This course prepares professionals with communication skills necessary for success in their fields. The course addresses interpersonal, small group and public communication, and involves extensive practice writing and speaking on a variety of informative and persuasive topics.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Develop verbal and nonverbal communication styles by applying verbal and nonverbal skills in various speaking situations; videotaping and viewing one's performance; critiquing one's style; and receiving diagnostic evaluations.
Use techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, to reduce speaker apprehension.
Increase effectiveness in informative and persuasive message development using audience analysis, principles of organization, principles of Aristotle's rhetoric, language devices, and supporting material (examples, narratives, testimony, and facts and statistics).
Write with clarity, brevity and vigor.
Strengthen self-awareness, assertiveness skills and listening skills to improve interpersonal, small group and public communication.
Analyze best practices for running an effective meeting.
Critically evaluate messages in terms of various criteria for effectiveness.
Elluminate software will be provided to all students at no cost, for use in group work and recording of speech assignments. The following are also required:
Headphone (headset with microphone): Many models, such as Logitech, are available at major retail outlets, at a cost of under $20.00.
WebCam--Using the WebCam installed on your computer is acceptable. They are also available at major retail outlets, in the $20-$30 range.
> Direct link to course prerequisites.
> Buy your textbooks and other required course materials online from the Brandeis Bookstore ,or visit the bookstore in the Shapiro Campus Center.