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COMMUN 103 public speaking

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    Nov 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course is easy to understand and the professor is very personable.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were learning how to not be afraid of public speaking. It may seem intimidating, but once you give your first speech, you already feel that much more self confident.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always do the readings early and get to know your professor.

    • Fall 2016
    • Harris
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Requires Presentations
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    Aug 18, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because there are a lot of programs that require this course.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that you can't just throw some meaningful words together to make a speech. You have to research and become knowledgeable so that you can gain credibility.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise students considering this course to be sure to do the research so that you are prepared when it's time to deliver a speech.

    • Summer 2016
    • christopher anderson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions
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    Jun 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If there is anyone else out there who gets really nervous when speaking in front of others, this is the class for you. I am always nervous and start sweating when I speak and occasionally shake. Speaking in public has also been a worse fear for me until I took this class. Ms. Michel was so welcoming and really made the classroom a safe space for everyone. The assignment load consisted of going into class and having a discussion, then watching the lecture online with Dr. John Jordan and in class assignments. The in assignments were reflections on your own speech and while someone else was speaking you would evaluate them and answer questions. The questions on the evaluation sheets would have you write down what their purpose was of their speech and so on, but I also liked the idea that it asked if you noticed any distracting habits and other questions around those lines. I wish we were able to get those sheets back so I would be able to fix anything that I did that was distracting to my fellow classmates. The online lectures were usually 30 - 40 minutes long with a lot of good information from Dr. John Jordan. From his online lectures I learned so much more than from reading the information from the speech textbook. Although the textbook helped with introducing new ideas, the online lecture further explained them and made them clearer to me. You have to do three kinds of speeches, an Informative speech, a Persuasive speech, and a Persuasive speech involving a Problem-Solution. Informative speech is to inform your audience on a particular problem, Persuasive speech is to persuade your audience to agree with you on a topic, and Persuasive speech involving Problem-Solution is what it sounds, basically like a commercial persuading you to buy something to solve their problem that is what you need to do. "Sell" your solution to a problem and persuade the audience to agree with you.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that it is helpful to practice your speech more than once especially not the day of your speech. It also helps if you practice in the mirror or in front of family or friends which helps take away the initial jitters. Plus if you practice your speech you can insert in your notes were you feel comfortable taking a breath that wouldn't be distracting from your speech and even have a quick drink of water. I realized although time seems to go by slowly when you are talking but in reality it goes by very quickly and every second counts. Practicing your speech helps to make sure your speech is in the exact time limit that is expected and that you can get your point across at a nice pace. I needed to change my speech to relate it to my audience since they are very important. Your speech needs to revolve around your audience not you.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I wouldn't recommend this but if you feel like you don't have time to read the material I would at least skim it but definitely watch the online lecture videos by Dr. John Jordan. The two exams that you take will be strictly based on his videos and some information from the book as well so you need both to do well. If you do get behind I would take the time to catch up if you want to get a good grade because it will be worth it in the end. There is research required for each speech and I would recommend getting the best research you can and go beyond the limit of sources. The bare minimum will get you a C or C+ in this class try to go further so you can reach that A.

    • Spring 2016
    • Angela Michel
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments Requires Presentations

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