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Parliamentary procedures course offered this fall

May 16, 2013

The Department of Communication Studies is offering a special, limited time course in parliamentary procedures in fall 2013: Communication Skills: Parliamentary Procedures (SPCM 278G).

This eight week, one credit course is open to all CSU students and faculty in the CSU community.

About the course

This course will be taught by Lola Fehr, professional registered parliamentarian, member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, and parliamentarian for CSU's Faculty Council.

The course will be an introductory study of the principles, rules, and skills of parliamentary procedure for democratic decision-making. Focused on the practice of chairing and participating in meetings governed by parliamentary procedures, this course focuses on developing skills through drills, practice sessions, and lectures.

Parliamentary procedure

The National Association of Parliamentarians states, “Parliamentary procedure refers to the rules of democracy -- that is, the commonly accepted way in which a group of people come together, present and discuss possible courses of action, and make decisions.

Parliamentary procedure is used by all types of decision-making bodies on a daily basis: school boards, homeowners' associations, city councils, and non-profit boards of directors, for example. Parliamentary procedure also defines what duties people typically have when they are elected the president, secretary, or treasurer of an organization.

Fundamentally, parliamentary procedure defines how groups of people, no matter how formal or informal, can most effectively meet and make decisions in a fair, consistent manner -- and make good use of everyone's time. Even a basic background in parliamentary principles can help you and your organization hold more efficient meetings.”

Contact: Lindsey Middendorf
Phone: (970) 491-2374