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SPCH 219 : Speech

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
This course is a continuation of the study of communication and communication theory, with an emphasis on overcoming communication apprehension, developing listening skills, mastering oral performance and writing about communication. Individual sections may focus on public speaking, group discussion, oral interpretation or interpersonal communication.

Students will recognize and demonstrate research-based individual speech and group discussion communication skills. This goal includes expressing an intended meaning and using a deliberate communication process of selecting, sorting, and delivery so that a listener comprehends a meaning similar to the intended one. In this process, students will use one set of organizational criteria for individual persuasive or activation purposes, and a separate set for group-discussion assignments. With these organizational criteria and the communication process, students will demonstrate competencies in (1) the presentation of speeches to inform and to persuade (to convince or to activate), (2) leading and participating in group discussions to accomplish problem-solving or fact-finding goals, and (3) responding to comments and questions while maintaining objectivity.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate increased abilities, confidence, and strategic analysis of public speaking, personal communication, and a variety of career communication contexts.

2. Demonstrate competency and confidence in the skills of informative and persuasive public speaking.

3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.

4. Lead and participate in group discussions (in a classroom setting or in an online environment) to accomplish problem-solving or fact-finding goals, and in this context, respond to comments and questions from others while maintaining objectivity.

5. Use tasks and behaviors to support group cohesiveness, including recording and analyzing personal group dynamic actions, as well as the actions of other group members. (In online classes these recordings are to be submitted for evaluation in a medium to be announced by the instructor.)

6. Demonstrate informative, persuasive, and empathetic listening and communication strategies through journal entries, reports, or essays as assigned by the instructor.

7. Particularly in online classes, but in any electronic communications, integrate written, electronic, and public forums, into the whole of the communication process.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Alex Rister - 3/31/2015
Ann Marie Ade - 3/31/2015
Theresa Maue, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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