Oral Communication Focus
O Focus sections are designated every semester
based on the course/instructor information found in Banner/MyUH.
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
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.
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Hallmarks of Oral Communication Classes
The faculty on the Oral Communication Focus Board use these Hallmarks when
evaluating proposals for the "O" designation.
|O1. Each student will
conduct or participate in a minimum of three oral
communication assignments or a comparable amount of oral
communication activity during the class. In addition, at least
40% of the final grade for a 3-credit course will be a
function of the student's oral communication activities (30%
for a 4-credit course; 60% for a 2-credit course; 100% for a
|O2. Each student will
receive explicit training, in the context of the class, in
oral communication concerns relevant to the assignment or
|O3. Each student will
receive specific feedback, critiquing, and grading of the oral
communication assignments or activities from the instructor.
instructor feedback primarily involves individual or paired
students, enrollment will be limited to 20 students. If
instructor feedback primarily involves groups of students,
enrollment will be limited to 30 students.
course will be numbered at the 300- or 400-level.
Rationale for the requirement and explanatory
Establishing a Need for Oral
Communication Intensive Classes
There is no shortage of arguments
addressing the need for UHM students to be provided with the opportunity
to improve their oral communication knowledge and skills. To see some
arguments, click here.
of Oral Communication assignments
It is assumed that O classes
will develop assignments responsive to student needs and to the
professional demands the students will face. Consequently a variety of
assignments can be designed to satisfy the O requirement, which must be viewed and evaluated by the instructor.
- Individual creative/aesthetic
performances (e.g., storytelling, performance of literature,
interpretations and readings)
- Group presentations--
incorporating individual presentations
- Facilitating/Participating in
group discussions and community gatherings
- Chapter/Section presentations
- Panel discussions
- Engaging in outreach
activities that incorporate oral communication skills (e.g., community
teaching, coaching, presenting)
- Various forms of
- Press conference
- Various persuasion/influence
appeals (e.g., sales presentations, solicitations, motivational
- Debates (individual and team)
- Oral critiques of and responses to
others' performance, presentations
Requirements for Students
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.).
|Number of accepted non-UH credits hours:
*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
|Number of accepted UH credits hours:
*At least two “W” courses must be at the 300- or 400- level.
November 19, 2015