Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
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. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: Lectures, readings, quizzes and exams, group work, class discussion, speaking, writing and critiquing, and use of the internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.
Learning Outcomes:Public speaking is an introductory course with an emphasis on oral communication theory and practice. This course provides a basic understanding of the significance of oral communication as well as instruction and practice in the basic skills of public speaking.
Course Assessment: Four speeches (not including the speech in class period one):
First speech: Introductory
Second speech: Informative; preparation outline required
Third speech: Informative, demonstration, visual aid required; preparation outline required
Fourth speech: Persuasive, visual aid optional; preparation outline required
There will be comprehensive mid-term and final exams
You will be evaluated based on class participation, which includes respectful, responsive, and constructive critiques of your fellow classmates' speeches.
Grading: 1. Major Exams: 20% Exam questions will come from required readings, instructor notes and class discussions.
2. Class Participation (group activities, feedback, practice speeches, etc.): 20% Participation grades may not be made up. Practice speech assignment sheets will be handed out in class and will include detailed information about the speech requirements.
3. Major Speeches (4, described above): 60%
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments will be completed in a professional manner and on time, unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Complete homework, quizzes, mid-term, and final exam on the date given. Points will be awarded when taken/turned-in on the assigned day/time or for excused absences as arranged. Homework, make-up assignments, quizzes, midterm, speeches, and final exams for excused absences must be completed within 7 days of the date given/due or they will receive a maximum of 80% credit; there will be no credit given after 14 days. No credit will be awarded on assignments for unexcused absences. No work will be accepted after the last day of class. Exceptions will be made for Extended Military Duty or Emergency situations per the instructor's discretion.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Attend class and be prompt. Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade. Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period. Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.
2. To receive an excused absence you must have prior approval from the instructor. Even with an valid, verifiable excuse, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them, as well as being prepared with any assigned work. This course will consist, in part, of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade. Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
4. Written Assignments. Periodic written assignments are required in this course. For more information on both, please visit the Academic Support Center.
5. Your grade in this course will be based on the following:
• Four speeches, as outlined below. In addition to your individual work on the speeches, you will be expected to listen respectfully as your fellow classmates deliver their speeches and follow up with constructive criticism and praise. You will also be graded on the additional requirements of each speech, such as written outlines, visual aids, etc.
. A mid-term and a final exam will be given in this course
. You will be assessed based on classroom attendance and participation. Your presence and meaningful participation in each class is integral to your learning process.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations 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 assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 89
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