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Course Name CA103 Public Speaking
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Course Description A development of the ability to speak clearly and express ideas effectively before an audience. Students plan, compose, and deliver various kinds of speeches and talks. Principles of effective rhetorical presentation are related to basic purposes and forms of public speech-communication.
Overview and Course Goals This course is designed to help you increase your confidence and skill in public speaking, and to learn to give audience-appropriate, professional quality speeches. This is an introductory-level class.
Core Learning Outcomes 1. You will demonstrate, though speeches of your own and critiques of others’ speeches, a mastery of the ability to assess the effectiveness of speeches.
2. You will demonstrate the ability to deliver a professionally-competent speech to a number of audiences.
Required Texts/Materials Textbook:
Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill. 2004. ISBN: 0-07-293821-8.
Be aware that this textbook, even if purchased used, should come with 2 Student CDs. Your instructor may direct you to various files on those CDs as part of the course requirements.
Special Course Equipment and Software Requirements:
In addition to Park's Standard Tech Requirements for Online courses (see online course technical requirements at http://www.park.edu/online/requirements.asp?c=online) students will need to meet the following special requirements.
1. Each student must have the ability to record each of three speech presentations, in front of an audience of at least 6 adults,.and submit their recordings for viewing by the class
2. If possible, we strongly encourage you to submit your recordings as digital video files uploaded to the Doc Sharing section of your online classroom
3. If you can NOT record your video in a digital format, you may submit it on videotape, IF it meets the requirements below.
1. Videotapes must be VHS or VHS-C only; MiniDV, 8mm, or any other tape format will NOT be accepted.
2. Videotapes must be playable on NTSC (U.S. standard, not European/PAL formatted) video players.
3. Submission of videotapes in any format other than described above will result in a grade of zero for the assignment.
4. If you notify your instructor by MONDAY of Week 2 that you wish to submit your speeches on tape, Park University will provide you with postage-paid, Priority Mail envelopes to do so. After that deadline, you will be responsible for the costs of shipping your tape to your instructor.
4. Each student must be able to view RealPlayer files in order to complete various class assignments throughout the term. You can download RealPlayer for free at http://www.real.com/player/. Please be sure to click the "Free RealPlayer" button, not the "Download Now" button. The "Download Now" button is for a 14-day free trial of a deluxe version, which you will not need for this class.
Course Policies Course-Specific Policies:
Generally, I prefer that you contact me by email or by leaving a message in my virtual office in the online classroom. I usually respond within 24 hours or less to email and 48 hours or less in my virtual office. However, if you have an emergency, or just need to know I'm a human with a voice, feel free to call me.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
DETAILED REQUIREMENTS FOR RECORDING SPEECHES:
Every student must arrange to have each speech presentation recorded before a live audience of at least six peers. Recording should begin with the camera showing the audience, followed by the speech, and concluding with showing the audience once again. This recording must be continuous from start to finish; any recording with pauses or edits, or one that fails to show the required audience will receive a zero. The integrity of our course depends on being certain that you are fulfilling the requirements for delivering your speeches under the appropriate conditions.
About the audience:
It is the student's responsibility to arrange for at least 6 adults to serve as an audience, as well as a presentation space with adequate lighting. Some possible audience participants might include coworkers/supervisors, local rotary/toastmaster groups, or members of volunteer/church organizations to which you belong. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your audience, please contact your instructor for guidance before recording your speech.
Before the speech:
• check the audio to be sure the speaker is audible and clear;
• make sure the speaker will be visible against the background and that the background and environment are as distraction free as possible.
At the beginning of the speech:
• Have the camera operator pan the audience so all audience members are shown on tape;
• Zoom in on the speaker so that he/she is shown from the waist to just a couple of inches above their head. This tight shot ensures the speaker is close enough for their arm movements and facial expressions to be clearly seen on screen.
During the speech:
• Keep the camera steady and focused on the speaker, not on the audience. The audience should only be shown immediately before and immediately after the speech.
After the speech:
• Review the recording closely. If there is no audio or if the audio is not understandable, the instructor will have no choice but to fail the speech.
• Redo speeches that are inaudible or where the speaker is not clearly visible.
• Remember, the evaluation of each presentation depends on what the instructor is able to view on the recording, not what the speaker may have intended. Even if your speech is wonderful, the instructor can't give it a good grade if they can't see it or hear it clearly.
The clearer your recording is, in both audio and video, the better your evaluation can be. Good lighting focused on you from the front against a non-reflective background usually gives the best video picture.
If at all possible, make a backup copy of your speech.
Recordings become the property of Park University and/or the instructor and will not be returned to the student.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SPEECHES:
• Speeches endorsing a particular viewpoint of a political issue, a political party, or a political candidate are not permitted. Leave that to the politicians.
• Speeches endorsing a particular religion or religious belief are not permitted. This is not your place of worship.
• Sales talks, or speeches promoting a product or service, are not permitted. This is not a commercial.
• Be extremely cautious about the use of slang, "street talk," "off-color" language, sexist language, or any other language which might be offensive to your audience and/or classmates. The use of nonstandard English is not appropriate for most situations and may lower your grade significantly.
• Be cautious about becoming overly personal in your speeches. While relaying personal experience may be very appropriate in the context of certain speeches, avoid making your speech a "tell-all" session or an open confessional. This is not a television talk show.
• Be judicious in your use of humor. It's fine to use humor in your speech, but be careful that you don't become lost in "entertaining" your audience when the purpose of the speech is to inform or persuade them.
• Observe the specified time limits. Failing to meet the minimum time limit, or exceeding the maximum, will result in major point deductions.
• Be sure to follow the specified format for the type of speech you are delivering.
• Avoid merely "reading" your speech; all speeches are to be given extemporaneously. Verbatim reading of your speech, in and of itself, may reduce your speech grade by as much as two letter grades.
OTHER ONLINE COURSE POLICIES
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Online Course Policies
Grading Policy COURSEWORK BY WEEK
Week 1: About Public Speaking
• Introduction to Public Speaking
• Common Fears
• Selecting a topic and purpose
• Analyzing and understanding audiences
• Speaking on Special Occasions
Online Lecture(s); Chapters 1, 4, 5, & 17.
Complete the Quiz under Week 1 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 1 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 1 in the online classroom.
Week 2: Planning a Speech
• Organization of main points
• Packaging the speech (Intro & Conclusion)
• Developing effective outlines
• Delivery skills
Online Lecture(s); Chapters 8, 9, 10, & 12.
Complete the Quiz under Week 2 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 2 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 2 in the online classroom.
Week 3: Speak for Yourself
• Giving your first speech
• Speaking to inform
• Providing support
Online Lecture(s); Chapters 7, 14, & Appendix for Part 1 ("Giving Your First Speech")
Complete the Quiz under Week 3 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 3 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 3 in the online classroom.
Compose and deliver a Special Occasion Speech. (See Chapter 17 for details on the various types of special occasion speeches.) This speech should be 2-4 minutes long and should be delivered extemporaneously. Follow the directions in the syllabus for delivery and recording.
Week 4: Enhancing a speech
• Conducting research
• The power of words
Online Lecture(s); Chapters 6 & 11.
Complete the Quiz under Week 4 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 4 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 4 in the online classroom.
Week 5: Persuasive Speaking
• Delivering your second speech
• Persuasive speaking
Online Lecture(s); Chapter 15.
Complete the Quiz under Week 5 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 5 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 5 in the online classroom.
Compose and deliver an Informative Speech. (See Chapter 14 for details on speaking to inform.) This speech should be 3-5 minutes long and should be delivered extemporaneously. Follow the directions in the syllabus for delivery and recording.
Week 6: Persuasion
o Emotional Appeal
• Ethical Considerations
Online Lecture(s); Chapter 16.
Complete the Quiz under Week 6 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 6 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 6 in the online classroom.
Week 7: The Act of Persuading
• Delivering your third speech
• Those who persuade
Complete the Quiz under Week 7 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 7 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 7 in the online classroom.
Compose and deliver a Persuasive Speech. (See Chapters 15 & 16 for details on speaking to persuade.) This speech should be 5-7 minutes long and should be delivered extemporaneously. Follow the directions in the syllabus for delivery and recording.
Week 8: Evaluation
• Evaluating your progress/development
Complete the Quiz under Week 8 in the online classroom. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish during the week.
Respond to the discussion topic in the Discussion area under Week 8 in the online classroom.
Complete the homework assignment as directed in the Assignments area under Week 8 in the online classroom.
Proctored Final Exam
You must meet with your proctor as scheduled in order to complete the exam. Failure to complete the Final Exam will result in a failing grade for the course.
All assignments are due by Midnight Sunday night of the week for which they are assigned.
Submission of Late Work:
The instructor does not accept the submission of late work for credit.
You will be graded on:
• Weekly Discussion - 10% of course grade
• Weekly Quiz - 10% of course grade
• Homework Assignments - 10% of course grade
• Speech 1 (Special Occasion Speech) - 15% of course grade
• Speech 2 (Informative Speech) - 15% of course grade
• Speech 3 (Persuasive Speech) - 20% of course grade
• Proctored Final Exam - 20% of course grade
Weekly Discussion: 160 points (20 points for each week of the term). Due weekly.
To receive all 20 points for discussion in a given week, you must show appropriate participation in the online discussion including:
• Responding to all parts of the discussion topic fully, understandably, and in a timely manner;
• Contributing to an ongoing discussion by posting at least one significant reply to a classmate's message.
Weekly Quiz - 160 points (20 points for each week of the term). Due weekly.
Each weekly quiz will be worth 20 points total. You may retake the exam as often as you wish during the week. However, your last score will determine the number of points you receive for the week.
Homework Assignments: 160 points (20 points for each weekly assignment). Due weekly.
To receive all 20 points for an individual homework assignment, the student must:
• Follow all directions for the assignment;
• Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the material being addressed in the assignment;
• Exemplify practices of good writing, punctuation, and grammar (where appropriate);
• Clearly identify specific items being addressed;
• Meet submission requirements, including deadline, location, and format.
Speech 1 (Special occasion speech): 240 points. Due (recorded and submitted) during Week 3.
Speech 2 (Informative speech): 240 points. Due (recorded and submitted) during Week 5.
Speech 3 (Persuasive speech): 320 points. Due (recorded and submitted) during Week 7.
Criteria Used for Evaluating Speeches:
The average speech (grade C) should meet the following criteria:
• Conform to the kind of speech assigned -- informative, persuasive, etc.
• Be submitted by the assigned date
• Conform to the time limit
• Have a clear specific purpose and central idea
• Have an identifiable introduction, body, and conclusion
• Show reasonable directness and competence in delivery
• Be free of serious errors in grammar, pronunciation, and word usage
• Be delivered according to the specifics of the assignment
• Adhere to all recording specifications as covered in the Course Policies section of the syllabus
The above average speech (grade B) should meet the preceding criteria and also:
• Deal with a challenging topic
• Fulfill all major functions of a speech introduction and conclusion
• Display clear organization of main points and supporting materials
• Support main points with evidence that meets the test of accuracy, relevance, objectivity, and sufficiency
• Exhibit proficient use of connectives -- transitions, internal previews, internal summaries, and signposts
• Be delivered skillfully enough so as not to distract attention from the speaker's message
The superior speech (grade A) should meet all the preceding criteria and also:
• Constitute a genuine contribution by the speaker to the knowledge or beliefs of the audience
• Sustain positive interest, feeling, and/or commitment among the audience
• Contain elements of vividness and special interest in the use of language
• Be delivered in a fluent, polished manner that strengthens the impact of the speaker's message
The below average speech (grade D or F) is seriously deficient in the criteria required for the C speech.
Proctored Final Exam: 320 points. A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
• It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
• Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
• A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
• Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.
Course Grading Scale
A = 90- 100% (or 1440 points to 1600 points)
B = 80-89% (or 1280 to 1439 points)
C = 70-79% (or 1120 to 1279 points)
D = 60-69% (or 960 to 1119 points)
F = < 60% (or 959 or fewer points)
Academic Honesty Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.
• Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
• Plagiarism involves the use of quotation without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
• Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
• Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
o Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
o Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
o Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge. Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University. Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
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An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. PLEASE NOTE: Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
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