Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Communication Skills and Public Speaking

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies

DESCRIPTION This unit will also offer students practical guidance and opportunities for developing and implementing effective public presentations typically required by Home Economists. It will revise basic elements of communication, as well as look at types and purposes of speeches, and factors to consider when planning and delivering speeches including audience analysis, organisation of the speech, supporting materials and audio-visual aids, physical setting, overcoming fear and attire.

Study-Unit Aims:

This unit aims to introduce students to effective public speaking in scenarios often experienced by Home Economists. It will allow them to plan, deliver and evaluate effective speeches.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Revise key features of basic communication skills after a group discussion;
- Outline features and processes which will facilitate an effective public presentation to suit different circumstances, based on critical analyses of different situations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Implement self-assessment and goal setting with respect to public speaking;
- Practise different presentation skills in a simulated scenario;
- Plan and deliver an effective presentation in a public setting;
- Critically assess her/his public presentation based on different criteria.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Sprague, JSD., Bodary, D. (2016) The Speaker's handbook, 11th edition, Gengage Learning.
- Beebe, S.A. & Beebe, S.J. (2006) Public Speaking: an Audience-Centred Approach, 6th edition, Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.

Supplementary Readings:

- Bottita, M. (2004) How to Succeed at Public Speaking, Baker.
- Carnegie, D. (1997). How to develop self confidence and influence people by public speaking. Vermillion.
- DeVito J.A. (2005) The Essential Elements of Public Speaking, 2nd edition, Pearson.
- German, K.M. et al. (2006) Principles of Public Speaking, 6th edition, Allyn & Bacon.
- Grice, G.L. & Skinner, J.F. (2006) Mastering Public Speaking, 6th edition, Pearson.
- Hanna, M. (2005) Public Speaking for Personal Success, Pearson.
- Kelly, S.F. & Kelly, R.J. (2002) Speaking naturally: Your guide to confident successful public speaking. The Wellness Institute.
- Lucas, S.E. (2006) The Art of Public Speaking, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill.
- A Reading Pack and suggestions for Online resources are provided by the Lecturer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Online Learning, Lectures and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Presentation (20 Minutes) No 60%

LECTURER/S Suzanne Piscopo

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