Fall_2008_Syllabus

Fall_2008_Syllabus - Communication Department Communication...

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Communication Department Communication 100: Section 002 Public Speaking Instructor: Robert Krueger Fall 2008 Office: Johnson Center MWF, 7:30am – 8:20am Office phone: 703-728-6195 Room: IN 137 Office hours: By appointment Email: rkruege1@gmu.edu Course Description: Students will learn the skills and strategies necessary to prepare and deliver informative and persuasive speeches. Special consideration is given to adapting communication styles and content to diverse speakers and audiences you will encounter throughout your life. The course emphasizes how to compose meaningful and coherent messages, conduct responsible research on appropriate topics, and how to argue, develop, and polish effective presentation skills. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the uses of technology in the process of oral communication. The emphasis will be on different types of public communication and will integrate different media and computer technologies into informative and persuasive presentations. The ethics of free speech, oral communication principles, persuasion and influence-processes, and key human dimensions of the communication process will be developed to shape appropriate choices of technology and media. Course Objective/Rationale: During the course you will be asked to present while appropriately integrating technology that VISUALLY ENHANCES the information in your speech, stand before a group and deliver information, as well as argue a position. It is important that you command the audience’s attention and present yourself as a credible speaker. In this course, you will be asked to present a minimum of EIGHT prepared speeches. The goal is for you to gain more confidence with communicating in public contexts. This course utilizes a progressive introduction to the use of technology to enhance oral communication. The presentations feature increasingly sophisticated uses of technology, starting with showing tips and tricks of using slide show technology (e.g., PowerPoint), integrating a video or audio clip and the use of static PowerPoint slides, moving to a professional PowerPoint presentation, and finally an advanced PowerPoint presentation (or another computer-based presentation) with the additional use and integration of one or more internet sites relating to the topic.
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Required Textbooks: Beebe, S. & Beebe, S. (2008). Public speaking: An audience –centered approach . George Mason University Ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. With additional materials by Talkington, B and Boileau, D. Student Learning Objectives FOR COMMUNICATION BASIC COURSES: Oral communication competency at George Mason University is defined as the ability to use oral communication as a way of thinking and learning as well as sharing ideas with others. The general education program identifies numerous learning goals in oral communication, which are addressed specifically in two Communication courses, COMM 100, Public Speaking and COMM 101, Interpersonal and Group Interaction. Common to both courses are these six
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