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TEXTBOOK Sands, H., & Jeffers, R. (2003). Public conversations: Building skills and confidence (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. COURSE OBJECTIVES The goal of this class is to help you enhance your competencies in communication, specifically in the area of public speaking and performance. Assignments in the course accomplish these goals: 1. providing you with an introduction to the theory of oral communication; 2. describing and illuminating the information and skills necessary for efficient communication; 3. lessening the impact of communication apprehension; 4. enabling you to speak effectively to others in a variety of contexts; 5. improving your critical listening skills; and 6. offering instruction in research, presentation writing, effective communication criticism, and designing effective visual aids. As a part of USI¶s Core Curriculum, this course encourages you to ³think clearly, speak and write well, live according to consistent ideals, understand public issues, and use knowledge wisely´ (³University Core Curriculum-Goals´). REQUIRED ELEMENTS FOR THE COURSE y an active, regularly checked USI Eagles email account; y access to assignments posted on USI¶s Blackboard site y access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint; y a 9x12 envelope or binder for retaining research elements, graded assignments and papers ATTENDANCE POLICY 1. Due to the condensed nature of this class, regular attendance is mandatory. Assignments and in-class activities CANNOT be made up. If you are absent on your assigned presentation day, you will NOT be able to reschedule your oral presentation. YOU WILL RECEIVE A FAILING GRADE (³F´) ON THE SPEECH ASSIGNMENT. 2. You are responsible for acquiring any materials (e.g., notes, assignments) pertinent to the course you missed due to absence. If you know in advance that you will miss class, please let me know ahead of time. Being absent from class is NOT an excuse for punctually performing assignments. 3. Any student missing more than 1/3 of the class periods will automatically fail the course. LATE WORK POLICY I do not accept late assignments except for documented emergencies. I do not consider work-related absences, work in other classes, or meetings with other professors as personal emergency. Emergencies include the following: death in the family, jury duty, and medical emergency. It is your responsibility to provide written documentation from a third party of your emergency.


you will be required to present an oral apology to the individual in class during the next class period. 2. I have the right to confiscate your phone until the end of class. Respect Please respect your peers and your instructor (me). Check Blackboard regularly as I will post extra notes to you on this site. If your phone rings during a speech by one of your peers. There is no excuse for being ignorant of academic dishonesty..g. but are not limited to. I reserve the right to determine appropriate academic sanctions that include. DISABILITY STATEMENT Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs. having you bring me your resources. unapproved materials. CLASSROOM CONDUCT 1. re-do the assignment. but is not limited to. Bring a positive attitude to class. Cell Phones Please turn off all cell phones. Ringing phones. and a trip to various Deans. forging signatures. All students are responsible for logging onto the site and correcting email addresses and passwords.usi. and text messaging will not be tolerated in my class. Failure to do so will result in a 10% grade deduction. Leslie Smith at 464-1867. BLACKBOARD SITE Students may access policies and assignments via a Blackboard site (http://online. COURSE ASSIGNMENTS & ACTIVITIES Final grades will be assigned based upon the following 400 point scale: A = 400-360 B = 347-320 C = 307-280 D = 267-240 B+ = 359-348 C+ = 319-308 D+ = 279-268 F = below 239 2 . Please refer to your USI Student Handbook for further information.. be attentive. or study aids in any academic exercise o Plagiarism²using the words or ideas of another without appropriate acknowledgement (e. You should also contact the Assistant Director of Counseling. If I catch you using your phone during class. Passing on the work of others as your original work) o Fabrication²falsifying or inventing work o Deception²misrepresenting work or academic records (e.g. critically listen and participate in open discussions. information for your specific section. turning in the same paper for two classes without the written permission of both for CMST 101. Counseling Center Services is responsible for evaluating documentation of disability and coordinating reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in a timely fashion. grading sheets. turning in a paper written partially or fully by someone else) o Facilitating Academic Dishonesty²intentionally assisting another student to commit an act of academic misconduct. This apology will include a brief review of cell phone etiquette. In cases of academic misconduct. etc. Academic misconduct includes. the following: o Cheating²using unauthorized assistance. helpful websites. talking on phone. They may use this site to email other students enrolled in their CMST 101 class provided the email is course-related. cutting and pasting from websites or other texts without citation.ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT POLICY Any form of plagiarism will not be tolerated. take a failing grade on the assignment and/or course. This site also contains the syllabus for the course.

signposts. INTRODUCTION (10 points) You will be responsible for introducing one of your peers to the class. TAG TEAM SPEECH (20 points) With this assignment. C. and bring the speech to a close. D. You will be asked a question. The SPF is to (1) help you formulate a clear thesis statement. national and/or international levels. a special event. transitions. restate the thesis. you will have two minutes to prepare a brief. and preview of main pints. you will be responsible for evaluating one of your peers on his/her formal speech presentation. conclusion. By filling out a speech critique form. and seek out credible sources to support your speech and (2) to help me help you in selecting an appropriate topic for your informative and persuasive speeches (i. Conclusions should summarize main points. impromptu response. favorite recent memory. credibility statement. you 1) help the speaker gain direct feedback and 2) train yourself towards becoming a critical listener and consumer of messages.e. This assignment is to give you experience in speaking in front of an audience..The following assignments will be worth the following points: INTRODUCTION 10 TAG TEAM SPEECH 20 3 MAIN POINTS 20 PEER CRITIQUE 10 SPEECH PLAN FORM 30 (2@15) INFORMATIVE 75 (50 for presentation. something you did this summer. This assignment is to help you think on your toes! You will be graded upon a clear introduction. and creativity. 3 MAIN POINTS IMPROMPTU SPEECH (20 points) This assignment is to develop your organizational skills. we must be aware of what is going on in the world. Introductions must include an attention-getter. INFORMATIVE SPEECH (75 points) As citizens of the global community. 3 . identify three main points. you and a partner will develop an introduction and conclusion to a hypothetical speech topic. interesting. state. three main points. and/or unusual event. we must recognize the importance of being informed about current events. relevance to audience. 25 for outline) PERSUASIVE 75 (50 for presentation. SPEECH PLANNING FORM (SPF) (Each worth 15 points) You will be responsible for completing a speech planning form in the initial stages of speech development for your informative and persuasive speeches. You will share a childhood memory. thesis sentence. PEER CRITIQUE (10 points) As an active audience member. Then. relevant. The purpose of your informative speech is to describe or explain a significant. This informative speech will be an in-depth look at current issues that have been in the news at local. etc. F. do you fulfill the requirements for the assignment?) E. B. As scholars. 25 for outline) CEREMONIAL 30 QUIZZES 30 (2@15) FINAL EXAM 100 ___________________________ TOTAL 400 DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENTS A. a personal story (funny or dramatic).

Please make a photocopy of the article and attach it to your final outline and reference page. 2. Use 2 sheets of paper and DO NOT write your speech word-forword on these note sheets. 2-3 main points. You may use books. and economic factors that shape the story. Your outline must be in correct format and typed. Research: y After selecting your topic. Sources must be properly cited within the speech as well as on the reference sheet (APA style).). Minimum of 5 sources (including the initial article). Avoid fallacies. 4 . Full sentences please!! Points possible: Informative speech = 50 points. magazines. more than three will earn you points above passing). On the day of your presentation. etc. I will signal when you have 5. newspapers. but information from . 5. Any speech that goes under or over the time requirement will receive 1 point deduction per 30 seconds. The Chicago Tribune. Information should be presented in an unbiased manner and be as accurate as possible. 4. LA Times. Make sure to select an effective organizational pattern such as problem-causes-solution. Structure: Please utilize your book as a template in organizing your speech outline. y Cite sources within your outline. Time limits will be enforced. Time Requirement: 5-6 minutes. Your speeches should be based on careful research. (Note: Minimum means that if you have three. 2. social. Websites are sites will NOT count towards your source requirement.) Information you find from library databases are not considered Internet sources. Be sure you are clear and concise with these. This article will be your foundation in developing a comprehensive informative speech. y Attach a reference sheet to your outline. (. research a MINIMUM of 5 sources. cultural. Although we are focusing on current events (anything that has occurred within the last three months) it is important to contextualize the information by looking at the historical. PERSUASIVE SPEECH (75 points) Purpose: to persuade your audience to change their beliefs. The Columbus Dispatch. You will be presenting a persuasive speech that develops a value or policy claim. Delivery: This is an extemporaneous speech. The New York Times. Fewer than three means that you do not have enough to pass. interviews. You will be penalized for going under or over the time limit (2 points for every thirty seconds and over). Informative outline = 25 points G. y Make sure that you orally cite all of your sources within your speech. 4. Specific Requirements: 1. and copy of your news article will be turned in. 1 of which must be an academic journal article.You will first select a recent article from a prominent news source (CNN. Time Requirement: 5:30-6:30 minutes. and/or behaviors. One visual aid is required. and 1 minute left. reference page. you have enough to pass. 3. a full sentence outline. etc. 3. attitudes. Use logical and well-supported sites should be supplementary to your other sources. 1 must be an academic journal article!! y DO NOT use a dictionary or encyclopedia.

accept an award/tribute. FINAL EXAM (100 points) The final examination will be a comprehensive exam and cover materials from lectures. ODDS & ENDS 1. 2. textbook materials. the other person can then accept/acknowledge that nomination. 4. What setting do you want to speak in? Specific considerations: 1. Practice the speech aloud MANY times prior to your scheduled presentation. Be aware of current events and the world around you. HELPFUL HINTS. Use different types of appeals and persuasive language. 3. If you choose to introduce. The format will be multiple choice and short answer essays. This will help you participate in discussions. and discussion. QUIZZES (15 points each) You will be quizzed over materials from lecture.Things to remember: 1. 5. Take a stance and support your argument. I. 4. Think about how your arguments need to be adapted to your particular audience. or emcee a ceremony/banquet? Consider the situation you will be presenting your speech. 2: Listening in the moment Ch. Use language effectively. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE Week 1 Day Tues June 15 Wed June 16 Thurs June 17 Topic Introduction to Course History of rhetoric (public speaking) Ch. Ask yourself. If one person wants to nominate another for an award. be ready to jump up to the front and talk immediately. Read your textbook. Reserve time for practice. Practice. you may also choose a person in the class to introduce. Time Requirement: 1:30-2:00 minutes in length. I want to hear YOUR opinion on the issue. (The two of you can figure it out and let me know). practice some more. 2. J. what award will you be receiving? 3. If you wish to accept/acknowledge an award. The format will be multiple choice. Persuasive outline = 25 points H. activities. Then. 1: Becoming comfortable in public conversations Ch. do you want to present an award/honor. CEREMONIAL SPEECH (30 points) Select one type of ceremonial speech. give a toast. deliver a eulogy/memorial address. exercises. the textbook. 4. Remember to cite sources both in your outline AND when you present your speech orally. Please feel free email me or schedule an appointment with me. Points possible: Persuasive speech = 50 points. 3. and discussions. You will turn in a speech outline a ½-page to 1-page in length (typed and single spaced). Consider the Toulmin model and types of reasoning as you build your argument. 9-11 5 . 3: Choosing ethical communication INTRODUCTORY SPEECHES Assignment pp. activities. 2. K. If you are being introduced.

8: Designing the structure 3 MAIN POINTS SPEECHES Ch. 16: Using your persuasive skills Reasoning. 15: Creating special occasion presentations Ch. 10: Maintaining attention from start to finish Introductions & Conclusions (pp. ****This syllabus is subject to change at the instructor·s discretion. 12: Adding interest through Delivery Ch. 11: Building your language skills Ch. 14: Informing your audience WORKSHOP DAY WORKSHOP DAY INFORMATIVE SPEECHES INFORMATIVE SPEECHES NO CLASSES (INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND) Ch.Fri June 18 2 Mon June 21 Tues June 22 Wed June 23 Thurs June 24 Fri June 25 Mon June 28 Tues June 29 Wed June 30 Thurs July 1 Fri July 2 Mon July 5 Tues July 6 Wed July 7 Thurs July 8 Fri July 9 Mon July 12 Tues July 13 Ch. 7: Researching your presentation Ch. 6: Picking your presentation style Ch. 5: Analyzing your audience Ch. 4: Prepping for the presentation Ch. 9: Using supporting materials (pp. Fallacies. you should read chapters before coming to class on the day indicated.**** 6 . and the Toulmin Model of Argumentation WORKSHOP DAY WORKSHOP DAY PERSUASIVE SPEECHES Quiz I 3 Quiz II 4 5 Wed PERSUASIVE SPEECHES July 14 Thurs CEREMONIAL SPEECHES July 15 Fri FINAL EXAM July 16 With the exception of the first day. 118-121) Ch. 138-150) TAG TEAM SPEECHES LIBRARY RESEARCH DAY Ch.

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