TH105 Oral Communication

for U1Y 2012

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TH 105 Oral Communication


U1Y 2012 MN


Plexico, Alvin A.


Adjunct Instructor


PhD, Business (Organizational Leadership), Northcentral University
MA, Communication, University of Oklahoma
BBA, Management, Texas Tech University

Office Location

Naval Support Activity, Millington, TN

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

June 4, 2012 – July 29, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours


Berry, C. (1994). Your Voice and How to Use It. London: Virgin Books. ISBN 0 86369 826 3

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Additional Resources:
Marrs, C. (1992). The Complete Book of Speech Communication: A Workbook of Ideas and Activities for Students of Speech and Theatre. Colorado Springs, CO: Meriwhether. ISBN 978-0-916260-87-3

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Course Description:
TH105 Oral Communication: A study of verbal and nonverbal communication skills as they apply to public presentations. The course content includes facilitation of more effective communication in order to evoke a specific audience response. Open to all students.

Educational Philosophy:
Together we can all learn in an interactive environment through shared experiences. This requires:

  1. Reading the class material in advance.
  2. Preparing for each presentation.
  3. Respecting all opinions.
  4. Providing constructive feedback.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and explore the elements of communication
  2. Identify how the voice works
  3. Harness the power of stage fright
  4. Critically evaluate the components of communication
  5. Explore and develop the skills necessary to effectively interpret and present information
  6. Demonstrate the use of voice expressively, intelligibly, audibly, and effectively
Class Assessment:
The student will create, rehearse, and share a final presentation 5-7 minutes in length.  The subject of the presentation will be the student’s choice, but the subject must be approved by the instructor no later than week five. The presentation must be related to communication and may include examples of prose, poetry, documentary literature or from a category of the student's choosing. An outline for the presentation is due no later than week six.  The outline is worth 10% of your final grade and the presentation is worth 20%.  

Core Assessment (final presentation & outline) - 30%

Presentations (2) - 20%

-          Remarkable personal experience

-          Observation assignment

Oral communication paper  - 20%

Mid-Term - 10%

Class participation, attendance, and punctuality – 20%
All students are expected to give advance notification of absence by e-mail or by telephone.  Class members will lose participation points for each absence. Excessive or frequent tardiness will result in loss of attendance points.  If there is something that will regularly prevent your timely arrival to class, notify the instructor in advance. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All written work will be submitted through the eCompanion Drop Box.

Late assignments will normally not be accepted; however, if the student expects to be late with an assignment the student must notify the instructor before the assignment due date ( . The instructor will deduct 10% for each day the assignment is late, but after the third day, the student will receive a grade of zero for the late assignment. Students must keep copies of all written work for their own records. 

Students who miss a scheduled presentation with advance notice will be given the opportunity to make-up their presentation for full credit upon their return to class.   It is your responsibility to reschedule the presentation. 

Students who fail to attend class on the day of a scheduled presentation without advance notice will be given the opportunity to present their reading upon return to class, but for a 25% reduction in grade.  It is your responsibility to explain your absence and reschedule your presentation.

If a student fails to complete the required presentation within two weeks of its original due date, a zero will be assigned.    

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students will participate as fully as possible in all physical activities and will advise the instructor of any reason they may be unable to participate fully. 

Students are expected to be supportive of one another. Audience response is crucial and your full attention should be directed to your peers who are presenting.

You are encouraged to take notes that pertain to the presentation.

Students will not enter or exit the classroom during a presentation.

All electronic devices (e.g. cell phones) must be silenced during class. 

See the Park University catalog for further information regarding appropriate student conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The assignment calendar is subject to change.  


Course introduction & syllabus review.  

Name game (Marrs, p. 5).

Berry (Chapters 1-3)

Getting acquainted (Marrs, p. 9)

Finding the Funny in Communication (Video)

For next class, share a remarkable personal experience including background, emotions, and significance (Marrs, p. 56).

For next class, read The Aspect of Communication by Peak.

For next class, bring an item for “show and tell.”


Remarkable personal experience presentation (Marrs, p. 56)

The Aspect of Communication discussion.

Show and tell (Marrs, p. 22)

Berry (Chapter 4)

The Interview (Marrs, p. 32)

For next class, read The Study of Voice by Peak.


The Study of Voice discussion.

The States Accent Video (History Channel)

Human Interest Speech (Marrs, p. 145)

Panel discussion (Marrs, p. 99)

Impromptu pantomime (Marrs, p. 79)

For next class, complete your observation assignment.

For next class, read Stage Fright by Peak.


Share your observation assignment with the class.

Stage Fright by Peak.

Berry (Chapters 5-10)

Impromptu Speech (Marrs, p. 103)

For next class, submit your final presentation topic.

For next class, review for mid-term exam (Berry, Peak, Marrs, class notes)


Final presentation topic discussion and approval.

Mid-term exam.

Larry Crowne (Video)

For next class, submit your final presentation outline.


Final presentation outline due.

Developing the Message (Aitkenberko slides for Berko, Wolvin & Wolvin)

Structuring the Message (Aitkenberko slides for Berko, Wolvin & Wolvin)

Planning the Message (Aitkenberko slides for Berko, Wolvin & Wolvin)

Presenting the Message (Aitkenberko slides for Berko, Wolvin & Wolvin)

Mock Trial or Television News Interview (Marrs, p. 143).

Story Recall (Marrs, p. 147)

For next class, complete your oral communication paper.


Oral communication observation paper due.

Progress Report (Marrs, p. 151)

For next class, prepare for your final presentation.

For next class, complete evaluations for full participation credit.


Share final presentation with your classmates.

Evaluations due for full participation credit.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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