Updated 12/13/17-- 6am -


Public and Presentational (Professional) Speaking - F'17




(Test availability:    AA=  W 12/13/17noon <-> F 12/1511:59)


                                          BB = Th 12/14/17noon <->  Sa 12/1611:59{ orig = M 12/18/179am <-> W 12/20/17noon )


NOTE --- As you have seen, this course  examines  various factors involved in effective "One-to-Many" as well as "One-to-Few" communication contexts.   It helps to think about the various units in the course content as interrelated and conceptual. This means that knowing specific terms and their definitions is just the beginning.  You are also expected to know what that item "looks like" in real-time action and how it is used to effectively present material to a target audience.

 This course & this test are structured to assess your ability to  synthesize  various concepts and also apply them. These expectations may require deeper critical thinking skills & attention to detail than you have used for other types of classes. IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE BEEN ATTENTIVE TO THE IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES/DISCUSSIONS,  YOU MAY NOT BE AS KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE DETAILS OF THE COURSE MATERIAL  AS YOU THINK YOU ARE.   STUDY & RE-READ CAREFULLY.




Emphasis will be on Chapters  23-through-26 and 28-through-31 and 4    (O'Hair, et al., 6e)  & notes from the class activities [Nonverbals /  Conference-type team Reports /  Listening-Skills & Habits / Business World Communication Expectations ]. This IS a lot of material so be sure to refer to the "additional tips for preparing" listed below.

Also, remember that many of our discussions acknowledged the "cultural sensitivity" of virtually everything discussed in the listed chapters. In other words, most of what we have studied actually overlaps since human communication actually operates in multi-channeled ways. In answering any given, question you may find you need to incorporate material from more than one "chapter". Similarly, because of the nature of a "Take Home" exam, there are additional challenges for you:

>> Many questions will be enhanced by drawing on material covered in the first portion of the semester as well.

>>> You will have access to your textbook/ notes/ slide shows  as you take the exam so answers will be graded stringently-- with little allowance for vagueness or generalizations.

>>>> As always , you will need to use your "own words" in your answers and often you  will be asked to provide examples from this class, this semester.



             SOMETHING TO DO IN ADVANCE:  tentative&optional


In order to assess outcomes and overall curriculum needs, the Department of Communication is using an online survey for students in "advanced" courses to contemplate their progress, development, and additional needs professional communication competence.  The data is being collected this way so that it can be combined with input from other classes & additional semesters.

This online survey can be completed now. In the box that requests your Course Title & Section/Semester, be sure to include your initials. That way you can get a Bonus of 5 extra points "on the top" of your Final exam score.]  


 > Survey Link: http://asset.tltc.shu.edu/asset/asset.AssetSurvey?surveyid=6956





Questions used probably will include some mixture of  Terminology Definitions, Short Answer, & Brief Essay types.   Be prepared to explain, to analyze, to use comparison/contrast. 



I will NOT use the same exact wording as in the readings & I expect you to use your-own-words in your answers. We have covered a great deal of material and you should be prepared to step back and see how the various units all connect.  Although many of the online quiz questions were in multiple choice format, you can still use them for studying-- especially for checking the items you got incorrect.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you review the feedback you received on the midterm's advance questions



It is expected that you will have to answer 4-5 questions selected out of a list of approximately seven(7) . 



Use strategy. Review the handouts/online assignment pages/slide shows that have been used for class activities.  They also help you focus in on the important concepts/terms from the course being emphasized by your professor.  As you review your readings, make use of any preview information as well as the post-chapter summaries & questions . Also, be familiar with such terms/concepts as these listed below: (please note that this list is random, incomplete & off the top-of-my-head, but it will get you started.)

From First half of semester:  
Basic Communication:  process /  functions [S-M-R-F] The five(5) canons of rhetoric [incl.    ]
Primary Source material vs Secondary source material [_____]  Oral Language style vs Written Language Style
Patterns of organizational arrangement []including all six(6) mentioned in your book] The Influences of Culture, High-Low context [ incl Organization; Language]
Basic "formula" for structuring INTRODUCTIONS [ incl.____] . ) Visual Theory & Presentational Aids i.e. "_______<be prepared to answer at least one question pertaining to the specific findings from the Slide Show  activity>
Basic "formula for structuring INTRODUCTIONS [ incl.____] . ) Thesis Statement technique
Transitions & Signposts

(all about Connectives [esp. __________]

Citing Sources/ "Oral Footnotes"
From Second half of semester:  
Nonverbal Communication  [incl. channels; research; impact] Listening [ incl.types/contexts; habits; brain's role]Listening: paraphrasing [ incl._content & feelings___]
Persuasion  [incl. argumentation; motivated sequence Reports
Case Studies [incl.writing & analyzing] Internal vs External Communication
Communication Practices in Prof. World [beyond the classroom- see chapters] etc. , etc.
Also, the material on the online quizzes is helpful for review purposes & MIGHT still be accessible after the closing date. See procedure linked in left column of Professor's webpage.  





      some SAMPLE QUESTIONS  - from the past/some other classes

Below are various samples of in-class test questions I have asked in the past in this & similar, academic-type communication courses. These may or may not pertain to your current textbook, therefore they are not provided as review material.  I simply cut & pasted  items from previous tests, but at least they will give you an idea of how complex and multifaceted my take-home-test questions tend to be.

Some Sample Objective-type Questions -----

  [F.I.]   1. According to your authors, a person needs to be skilled in several areas in order to considered "interpersonally competent" . What are 4 of those competencies?______,______,______,______.

 [F.I.]   2. The idea behind Wilson's 4 Communication Styles is conceptually based on a matrix of a person's aggressiveness tendencies combined with a measure of _____________tendencies.

 [M.C.]  3. We all use our past experiences & frames of reference in order to help us make assessments about current people and situations. When we use such past information to GENERALIZE/PREDICT a stranger's behavior based on our observance of just one aspect, It is generally referred to as: a) prototyping   b) personally constructing   c) stereotyping   d) scripting  

 [M.C.]  4. We use our past experiences & frames of reference in order to help us make assessments about current people and situations. When we use such past information to DEFINE a behavior via a particular person's demonstration of it, we are:  a) prototyping   b) personally constructing   c) stereotyping  d) scripting

[T/F] 6. According to your instructor & the textbook authors, beginning researchers, such as yourself, need to remember that research investigations is cumulative and self correcting and incremental. In other words, this means that every research project should be structured definitively from the start, A good researcher never changes anything once the study gets started. 

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Some Sample Short Answer/Essay-type Questions -----

[SA] 7. Recently,  you had the opportunity to confer with the instructor concerning the upcoming independent projects. Was that conference an example of "INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION"? Explain by reference to the verbal and nonverbal behaviors present.   

[SA] 8. Now, choose a particular Attitude you hold rather strongly. Trace back to ONE Belief that  served to shape that attitude. Then determine from what Values(s) did that belief stem?  

[SA] 9. "Mirroring" in terms of nonverbal behavior  is connected to the basic human pattern of seeking  similarity. Explain .

[ES]  10. Two students (who have an acquaintanceship) pass each other on a campus pathway  and say: "Hi! What's up?"-"Nothing much"   and then continue on their way. This interaction can be discussed in a variety of ways  (e.g. as pragmatic language act / as phatic communication   /   as situational vs. developmental relationship  /  as interpersonal communication,  etc.).    From at least 3 of these perspectives, explain what could have been going on in this brief dyadic encounter.


[SA] 11. Take one of the competencies you listed in question 1. Explain the item by briefly describing the last time you exhibited such competency during an interpersonal encounter.


[ES]  12. Explain the basic ways that nonverbal communication channels are used in relation to the words being said and what is the terms that your author use to differentiate the 2 types of connections?


[ES]  13. This weekend, while I was working in a box office with a female co-worker, a third party approached each of us and asked if we had some ":Motrin", "Tylenol", aspirin. etc. When we both told him that we didn't, his response was "What kind of  woman doesn't carry Motrin in her purse?  My next  thought was that the guy was so ignorant. ANALYZE this communication encounter by applying relevant concepts from   Perception and/or  Culture.


[F.I.]  14. Define "Attribution Process" in reference to the study of human communication. Support your answer by applying it to a specific current event.


[ES] 16. Would you use an ethnographic approach, a content analysis approach or an Interpretive Rhetorical Criticism approach  to investigate the following Research Question: "What Influence do US/Western cultural norms have on the evolution of the Superbowl broadcast from a sports broadcast to a Social Event?"  Support your choice.

[SA] 11. If Chris BELIEVES that racism exists in the workplace, Chris is more likely to PERCEIVE co-worker Jaime's loud voice & aggressive behavior as being racially motivated.  Explain this phenomenon by applying the Believing-is-Seeing concept .


[ES]  17. E.T. Hall asserted such concepts as Communication is Culture & Culture is CommunicationSpace Speaks & Time Talks. How do these three all impact on each other? ,     (Hall, 1959)