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    Aug 01, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Besides the fact that it is a required course, I recommend this class because everyone needs at least a little experience in public speaking, and because it helps you find your voice when you are addressing an audience.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the variety of speech subjects to choose from, the fact that the textbook was written by the department and therefore was free, and the supportive attitude of the professor. Throughout the course, I learned how to properly project my voice to fill a room, how to walk while transitioning in my speeches, how to make better eye contact with my audience, how to tweak my writing to better fit the audience that I was addressing, and how to limit the fear of public speaking that I have had my entire life. This course gave me the courage to join the forensics team on campus (speeches, not working with dead bodies), and I use what I learned in COM 203 to work on my events for tournaments.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    First, don't be lazy with the research. Try to get the most current sources possible, as it makes what you're saying more relevant. Also, try to narrow it down as much as possible if you're looking at a broad topic. A broad topic usually cannot be covered adequately in ten minutes, especially when you cite references along with it. Second, DO NOT TRY TO IMPROV YOUR SPEECH. Making a speech up as you go while you're doing it for a grade or otherwise does not bode well. Have your speech ready and practiced so you know what to say and the words have a more natural flow to them. Finally, be respectful of your peers when they are giving a speech. They are probably nervous, and having everyone talk while they are trying to talk to them will not help them at all. Not to mention that your grade on your speech will go down if you are not a respectful audience member.

    • Fall 2014
    • Mendes
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    Mar 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    It was fun to break out of the comfort zone and learn how to speak in front of people.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a lot of courage and a lot of speech-writing skills.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention to the things you learn in class, because they are things you will take with you to further your career.

    • Fall 2015
    • Delzer
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Requires Presentations


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