LONDIE T. MARTIN, PH.D.
written, oral, visual, and electronic composition:place, nature, and environment
spring 2008 / 25 students
Te goals o this course are or you to develop skills in written, oral, visual, and electronic composition. As aresult, you should become not only a more perceptive consumer o inormation, but also a communicator betterable to make eective decisions in your own work. Troughout the course, you’ll learn to summarize, analyze,and evaluate various types o communication and then use those skills in our kinds o assignments: summaries,rhetorical analyses, argumentative and persuasive texts, and documented research.
summarize accurately and responsibly the main ideas o others, especially published sources
analyze proessional writing to assess its purpose, audience, and rhetorical strategies
construct arguments that integrate ethical, logical, and emotional appeals
reect systematically upon all o your communication processes, strengths, goals, and growth
give an oral presentation, either individually or as part o a team, using eective invention, organization,language, and delivery strategies
unction as an eective team member in small groups as a listener, collaborator, and presenter
apply the visual communication principles related to pattern, contrast, direction, chunking, and color
analyze the rhetoric o visual communication (e.g., advertisement, documentary lm, political cartoon)
create a visual argument (e.g., advertisement, poster, slide presentation)
apply the electronic communication principles related to layering, raming, transorming, and looping
analyze the rhetoric o electronic communication (e.g., V commercials, videos, websites)
create an electronic composition (e.g., communication eportolio)
ensure that all modes contribute to the primary message, purpose, and targeted audience
develop clear, purposeul relationships between the modes
exhibit a sensitivity to dierences in modes and their cultural implications
create a rich, interactive experience or the audience
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Compose, Design, Advocate
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