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UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
COMM 1311: Public Speaking
COMM 6337: Professional Communication Skills
Course Packet
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Dr. Trey Guinn
Summer 2016
SYLLABUS
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
An introduction to the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative and persuasive speeches.
COURSE CONTEXT:
There are no prerequisites to Public Speaking. It is required of all Communication Arts students.
The course carries three credits and satisfies the CORE requirement.
COURSE OVERVIEW:
The goals of Public Speaking are to cultivate the student’s imagination and creativity through mastery of the
technical skills needed to become effective communicators. These include the following: (A) to speak with
clarity, precision, and conviction, (B) to create an environment that encourages critical interpretation of ideas,
images, and symbols, (C) to encourage students to use such skills to serve the community and society as
concerned and enlightened citizens.
Course outcomes:
To analyze speeches according to accepted
rhetorical principles based on logical, ethical,
and emotional appeals
Assessment:
oral and written evaluations
quizzes and objective exams
To prepare and deliver informative and
persuasive speeches
lectures, presentation aids, reading
assignments, written outlines, and
class interaction
To develop an expressive voice: pitch, loudness,
pace, and quality
informative and persuasive speeches
critiqued by peers and instructor
To relate verbal and visual communication
presentation aids: posters, document
camera, DVDs, PowerPoint, three-dimensional
objects, audioscapes
To strengthen one’s interpersonal skills
class interaction, peer evaluation
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:
The University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse and
integrated environment for all students. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act—Subpart E
and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University ensures accessibility to its programs,
services, and activities for qualified students with documented disabilities. For more information contact:
Student Disability Services; Administration Building, Suite 105; Ph. (210) 829-3997, Fax (210) 829-6078;
http://www.uiw.edu/sds
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT:
The highest standards of academic honesty are expected in the course. Forms of academic dishonesty include,
but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism, counterfeit work, falsification of academic record, unauthorized
reuse of work, theft, collusion. See the Student Handbook for definitions and procedures for investigation of
claims of academic dishonesty.
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Detailed Course Information
Course:
COMM 1311: Public Speaking
COMM 6337: Professional Communication Skills
Semester:
SUMMER 2016 -- Heidelberg
Times:
tbd
Location:
tbd
Professor:
E-mail:
Trey Guinn, Ph.D.
[email protected]
A couple of axioms for the course:
• The message sent is not always the message received.
• Communication is central to people’s lives. Our success and failures, both personal and professional, are
linked to our skills as communicators.
A couple definitions of communication:
• The process of sending and receiving messages designed to convey meaning & accomplish goals.
• The process whereby one person stimulates meaning in the mind of another through verbal and nonverbal
means.
Required Reading and Materials:
• O’Hair, D., Rubenstein, H., & Stewart, R. (2016). A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, 5e. Boston: Bedford.
• Other readings and materials will be provided in-class and online
• Course Website: http://winwithguinn.com/spch1311/
*Information regarding all learning activities & course evaluation provided soon.
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Tentative Course Schedule
Before Class
Week/Class
In Class
1.1
Monday
5/30/16
Introduction to Course, Syllabus, Expectations
Sign up for Presentation Dates
1.2
Tuesday
5/31/16
Introduction to Presentational Effectiveness (Trey)
“My Favorite Things” Presentations
Wednesday
6/1/16
Analyze a speech
Part 1: Getting Started
Activity: I have a dream
1.4
Thursday
6/2/16
Part 2: Development
Discuss Persuasive Speech --pick topic, know purpose
2.5
Monday
6/6/16
Research Persuasive Speech Topic
2.6
Tuesday
6/7/16
Can One Not-not Communicate?
Part 3: Organization
Wednesday
6/8/16
Part 4: Starting, Finishing, and Styling
Part 5: Delivery
Presentation Critique
2.8
Thursday
6/9/16
Persuasive Speech Discussion
3.9
Monday
6/13/16
Classroom Performance (story time)
3.10
Tuesday
6/14/16
Persuasive Speech Prep Day
3.11
Wednesday
6/15/16
Discussion of Speech Analysis
Part 7: Types of Speeches
Wedding Toasts
3.12
Thursday
6/16/16
Special Occasion Speech Day
Discussion of Persuasion/Pitch
In-Class Strategy Session; Rehearsal Groups
4.13
Monday
6/20/16
Persuasive Speeches
4.14
Tuesday
6/21/16
Part 8: Online, Group, and Business Contexts
Crisis Communication Part 1
4.15
Wednesday
6/22/16
Crisis Communication Part 2
Part 6: Presentation Aids
Thursday
6/23/16
Tbd
1.3
2.7
4.16
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