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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MODL5014M Rhetoric and Public Speaking

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Alex Ding

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module aims to develop students' public speaking skills and their ability to write and critque formal speeches.


On completion of this module, students should be able to undertake a formal analysis of a given speech, write a persuasive speech and deliver a speech clearly and convincingly.

Learning outcomes
Students on completion of the module should thoroughly understand:
- formal characteristics of speeches;
- elements which contribute to the effectiveness of speeches;
- the process of writing a persuasive speech;
- the skills involved in delivering a speech effectively; and
- how presentational aids can be usefull employed in public speaking.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module should be able to:
- discuss the formal elements of a given speech;
- write a persuasive speech
- employ good public speaking skills to good effect
- use presentational aids effectively


The following areas will be covered:
- Neo-Aristotelean approaches to speech analysis
- rhetorical devices such as alliteration, use of metaphor and tripling
- Speech writing
- Audience motivations
- Practise in oral delivery; and
- Effective use of Powerpoint and other visual aids

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

6 hours per week seminar preparation and follow-up work x 9 weeks = 54 hours
3 hours per week oral delivery practice x 11 weeks = 33 hours
8 hours preparation for week 6 presentation
35 hours independent study

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal weekly assessment of performance in seminars.
Class-based presentation in week 9, counting for 40% of the total formal assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCritical analysis of a given speech30.00
In-course AssessmentWritten speech and rationale30.00
Oral PresentationClass-based presentation40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:42:36


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