Dec 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EN 441 - Professional Presentation Techniques

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to develop effective presentation skills, to learn to incorporate graphics into presentations, to understand the basics of communication skills in professional settings, and to appreciate the role of the team in preparing a formal presentation. The assignments reflect experiences which will be encountered by graduates in their careers. Typical assignments include group presentations, presentation graphics, and presentation reviews. (prereq: GS 1003  or GS 1030H  and senior standing) (coreq: AE 4311  for AE and CM students only)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply the principles of effective communication in professionally focused presentations
  • Analyze and evaluate supporting material and organize this content for informative and persuasive oral presentations
  • Analyze situational, contextual, and audience characteristics and apply this analysis to the development of professional presentations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of effective graphic aids and apply these principles to professional presentations
  • Analyze individual strengths of team members
  • Evaluate individual strengths of team members
  • Apply this analysis and evaluation toward working as a team in preparing and presenting a formal professional presentation
  • Understand (comprehend) the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication variables and apply this to concisely, coherently, and persuasively presenting his/her ideas

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Speaking in public
  • Listening
  • Topic selection/purpose
  • Audience analysis
  • Supporting your ideas
  • Organization of a speech
  • Outlining
  • Introducing and concluding a speech
  • Using language
  • Delivery
  • Using visual aids
  • Types of speeches - informative, persuasive
  • Speaking in small groups

Course Topics
  • Defining communication
  • Presentation speaking
  • Organization
  • Audience analysis
  • Credibility
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Demonstration speech
  • Graphic techniques
  • Model-building techniques
  • Graphic problem
  • Group presentations/group dynamics
  • Selling the concept
  • Physical procedures
  • Office rehearsals
  • Presentations

Dr. Nadya Shalamova

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