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Spring 2013/Phoenix
CO503
Switzer

CO503: ADVANCED COMMUNICATION.  Frank Switzer.


DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to develop communication skills, especially in the preparation and delivery of spoken messages.  It assumes a working knowledge of the public speaking process. It is designed to further enrich student understanding of communication theory and to enlarge upon practical skills in public address.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The spoken witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ has always been a primary means of communicating the faith.  It continues to be a powerful tool for planting and nurturing faith in Christ.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Course objectives are that students would grow: (a) in their understanding of Christian communication; (b) in their understanding of the differences between written and oral communication; (c) in their understanding of the sources of speech anxiety and how to move beyond it; (d) in their ability to prepare and deliver spoken messages clearly and relevantly to a contemporary audience; (e) in their ability to assess both their own speaking and that of others; and (f) in their understanding of general human communication theory.

COURSE FORMAT: The course will meet once a week for two hours for a total of 20 hours. Time outside of class will be devoted to reading and speech preparation.

REQUIRED READING:

Corbett, Edward P.J., and Connors, Robert J. Style and Statement. Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780195115437. $37.95. [160pp.].  

RECOMMENDED READING:

Schultze, Quentin. Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media. Baker Academic, 2000. ISBN: 9780801022371. $22.00.

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:

  1. Required reading.
  2. Written assignments covering the required reading. (19%)
  3. Six speeches of varying topics and application. (59%)
  4. Written outlines are required for four of the speeches. (13%)
  5. Self-assessments (evaluations) of three of the speeches. (9%)
  6. On time regular class attendance, preparation for class, filling out speaker evaluations (3), and participation in discussions are required. 

FINAL grade may be affected by a lack of attendance, prep, and/or participation as outlined in syllabus.

PREREQUISITES: CO500

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: M.Div.: Elective, M.A.T.: COMM, M.A.C.L.: LDR 2 / COMM

FINAL EXAMINATION: No


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.