Principles of Oral Communication

Description: Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Examination of foundations of communication and public speaking. Consideration of number of basic theories related to study of communication and development of skills to enable composition and delivery of speeches in accordance with specific rhetorical concepts. Improvement of ability to analyze, organize, and critically think about communicative messages while becoming better equipped to articulate ideas. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 4.5
Easiness 4.3/ 5
Clarity 4.2/ 5
Workload 4.2/ 5
Helpfulness 4.3/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2020 - Overall, this class was an easy A. Professor Feramisco was an okay lecturer who got the job done. Her lectures were kind of boring, but they were the basics of communication that most people should know through common sense, so I often found myself not really paying attention and just going on my phone. Her lectures require participation, but unless if you're stuck in groups to present a mini presentation, they don't require you to put much mental effort in. Her class mainly consists of giving 4 different speeches and 1 written analysis paper. The first speech is a Introduction Speech (5-6 minutes recorded) where you literally just talk about anything that you think represents you. The second speech is an Informative Speech (5-6 minutes recorded) where you give random facts about a topic of your choice. The third speech is a Persuasive Speech (5-6 minutes recorded) where you persuade someone to believe your case about a topic of your choice. The fourth speech is a Ceremonial/Special Occasions Speech where you give an award to someone in your class and give a speech accepting an award. The written analysis is a 4-5 page analysis of a speech (you're given the Youtube video links to 2 different speeches to choose from) and rate how well the speaker presented it. The professor grades super easily, so if you just do the assignments, you'll have an A in the class. I thought Prof. Feramisco genuinely tried to connect with students and often asked us about updates on our lives during remote learning. We even had a "bring your pet to class day" where you could show your pet on camera, which was a wholesome moment in the class. Totally recommend this class!
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