Spring 09 Syllabus

Spring 09 Syllabus - Listen Speak Engage San Jos State U...

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Listen • Speak • Engage San José State U Communication Studies COMM 20, Public Speaking, Section 02, Spring 2009 Instructor: Stephen Eckstone, Ph.D. Office location: HGH 112 Telephone: 408-971-1136 Email: [email protected] Office hours: Mon 5:30-6:00pm and Sat 8:30-9:00am Class days/time: Mondays, 6:00-8:45pm Classroom: Bocardo Business Center 223 Catalog Description Principles of rhetoric applied to oral communication; selecting, analyzing, adapting, organizing and delivering ideas effectively. Succeeding in this Class  At SJSU, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Because this is a three unit class, you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in addition to time spent in class and on scheduled tutorials or activities. Special projects or assignments may require additional work for the course. Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses. Course Goals This course will cultivate an understanding of the social, psychological, political and practical significance of communication, with special emphasis on the roles of public communication in a free society. Students will give oral presentations and be encouraged to develop their sense of voice, which means speaking with confidence in public forums in ways that reflect their unique perspective and identity. Students will learn and appreciate a range of public speaking styles and forms of eloquence, while respecting the freedom of expression of all members of the community. This is a General Education (GE) course that fulfills the oral communication requirement at San Jose State University. As a GE course, the University has set specific Learning Objectives to help you develop your skills in the areas of critical thinking, speaking in public, preparing a speech, organizing thoughts and ideas, and increasing confidence when presenting material in the public arena. This class will also provide you with the opportunity to become an active listener and an important part of a learning team and will enable you to interact with your classmates by engaging in meaningful discussions over current, controversial issues. This course is somewhat different from most courses you will take. You will be required to study textual and lecture materials as required in most courses, but in this class you will have two additional roles-- those of public speaker and of evaluator. You will get to know the other class members as you fulfill the COMM 20 Public Speaking Spring 2009 page 1 of 7 
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Listen • Speak • Engage roles of speaker and listener/evaluator. The interaction of speaker and audience can add to your learning experience as well as to your enjoyment of the class. This is an application-oriented course. The basic principles of public speaking will be covered through
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