CORE 115 introduces students to the functions and modes of oral presentation, as well as many practical strategies with which to execute it. It requires students to plan, prepare, practice and perform various types of public messages that provide them with invaluable experience in developing ideas thoroughly and communicating them effectively. An electronic portfolio is kept of each student's performances to document evolving skills development. Emphasis is given to help students execute informative and persuasive presentations that are clearly focused, well organized, substantially supported, effectively worded, and confidently delivered. Varied contemporary presentation aids will be addressed. The aim is to help students develop their abilities to express their thoughts, beliefs and experiences in an intelligent and affecting manner, as well as to help them gain confidence in themselves as they do so. Students will also engage in the critique and analysis of the messages of others. Attention is given to interpersonal & group communication class experiences as well.