Public Speaking and Rhetoric I Course Syllabus Fall 2019

    D. Simon


     NOTE: Order of Units is to  be altered and adjusted to fit group's needs and progress. Speech content is also  adjusted and adapted to be more meaningful.


    v  Unit I: Contexts of Communication (Chapter 1)

    Ø  What Is Communication?

    §   Messages and Meanings

    §   How Meaning is Created

    §   Nonverbal Messages

    §   Know your audience

    Ø  Context

    §   Understanding Context

    §   Types of Context

    Ø  Levels of Communication

    §   Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Group, Public, Mass

    Ø  Delivering Safety Speeches to different generational audiences


    v  Unit II: Sending and Receiving (Chapter 2)

    Ø  Elements of Communication

    §   Sending, Receiving, Context and Noise

    Ø  Symbolism

    §   Verbal and nonverbal

    Ø  Perception

    Ø  Mechanics of Speaking

    Ø  Delivering speeches and experiencing Noise and methods of speaking through “noise”


    v  Unit III: Listening (Chapter 3)

    Ø  Reasons for Listening

    Ø  Barriers

    §   External, Listener, Speaker, Cultural

    Ø  Types

    §   Active, Informational, Critical

    Ø  Delivering speeches demonstrating awareness of listener’s needs


    v  Unit IV: Communication Confidence (Chapter 4)

    Ø  Self-Awareness

    Ø  Self-Awareness and Communication

    Ø  Nerves

    Ø  Confidence Builders

    Ø  Delivering a speech on topics requiring high levels of confidence


    v  Unit V: Interpersonal Communication (Chapter 5)

    Ø  The Basics

    Ø  Interpersonal Skills

    Ø  Interpersonal Attitudes

    Ø  Negotiation

    Ø  Conversation

    Ø  Social Rituals

    Ø  Interviewing

    Ø  Conducting Interviews/ be interviewed




    v  Unit VI: Informative Speaking (Chapter 9)

    Ø  Types of Informative Speeches

    Ø  Planning Informative Speeches

    Ø  Anatomy of Informative Speeches

    Ø  Delivering an Informative Speech on Senior Project or Tech Expo Project 


    v  Unit VII: Persuasion and Rhetoric (Chapter 10)

    Ø  Persuasion

    Ø  Aristotle’s Pathos, Ethos and Logos

    Ø  Organizing Persuasive Speech

    Ø  Evaluating Persuasive Speeches

    Ø  Delivering persuasive speech

    Ø  Developing advertisements using persuasive techniques



    NOTE: Depending on progress of students, Unit VI and/or Unit VII might be dropped/ modified.