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Fall 2012

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SPE108 - Public Speaking
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Develops listening and organizational skills and the ability to present messages effectively in public speaking situations. Primary instructional strategies are theory-model-practice and evaluation.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
A.Students will develop strategies to control nervousness by participating in "ice-breaker" speaking assignments, relaxation exercises and graduated speaking assignments that put theory into practical application.
B.Students will be able to differentiate between informative and persuasive speaking by recognizing the characteristics of various modes of development that include process, definition, description, causal and problem-solution.
C.Students will develop writing and organizational skills by learning to write a manuscript, revise the manuscript and produce a formal sentence outline for designated speeches.
D.With each speech, students will demonstrate the ability to improve eye contact, expressiveness, posture, movement, volume, clarity and content of message.
E.Students will learn to dissipate nervousness, animate their delivery and compliment their text through the use of visual aids that can include computer programs such as PowerPoint.
F.* Students will culminate a semester's work with a final, persuasive speech that will include research, an MLA style Works Cited page and a formal sentence outline.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit a formal analysis to indicate that 70% of the students assessed scored a grade of "C" or higher.

Content Outline:
1. Course overview, "icebreaker" speeches, journal writing

2. Special Occasion/Speeches of Introduction

3. Using visual aids, Informative Speaking, Demonstration Speeches

4. Persuasive Speeches

5. Group Discussion

6. Research, MLA style for documentation

7. Final, Persuasive Speeches w/research



Effective Term: Fall 2002