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SPCH-1321-003 Business and Professional Speaking
Study and application of communication within the business and professional context. Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats.
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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
On Campus Course
O'Hair, D., Stewart, R., Rubenstein, H. A Speaker's Guidebook: Text and Reference. 7th Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2015. ISBN: 9781319059415
SPCH 1315: Public Speaking
Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context, with emphasis on audience analysis, speaker delivery, ethics of communication, cultural diversity and speech organizational techniques to develop students’ speaking abilities, as well as ability to effectively evaluate oral presentations.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational models of communication.
2. Apply elements of audience analysis.
3. Demonstrate ethical speaking and listening skills by analyzing presentations for evidence and logic
4. Research, develop and deliver extemporaneous speeches with effective verbal and nonverbal techniques.
5. Demonstrate effective usage of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.
6. Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.
7. Develop proficiency in presenting a variety of speeches as an individual or group (e.g. narrative, informative or persuasive).
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Major Speeches –30 %
Mini Speeches – 20 %
Exams – 15 %
Outlines/Critiques – 15%
Participation – 20 %
Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement.
The course will require you to actively attend class. Actively attending class means being vocal in the class and being active in the class activities. Passive learning (ie., sitting quietly at your desk taking notes, texting your friend) will not work in this course. If for some reason, you are unable to complete this requirement and the coursework associated, please contact me immediately.
Business & Professional Speaking Schedule of Assignments
Spring II 2022
March 23 Overview of the course / Assign Brown Bag & email
24 Ch. 1 & 2: Basics of Public Speaking & Preparing Your First Speech/email due
28 Brown Bag Sharing
29 Ch. 3: Managing Speech Anxiety / Ch. 4 & 5: Listening & Ethics
30 Ch. 6 & 7: Analyzing the Audience / Selecting a Topic / Ch. 8: Developing Support Materials / Assign Informative Speech
31 Ch. 9 & 10: Supporting Materials / Citing Sources/ Ch. 11-13: Organizing/Outlining
April 4 Soft Skills Lesson 1
5 Ch. 14, 15, 16: Introduction & Conclusion of a Speech / Using Language
6 Ch. 20, 21, 22: Using Presentation Aids/Speech Introduction activity
7 *Informative Speech w/Visual Aid
11 *Informative Speech w/Visual Aid
12 *Informative Speech w/Visual Aid
13 Ch. 17, 18, 19: Speech Delivery/ Self Critique Due/ Midterm Review
14 Midterm Exam online
18 Persuasion and the Persuasive Speech
19 Soft Skills lessons 2 & 3
20 Ch. 27: Special Occasion Speeches/Ch. 28, 29, 30/ Assign Career or Demo Speech
21 Persuasive Speech group activity
25 Resume/Interviewing/Interviewing activity/Assign Personal Experience Speech
26 Career or Demo Speech
27 Career or Demo Speech
28 Career or Demo Speech
3 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech/ Final exam review
4 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech
5 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech
10 FINAL EXAM ONLINE
*Should be recorded for the Self Critique.
03/23/22 6:04 AM
04/18/22 12:25 PM