Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Students should also consult texts on various styles of writing, since public speaking and writing are both forms of communication that relate to each other. Students who compose speeches must understand to do so includes being able to put into writing speeches in a logical, comprehensive, understandable manner. Two very helpful books would be:
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th Edition. Kate L. Turabian. THe University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. 1996
The Elements of Style, 4th Edition. William Strunk Jr and E.B. White. Allyn and Bacon, Needham Heights, MA 2000.
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: To provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of oral communication. Emphasis is placed on building confidence in speaking situations. The course presents theories of public address and develops knowledge of critical methods. Students will learn by preparing, presenting, and critiquing several kinds of speeches. The student will have an understanding of the communication process and how to present it well, including in written form. A student should become a critical listener and thinker, and know what constitutes excellence, by using skills to properly gather, evaluate, and communicate information.
Learning Outcomes:As a result of the course students should:
1. Better understand what constitutes excellence in speechmaking.
2. Better understand the communication process and how it affects both the speaker and audience.
3. Know how to put into writing and then into the oral communication process a speech.
4. Know how to give speeches on informative topics, acting simply as a teacher/lecturer.
5. Know how to conduct audience analysis, and subsequently give speeches to persuade an audience.
6. Know how to conduct an impromptu speech, without prior preparation.
7. Have a more confidence to deliver speeches to any audience.
8. To be a more critical thinker and listener and know how to critique speeches.
Course Assessment: Each student will be expected to do the following:
1. Students will take one exam to demonstrate knowledge of the material.
2. Students will give a total of five (5) speeches. The first two (2) are informative, and exptected to be for ten (10) minutes each. Speech nuber three (3) is persuasive and for ten (10) minutes. Speech number four (4) is an impromptu and for three (3) minutes. Speech number five (5)is informative or persuasive (students choice) and for ten (10) minutes. All speeches except the impromptu students choose the topic; the instructor chooes the topic for the impromptu.
Grading: Exam is worth 30%
Speech #1 is worth 10%
Speech #2 is worth 10%
Speech #3 is worth 10%
Speech #4 is worth 10%
Speech #5 is worth 20%
Class participation is worth 10%
The Grade Scale consists of - 92-100 = A
83-91 = B
74-82 = C
65-73 = D
Below 65, or 3 unexcused absences, or 2 consecutive unexcused absences in a term = F
The exam uses assorted styles of questions (fill in, multiple choice, true or false, yes or no, and narrative). The instructor has the option of granting full or partial credit on any exam question. Students will receive graded evaluations for each speech (student critiques do not factor in). Grading speeches can be subjective, so the instructor has the discrection of determining what constitutes good or subpar work and what points may be deducted.
Late: All students are expected to take the exam and give speeches on the assigned dates. Allowances can be made for documented illnesses/emergencies/work related issues. Anyone who cannot finish a course due to some unforseen situation would have to file for an incomplete with the univeristy but it has to be approved by the instructor based on proper documentation.
Conduct: A college classroom is designed to be non-threatening. Open discussion of subject matter is encouraged. However, each student is expected to respect the rights and feelings of others, so proper decorum is expected at all times. Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Studetns whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior towards administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: October 11 Orientation and Syllabus
Chapter 1 - Speaking in Public
2 - Ethics and Public Speaking
3 - Listening
4 - Selecting a Topic and Purpose
October 18 Chapter 5 - Analyzing the Audience
6 - Gathering Materials
7 - Supporting Your Ideas
8 - Organizing Body of the Speech
October 25 Chapter 9 - Beginning/Ending the Speech
10- Outlining the Speech
11- Using Language
13- Using Visual Aids
November 1 Chapter 14- SPeaking to Inform
15- Speaking to Persuade
16- Methods of Persuasion
17- Speaking on Special Occasions
18- Speaking in Small Groups
November 8 Exam
Speech #1 - Informative
November 15 Speech #2 - Informative
November 22 Speech #3 - Persuasive
November 29 Speech #4 - Impromptu
December 6 Speech #5 - Informative or Persuasive
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 Undergradute Catalog Page 101My own educational philosphy is that any student purposely cheating should at least receive a failing grade for the course. Information can sometimes be gathered through accident or ingnorance. Any students unsure should always consult the instructor/professor.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101Plagiarism is a serious matter. Again if a student is unsure, consult the instructor/professor.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and
to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute
Catalog Page 100
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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