AGR1269 ART OF ORAL COMMUNICATION
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman and sophomore year.
AGR1269 - Art of Oral Communication (3 hrs.)
This course adds the terminology that is used in the agriculture industry and aids the student in developing the fundamental skills needed for private and public speaking experiences; elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise, and understanding of all types of public speeches.
The purpose of this this course is to introduce the student to Agriculture terminology that is used in the industry and aid the student in the use of it as well as using it in a set of oral reasons.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
- Demonstrate the ability to prepare and present a set of oral reasons for a livestock class using trade terminology.
- Demonstrate enhanced verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Develop interpersonal skills suitable to the context and the audience.
- Develop critical comprehension listening skills.
- Demonstrate ethical speaking and listen with critical comprehension.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Terminology and Reason Presentation
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate the ability to prepare and present a set of oral reasons for a livestock class using trade terminology
- Identify desirable/undesirable carcass characteristics on the live animal and incorporate into a set of oral reasons
- Apply performance information to an animal’s phenotype
- Apply terminology used in the industry
- Present oral reasons for the qualities of livestock to large audiences
UNIT 2: Introduction to Public Speaking
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate enhanced verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrate the format for competition
- Explain why the delivery system effects the acceptance of the oral reasons
- Illustrate how to effectively convey a prepared set of oral reasons
- Demonstrate or illustrate how body, posture, tone of voice and use of vocabulary can determine oral reasons
UNIT 3: Public Speaking Techniques
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully develop interpersonal skills suitable to the context and the audience.
- Critique and analyze the content and delivery of a speech from an oral presentation.
- Demonstrate competence and poise in fielding audience questions and comments.
- Practice appropriate conversational mode through self-presentation and response to feedback.
UNIT 4: Listening Techniques
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully develop critical comprehension listening skills.
- Recognize and identify key points.
- Identify and evaluate support material.
- Identify organizational relationships.
- Demonstrate main ideas, reasoning and evidence
UNIT 5: Public Speaking and Listening Practicality
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate ethical speaking and listen with critical comprehension.
- Demonstrate a willingness to listen when setting, speaker or topic may not be conducive to listening.
- Differentiate between statements of fact and inference.
- Distinguish between emotional and logical arguments, detect bias, and recognize the speaker’s agenda.
- Recognize discrepancies between speaker’s verbal and non-verbal messages.
- Demonstrate active listening skills.
Varies, refer to syllabus
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.