Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
SPC 119 - Storytelling

3 Credits

Study of and practice in storytelling that will focus on stories appropriate for modern society. Storytelling is an art that requires the practice of craft-based techniques. Focus will be placed on story and character development, performance of a variety of stories, and evaluation of what makes a good story and its performance. Three class hours. (SUNY-A)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create a variety of storytelling performances from the planning stages through execution as per course assignments.
2. Demonstrate key elements of storytelling practice.
3. Apply elements of basic storytelling to performance of stories in front of an audience.
4. Create self-evaluations and peer evaluations.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 140 - Introduction to Speech Communication

3 Credits

A survey of the major concepts of speech communication. This course will provide an introduction to interpersonal skills (perception, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication); public speaking (organization, delivery and basic speech writing); and small group communication (leadership, assertiveness and listening). Emphasis is on the application of these basic concepts in the personal, academic and professional lives of students. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Apply the principles of public speaking using delivery skills that support a specific message.
2.Critique speeches through assertive written feedback.
3.Apply active listening components in conversation.
4.Use assertive skills in a group setting to respond to conflict.
5.Apply key concepts of effective group facilitation through a group presentation on an assigned topic.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 141 - Interpersonal Speech Communication

3 Credits

The focus of this course is to help students understand, evaluate, and improve their interactions with others in their personal and professional lives. Theory and practical skills include issues in listening, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and non-verbal communication. Emphasis is on the application of these and other communication skills to the daily lives of the class members. Three class hours.(SUNY-H)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify behaviors such as aggressive, passive, defensive, passive-aggressive, or assertive in interpersonal settings.
2. Utilize active listening techniques as a perception-checking tool in interpersonal situations.
3. Use components of a basic listening model in conversation.
4. Apply assertive skills to criticism within a variety of interpersonal settings.
5. Apply “I-language” skills in a variety of interpersonal settings.
6. Apply assertive skills to reach conflict resolution.
7. Apply theories and principles within the context of interpersonal settings.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 142 - Public Speaking

3 Credits

Primarily concerned with the source and substance of ideas, evidence, and reasoning that form the basis for good oral communication. Students will develop and present original speeches applying these ideas and the principles of organization, clarity, vitality, and ethics. When speaking, students will learn effective ways to use voice and body language to communicate a message. Three class hours (SUNY-BC)(SUNY-H).

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Use relaxation techniques to manage stage fright or anxiety while speaking.
2. Brainstorm topics for public presentations.
3. Present various types of speeches within a prescribed time parameter.
4. Use supportive materials to present organized speech.
5. Use “vocal variety” techniques while speaking.
6. Use body language to support speech content while speaking.
7. Analyze speeches to deliver specific feedback for others.
8. Apply ethical principles when presenting in a public forum.
9. Apply rhetorical principles to speech development in support of speech objective.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 143 - Small Group Communication

3 Credits

Small group theory and process is examined from a communication perspective. Topics include leadership, goal setting, decision making, conflict, and the stages of group development. Students participate in groups. Three class hours. (SUNY-BC)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Identify the stages of group development.
2.Distinguish between task and relationship functions in groups.
3.Demonstrate strategies for group facilitation.
4.Identify how norms are used for effective group functioning.
5.Apply verbal and nonverbal active listening components in conversation.
6.Present research about a small group communication topic through the participation in a small group.
7.Write and revise an individual paper evaluating one’s assertive communication skills through the participation in a small group.
8.Write and revise a group paper identifying group process through the participation in a small group.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 144 - Communication and Crisis

3 Credits

This course combines theories of communication and concepts of crisis necessary for dealing appropriately with people in crisis. Topics covered include practical skills: listening and responding, communicating assertively, managing conflict, and how these skills can be used to help people who are dealing with loss, grief, depression, and suicidal ideation. The on-line version of this course requires access to a camcorder. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Apply an active listening model to problem-solve with individuals in crisis.
2.Respond assertively to criticism within the context of crisis communication.
3.Apply "I-language" skills within the context of crisis communication.
4.Apply theories about the grieving process within the context of crisis communication.
5.Differentiate between a normal and a serious/major depression.
6.Apply emotion theory to individuals in crisis.
7.Identify potential for suicide at the low, moderate, and high risk levels.
8.Apply theories and principles within the context of crisis communication.
9.Apply ethical principles and reasoning within the context of suicide assessment.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 172 - Honors - Competitive Public Speaking-WR

1 Credit

Students will work collaboratively with the instructor and classmates to develop skills for competition-style speaking through the practice and performance of an original speech. One speech will be developed, presented, critiqued and improved during class rehearsals. Students will learn through hands-on experience the in-depth effort required for professional and competitive public speaking. One and a half class hours per week for last seven weeks of the Spring Semester, and one five-hour speech contest.

Prerequisite: Audition and/or permission of the instructor and enrollment in SPT 142 or SPC 142 (formerly SPT 142).

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create a 5-7 minute original speech to be used for a competition that includes an attention-getting opening, well-supported and organized body and a closing call to action
2. Develop a speech using the elements of effective speaking, including speech content, body language and vocal variety to meet specific judge’s criteria
3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in support of classmates by offering supportive and helpful feedback during class practice time
4. Practice in a theatre setting, using videotaped rehearsals to gain a greater self-awareness as well as identify revision opportunities regarding speech content and delivery
5. Participate in a speech contest, professionally dressed, on stage, in front of a theatre audience, under stage lights, with sound equipment and no notes

Course Offered Spring only

SPC 241 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication

3 Credits

This course will provide students the chance to analyze their interpersonal communication skills and further expand competency through application in personal and professional life situations. Students will examine the impact of technology, gender, nonverbals, and cultural diversity on communication in families, with friends and romantic partners, and in their professional lives. Interpersonal skills will be integrated into the interviewing process and conflict resolution. A portfolio will be developed that reflects the self-examination and adjustment of interpersonal skills in personal and professional relationships. Three class hours.

Prerequisite SPC 141

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify individual interpersonal communication skill competencies.
2. Compare and contrast the impact of technology on interpersonal relationships.
3. Analyze personal communication preferences or biases, as each relates to culture.
4. Adapt interpersonal communication skills to manage the interviewee role in professional settings.
5. Develop mediation skills to resolve conflicts.
6. Demonstrate effective use of communication strategies by adapting one's own interpersonal communication.
7. Analyze personal communication preferences or biases, as each relates to gender.
8. Adapt interpersonal communication skills to manage the interviewer role in professional settings.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

SPC 242 - Speaking in Professional Situations

3 Credits

This course enables students to build on the basics of organization, vocal variety and body language learned in SPC 142. Students will apply these basic skills to a variety of professional speaking opportunities, including persuasive speaking, using technology to support speech purpose, forming and supporting arguments, and more. The skills developed in this course are immediately transferable to professional settings. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: SPC142 or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Develop a professional presentation based on specific speaking criteria.
2. Deliver several types of presentations in professional settings.
3. Evaluate presentations through written or oral feedback to develop more engaging public speaking skills.
4. Deliver an effective team presentation for a professional setting.
5. Facilitate a question and answer session following a professionally delivered presentation.
6. Use multimedia techniques within a professional presentation to support a speech purpose.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology