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Fundamentals of Speech Communication
"Having knowledge but lacking the power to clearly express it is no better than never having any ideas at all." -Pericles
Text and Materials:
1. Morgan, M. & Natt, J. (2015). Effective presentations, 2015-2016 edition. New York: Cengage.
2. Internet Access
3. Access to Blackboard Learn. www.mycourses.purdue.edu
4. Access to a video camera for recording.
5. An audience of at least five people for each presentation—no exceptions.
This course will require you to prepare and deliver a number of presentations. Most of your grade will be based on these presentations. Additionally, you will take a series of online quizzes and engage in online exercises. This syllabus will explain the nature, importance, and purpose of these assignments, the course policies and procedures, and our expectations of students in the course.
1 You should be able to effectively perform the role of the public speaker. Toward this end, you will learn principles of communication theory and how to apply those principles to the management of speaking situations.
2 As a result of course readings and speaking experience, you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and skill in the following areas:
Persuasive and informative strategies
Verbal and non-verbal delivery skills
3. When making a presentation, you should be able to:
select an appropriate topic
prepare a full sentence outline with bibliography
provide appropriate transitions and summaries
develop effective introductions and conclusions
use an appropriate organizational pattern
use supporting material properly and effectively
create effective presentational aids
use presentational aids effectively
display appropriate verbal and nonverbal behaviors
The assignments in this class are designed to achieve these goals. Textbook readings, assignments, and presentations will not only...