CAS_100C-12WKS-TD-5 - CAS 100C Effective Speech Syllabus...

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CAS 100C: Effective Speech Syllabus Credits: 3 Delivery: Web (ANGEL, ) Dates: See the Calendar tab in ANGEL. Instructor: See the Orientation folder in ANGEL. Course Overview Description In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of effective communication through the study of public speaking principles, as well as examples of public address and, occasionally, other forms of communication. The course consists of both 1) written assignments, in which you will analyze messages using the concepts taught in the course, and 2) speaking assignments, in which you will develop your own individual presentations to practice the skills you will learn in the course. There is no prerequisite for this course, although an understanding of American history and politics is helpful. Perhaps most importantly, the ability to observe and think critically about the world around you and draw from life experience is both relevant and useful when analyzing messages. This course will have no exams. Evaluation will come in the form of written assignments as well as two speaking assignments (both must be submitted to pass the course) which you will prepare and deliver to the instructor. The written assignments are generally in essay format and often require you to apply the concepts from the textbook to your own experiences. In other cases, you will be asked to analyze specific speeches that you have read or viewed online. In written assignments, all students are expected to follow basic rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Further, students will be expected to cite all outside material consulted for written assignments through citation and bibliography. Although I do not require that any one particular
style be followed, I will insist that a student be consistent with whatever style s/he chooses, and follow the rules of that particular style. Acceptable styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago. All attachments submitted to the drop box should be typed in 10- or 12-point font, in a document formatted in Microsoft Word. If you use Word Perfect or other word processing software other than Microsoft Word, please contact the instructor, as you may be asked to submit your work directly to the drop box instead of as an attachment. Objectives On successful completion of this course, students will have: Improved their listening and critical thinking skills, especially as they apply to effective communication Gained a basic understanding of the rhetorical situation. Improved their understanding and practice of the fundamental skills of effective public speaking, including: o basic delivery skills (eye contact, vocal variety, projection); o basic organization skills necessary to develop a unified presentation (introductions, conclusions, transitions, proper attribution of sources, signposting); o basic research skills (choosing and developing a topic, using resources from the library and Internet, identifying credible research, choosing timely and relevant sources, citing sources); o the effective use of reasoning; o the effective use of language through stylistic devices.

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