Item Number & Section: 1926 A
Meeting Time & Location: 9:30 – 11:20 M - Th R 205
Instructor: Stephanie Hurst
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Office Hours & Location: M W 1:30 – 2:00 or by appointment R230L
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (This is the best way to get in touch with me. J)
Required Text: Thinking Through Communication by Sarah Trenholm,
This course aims to increase student oral communication knowledge and skills by exploring, researching, and practicing: one-to-one communication, communication in small groups, and public speaking. Students taking this course will analyze their own communication skills in various contexts and settings as well as practice techniques to become more effective communicators.
Class participation and attendance (Self Introduction Speech 25 points) 200 Points
Choice Speech 100 Points
Gallery Walk 50 Points
Speech Outline 50 Points
Interpersonal Group Film Assignment 100 Points
Small Group Film Assignment 100 Points
Intercultural Group Film Assignment 100 Points
Exams (3 @ 100 points each) 300 Points
Total 1000 Points
A = 940 – 1000 A - = 900 - 939
B+ = 860 – 899 B = 830 – 859 B - = 800 – 829
C+ = 760 – 799 C = 730 – 759 C - = 700 – 729
D+ = 660 – 699 D = 600 – 659
F = 0 – 599
Expectations and Policies:
Success in this class is dependent on: keeping up with the assigned readings by the due dates, being able to read and write at the college level, having competent verbal and written communication skills in English, meeting the attendance policy and contributing in a relevant and constructive manner to class discussions. The division policy on classroom conduct applies to this course.
Students who need extra help in college writing should go to the BCC Writing Lab for assistance.
Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses. The division’s policies on plagiarism and cheating are clear. Students caught plagiarizing papers, speeches or cheating on exams will receive an “F” (0 points) for the assignment and will be reported to the Dean of Student Programs and Services. See http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/Artshum/policy/html for more information. In such an incident, student expulsion from the class will be at the instructor’s discretion.
Assignments are due on the designated due dates by the end of the class meeting time. Late work will not be accepted by the instructor unless prior arrangements have been made (that is, before the due date).
In order to receive credit for this course, students must complete all the assignments and examinations as well as meet the attendance requirement.
This course utilizes the Arts and Humanities policy on attendance. Students are required to attend all class meetings. More than two unexcused absences will result in a reduction in points for class participation (10 points per absence.) Students who miss 6 or more classes will fail the course. See http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/Artshum/policy/html for more information.
If a student misses a class, he/she is responsible for any material covered in class during his/her absence.
Students are expected to come to class on time. Arriving late to class or leaving early is disruptive and incongruent to class activities and goals. Chronic tardiness will result in a reduction in points for class participation and attendance.
Students with disability:
Students with disabilities are required to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services to establish their eligibility for accommodation. Contact DSS at 425.564.2498 for more information.
Grades and Required Assignments:
Class Participation: (175 points) Students are expected to come to class prepared, having read all required reading assignments for that meeting; bringing to each class meeting the course textbook; ready to share relevant and constructive information with the class. With regard to their overall class grade, students will be evaluated on their constructive and meaningful participation in classroom discussions of course material. The Division of Arts & Humanities Policy on appropriate classroom conduct applies to class participation.
Exams: (300 Points) There will be a total of three objective exams given. Each exam is worth 100 Points each and will consist of multiple choice and true and false questions. Exam material will pertain to information covered in the text as well as information discussed and presented in class.
Speech of Self Introduction (1 @ 25 Points) Each student will give one 2-3 minute speech introducing themselves to the audience. This assignment is not graded. Points for this speech are a component of Class Participation.
Choice Speech (100 Points) Each student will give one, 3-5 minute speech worth 100 points. Students may choose from: a poetic style speech (see below), an impromptu speech, a personal growth speech, a future goal speech, a ceremonial speech such as: Testimonial, Toast or Pep Talk.
Poetic Style Speech This Choice Speech option requires students to perform an oral interpretation of a piece(s) of poetry (or literature) of their choice. The purpose of this exercise is to help you utilize the nonverbal elements of speech including: volume, pitch, rate, pauses, articulation, enunciation and pronunciation. This exercise also helps build confidence in public speaking.
Choice Speech Outline (50 Points) Each student will hand in a typed formal outline of his/her speech prior to his/her presentation date.
Gallery Walk (50 Points) Prior to presenting their speech, students will participate in a Gallery Walk. Specific details to follow on a later date.
Interpersonal Group Film Assignment (100 Points) Students will be assigned to a small group and asked to respond to questions pertaining to a film on Interpersonal Communication viewed in class. Specific guidelines and details for this assignment will be given on a later date.
Small Group Film Assignment (100 Points) Students will be assigned to a small group and asked to respond to questions pertaining to a film on Small Group Communication viewed in class. Specific guidelines and details for this assignment will be given on a later date.
Intercultural Group Film Assignment (100 Points) Students will be assigned to a small group and asked to respond to questions pertaining to a film on Intercultural Communication viewed in class. Specific guidelines and details for this assignment will be given on a later date.
The wise teacher does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind. - Kahlil Gibran
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. – Aristotle