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 helpful books would be:
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate Turabian. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
THe Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E.B. White. Allyn & Bacon, Needham Heights, MA.
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 self 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:
A. Better understand what constitutes excellence in speechmaking.
B. Better understand the communication process and how it affects both the speaker and audience.
C. Know how to put into writing and into the oral communication process, a speech.
D. Know how to give speeches on informative topics, acting as a teacher/lecturer.
E. Know how to conduct audience analysis, and subsequently give a speech to persuade an audience.
F. Know how to conduct an impromptu speech without prior preparation.
G. Have more confidence to deliver speeches to any audience.
H.To be a more critical listener and thinker and know how to critique speeches.
Course Assessment: Each student will be expected to do the following:
A. Take one exam to demonstrate knowledge of the material.
B. Give 5 speeches. The first 2 are informative, each for 10 minutes. The 3rd speech is persuasiive for 10 minutes. The 4th is impromptu for 3 minutes. The 5th may be informative or persuasive (students choice) for 10 minutes. The student selects the topic for all speeches except the impromptu, which the instructor selects.
Grading: The following is the value of each section:
Speech #1 10%
Speech #2 10%
Speech #3 10%
Speech #4 10%
Speech #5 20%
Grad Scale: 92-100 = A
83-91 = B
74-82 = C
65-73 = D
Below 65, or 3 unexcused absences, or 2 consectutive absences in a term = F
The exam uses assorted styles of questions (fill in, multiple choice, true or false, yes or no, and marrative). 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 discretion on determining what constitutes good or subpar work and what points may be deducted.
Late Submission of Course Materials: 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 university and it has to be approved by the instructor based on proper documentation.
Classroom Rules of 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 it not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending 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. Students 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: January 15 Orientation/Syllabus
Chapter 1-Speaking in Public
2-Ethics & Public Speaking
4-Selecting a Topic & Purpose
January 22 Chapter 5-Analyzing the Audience
7-Supporting Your Ideas
8-Organizing Body of Speech
January 29 Chpater 9-Beginning/Ending the Speech
10-Outling the Speech
February 5 Chapter13-Using Visual Aids
14-Speaking to Inform
15-Speaking to Persuade
16-Methods of Persuasion
February 12 Exam
SPeech #1 - Informative
February 19 Speech #2 - Informative
February 26 Speech #3 - Persuasive
March 5 Speech #4 - Impromptu
March 12 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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101My own philosophy is that any student purposely cheating should at least receive a failing grade for the course. Information can sometimes be gathered and presented through accident or ignorance. 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 101This is a serious matter, so students should not hesitate to ask for advise from their 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 Undergraduate 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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