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COM 206 Public Speaking
Credit Hours:  3
Effective Term: Fall 2016
SUN#: None
AGEC: Oral Communications  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F

Description: Gain confidence and poise through hands-on experiences preparing and delivering a variety of presentations. Effective strategies for creating effective and engaging content and delivery tailored to specific audiences is emphasized. Students will deliver extemporaneous presentations using principles of audience adaptation, development of effective content, purposeful organization, appropriate visuals, and proper vocal and physical delivery techniques. Presentations will require research and outlining.

Prerequisites: ENG 101

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
COM 206
1. (Application Level) Describe and demonstrate how the individual elements of the communication process including encoding, decoding, message, noise, context, and channels contribute to a transactional exchange.
2. (Application Level) Explain the importance of selecting and narrowing a topic to the success of a presentation and demonstrate the ability to appropriately frame a topic.
3. (Application Level) Describe how audience perceptions and situational expectations affect the reception of the speaker's presentation. Demonstrate the ability to adapt appropriately to the audience and situation.
4. (Application Level) Use appropriate research methods necessary for finding a variety of forms of support which add power and credibility to a speech.
5. (Application Level) Construct appropriate introductions and conclusions.
6. (Application Level) Explain the impact of verbal and nonverbal messages in a presentation and demonstrate the ability to use them effectively and appropriately.
7. (Application Level) Create appropriate visual aids using presentational software.
8. (Synthesis Level) Effectively incorporate appropriate strategies of organization, support, and building credibility while achieving an informative goal.
9. (Synthesis Level) Effectively incorporate appropriate strategies of organization, evidence, argumentation, critical thinking, and building ethical appeals while achieving a persuasive goal.
10. (Application Level) Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage communication apprehension in the public speaking context.
11. (Application Level) Demonstrate the ability to critically listening to public presentations.
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
Division Required Standards:

Students must deliver presentations in-person to an audience of at least 8 people. Required cumulative total of presentations must be a minimum of 20 minutes.
1.Minimum number of presentations is four.
2.Of the four presentations, at least one must be informative and at least one must be persuasive.
3.Of the four presentations, at least three must require the following:
- -An outlined preparation
- -Integration of researched information
- -Appropriate use of visual aids.