PUBLIC SPEAKING
COMM104
Spring, 2004
COMM104-007 12:00-1250PM MWF ECTR108
COMM104-010 1:00-1:50PM MWF ECTR108
TEXT:

Steven A. Beebe & Susan Beebe, Fifth Edition, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach.
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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.

CLASS GOALS IN ORDER TO BECOME A GOOD PUBLIC SPEAKER*:

Respect the Diversity of Audience Members
Know as Much as Possible About Listening
Organize Carefully to Improve Understanding and Recall
Use Language Effectively
Sound Natural and Enthusiastic
Use High-Quality Visual Aids
Give Only Ethical Speeches

* Cheryl Hamilton, Essentials of Public Speaking.

 
MAJOR SPEECH ACTIVITIES:
Speech 1: Informative -Introductory
Speech 2: Informative -Definition
Speech 3: Persuasive - Group Presentation
Speech 4: Persuasive - Advertisement
Speech 5: Persuasive- Fact, Value, Action
Speech 6: Persuasive - Historical

SPEAKING PROCEDURES:

On the assigned speech day, sign up on the board in the order that you wish to speak. For Speeches 2, 3, and 5, 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 to 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 either note cards or a single sheet of paper in a folder. The instructor may restrict the number of cards per speech.
CRITIQUES:

Written critiques will be given to all speakers by the instructor. Oral critiques will be presented by the class 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) an by submitting a brief critique of the event.

WRITTEN WORK:

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). Grades on outlines and other written work are reduced 50% for every school day they are late. 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 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,ten (10) points will be deducted from your total points for each absence in excess of three (3). The only exception to this penalty is for verified medical reasons or emergencies. Three tardies or leaving class early equals one absence.
A student will be dropped from this course for excessive absences (i.e., 25% or more of the scheduled 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.

USING THE COMPUTERS DURING CLASS TIME OTHER THAN FOR CLASS WORK WILL COUNT AS AN ABSENCE FOR THAT DAY.

OTHER CLASS POLICIES:

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.
EXAMINATIONS:

There will be two exams covering the text and lectures.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Speeches Points Other Points
1. Informative - Introductory 25 Class Participation 25
2. Informative - Definition 100 Exams 100
3. Informative -Group Presentation 100 Homework varies
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Classwork varies
5. Persuasive - Fact, Value, Policy 125
6. Persuasive - Historical/Language 100 TOTAL FOR COURSE: 600+
GRADING: FINAL GRADES WILL BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING SCALE:
A 91%-100%
B+ 87%-90%
B 81%-86%
C+ 77%-80%
C 71%-76%
D 65%-70%
F Below 65%

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