COURSE OUTLINE

UNIT ONE: ORIENTATION/COMMUNICATION THEORY

  I.  Explanation of course (structure, requirements, policies, philosophy

 II.  Importance of communication studies

      A.   Career needs

      B.   Academic needs

      C.   Personal growth

III. Communication defined/described

      A.   “Official definition”

      B.   Communication Model

      C.   Functions of Communication

 IV. Listening

      A.   Listening defined

      B.   Importance of listening education

      C.   Model of listening – three stages

      D.   Types of listening

      E.   Barriers to effective listening

      F.   Strategies to improve listening

      G.   Effective note taking

UNIT TWO: PUBLIC SPEAKING

   I. Invention/Investigation

      A.   Determining main purpose of speech

      B.   Three main considerations

  II. Organization

      A.   Relationship to speaker’s effectiveness

      B.   Basic Speech/Composition Model

      C.   Outlining

      D.   Basic Speech Planning Form

 III. Communication anxiety and is management

      A.   Definition of communication anxiety

      B.   Prevalence

      C.   Our basic philosophy for dealing with it

      D.   Five point plan

      E.   Other strategies

 IV. Delivery

      A.   Defined

      B.   Basic principles

      C.   Basic strategies

      D.   Handling information and delivery

      E.   Delivery channels

EXAM #1 (Requirement #1*)

SHORT SPEECH (Requirement #2*)

 

UNIT THREE: INFORMATIVE COMMUNICATION UNIT

   I. Research

      A.   Basic technique

      B.   Sources

  II. Basic model and theoretical background

      A.   Attention

      B.   Clarity

      C.   Retention

 III. Audio-visual aids

      A.   Dale’s Cone of Experience

      B.   Making and using visual aids

INFORMATIVE SPEECH (Requirement #3*)

 

UNIT FOUR: PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION

   I. Persuasion and argumentation defined

      A.   Issues in defining/studying persuasion

      B.   Argumentation as logic-based standards/self-defense

  II. Audience variables

      A.   Audience motivations as basis for appeals

      B.   Cognitive consistency theory and defensiveness

III. Message variables

      A.   Message organization

      B.   Other message content

IV.  Source variables (credibility)

      A.   Importance of credibility

      B.   Factors in managing credibility

  V. Critical listening

      A.   Analysis (choice and emphasis of issues)

      B.   Evidence/standards for evaluation of evidence

      C.   Reasoning and the detection of logical fallacies

EXAM #2 (Requirement #4*) and NOTEBOOK due (Requirement #7*)

FIRST PERSUASIVE SPEECH (Requirement #5*)

SECOND PERSUASIVE SPEECH (Requirement #6*)

SELF AND CLASS ASSESSMENT (Requirement #8*) due last meeting.

 

* See “Course Requirements”