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Comm 96PS Public Speaking-Hybrid

Time: Tuesday 12:00-1:15pm
Location: BBC223


Effective public speaking skills are essential for members of a democratic society. In this course, you will develop strategies for designing well-organized, researched, extemporaneous speeches on topics of social significance adapted to a diverse audience. The speaking engagements, in-class activities, small group discussions, and speeches allow you to practice and critique your oral communication skills as well as observe and evaluate those of others. Readings, lectures, written assignments and class discussions serve as resources for you as you develop your public speaking abilities and become more at ease when addressing an audience. Public speaking is an intensive, skills-building class for most students—a class that involves and evolves from our collective discussions and risk-taking. This means that it is in your best interest to attend and actively participate in each and every session. At SJSU, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every one hour of class time. Because this is a three unit class, you can expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in addition to time spent in class and on scheduled tutorials or activities. Special projects or assignments may require additional work for the course. Careful time management will help you keep up with readings and assignments and enable you to be successful in all of your courses. This mixed-mode (hybrid) class, which means that we have required in-person meetings once a week while the other time is spent online (through Canvas and other technology). Since we have limited in-person time, each class meeting is very important and attendance is critical to your success in the class. If you are unable to attend class, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor as soon as possible to work out the details of your absence. It is also your responsibility to be engaged with the course material and activities that are online. Your online presence and participation is vital to everyone's success in this class.