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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. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: Class sessions consist of lecture/discussion periods, video presentations (including examples of the instructor's work in public communications), demonstrations using artifacts, and presentations by class members (all peer reviewed; one requiring a visual aid).
Learning Outcomes:Those who successfully complete the course will be able to demonstrate competence in research, analytical, and observational skills as well as a heightened awareness of and ability to detect faulty logic, propaganda, and the subtle rhetorical implications of public and private speech. They will also be able to conceive, plan, and deliver an effective, linear presentation of substantial length and incorporating appropriate visual aids for any purpose and any audience anywhere, any time.
Course Assessment: There will be four short tests based on lectures and assigned readings, comprehensive midterm and final examinations, and three formal presentations (one including an original visual aid).
Grading: Readings/Lecture Tests 5% each: 20%
Extempore Prsentation: 10%
Informative Presentation: 15%
Persuasive Presentation: 20%
Visual Aid(s): 5%
Final Examination: 20%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Written material may be submitted late with the instructor's approval, but all material must be submitted by the end of the last class. NB: It is the vice side of a virtue that there is little or no time to make up presentations (depending on class size), so that it is very important to try not to miss a scheduled presentation.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: The obligations imposed by a public speech act are TWO FOLD: the obligation of the speaker is to offer a worthy presentation, but the obligation of the audience is to LISTEN to it! Apropos this, please turn off cell 'phones before class. We'll break for food about 6:40 and again to contemplate the vicissitudes of life about 8:15. Feel free to use recording dvices or laptop computers anytime.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Before our first meeting, consider the following questions:
(1) How does speech guarantee our humanity?
(2) Are speech and communication the same thing?
(3) Do other animals have any capacity for communication?
(4) Explain the following quote from Thomas Mann:
"Speech is civilization itself. The word,
even the most contrary word, preserves contact -
it is silence which isolates."
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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101All university policies regarding plagiarism and academic honesty will be stringently observed.
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100If you must miss class, contact the instructor as soon as possible to have the absence reported as "excused" and to make arrangements to complete missed work.
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