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: The instructor believes that students' oral communication skills are essential and will improve with practice.
Learning Outcomes:On completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Know and practice oral communication principles.
2. Develop skill and confidence in public speaking.
3. Understand speaker-audience variables.
4. Analyze personal speeches and those of others.
Course Assessment: Lectures, class discussions, individual and group speeches, peer evaluations, and exams (2).
Grading: Classwork/Participation= 1/3
Speeches = 1/3
A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=0-59
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted with a grade penalty of one letter grade per day.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be punctual, prepared, courteous, and responsible.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: WEEK 1 Class Orientation
WEEK 2 Discussions on assigned topics
WEEK 3 Group Presentations
Speech outlines and topics due
WEEK 4 Entertaining Speeches
MID_TERM EXAM (Chapters 1-6, 10-11)
WEEK 5 Informative Speeches
WEEK 6 Demonstration Speeches (Props/Visuals
WEEK 7 Persuasive Speeches
WEEK 8 Impromptu Speeches
FINAL EXAM (Chapters 12-18)
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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
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
Attendance Policy: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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