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CMST 320 - Presentation Skills

5 Credits
Applied practice in preparation and delivery of extensive or brief, technical and non-technical public speeches. Examines and demonstrates fundamental strategies for logically organized and properly researched presentations to diverse audiences in multifaceted situations. Analyzes and practices engaging delivery dynamics and visual aids usage appropriate for myriad presentation types. Note: If taking this course online, please note that recording of speeches with others will be required.

Program Admission Required Yes Admitted Program BAS
Course Note Admission to a BAS program required.

Designed to Serve Students who are enrolled in BAS degree programs at Highline College.
Active Date 2016-06-06

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 28
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions: AA Communications
Course Outline
1. Fundamentals of public speaking

a. Communication models; transactional communication with an audience

b. Audience analysis; speaking to diverse audiences

c. Ethical speaking

2. Speech types for industry

a. Informative speeches

i. Trainings

ii. Briefings

iii. Status reports

iv. Impromptu for meetings

b. Persuasive speeches

i. Problem-solution

ii. Sales/goodwill pitch

c. Question and answer sessions

3. Information literacy for diverse speeches

4. Language techniques: technical, layperson, word choice, color, rhythm

5. Notes development

6. Delivery dynamics relevant to talk type: Notes handling, hand gestures, body positioning, vocal qualities, speaking equipment (lecterns, podiums, other), facial expressions

7. Visual aids for myriad presentations

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Identifies and demonstrates responsibilities of a speaker presenting to diverse audiences and representing an organization, department, or individual position. (CWO 1, 2, 3)

2. Constructs varied length, ethical, appropriately researched, logically organized informative and persuasive presentations that meet intended presentation goals in a given speaking situation. (CWO 1, 2, 3, 5)

3. Distinguishes and implements proper word usage that caters to and engages technical and non-technical audiences. (CWO 1, 3, 4, 5)

4. Demonstrates delivery dynamics appropriate for the speaking situation and audience. (CWO 3)

5. Assesses and produces effective visual aids that complement content and speaker purpose, and fit speaking logistics. (CWO 1, 3, 5)

6. Navigates effective question and answer sessions within or after presentations. (CWO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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