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CA 103 Public Speaking
Kerr, Lydia G.C.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseCA 103 Public Speaking MT
SemesterS2RR2005
FacultyKerr, L. Gabie
TitleProfessor of Communication Arts
Degrees/CertificatesBA in Communication Studies
MA in Administrative Management, Public Administration Concentration
Certificate in E-Government
Office LocationBase Education Center / Park Office
Office HoursM-Th 8:00-5:00, F 8:00-4:00
Daytime Phone828-4191
Other Phone590-3286
E-Mailgabie.kerr@park.edu
gabiekerr@hotmail.com
Web Pagewww.parkonline.org
Semester Dates28 March 05 - 22 May 2005
Class DaysMonday - Thursday
Class Time12:00 - 1:15 PM
PerquisitesFree thinking mind
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Steven E. Lucas. The Art of Public Speaking, 8th edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004. ISBN# 0071218793

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS 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:
My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.  I will engage each student to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. School should be fun not a chore. Anyone who works at it with diligence and courage can learn to think more clearly, accurately, and efficiently and express ideas with clarity and poise.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants who successfully complete CA 103 will be able to produce and deliver an effective, persuasive, linear presentation of substantial length on a wide variety of subjects to any audience anywhere with poise and confidence.

Course Assessment:
Test will include a mixture of subjective and objective items; multiple choice, True/False, and exam questions. Presentations will be assessed for grading based on instructor's requirements. Specific requirements will be given to student with instructions before each speech. Some presentations will also be peer-reviewed for constructive criticism.

Grading:
Class participation & attendance, 10%
Comprehensive Mid-term exam, 15%
Comprehensive Final Exam (100 pt final of which 20 pts is "Final Thoughts"), 25%
One semi-formal introductory speech, 5%
Two impromptu speeches, 10%
One informative presentation (use of visual aids with either the informative or persuasive speech required), 15%  
One formal persuasive speech, 20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If you have to be absent, please call or email me as soon as possible. It is very important to communicate! If you miss something, make arrangements with me to get it in at the earliest possible moment. (This, of course, presumes that there is time to do so.) There isn't much time to slack, so it may not always be possible to reschedule a presentation, so it is very important you manage your time wisely. If you miss a presentation due to an unexcused absence, you will receive a grade of “zero”.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Be responsible while eating and drinking in the room. You must ensure that all your garbage is put in the appropriate places.

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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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
If you have to go TDY or emergency leave unexpectedly, please notify and we will work out arrangements. If you just don't call or email then I will be responsible to academically withdraw you after 3 unexcused absences.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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