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Fall 2008 Professional Communication Skills Professional Communication Skills CMS 306M CMS 306M ___________________________________________________________________________________ _ Course: CMS 306M Section : 06855 Day & Time: MWF 2pm – 3pm Location: GEA 127 Instructor: Kimberly Schaefer E-mail: [email protected]as.edu Office: UA9 4.108E Office Hours: MWF 1pm - 1:50pm COURSE GOALS The major aims of this course are to make you a more effective professional communicator, analytical thinker and critical listener. Throughout the session you will study the theories and principles of effective communication, practice applying these principles in a variety of assignments, and critique the performances of other speakers. By the end of the semester, you should be able to plan and prepare professional meetings and presentations; participate in and manage a meeting; deliver a good speech; analyze and adapt to various audiences; and adjust to different speaking situations, purposes, and contexts. NOTE: ONLY 1 OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES MAY BE COUNTED FOR YOUR DEGREE: CMS 305, 306M, 319, SPE 305, 319. REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS Professional Communication Skills , 4 th edition (2008). Anna M. Young, John A. Daly, & Adria Battaglia (Eds). Indianapolis, IN: Pearson. This book will serve as both a textbook and a workbook. Inside it you will find instructions for assignments, pages that you will tear out and hand in, and blank leaflets for taking notes. A CD or memory stick for PowerPoint presentations and other electronic documents A two-pocket folder to hold speech materials. IMPORTANT WEBSITES Please check the course website regularly for information on assignments, extra credit opportunities, and other important resources: http://commstudies.utexas.edu/index.htm . Although extra credit opportunities will be announced in class, they also may be found online at: http://commstudies.utexas.edu/undergraduate/resources/index.htm#P19_211 . Blackboard is the course management software for CMS 306M and can be accessed at: http://courses.utexas.edu . ASSIGNMENTS We will explore the various contexts of professional communication through the following assignments. Additional instructions (including the length of presentations, required visual aids, outlines to turn in, etc) are found in your textbook/workbook, along with worksheets that your instructor may ask you to turn in to accompany lessons and assignments. All turned-in assignments must be stapled. All unstapled assignments will not be accepted and will be considered late. Group Presentation : For this assignment you will acquire the skills necessary for decision making and problem solving processes; interaction with audiences; planning, organizing, and facilitating meetings; 1
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Fall 2008 anticipating and utilizing audience feedback; and working effectively in group contexts. NOTE: all group members will receive the same grade for the presentation. Because group members must count upon one another for success, you are expected to contribute and participate to the highest of your ability in your group project. While your participation during preparation of this assignment will not be
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