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This master syllabus applies to all sections of COMS 130, Speaker-Audience Communication, offered by the University of Kansas Department of Communication Studies. All sections are also governed by a syllabus addendum distributed by individual instructors for their respective sections. Communication Studies Department Office 102 Bailey Hall (785) 864-3633 Basic Course Office 117 Bailey (see “Basic Course Administration” on the final page for contact information) email@example.com
Catalog Course Description This course focuses on the study of rhetorical theory and its application to the preparation, presentation and criticism of oral discourse in audience situations. Special consideration is given to listening behaviors and the ethical conduct of speech in a free society. This course fulfills the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences “Argument and Reason” requirement. COMS 130 is not open to students with credit in 150. Course Rationale As noted in KU’s undergraduate catalog, “rhetorical and logical skills are considered hallmarks of educated persons.” To be able to speak effectively in public—as a citizen, a professional, an organizational member, or a student—requires a clear sense of purpose, resourceful thinking, an ability to adapt ideas to others, and confidence to express those ideas. Although rhetorical skills are often reduced to the flash and dazzle of mesmerizing delivery, there is far more to the art of public speaking than welltimed pauses and stellar eye contact. Good speaking is good thinking— reasonable, well-informed, creative, and flexible. Public speaking is not easy (as suggested by the large number of people who dread speaking in public), but it’s well worth the time and effort required to master the principles. Course Objectives After completing this course, you should be able to 1) analyze rhetorical situations accurately and insightfully in order to craft effective and appropriate audience-centered speeches 2) prepare and deliver various types of speeches (e.g., informative, persuasive, special occasion) that demonstrate sound rhetorical judgment in the areas of invention (e.g., research and argumentation), organization, style, memory, and delivery 3) critically evaluate speeches—your own, those of your peers, and those outside of the classroom— according to the rhetorical principles covered in this course 4) approach public speaking with greater confidence, based on the experience and knowledge gained in the course
. Speaker-Audience Communication COMS 130: The Handbook. (2010).) . Andrews.Required Texts & Materials • Hogan. B. B. H. Please note that if you sign up for a study and do not show up. G.. or by writing three reviews of published. M. Research Requirement All students are required to earn 15 research points during the semester. P. (Contact information will be available on the master COMS 130 Blackboard site. More information about this assignment will be provided to you as the semester progresses. S. & Bruss. Boston: Pearson. Public Speaking and Civic Engagement (2nd Ed.g. Course Requirements Speeches You will present 5 speeches. This paper must be word-processed. K. M. • One 9 ½ x 11 manila envelope to be used for handing in all outlines and references/bibliographies. two persuasive speeches (each 6-8 minutes long). These exams draw heavily on the principles explained in the primary course text. by printing the final page of online surveys. Instructors will discuss these exams as the semester progresses. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing. J.. Questions about research participation should be directed to the Research Processor in the Department of Communication Studies. & Williams. J. These points may be earned in one of two ways: participating in research studies within the Department of Communication (typically worth 5 points each. Andrews. These will include an introductory speech (3-4 minutes long).. the points for that study will be lost. (2011). Research participation will be tracked electronically. The procedure for each option appears under "assignments" on the Master Blackboard site for the COMS 130 course. unless otherwise specified).). one informative speech (5-7 minutes long). but you are encouraged to keep track of your own participation (e. Paper You will be required to write one paper on a specific aspect of public speaking. Exams There are two exams in this course: a midterm and a comprehensive final. • Asbury. and a special occasion speech (3-5 minutes long). R. J. which is just one reason why it’s important to keep up with your assigned reading.. peer-reviewed communication studies pre-approved by your instructor (each review worth 5 points). getting a signed receipt at a face-to-face study). More information on these assignments will be provided to you as the semester progresses. Craig..
• For a MWF course. reflects the assumption that the audience is as important as the speaker in public speaking situations. including 1) supporting your peers when they’re speaking. please see the evaluation forms in the back of the Handbook. The attendance policy is explained in detail in the “Course Policies” section below. and 3) gaining valuable practice in applying basic principles through classroom activities. Speaker-Audience Communication. regardless of the points you have earned to that point. Incompletes are generally discouraged in COMS 130/131. Your instructor will give you a verbal or written warning when you are about to reach the 1/3 limit. 2) accessing lecture material not included in the textbook. and no student is entitled to an incomplete.Attendance and Participation The title of our course. Assignment Introductory Speech Informative Speech Persuasive Speech #1 Persuasive Speech #2 Special Occasion Speech Paper Research Requirement Midterm Exam Final Exam In-class work/Activities Total Possible Points: Grading Scale A=405-450 B=360-404 C=315-359 D=270-314 F=269 or lower Course Policies Attendance & Passing the Course If you miss 1/3 or more of the total class meeting time for your section.5 classes When extenuating circumstances arise. Points 10 50 50 50 25 25 15 75 100 50 500 . Incompletes must be arranged with your instructor and the Basic Course Director prior to final exam week. Attendance is important for a number of reasons. faithful attendance is expected and recommended for a good grade in this class. a student may be given an incomplete for the course. 1/3 of the total meetings equals 11 classes • For a once-a-week evening course. you cannot pass the class. Evaluation Your grade in COMS 130 will be based on the 450-point scale below. To get a better idea of how your speeches will be evaluated. Therefore. 1/3 of the total meetings equals 15 classes • For a TR course. 1/3 of the total meetings equals 5.
Students who persist in these behaviors may be asked to leave the classroom. Therefore. should contact their instructor privately within the first two weeks of class to arrange alternative times for completing assignments and/or have these absences excused. Students are responsible for contacting the Office of Students with Disabilities and filing all necessary paperwork so that the disability can be properly documented and accommodated. etc. At a minimum. For a once-a-week evening course. The following behaviors do NOT fall into that category: falling asleep during class time. group speech assignment) and giving credit (both in writing and orally) to any source used for completing an assignment. please refrain from these activities. please contact your instructor immediately to make alternative arrangements. Every student is expected to be in attendance on speech days. reading the newspaper. be grounds for a charge of academic misconduct. For more details on academic misconduct. and exams are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Classroom Disruptions COMS 130/131 emphasize effective and appropriate public communication. Should your instructor change the course schedule and the change interferes with a religious observance.g. this means completing your own work unless otherwise specifically allowed by your instructor (e. Students with Disabilities Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him/her from fully demonstrating his/her abilities should contact the instructor or a Basic Course Director as soon as possible so that necessary accommodations can be made. (See the Handbook for tips on using APA or MLA). Late work will be subject to a penalty ranging from a zero on the assignment to a loss of a certain percentage of points.) Religious Holidays Students observing religious holidays that may require them to miss class periods or scheduled exams.. papers. see the Handbook. studying for another class. Unexcused absences on a speech day—whether or not you specifically are scheduled to speak—will result in a 5-point deduction from your final point total for the course. Academic Misconduct As an ethical public speaker and a member of a university community. or MLA 2nd edition guidelines.. see the syllabus addendum for your instructor’s specific policy. Assignment Due Dates All speeches. your attendance on speech days is vital. speeches. In the interests of effective communication and a positive learning atmosphere. you will lose 5 points from your final point total for the course for every hour that you are absent. Your instructor may require verification before arranging alternative times for completing scheduled assignments or excusing absences.Speech Day Attendance Policy Public speaking requires a listening public. according to University Senate Rules and Regulations. All sources should be cited according to APA 5th edition guidelines. (Refusal to comply with such a request can. you are expected to represent your work honestly. etc. text messaging on your cell phone. See you instructor’s syllabus addendum for specific policies concerning which citation format your . assignment due dates.
The Basic Course staff handles all adds but you should inform your instructor.individual instructor prefers. or concerns about the course. but each instructor is fully in charge of his or her section. nonetheless. you’re a graduating senior.. If you have ANY questions about what constitutes proper use and acknowledgement of sources.edu or stop by Bailey 117. instructor's contact information and office hours. Enrollment If you are not officially enrolled at this point but have an urgent need to take the course this semester (e. You may not be able to stay in the class you’re in currently. Brett J. master syllabus. the most common penalty is a zero for the assignment in question. you should contact your instructor first. The COMS 130 instructors cannot add you to their course.5 hours per week for each section taught).edu e-mail. available in the COMS 130 Handbook. Syllabus Addendum Your instructor will provide you with an addendum to this syllabus during the first week of the semester. please see your instructor. If you think you have a strong case for adding COMS 130. if you have any questions. as well as any other policies specific to your section. Kristel Hladky Assistant Basic Course Director Kristine Bruss Basic Course Director . A student will not be allowed to present any speeches if this form has not been submitted. Any member of the Basic Course staff can be contacted through the coms130@ku. Penalties for plagiarism in COMS 130/131 are determined on a case-by-case basis. Additional Information Basic Course Administration The basic communication courses (COMS 130. you will be asked to sign and submit to your instructors a form. Your instructor's office hours and office location will be listed on his/her supplement to this syllabus. and course objectives. Thus. At the beginning of the course. The supplement will contain a tentative class schedule. (Instructor contact information is available on the instructor’s syllabus addendum and in the staff directory online. please contact the Basic Course Office at coms130@ku. continue to attend class. but you’ll be up to speed with the course requirements.g. This form must be submitted within two weeks of the semester. final examination information. it is also posted outside of the Communication Studies Office. stating you have read and understand our course policy on academic misconduct. 131. Your instructor is available during these office hours to discuss course-related items. All sections of COMS 130 share a common text. the course is the only thing preventing you from admission to a program). suggestions. Craig Assistant Basic Course Director Instructor’s Office Hours Your instructor is required to hold office hours each week (1. & 150) are administered by the Basic Course Office of the Department of Communication Studies.) Should you have a query that cannot be answered by your instructor. This supplement is considered a part of this syllabus and should be inserted into your notebook. please feel free to contact a member of the Basic Course staff. of who you are and what your situation is.
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