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Primary Classroom – Lafayette L308 Class Meets Monday, August 3, 2009 – Friday, Aug 7, 2009
Instructor Office Phone Email Email for Attachments
David Register 475 Main St. 104 656-0599 David.Register@uvm.edu email@example.com
Course Description 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. Required Materials 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. Recommended Materials 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. Speaking Protocol • 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’s presentation. Violation of this policy will result in a 10-point deduction from your total grade on the assignment. • A student who fails to speak at an assigned time will receive a grade of zero for that particular assignment. Attendance Policy 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’s overall success in the class. Make-up Work 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 http://www.uvm.edu/~cses/?Page=ahreferral.html&SM=ahmenu.html Respect for All Students Racist, sexist, and homophobic language will not be tolerated in this class. This is consistent with UVM’s position on diversity. Details available at http://www.uvm.edu/president/?Page=whydiversity_statement.html “Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion” - Aristotle
Important University Policies
Find information on important UVM policies @ http://www.uvm.edu/academics/catalogue200809/?Page=allpolicies.php&SM=policymenu.html&category=academic_policies&policy=Rights%20and%20Responsibilities%20of%20U ndergraduate%20Students
Freedom of Expression and Dissent (http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/demonstrations.pdf)
The University of Vermont is a place to learn and to teach. It is not a cloister--it does not live in a vacuum. It is both in the world and of the world. Its mission is to educate people for leadership in society.--Board of
Trustees, May 1969. 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 interests. 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.
“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.” – Noam Chomsky
Course Requirements & Grading
Major Assignments & Speeches
Ceremonial Speech Cultural Artifact Speech Editorial Activity Impromptu Speech Research Assignment Persuasive Speech Mass Debate Progress Essay Mass Debate Evaluation
--------A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF
(975-1000) (935-974) (895-934) (865-894) (835-864) (795-834) (765-794) (735-764) (695-734) (665-694) (635-664) (595-934) (594 and below)
25 75 25 50 75 200 125 200 75 ---------150 ---------1000
In-Class Activities (10 @ 15 pts. each)
For more information on grading at UVM, visit http://www.uvm.edu/academics/catalogue200910/?Page=allpolicies.php&SM=policymenu.html &policy=Grading
Monday, Aug 3
LANGUAGE & CULTURE -Communication Apprehension -Ceremonial Speaking -Culture & Speaking -Delivery Basics -Gaining Attention -Ceremonial Speech -Impromptu Speech -Cultural Artifact Speech
***This syllabus is not a contract, and is subject to change by the instructor at any time during the term.***
Tuesday, Aug 4
Wednesday, Aug 5
CONSTRUCTING A PERSUASIVE APPEAL -Editorial Activity -Monroe’s Motivated Sequence -Research & Source Credibility
Thursday, Aug 6
Friday, Aug 7
Lecture & Discuss
-Argumentation Basics -Intro to Toulmin -Impromptu Speech
-Research Assignment -Intro to Debating -Flowing -Refutation -Newman’s Hierarchy
-Progress Essay -Mass Debate Evaluation
-Cultural Artifact Speech
-Persuasive Speech -Mass Debate -Progress Essay -Mass Debate Evaluation
-Research Assignment -Persuasive Speech
-Persuasive Speech -Mass Debate
Aug 10-13, 1PM to 3PM each day: Instructor will be in office to return graded materials and discuss on-going assignments.
The Progress Essay & the Mass Debate Evaluation are both due no later than 5PM, Saturday, August 22nd.
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