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CAS 100B (GWS) Effective Speech (3) Principles of communication, implemented through group problem solving, with some attention to formal speaking and message evaluation.

CAS 100B Effective Speech (3)

This is a general education course designed to introduce students to principles of effective communication with a specific focus on group problem solving. The goal of CAS 100B differs from the goal of the other sections of CAS 100, with the goal of CAS 100B directed toward skill development in effective group communication, with less emphasis on formal public speaking and message evaluation. Toward the end, class size is limited and class meetings involve considerable attention to group dynamics, teamwork, and effective communication within groups. Through in-class activities, peer critiques, and analysis of both process and product, this course is designed to allow students to actively work in groups and engage in self-analysis of their own group processes. Structurally, this course begins with discussion of the principles of effective communication and public presentation and then covers significant course content addressing group communication and group process. This course enables students to work more effectively in groups, develop teams, and make effective group and individual presentations. At least one individual speech, several group communication activities, and one message evaluation are required in this course. Evaluation methods include evaluation beyond formal exams. Public presentations are evaluated for content, organization, and presentation; group work is evaluated for process effectiveness and outcomes; critical evaluation of messages is assessed in individual assignments; and all course content is covered on exams. There is one midterm exam and one final exam, with the possibility of quizzes on lecture and reading materials throughout the semester.

General Education: GWS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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