Course detail

Communication and Rhetoric

FAST-BZB006Acad. year: 2020/2021

Theory and praxis of rhetoric and communication, principles of effective communication, speaker's personality, personality types, temperament, character, communication process, types of communication, importance of communication, social communication, nonverbal communication, communication at high standard, managing a variety of communication speeches, public speech, diction, respiration, phonation, articulation, preparation of the content and form of spoken speech, linguistic and stylistic means, nonverbal means, structuring rhetoric speeches, segmentation of a speech, monologues and dialogic forms of public speech, reduction of stress.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

General information rhetorics and principles of communication, preparation of the content and from of a speech-principles of communication between people. Practical use of the gained knowledge and experience by means of self-reflexion test in the from of so called public speech using video.


The subject extends knowledge gained in the course of secondary education in subjects "Foundations of social sciences" and "Civics", no other knowledge in the high education course is required, interest in communication theory is welcomed, knowledge of general psychology, experience of speeches, recognising other speakers' speeches, motivation to self-communication improving.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

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Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. Introduction to social sciences studies. Importance for theory and praxis in civil engineering. Contribution of subject "Communication and Rhetoric" for a student of Faculty of Civil Engineering.
2. Social psychology and its place in personal life. Psychological terminology. Memory, speech and mind.
3. Methods of a psychological and communication research. Dialog, questionnaire, anamnesis. Personality formation in environment.
4. Personality and its structure. Temperament and character. Personality types. Age periods of the personality development. Biological and sociological determination of the personality.
5. Nonverbal communication and its types. Gestures, facial expressions, eye glances, haptics, proxemics. Nonverbal expressions and speaker's personality.
6. Communication and rhetoric nowadays, its usage in professional praxis and personal life.
7. Principles of a quality public speech. Diction, respiration, phonation and articulation. Preparation of the content and form of the speech. Communication among people.
8. The types of presentation (informational, persuasive and improvised). Software support of presentations. Visual aids, optimal work with them.
9. Linguistic and stylistic means. Speaker's personality. Czech language in speeches. Presentation academic language.
10. Segmentation of a speech. Quality of public speeches. Effective introduction and conclusion. Ways to stress-coping.
11. Assertiveness. Effective communication. Communication at high standard. Preparing for a job interview.
12. The most common types of public, monologue and dialogic speeches in practical life. Presentation of results for professionals and general public.
13. Practical usage of gained knowledge and skills by means of self-reflexion test and public speeches with using a video.


General information rhetorics and principles of communication, preparation of the content and from of a speech-principles of communication between people. Practical use of the gained knowedge and experience by means of self-relexion test in the from of so called "public speech" using video.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-GK Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

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