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This unit emphasises both the theory and practice of speech and interpersonal communication. It introduces theories of language, rhetoric and persuasion, which are interrelated to promote understanding and development of your communication skills. Classroom practice in simulated work situations will enhance the leadership skills you need to become articulate presenters in a range of contexts including personal presentations.
The unit aims to develop in you:
On completion of this unit you should be able to:
Demonstrate and present material in a professional and persuasive manner, both oral and written.
Discuss and analyse the rhetorical bases of persuasive speaking underpinning the choices a speaker makes in public presentations whether in a live situation or via the media.
Reflect on and appraise individual oral communication skills in both interpersonal and public contexts.
This unit draws from the following areas:
This unit is taught using a mix of lectures and tutorial workshops. The lectures are designed to explore the theoretical concepts underpinning the areas of communication practice studied in this unit. Video and textual case studies of speakers are used to explore aspects of effective professional communication.
The tutorial and workshop exercises are designed to develop your understanding and competency in the skills required for successful communication practice. Simulations allow you to use the tutorials as a laboratory for real life professional situations. Material developed for this unit, as well as in-class exercises, provide the opportunity to study effective persuasion, and, importantly, allow you to reflect on your own practice.
The unit develops a distinctive, self-reflexive approach to learning to encourage independent critical inquiry, creativity and a commitment to professionalism. You are given the opportunity to practise and receive detailed feedback in tutorial sessions.
You are expected and encouraged to attend all scheduled class activities and show evidence each week of having studied the relevant readings.
Some tutorial sessions will be set aside for assessment items.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
McCarthy, P. and Hatcher, C. (2002) Speaking persuasively: The essential guide to giving dynamic presentations and speeches, 2nd Edition. Allen & Unwin.
All students and staff are required to complete the Tier 1 CIF General Health and Safety Induction for access to campus buildings and facilities. This must be completed online.
There are no out of the ordinary risks associated with this unit.
You can apply to study this unit for personal or professional development
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