Aims & Scope

The Basic Communication Course Annual publishes high-quality international scholarship committed to the advancement of communication and learning in the basic communication course through the use of effective instructional communication.

A basic communication course is any first- or second-year course in communication or an allied department that focuses on improving a student’s oral communication skills. This could include but is not necessarily limited to public speaking, a hybrid course, an interpersonal communication course, an introduction to communication studies course, or a custom course designed specifically for a particular campus.

Research topics appropriate for this journal may include but are not limited to:

  • Student and instructor characteristics (e.g., attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions), as related to messages in an educational context
  • The teacher-student relationship in the basic course
  • Assessment of achievement on student learning outcomes in the basic course
  • Management of curricula and staffing in the basic course
  • Technology, as related to learning communication skills in the basic course
  • Service-learning applications in the basic course
  • Curriculum mapping of course goals with general education goals and national standards
  • Campus and/or community advocacy on behalf of the basic course
  • Strategies for overcoming speech anxiety
  • Analysis of textbook content as it relates to student learning outcomes and course goals for the basic course

All submissions must be methodologically rigorous and theoretically grounded, and they must develop theory from either a quantitative or qualitative perspective. All empirical research articles must be original research, not under review elsewhere, and no longer than 30 pages in length (excluding notes and references).

In addition to publishing data-driven social science and rhetorical articles, the Basic Communication Course Annual will publish, on occasion, a Basic Course Forum section featuring scholarly exchanges on topics important to the basic course.