Syllabus – Speech 100
Basic Principles of Oral Communication
Instructor: Fianna Dickson
Course: SPCH 100 – 1935
Class: T/R (W266, North Campus)
Text: Adler and Rodman, Understanding Human Communication (8th Ed.)
Office hours: T/R and by appointment (R230, Main Campus)
The primary objective of this course is to gain knowledge of the complexity of communication through an active learning process. We will examine fundamental elements of communication through the lens of both theory and practical example. Specifically, the class will focus on developing skills in three main areas: interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking.
Table Topics 50 points (2 @ 25 points each) 940-1000 = A 760-799 = C+
Informative Speech/Outline 125 points 900- 939 = A- 730-759 = C
Persuasive Speech/Outline 125 points 860- 899 = B+ 700-729 = C-
Small Group Presentation 125 points 830- 859 = B 660-699 = D+
Final Evaluation Paper 100 points 800- 829 = B- 600-659 = D
Exams 200 points (2 @ 100 points each) 0-599 = F
Activities 125 points
Attendance/Participation 150 points
Tentative Total: 1000 points
Table Topics: These are brief impromptu speeches – both torture and joy.
Speeches: The Informative and Persuasive speeches will be 4-6 minutes in length. (Points will be deducted for speeches that are over or under the specified time [10 seconds = 1 pt. deducted]). Both speeches will require a typed outline, to be submitted at the time of presentation; further details on the outline format will be provided for you. A visual aid will be a presentation requirement for one of your speeches. You will speak using 3X5 note cards (spiral-bound are great to purchase) with key words and phrases written. Speech grades will be based on content as well as presentation style.
Small Group Presentation: You and four other group members will create a 15 minute presentation, much like a lively debate in a creative style, on a topic of your choosing.
Final Evaluation Paper: This will be a 3-5 page comprehensive analysis of your ability to apply class concepts and theories to your communication in public, interpersonal, and small group situations.
Exams: Each exam will cover approximately four weeks of material. We’ll have two in-class reviews.
Attendance/Participation: Be here on time and ready to interact. In a course about communication, it is essential for us to engage in classroom communication. Therefore, only one absence is allowed, excused or unexcused. Additional absences will result in a loss of attendance points. You will be marked absent if you miss part of the class session. Participation will be evaluated on the basis of your application of communication theory and concepts in classroom discussion and activities.
Etiquette: I strive to create a classroom environment that feels comfortable, allowing students to participate with confidence that their efforts will be well received. Listening actively to speeches, not entering the classroom in the middle of a speech, and respecting other’s opinions will aid in this quest. Behavior that conflicts with the classroom environment will result in a loss of participation points.
Academic Honesty: Students caught in academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Student Programs. Please consult the Arts and Humanities Division statement of Student Procedures and Expectations at www.bcc..ctc.edu/artshum/policy.html.
Deadlines: An assignment is considered late if it is not received by the end of class on the day it is due. Late assignments will be accepted with a penalty of 10% for each day (not just class day) after the due date. If an assignment is received after class on the day it is due, it will receive a 5% reduction. Due to time constraints, it may not be possible to make-up a speech if you are absent on your presentation day, resulting in a zero for the assignment. If you will be absent on the day of an exam, please make arrangements to take the exam prior to the scheduled day. All major course work must be completed to receive credit for the class.
Neatness: You will be expected to do a professional job on your assignments. They should be typed (double spaced, size 12 font) and stapled in one corner.
On-Line Handouts: Many of the handouts will need to be accessed online. In order to get your copy go to: http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/artshum/studentinfo.asp. Click on the links in this order: #2 Course Materials; Winter Quarter; Speech Department; SPCH 100 with Dickson.
Documented Disability: If you have a documented disability, please inform me if you need any type of accommodation to help you succeed in this class.
*** Please feel free to visit with me about any aspect of this course. My goal is to be as open and available to you as possible, to assist your success in this class. ***
Week 1 Jan 6 Orientation, Introductions
Jan 8 Human Communication, Perception Chapters 1 & 2
Week 2 Jan 13 Speech Topics, Support, Videos Chapters 10 & 11
Jan 15 Table Topics, Presenting, Informatives Chapters 12 & 13
Week 3 Jan 20 Informative Speeches
Jan 22 Informative Speeches
Week 4 Jan 27 Small Groups, Assign projects Chapter 8
Jan 29 Small Groups Chapter 9
Week 5 Feb 3 Exam, Language and Listening Chapters 3 & 4
Feb 5 Nonverbal Communication Chapter 5
Week 6 Feb 10 Film
Feb 12 Table Topics, Persuasive Speaking Chapter 14
Week 7 Feb 17 Persuasive Speeches
Feb 19 Persuasive Speeches
Week 8 Feb 24 Interpersonal Communication Chapter 6
Feb 26 Interpersonal Communication Chapter 7
Week 9 March 2 Exam, Relationship Analysis
March 4 Group Meetings
Week 10 March 9 Small Group Presentations
March 11 Small Group Presentations, Wrap-Up Discussion
Week 11 March 15 Final Papers due by to Main Campus Room R230