Oral Communication: Principles and Practice
Instructor: Brian Keenan
Office: Skinner Building, Room 2100
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesdays 3-4 pm or by appointment
To provide background communication theory as it applies to intrapersonal,
and public communication.
To provide an understanding of and an appreciation for the role of oral
today’s information society.
To provide a framework for developing sensitivity to the cultural/contextual basis of
To provide a foundation for developing communication skills in critical thinking, listening, and
Throughout this course, students will:
Demonstrate, both orally and in writing, their understanding of the principles of
interpersonal, and public communication.
Evidence an appreciation for the centrality and the complexity of communication in their
personal, professional, and academic lives.
Reflect an empathetic awareness of the cultural/contextual variables that impact
Be more capable thinkers, listeners, speakers, and writers. This assumes that we all have the
ability to improve regardless of the skills we possess at the beginning of the semester.
REQUIRED TEXTS (to be brought to each class unless indicated)
Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin (2007).
Communicating: A Social and Career Focus.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Attire for oral projects should be business-like or appropriate to the topic.
No smoking or eating is permitted in the classroom.
You will be given one warning if you disrupt the class in any way. This includes, but is not limited to,
talking, making noise, obstructing the topic under discussion, or physical interference. If, during the
semester, you disrupt the class again, you will be asked to leave and the date will count as an
Laptops, cell phones, PDAs, and/or BlackBerrys should be turned off (not on vibrate) during class
time. Telephones or PDAs that ring/beep may be answered by the instructor. If you are expecting an
emergency call, clear it with the instructor at the beginning of class.
COMM 107 is a performance course, and your participation is an integral component. Regular and
prompt attendance is mandatory.
You are allowed two unexcused absences. After that, you will lose 10 points per unexcused absence.