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COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES 100A EFFECTIVE SPEECH: PUBLIC SPEAKING EMPHASIS Summer 2011: Section 109 216 Thomas, 11:10-12:25 (M-F) Instructor: Bonnie J. Sierlecki E-mail: [email protected] (best way to reach me) Cell Phone: 920-979-3449 (urgent issues only) Office: 210 Sparks or 316 Sparks, Cube #9 Office Hours: After class, or by appointment Course Description and Goals The University has established Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in General Education in order to insure that students acquire, in addition to the specialized knowledge of their majors, the broader knowledge and skills that are the marks of an educated person. Since the abilities to speak and write effectively are prized in our society, the University has included CAS 100, along with English Composition, in the General Education Requirements for undergraduates. The general objectives of CAS 100 are for the student to develop the ability to communicate information clearly and to set forth his/her beliefs persuasively in an oral format, and to be able to analyze oral communication critically. Within these broad objectives, the basic speech course is designed to provide training and instruction in the principles and techniques of effective oral communication, and to provide opportunities for practicing and applying those principles and techniques in a classroom public- speaking situation. One thing, at least, must be recognized from the outset: in order for a skill of any kind to be improved, one has to invest time and effort. The success or failure of the present enterprise, then, is largely the responsibility of the student. CAS 100A emphasizes the use of oral communication skills in the public-speaking setting, with some attention also to group communication and to the analysis and evaluation of oral messages. The teaching of public speaking has been central to education in the arts of citizenship in the Western European tradition since at least the fifth century B.C.E. It is no less important now. This course seeks to deepen your understanding of the social uses of “the speaker’s art” (known as rhetoric) and to extend your mastery of its essential principles and precepts. Beyond this, the course seeks to assist you in developing communication skills that will have application in both civic and professional settings. In pursuing these goals, the course will emphasize the following objectives: To understand systematically how the process of communication occurs To understand how communication situations affect the production and interpretation of messages To understand the role of public speaking in civic and professional arenas To be able to assess different kinds of speaking situations and diverse audiences To be able to adapt messages to varied situations and audiences To be able to generate and select materials and techniques that can be used to communicate important ideas effectively and responsibly to particular audiences To be able to explain concepts and ideas so they will be understood by an audience
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