUH before continuing student registration begins, their approved Focus designation(s) will be added to their section(s).
Faculty members who do not have active Focus approval for their course (or whose approval has expired) should submit a "Focus form" to request a Focus designation for their section(s).
Department Chairs may submit a "STAFF" form if the faculty member is unknown, or a "COURSE-based" form if the department wishes to designate all sections of a course every semester.
Click here for all Focus proposal forms (in both Word and pdf formats).
The faculty on the Oral Communication Focus Board use these Hallmarks when
evaluating proposals for the "O" designation.
Rationale for the requirement and explanatory notes
Most students are required to take one O Focus course. However, some transfer students may have adjusted ("prorated") Focus requirements if they transfer credits from a non-UH System institution. The adjustment is based on the number of non-UH System transfer credit hours accepted when a student is admitted to UH Manoa. Non-UH System credits completed while an active UH Manoa student are not included in proration (summer courses, Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, etc.).
*At least two “W” courses must be numbered at the 300- or 400- level.
Focus Requirements for UH System Transfer Students
Students who enter the UH System in Fall 2011 and thereafter must meet all of the Focus requirements. Students who entered the UH System from Spring 2005 through Spring 2011 must meet requirements given in the following table. Students who entered UH prior to Spring 2005 should check with a UH Manoa college/school advisor to determine their Focus requirements. Depending on the number of UH transfer credit hours accepted, E and O requirements for transfer students may be reduced. The W and H requirements are not affected, since students may transfer approved UH System courses to help them satisfy the W and H Focus requirements.
*At least two “W” courses must be at the 300- or 400- level.
Last updated November 19, 2015
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