Strategic Communication 1111.009
MWF, 12:00 - 12:50 in TL 304
M/W 11:15 – 11:50
or by appointment (usually available to meet at 2:00)
Visiting me during office hours or scheduling an appointment offers the best and most immediate response to your
questions and concerns. The easiest way for you to contact me, other than my office hours, is by email. I will try to
respond to your email within 24 hours, though responses on weekends and holidays may take longer.
Your e-mails to me
should be more formal rather than less formal
The text of your e-mail should elaborate clearly, concisely, and
professionally who you are, which course you are enrolled in, and why you are writing.
Beebe, Stephen J. and Susan J. Beebe. (2010).
Public Speaking Handbook
. Custom Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson.
You will also be asked to print and bring to class approximately 25 pages from Blackboard (assignment sheets, additional
Students will prepare, present, and evaluate speeches on significant topics of public concern in a professional academic
setting. This course focuses on the three basic skills necessary for effective professional presentational speaking: selecting
the appropriate content, organizing your materials, and using an engaging style of delivery. More specifically, students will
learn principles of public speaking and critical thinking—those concerned with the discovery and evaluation of arguments
and evidence, organization, style, audience analysis and adaptation, speech composition, and presentation skills. The
course prepares students for making professional presentations in our increasingly diverse workplace
To emphasize the three skills of content selection, organization, and delivery, we use three methods of teaching: lecturing
by the instructor, student-centered discussions, and in-class exercises and skills practice. Since this course is structured
around improving the specific skills that are necessary for effective public speaking, most class periods will emphasize in-
class exercises or individual student presentations.
Students should be able to:
1. demonstrate written communication competence.
2. demonstrate oral communication competence.