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A Few Big Assignments
Great Intro to the Subject
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course enabled many people to work on their public speaking skills, in a fun and easy manner. While there is a lot of work to be done, I found that if you do it- it is an almost easy A! Just follow the guidelines for each speech. There are no written tests- "exams" are considered to be the speeches that are presented throughout the course. Meanwhile, there are about 3 written assignments- which are extremely easy. The first assignment requires you to write a 2-4 page essay about meeting with a fellow classmate. The second involves doing 2 hours of community service and writing a 3 page essay about it. Then the last is a sheet with questions about the book that we were required to buy (about $15 or less on Chegg). On the sheet were 8 questions, and you were required to answer 4 of them for full credit- overall it took me 30 minutes to complete the assignment, because it was really straight forward. I liked the class a lot, and Professor Costa's way of dismissing his students-- every class he made sure to utter the words, "Don't bite your friends", with a dismissive wave, which kept us wondering WTF right up until the last day of class. Good professor, and sometimes accommodating if you have a good excuse under for belt. Highly recommend his class! :)
Through Professor Costa's Introduction to Communication course, I learned not only the basics of public speaking, but how to communicate with the people around me as well. I now feel much more comfortable speaking in front of a group of people, as long as I've prepared myself just a bit, with an outline. We covered about 7-10 different types of speeches- personal and even work-related that really prepares you for the real world. He also makes it a point to record everyone's speeches and puts it on the school's computer drive in order for you to be able to plainly see any mistakes/good things that you may have done during your presentations. I was also able to learn a great amount of organization. He didn't personally teach that aspect of his class- but, I realized early on that you cannot be in his class without being properly organized. Otherwise, you'll miss presentation or assignment dates. It reminded me that that's exactly how the real world is- in high school we were spoon fed due dates and deadlines, but college is very much different. If you're lucky you'll get a professor like a high school teacher, but organization is still a great skill to gain, if not at any other time, in college. Professor Costa was a great professor, and his ability to teach certain things without really actually saying that he was teaching it, was an interesting aspect of the course that I extremely appreciated.
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Advice for students:
Be prepared to be organized above all things. Other than that, you should be fine. Keep an agenda that clearly states the different deadlines or general due dates of different things, because Professor Costa had a slight tendency to forget to remind people until almost last minute! Also, attendance is a requirement- 4 unexcused absences brings your grade down by a letter. Although he did have a few make up days for those who really wanted to keep their grade and forgot about the attendance policy.