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COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications

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    SaralindaKiser, ARIAS,AMY, SEIBERT,SARA, Janet Miller, Fredrick Steinmann
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    Feb 27, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class for anyone who wants to go to a professional school such as pharmacy, specifically, because it is an elective that is highly recommended.

    Course highlights:

    This course explored interpersonal communication and how things such as nonverbal communication are just as integral to speech as verbal is. This can include body language, pauses, etc.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    In this course, one will need to make sure to learn definitions, not just memorize them. Each topic builds upon the previous one, so you cannot just memorize and term and expect not to see it again in a later chapter.

    • Fall 2016
    • SEIBERT,SARA
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Group Projects
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    May 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is outstanding! The material from the curriculum can be applied to everyday communication, group interactions, and personal relationships. Not only will you learn the art of public speaking, but you will also learn about your relationships with others, leadership styles, and leadership skills which are invaluable to not only the workforce but also in everyday interaction with others.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to prepare several types of speeches including the speech to inform, the impromptu speech, and the speech to persuade. I learned how to properly research and present my topics to an audience so that my message will be clearly presented and well received by all. Organization is key, and don't forget to sign post your main points in the introduction and conclusion. I learned how to understand my audience to choose pertinent topics. I also learned how to eliminate 'noise' or verbal and nonverbal interference which may affect how one interprets my message. I also learned about group roles and interactions as well as leadership styles and tactics for each style as well as which style is most appropriate for certain situations. I learned that my leadership style is mostly reflective, so I need to work to give myself deadlines as I can easily over analyze and get lost in my research and data collection as I speculate about which choice is most logical.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this course practice and preparation is key. The more you rehearse your speech the more confident your delivery will be and you will be less likely to fumble, get nervous, or fidget. It's also a great idea to choreograph your movements like when to step and when to use nonverbal transitions to avoid distracting behavior when delivering the speech. Muscle memory is real, use it to your advantage! Finally, try to pick a topic you are interested in. Your interest will carry over to your audience, if you don't get to pick your topic: fake it 'till you make it!

    • Spring 2016
    • Fredrick Steinmann
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Requires Presentations
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    May 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It has been a great class and i have learned a lot!

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were definitely our informative speeches, I was very stressed about them before I read it to the class but after I did I was very proud of myself.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Realize its not a course you can breeze through. You will definitely need to pay attention.

    • Spring 2016
    • Janet Miller
    • Participation Counts Great Discussions Requires Presentations

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