Syllabus for SPEECH COMMUNICATION COM 131 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Rose Beilman Pratt High School Office Phone: (620) 672-4540 Home Phone: 620-546-2449 Email: [email protected] Text: Speech For Effective Communication By Rudolph F. Verderber Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 1999 ISBN: 0-03052023-1 Department of Arts and Communication Pratt Community College Pratt, KS Fall 2011 I. COURSE TITLE, NUMBER AND CREDIT HOURS Speech Communication, COM 131, 3 credit hours. II. COURSE DESCRIPTION Speech Communication covers the basic principles of communication theory and oral communication skills at the interpersonal, small group, and public levels. Students will learn how to prepare and present several speeches: special occasion, informative, demonstration, persuasive, and impromptu speeches. Students will prepare a major project on interpersonal communication and work on small group projects. This course fulfils the PCC speech requirement. Students should consult their transfer catalogues to see if this will also meet the requirement of the transfer university or to see if they will need to take COM 276 instead. III. DIVISION OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Arts and Communication, Communication IV. COURSE AS VIEWED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TOTAL CURRICULUM This course is a requirement for the following degrees: Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of General Studies. Any student is strongly advised to take this course since it is applicable to all areas of study. V. TEXT Verderber, Rudolph. Speech for Effective Communication. 2nd Edition. Austin: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1999. VI. REFERENCES Students will be responsible for additional readings, hand-outs, and research as assigned. VII. EXPECTED LEARNER OUTCOMES Pratt Community College Speech Communication and Public Speaking classes, in keeping with the basic course in communication at all Kansas state universities and community colleges, follow the outcomes which have been developed by the National Communication Association. The following student outcomes represent some of the expectations for students taking a basic communication course and/or participating in the general education requirements. Basic course or general education students need speaking and listening skills that will help them succeed in future courses and on the job. They need to be able to construct and deliver messages and listen with literal and critical comprehension. The basic course can provide knowledge of effective communication techniques, an arena for developing and practicing skills, and positive feelings about communicating in the future. Speaking Competencies: Speaking is the process of transmitting ideas and information orally in a variety of situations. Effective oral communication involves generating messages and delivering them with attention to vocal variety, articulation, and nonverbal signals. In order to be a competent speaker, a person must be able to compose a message and provide ideas and information suitable to the topic, the purpose, and the audience. Specifically, the competent speaker should exhibit the following competencies: A. Determine the purpose of oral discourse. B. Choose a topic and restrict it according to the purpose and the audience. C. Fulfill the purpose by: 1. Formulating a thesis statement. 2. Providing adequate support material. 3. Selecting a suitable organizational pattern. 4. Demonstrating careful choice of words. 5. Providing effective transitions. D. Employ vocal variety in rate, pitch, and intensity. E. Articulate clearly. F. Employ language appropriate to the designated audience. G. Demonstrate nonverbal behavior that supports the verbal message. Listening Competencies: Listening is the process of receiving, constructing meaning from, and responding to spoken and/or nonverbal messages. People listen in order to comprehend information, critique and evaluate a message, show empathy for feelings expressed by others, or appreciate a performance. Effective listening includes both literal and critical comprehension of ideas and information transmitted in oral language. In order to be a competent listener, a person must be able to listen with literal comprehension. Specifically, the competent listener should be able to exhibit the following competencies: A. Recognize main ideas. B. Identify supporting details. C. Recognize explicit relationships among ideas in organization or logic or transitions. D. Recall basic ideas and details. Also, the competent listener should be able to listen with critical comprehension, and Should demonstrate the following competencies: A. Attend with an open mind. B. Perceive the speaker’s purpose and organization of ideas and information. C. Discriminate between statements of fact and opinion. D. Distinguish between emotional and logical arguments. E. Detect bias and prejudice. F. Recognize the speaker’s attitude. G. Synthesize and evaluate by drawing logical conclusions. H. Recall the overt and implied arguments. I. Recognize discrepancies between the speaker’s verbal and nonverbal messages. J. Employ active listening techniques when appropriate. Because this course is a hybrid course, where interpersonal and group communication are also studied in addition to speaking and listening, the following will be addressed briefly in the course: Interpersonal Competency: Interpersonal communication is interaction with others, and it occurs whenever one person interacts with one other, usually in an informal setting. This type of communication occurs on a one-to-one basis. The competent interpersonal communicator should be able to transmit messages using interpersonal skills suitable to the context and the audience. Specifically, this person should exhibit interpersonal competence by demonstrating the following: A. Develop, maintain and nurture interpersonal and small group relationships with others. B. Fulfill their own interpersonal needs. C. Manage conflict while representing all group members’ rights. D. Respond to others’ attempts to build relationships and reciprocate by self-disclosing, focusing on the other, empathizing, and displaying affinity. Small Group Competency: Small group communication occurs when a small number of people meet to solve a problem. Usually the gathering involves 3 to 13 members who meet to do a job, solve a problem, or maintain relationships. Small groups are essential in helping society to function smoothly. The competent member of a small group should be able to interact within the group to complete tasks, solve problems, or maintain relationships. This person should exhibit the following small group competencies: A. Use problem-solving techniques to contribute to the group’s task. B. Maintain constructive relationships in the group. C. Manage conflict in a substantive manner. D. Contribute to social interaction. VIII. ASSESSMENT OF OUTCOMES COM131 is performance oriented; however, performance of speeches and communication skills are developed through knowledge of basic communication theory. As a result, assessment is based on a variety of items which are outlined below. The student must give at least three speeches throughout the semester, evaluated according to the criteria on the attached grading sheet (Speaking Competencies). Students must also participate in a group project and an interpersonal project in order to develop conflictmanagement skills (Small Group and Interpersonal Competencies). Students must also evaluate classmates’ speeches (one for every speech assigned) in order to develop critical listening (Listening Competencies). Projects and speeches will require research in the library and over the Internet. Evaluation will be based on the following: Interpersonal Project – 125 points Group Project – 350 points Speeches: Informative - 100 points Persuasive - 125 points ***Additional speeches range from 20-100 points each Exams - no more than 400 points total Final exam- 200 points Peer Evaluations (Listening) - range of 15 points each Daily work and quizzes - 25 points each Absences WILL affect your grade. All work must be handed in on time. Speeches must be given on the assigned date. Those speeches not presented on the assigned date may receive a zero (0) grade unless approved by the instructor before the speech date. Daily work and written work will only be accepted on the due date unless approved by the instructor ahead of time. Also for the college breaks when we don’t have scheduled classes, don’t take off early or arrive late after the break as these absences won’t be excused! All students missing courses due to athletic or other collegiate events MUST notify me IN ADVANCE to make assignment or test arrangements. Any student who fails to notify me will receive an unexcused absence for the day as well as a zero for any assignments, speeches or tests due that day. Also failure to show up for class without prior arrangements being made on a scheduled speech day will result in a zero for you for that speech as well as an unexcused absence. The evaluation criteria for speeches and projects is at the end of the syllabus. Grades will be determined using the following scale. This is the department minimum. 100-90% A 89-80% B 79-70% C 69-60% D 59-0% F A student caught cheating on an exam or plagiarizing on a project or speech will be dropped from the class and receive an F for the course grade. Students should remember that COM131 is a college course. As such, the assignments that are made typically require outside time to complete. In general, a course that meets for three credit hours a week requires six hours of study time outside of class. While this formula is not true for everyone–some need more time, some need less–it should serve as a reminder to budget time accordingly. A file will be kept of all students’ work during the semester, and ALL work becomes the property of the communication department. After the semester is over, work is kept for at least one semester on the main campus. The first and last speech, interpersonal and group projects, the first and last listening evaluation will be kept, plus any other work the instructor deems valuable. Other specific requirements may be added by the instructor at any time and be handed out to students. Please pay close attention to instructor requirements. IX. CAMPUS-WIDE ATTENDANCE POLICY Students are expected to attend all classes, laboratories, shop sessions and other scheduled class activities and have full responsibility for accounting to their instructor for absences. Makeup work will be provided when prior arrangements have been made for the absence with the instructor. Make-up work may be allowed at the discretion of the instructor for absences without prior arrangement. X. COURSE OUTLINE Unit One: The Communication Process Understanding Communication Sending Verbal and Nonverbal Messages Using Your Voice Listening and Evaluating Unit Two: Interpersonal Relationships Analyzing Yourself as a Communicator Communicating Person to Person Speaking Informally Interviewing Unit Three: Public Speaking Getting Ready Gathering Information Preparing Your Speech Using Effective Language Presenting Your Speech Unit Four: Speaking for a Purpose Speaking to Inform Speaking to Persuade Speaking for a Special Occasion Unit Five: Democratic Processes Group Discussion Debate and Parliamentary Procedure (If time) XI. SPECIAL NEEDS If you have a disability and require accommodations, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor by the second class period. XII. INSTRUCTOR’S ADDENDUM ATTENDANCE Students who must miss class for a school-sanctioned activity must make arrangements with the instructor before the absence. Any work missed without prior notice will result in a zero for that assignment, test, speech, etc. Students are expected to be punctual and to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to learning and representative of a college atmosphere. Students should be on time for each class meeting and remain in class until class is dismissed. Students with more than three absences may be put on academic alert. I reserve the right to withdraw a student from class for excessive absences (four or more), as well as for poor performance (such as inattentiveness or an F in the class). CLASSWORK Assignments given during class time will always have a specific due date. If this due date is missed due to an absence, a zero will be assessed unless prior arrangements have been made, at the instructor’s discretion. Major speeches are usually given over several days. Every student must be ready to give their speech on the first day. I choose the speaking order randomly and if you are chosen and are not prepared, a 20% penalty goes into effect. It is the instructor’s discretion as to whether or not any work can be made up if it is late. Group and Interpersonal projects are similarly drawn randomly. If a group member is missing without prior arrangement, the group will proceed without him/her and that group member will receive a zero for the assignment. ACADEMIC HONESTY Students who plagiarize or otherwise cheat will fail the assignment, receive a zero for that assignment, or be administratively withdrawn from the course. Incidents involving student plagiarism are documented and reported to the Vice-President of Instruction and the Student Success Center as well as any other administration. These reports are reviewed and further action may be taken. CELLPHONES/iPODS These and other electronic devices are to be turned off and out of sight during class periods. Any interruption caused by a cell phone, iPod or similar device will result in a warning, deduction of points, or removal from class, at the instructor’s discretion.