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COMM 1201H

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Public Speaking (Honors)
Prerequisite(s) Acceptance into the Honors Program
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is COMM 1201 for honor students.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to deliver a speech that reflects the following:
Appropriate audience analysis
Selection of a speech topic that fits the assignment
Presentation of an introduction that gets attention and clarifies the purpose of the speech
Presentation of a body of a speech that includes appropriate support, clear transitions, and development of the speech purpose
Presentation of a definite conclusion
Use of vocal variety to present a speech in an enthusiastic and conversational manner
Use of clear and appropriate language
Use of effective nonverbal communication (eye contact, posture)
Construct an appropriate preparation outline and speaker's note cards.
Research global issues for in-class discussions and presentations.
Develop critical thinking skills through:
Analyzing and effectively using ethos, source credibility; logos, logical appeal of a speaker, and pathos emotional appeals
Critiquing the evidence and reasoning in speeches of others

General Education Outcomes
.    Learners develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the following ways:
They develop their speaking skills through a variety of speaking activities. Emphasis is placed on the organization of material as well as on delivery skills.
They develop their listening skills through lecture and participation in panel discussions. Students are also required to be active listeners by critiquing other students' speeches.
They develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the text and handout materials. Students are required to conduct research for their speeches.
They develop writing skills by doing preparation outlines for their speeches.
II.   Learners demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the analysis and organization of materials for presentations.
III.  Learners identify, analyze and evaluate global issues through oral presentations.

IV.  Learners analyze competing values underlying contemporary issues through the process of organizing and developing group discussions, informative speeches and persuasive speeches.

Course Content
Introduction to the study of oral communication
Speech preparation--research and organization of content
Speech delivery
Types of presentations
Panel discussion
The speech to inform
The speech to persuade
The special occasion speech
Use of visual aids
Critical thinking and listening
Awareness of global issues

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade

Speeches, panel discussions, exams and other work as assigned by the instructor will be used to determine the course grade.
Informative speeches, persuasive speeches, special occasion speeches and small group discussion will be used to evaluate public speaking skills, critical thinking skills, and awareness of global issues.
Students will be required to address global issues in at least twopresentations.

Departmental Assessment

Course assessment will be conducted every five years. The assessment will be designed to evaluate the students' knowledge of the subject.

Use of Assessment Results
The results of the assessment will be reviewed by the Communication Curriculum Committee for the purpose of recommending curriculum strategies and instructional changes. An analysis of the results along with a plan of action for recommended changes will be developed and shared with all speech faculty. These reports will be filed in the office of the Chair of the Communication Curriculum Committee.
Revised: 3/02

Last Revised: Aug. 04, 2011
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