Spring, 2009*
PUBLIC SPEAKING
COMM104

Anne Fox

5 College Way, Room 103
843-953-7305

foxa@cofc.edu
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday - 3-4 pm
and by appointment

COMM104 - 10am and 11pm, Maybank 110

TEXT:

The Art of Public Speaking, ninth edition, Stephen E. Lucas

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to provide both a practical introduction to the fundamental principles of public speaking and a forum for practicing public speaking skills. Through a variety of strategies: discussion, group work, reading, lecture, and presentation, you will learn the processes by which effective speeches are conceived, prepared, and delivered.

STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE:

MAJOR SPEECH ACTIVITIES:

Speech 1:     Self Knowledge

Speech 2:      Place/Event Speech

Speech 3:         Advertisement

Speech 4:         Persuasive - (TERMS) (outline example)

Speech 5:        Tribute

SPEAKING PROCEDURES:

On the assigned speech day, sign up on the board in the order that you wish to speak. For Speeches 1, 2, 3, and 4, give your professor your prepared outline prior to speaking, using the sample provided as a guideline. Outlines must be typed and are worth 10% of your total points. Bibliographies must be submitted in APA or MLA format and properly cited when necessary. All speeches must be presented in order to pass this course (Sample Outline). After speaking, turn in your speaking notes to the professor.

STYLE:

Extemporaneous style is used in this course. Therefore, speeches must not be written out word for word. Instructor perceived reading will result in a 25% grade reduction for that speech. You will speak from a delivery/key word outline (pages 247-249) on a limited number of note cards. The instructor will restrict the number of cards per speech.

CRITIQUES:

The instructor will give written critiques to all speakers. The class will present oral critiques as time allows. All students are encouraged to ask questions of the speaker. Extra credit (5 points each, up to three) may also be earned by attending speaking events (approved by the instructor) and by submitting a brief critique of the event.

You are also required to critique a fellow student and yourself at least once this semester. (self critique)

WRITTEN WORK:

****Outlines and bibliographies are due the day of the speech. Late work will not be accepted.****

All written work must be typed and proofed for errors. Errors in spelling and grammar will reduce your grade. Written work with ten or more errors will receive a zero (0). You must submit all written work directly to your instructor. Neither your instructor nor the Communication Department will accept responsibility for your papers that are left on desks, in mailboxes, or given to others. Correct format and neatness of work are expected and required.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

Your attendance at all classes is necessary, as you will be participating at all times either as a speaker or a listener/critic. Therefore, only 3 unexcused absences are permitted. After 3 absences ten points will be subtracted from your final grade for each absence. A student will be automatically dropped from this course after missing 25% of the total classes.

In addition, if you miss a scheduled speech, any make up speech is at your instructor's discretion and will carry a 20% penalty for that assignment. Therefore, a make up speech can receive no grade higher than a C+. There is no automatic right to make up a speech. For those students who maintain a perfect attendance record, a bonus of five points will be added to the final grade.

Think of this class as your job. Call and leave a message or e-mail me if you cannot make it to class.

Graded in-class work may not be made up.

OTHER CLASS POLICIES:

Respect for the professor and your fellow students requires that you turn off cell phones, iPods or other music devices, remove hats and sunglasses during class.

Grades will not be discussed in class. If you wish to dispute a grade, wait twenty-four hours, then make an appointment to see me during office hours.

Students are expected to keep current in the reading of the text, even if chapter material is not directly covered in class. Exams will be drawn primarily from the textbook. Plagiarism Policy: Any student caught cheating on an exam, using (plagiarizing) someone else's speech topic, outline, or notes, or lifting information from sources without citing those sources (another form of plagiarism) will be given an automatic "F" for the course. Honor code.

Disabilities accommodation statement: Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet course requirements, should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make such accommodations as may be necessary. The deadline for student notification of the instructor concerning the need for such arrangements is January 29, 2008 .

EXAMINATIONS:

There will be two exams, a midterm and a final.

ASSIGNMENTS (may vary):

Speeches         Points Other  Points

1.      Self Knowledge      ........50     

2.      Event/Place Speech ....    100      Exams (Midterm and Final @ 50 pts.).......... 100

3.      Advertisement...........................50        1st Amendment             ........                         15

4.      Persuasive     ...........................125    

5.      Tribute                        ...  ..  25        
Self/Peer Evaluations . ..............       
10

TOTAL FOR COURSE:
                            560+/-

 
GRADING:

A 92.0-100.00%
A- 90.0-91.9%
B+ 88.0-89.9%
B 82.0-87.9%
B- 80.0-81.9%
C+ 78.0-79.9%
C 72.0-77.9%
C- 70.0-71.9%
D+ 68.0-69.9%
D 62.0-67.9%
D- 60.0-61.9%
F 59.9% AND BELOW

PLEASE MAKE A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS AND THE CALENDAR TO KEEP WITH YOUR CLASS NOTES.

*Subject to change

Homepage

Outside Critiques

Citing Sources

Basic Speech Structure

Dictionary

Calendar

Sample Outline

Learning Communities

What makes a good speaker

Clinton's Eulogy for Rabin

Great Speeches

Countries of the World

Social Issues

Controversial Issues

Commonly mispronounced words

General Citing