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MCOM 150-103: Principles of Public Speaking
Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 108 Henkel Hall
Shenandoah University
Fall 2014
Professor Information:

Professor: Suzanne M. O’Driscoll, M.A.
Contact Information: 540.545.7399 (office) Office Hours: By appointment Monday-Friday
Office Location: Cooley Hall 212

Required Course Materials:

Text: Fujishin, R. (2012). The Natural Speaker (8th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Miscellaneous Materials: one pack of index cards; one flat, two-pocket folder; a stopwatch (optional)

Course Description:

This course is designed as an introduction to the principles and practices of public communication. The course will cover the concepts and strategies that are involved in public speaking. This course presents both classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric while at the same time emphasizing the practical skills of public speaking in modern society. The course offers full coverage of all major aspects of speech preparation and presentation and requires student practice throughout the course.

Course Objectives:

This course resides in “Domain One:  Communication in Multiple Contexts” of Shenandoah University’s general education program. Courses in this domain help students cultivate the skills necessary to express themselves in a variety of different situations. They are designed to engage students on theoretical and practical levels and to enhance students' critical thinking skills.

Upon completion of this course students will:
1. Demonstrate the ability to engage actively in communication practices, particularly verbal 2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate in an oral communication context  
In addition, this course is designed for students to demonstrate effective/professional public speaking skills though the practice of: audience and situation analysis
thoughtful selection of subject matter and collection/analysis of research materials critical decision making in the synthesis and organization of supporting materials careful focus on the message and how it is presented

evaluation of the effectiveness of communication 

Course Requirements and Policies:
Speaking Assignments
The majority of your semester grade will be based on five speaking assignments: Demonstration/Explanation Speech, Informative Speech, Persuasive Speech, Refutative Speech and Commencement.

An evaluation form will be used to grade the speaking assignments. The evaluation forms will be available on Blackboard prior to the speaking assignments. The evaluation forms are designed as a tool for evaluating the speaking assignments; speeches with serious problems in one or more areas (for example, practicing unethical public speaking) may result in additional/significant point deductions from the speech grade.

Course quizzes will cover key public speaking concepts from the text, lectures, and various in-class discussions and activities.

 Peer Critiques, In-Class Activities and Out-of-Class Activities Constructive criticism is integral to your growth and development as a communicator. Therefore, you will be asked to provide thoughtful and meaningful critiques of your peers’ presentations. By providing peer critiques, you will help yourself as well as your classmates improve their communication skills. In addition, you will be expected to incorporate changes based on the feedback you receive from peers.

In-class activities, such as impromptu speaking, group activities, etc., will be conducted on many non-speaking assignment days. These activities are designed to allow you to explore public speaking concepts in new ways, to practice public speaking skills in an informal setting, and to feel more comfortable speaking in front of an audience. In addition, out-of-class activities may also be assigned; for example, you may be asked to critique a speech on campus or on television.  

Reading Assignments
It is crucial to keep up with the reading...
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