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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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EN 241 - Speech

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The aim of this course is to develop effective public speaking skills, gain confidence and poise, and understand the basics of speech communication. The assignments afford practice in various public speaking situations similar to those which graduates will encounter in their careers. Typical assignments require the student to explain, describe, persuade, or discuss in a group. Time is taken to develop the self-awareness of the student and his/her consciousness of the reactions of his/her audience. (prereq: EN 131 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the fundamentals involved in outlining, organizing, and preparing speeches
  • Apply appropriate methods of delivery in various speaking situations
  • Be aware of the basic elements of audience analysis, speech evaluation, and library research involved in speech making
  • Be aware of the importance of building credibility and using evidence and appropriate appeals in speech communication

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Knowledge of basic English and writing
  • Patterns of organization and structure
  • Audience analysis
  • College-level vocabulary

Course Topics
  • Basics of speech communication (7 classes)
  • Speech organization and composition (6 classes)
  • Audience analysis and evaluation skill (3 classes)
  • Delivery and use of visual aids (5 classes)
  • Listening skills (4 classes)
  • Persuasive speaking (4 classes)
  • Informative speaking (4 classes)
  • Group discussion (3 classes)

James Friauf

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