Winter 2010

SW – Phoenix




CO500:  COMMUNICATION. Gayle Parker



DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with a biblical foundation, along with theological and practical applications for discovering and developing their individual gifts as communicators.  It is based on the study of communication theology and theory, as applied to a variety of public speaking situations for ministry


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:  Oral presentation is important in the communication of the gospel.  The spoken witness has always been a primary means of communicating the faith and continues to be a powerful tool for planting and nurturing faith in Christ.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Students that successfully complete this course will have demonstrated an (a) understanding of the biblical basis for the communication process; (b) ability to identify various public address styles necessary for effective communication leadership; (c) ability to deliver well-researched and creatively organized speeches; (d) ability to speak well within a defined period of time; and (e) increased confidence in the area of public speaking.


COURSE FORMAT:  The class will meet weekly for a two-hour session for ten weeks. There will be opportunities for individual conferences with the instructor outside of regular class time to assess studentsŐ development. Lecture, discussion, and oral presentations will provide the content of the time.  Time outside of class will be devoted to reading, speech preparation, and written critiques. Although natural ability is an asset, in this course, every studentŐs capabilities are expected to be marked improved.  Speeches will be video recorded.



á     OŐHair, Dan, Rubenstein, Hannah, Stewart, Rob.  A Pocket Guide To Public Speaking.  Bedford/St. MartinŐs (December 30, 2003). [288 pp.] ISBN: 0312400780

á     Schultze, Quentin J., An Essential Guide To Public Speaking:  Serving Your Audience With Faith, Skill, and Virtue.  Baker Academic (to be published August 2006). [112 pp.] ISBN: 0801031516



1.   Self-assessment paper on individual communication style. Attention should be given to the ŇSum-totalÓ model of communication and its application. 5-7 pages in length. (10%).   

2.   3-page review of SchultzeŐs book.   (10%).    

3.   Five speeches of the following genre:  (dates assigned)

a.  Story from your experience 3-5 minutes (5%)

b. Oral interpretation/childrenŐs story, 5-7 minutes (10%).

c. Informative, 5-7 minutes in length (25%).

d. Persuasive, 8-10 minutes in length (25%).

e. Impromptu (5%)

 4.   Participation. (10%)  

       The student participation score will be based on contributions to class discussions.  In addition to that, nstructor   will take into consideration attendance, attitude, and conviviality (demonstrated respect for classmates and the professor.)  Students will complete all reading assignments and other exercises as assigned by the instructor.







This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.