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Public Speaking/Communication

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Dana Badger Simpson / Email: kalimotxoak@hotmail.com
    Time: 6 weeks
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    This course focuses on developing the skills needed for giving public speeches. Students will plan, prepare, and deliver speeches to praise, to inform, and to persuade their audience. The course teaches public speaking as a process, paying particular attention to topic selection, research, organization and transitions, claims and supporting evidence, argumentation and delivery. This course will help students develop their public speaking skills in a variety of contexts and help them overcome“stage-fright” inhibition through multiple and varied activities. We will also practice body politics, flow, delivery, timing, rapport and language.
Required Text
  • The Art of Public Speaking (12th Edition), Lucas, Stephen (2016).
Course Objectives
  • Explain the mechanics and content of an effective public speech.
  • Create rubrics and give feedback as a critical listener.
  • Recognize personal speech habits to further their competencies and present different kinds of speeches.
  • Show improved self-confidence in prepared and extemporaneous speeches.
Teaching Remark/ Class Management Rules.
  • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
  • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
  • 3. Academic Honesty Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.