HM 225 - Writing and Communications
In this course students focus on professional presentation skills while analyzing and summarizing an internship experience. Critical reflection, narrative writing, and public speaking are practiced as students work to create a 15-minute public presentation using some form of audio-visual technology. Prerequisite: SS300. 

Writing & Communications Syllabus

Spring 2013

Faculty: Laura Lea Berry  |  x107  |

Texts:     Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen (recommended)
            Handouts and websites as assigned

Meeting Time:      Thursday 10:15-11:45
                                Weekly Editing Meetings
                                Biweekly Instructor Meetings

Sterling College Outcomes:
  • Practice both critical and systems thinking
  • Compile, assess, and use data to make decisions
  • Communicate accurately and effectively in writing and speech
  • Understand historical and global contexts of current issues
  • Show leadership through active participation in the community
  • Develop and appreciate creativity in work and problem solving

This is the third and final course in Sterling’s nine credit internship experience. Building on skills learned in Work Search students will reflect on their 10 week internship experience through two projects: A narrative essay and a formal presentation to the Sterling Community. We will focus on the process of brainstorming, drafting, peer-editing, and refining both of the final products of this course.

Participation                                                                           20%
(Please note that this includes attendance. Any unexcused absences will result in a lower grade)
Short writing assignments/mini presentations                                   10%
Narrative Essay (including drafts)                                                         30/40%
Presentation                                                                         30/40%

Note about learning styles, as stated in the Sterling College Student Handbook:

Students bring a variety of learning styles to class.  We do our best to support different learning modes by mixing lecture, discussion, hands-on work, and visual information.  Please feel free to let us know what mode works best for you—we will do our best to accommodate your learning style.   If you have a learning challenge or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Learning Support Coordinator. Leland can help you determine accommodations that can be helpful in this course.