Feb 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SP 300 - Professional Presentations and Technology

0 lecture hours 0 lab hours 0 credits
Course Description
This elective course is designed to help students understand the components of motivating and successful professional presentations, as well as how to prepare to give an effective presentation. It gives an insight into skills and techniques needed to get a clear and concise point across, target different audiences, incorporate technology effectively, and draft well-crafted opening hooks and closing arguments. Lectures will also focus on the evolution of technology and great speakers of the 21st century. Students will learn how to evaluate themselves and others objectively to give and receive constructive feedback. This course also allows students to do research about their majors, including an important technology used in their future field of study. This course includes a guided tour of the Grohmann Museum’s Man at Work collection.   (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Prepare, practice, and present two individual presentations
  • Collaborate with 2-3 other students to create and give a group presentation
  • Detect and analyze your strengths and weaknesses as a public speaker
  • Watch and critique the presentations of professionals in various fields
  • Draft an effective opening and closing of a presentation
  • Master strategies to improve your voice power, structure of speech, and body language
  • Use facts and figures and construct clear visual aids to enhance your presentations
  • Uncover and utilize techniques to increase the impact of your presentations
  • Build rapport with an audience, tell stories and lead a question/answer session while giving a presentation
  • Research and present information about your major, including key vocabulary from the field
  • Research information about a form of technology used in your future field of study
  • Give and receive constructive feedback to and from your peers
  • Work effectively with a group

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Katherine Toske

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