May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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COM 3001 - Professional Presentations

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to understand the basics of communication skills in professional settings, to develop effective presentation skills, to learn to incorporate graphics into presentations, to support colleagues and collaborators as an audience member, and to appreciate the role of the team in preparing a formal presentation. The assignments reflect experiences that will be encountered by graduates in their careers. Typical assignments include group presentations, presentation graphics, and presentation reviews. This course meets the following Raider Core CLO requirements: Communicate Effectively and Collaborate Successfully. (prereq: COM 2001 ) (quarter system prereq: GS 1002 or GS 1020H or GS 1002E)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply communication design principles to presentations (choose and effectively research topics; craft and communicate content that matches rhetorical goals–informational, persuasive, etc.; construct engaging introductions and compelling conclusions)
  • Demonstrate sound delivery skills (professionalism, non-verbal communication)
  • Create well-designed visual aids that incorporate appropriate text and visuals using professional presentation software
  • Innovate and improve strategies for audience engagement and comprehension
  • Collaborate and present effectively as multidisciplinary teams
  • Participate as an active audience member (listening, giving verbal and non-verbal feedback, summarizing content, and evaluating processes)
  • Present appropriately and effectively in both remote and in-person contexts

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Creating clear thesis statements to guide the content of the writing 
  • Constructing logical, organized arguments with appropriate transitions 
  • Identifying a document’s purpose, scope, audience, and genre 
  • Conducting secondary research (using APA style of documentation), particularly the review of literature and documentation of sources 

Course Topics
  • Rhetorical strategies (including adapting messages for specific audiences)
  • Composing oral presentations (including structure, language, and style)
  • Delivery skills
  • Visual aids (e.g., models, presentation graphics, handouts)
  • Presentation software
  • Active listening
  • Group presentations
  • Presentation metrics and evaluation (content, delivery, visuals)
  • Web-based presentation

Dr. Jennifer Farrell

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