This course is designed to help students develop practical skills for effective public speaking. Toward this end,
students will work on two related skills. First, students will work to demonstrate their improvement in the
research, invention, organization, and delivery of speeches. In addition, students will learn to analyze and
evaluate public argument in order to situate their own voices within larger public conversations.
Students will continue their work after the completion of class meetings in two ways. First, each student will
review his or her Major Speeches on video, and will use observations made from the videos to produce an essay
detailing his or her progress in several key areas of course content. Second, each student will evaluate and score
the final Mass Debate, providing a written rationale to warrant the scores assigned.
There is no required text for this course, but students will need to acquire a USB flash drive with a minimum of
1 gigabyte of available memory.
The following materials would be helpful for Speech 011 students: a stopwatch, a folder for organizing class
handouts and returned graded materials, and note-taking supplies.
This course centers around human communication, meaning that speaking and listening will be essential
aspects of the course. Because speaking requires concentration, students need an environment free
from distractions in order to perform the required presentations. Do not interrupt other students by
entering/leaving the classroom, talking to other students in the audience, electronic messaging, or
allowing your phone to ring during another student\u2019s presentation. Violation of this policy will result in a
10-point deduction from your total grade on the assignment.
Students are expected to attend each class meeting. Since this is a skills development course with a cumulative
progression, attending each class session is imperative to a student\u2019s overall success in the class.
In general, late work will not be accepted. Students who miss class because of illness or family emergency
should bring documentation to the instructor in order to be considered for a make-up. Students who miss class
for a UVM related activity need to let the instructor know in advance that they will be absent, and also need to
provide appropriate documentation for these absences.
Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism
Do not do it. I will report any egregious incident to the University. Details are available at
Respect for All Students
Racist, sexist, and homophobic language will not be tolerated in this class. This is consistent with UVM\u2019s
position on diversity. Details available at http://www.uvm.edu/president/?Page=whydiversity_statement.html
As the above quotation suggests, the University functions within the rules governing a larger society. It was
created for a special purpose: the facilitation of learning and teaching. It follows that the University's policies
must conform to the law as well as take account of the particular role of educational institutions. Fundamental
to our entire philosophy is our firm belief that rights guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to
the Constitution of the United States, including rights to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and
association must be protected on the campus as elsewhere, and that local, state, and federal laws must prevail
on the campus.
Becoming a member of the University community in no way abrogates or compromises the rights that the
Constitution of the United States guarantees to all persons. This principle applies to the adjudication of
violations of campus policies as well as other areas.
Within the University setting as within society at large, the exercise of one's rights must be tempered by
recognition of the rights of others. For example, the exercise to free speech may not unreasonably infringe
upon the right to learn. It should not be surprising that conflict may arise between parties engaged in activities
that are individually lawful, for a fundamental function of social organization is the reconciliation of competing
Within the University setting more than any other, the appropriate means for conflict resolution is rational
discourse. The processes fundamental to the existence of the University cannot be abandoned under stress,
especially since they represent the most effective means for progress. Further, the criteria employed to seek
lawful accommodation of various interests must grant special attention to the central mission of the University:
learning and teaching.
Applicable law and the mission of the University establish the framework within which disagreement, dissent,
demonstration, and advocacy may, and indeed must, occur. For humankind to progress, the educational
process must be dynamic even if fraught with controversy, for change cannot take place until the first question
is raised. The discovery of new propositions or new solutions may be followed by passionate advocacy. Such
advocacy must not, however, compromise the ability of the University to provide safe access to its educational
programs and activities.
It is within this context that the University rejects the use of intimidation, threats of violence, or force as the
primary means of resolving differences and associated conflicts. Such conduct creates a climate anathema to
reasoned discourse and is an unacceptable means of conflict resolution within an institution dedicated to
reason. When disruption as defined below occurs, the University must, through its responsible officials,
whenever possible and appropriate first attempt to resolve the situation through dialogue. If reasonable efforts
to resolve the situation through dialogue fail, or where disruption presents an immediate and significant risk of
harm or damage to persons or property, the University, under the direction of the President, may use lawful
remedies it deems necessary to protect public safety and to restore order.
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