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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Syllabus COM 101 Summer 2012

Communication 101: Oral Communication / July 2012

Instructor:   Art Lynch                                   Phone/Voicemail: 702-454-1067 or 702-682-0469
Email:             CSN on-line campus Angel preferred / /
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Coopman, S. J. & Lull, J. (2009).  Public speaking: The evolving art. With supplemental materials for the Department of Communication at CSN. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS: Scantron Forms 882e or 882es & # 2 Pencils (for exams)

Keep up to date on current affairs and on the subjects you choose to speak about. Use of required source material and use of Angel are also required. This is a hybrid web-assist section, so access to, and use of, a computer on at least a weekly basis is required. Free access (paid for by your student fees) is available to Computer labs at each campus, local libraries and other resources if you require assistance.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Com 101, Oral Communication, satisfies the Communication requirement for related instruction for many certificates offered at CSN.  Please check the CSN Catalog or your degree sheet to determine if COM 101 fulfills that requirement.  The emphasis of this course is upon the principles of effective communication.  We will study various communication strategies from both a practitioner's perspective as well as from the viewpoint of a recipient. 

  • Help students understand that communication is dynamic involving constant change and development.
  • To learn, understand, apply and integrate basic communication theory models.
  • Familiarize students with both the basic concepts and differences between informative, persuasive and entertainment speeches.
  • Help students internalize the basic principles of delivery (i.e. impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript, and memorized) and to fully understand how receivers perceive delivery styles.
  • Increase student’s ability to become critical listeners.
  • Help students understand the use of visual aids in the speech making process.
  • Introduce students to the basic skills or argumentation and critical thinking.
  • Give insight as to how a speaker must adapt to various audience or receiver dynamics.
  • Emphasize the importance of outlining and supporting materials in the speech making process.
  • To understand your relationship and ethical responsibilities to others involved in the communication transaction.
  • To understand civic responsibility, personal integrity, listening skills and presentation skills.

  The above skills will be assessed through lectures, performances, exercises, observations, and exams.

Click on "read more" below for details on the CSN Summer 2012 Syllabus for July.

SPEECH ASSIGNMENTS: All speech topics MUST be approved by the instructor. 
o   Select topics that are new and interesting to the audience.
o   Select topics for which you have a personal interest or passion.
o   The first graded speech is 3 to 5 minutes and can be considered either a speech of introduction or a story telling speech. 
o   The second graded speech is a 5 to 7 minute demonstration speech.  The topic will be your choice, but it must be a “fun, light-hearted, non-controversial topic” that is interesting to you and to the audience. 
o   The third speech is a 6 to 8 minute informative speech in which you will select an interesting topic, research it, and prepare and practice before delivering the speech.
o   The fourth, or impromtu speech, is omitted for the summer term only (focus on speeches 3 and 5 recommended).
o   The final graded speech will be a 6 to 9 minute persuasion speech.  The persuasion speech topic should be of a contemporary and controversial nature, which is of interest to both the speaker and the audience.  Overused topics (e.g. Death Penalty, Abortion, etc.) should be avoided.  Try to come up with a persuasion speech topic that is unique and interesting, because you will be working with it for a good part of the semester. 
o   Speech must demonstrate knowledge and application of the textbook and lecture as of the date of your presentation. Appropriate designs, structures, applications and sources are a key portion of this requirement. Written must be full outline with APA plus a thumbnail/keynote outline.
o   Be sure to meet all requirements of this syllabus, evaluation sheets (found on Angel). instructions given in class and apply concepts and presentation skills as reflected in critiques of your previous speeches and the presentations done by your fellow students. Review of supplemental materials provided by the text on Angel and on-line is highly recommended.
o   A complete outline of all of your speeches MUST be turned in BEFORE your speech on the due date. It is recommended submission well before the date to help maximize your final grade.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: All written materials must be submitted 3 days prior to presentation of your speech, to allow for content, reference and originality checks and review. Speech outlines must be typed, double-spaced, and have one inch margins. No exceptions will be made. Bibliographies must follow APA format. For an example of these citation styles, please see the addendum at the back of your textbook.   Speech outlines and any other written assignments are evaluated and graded on content and form, which includes, but is not limited to, organization, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity of expression.

EXAMS: Two major exams and a minimum of four quizzes will be given this semester, including a midterm and final.  These may cover all course readings, handouts, and lecture material.  The final exam is comprehensive. (400 points possible or 40% of your final grade)

HOLIDAYS IN SUMMER 2012 TERM: The only day off is the fourth of July itself.

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION: Attendance and class participation is expected of all students at every class meeting.  Students who miss class, with the exception of an illness confirmed by a physician or family emergency, will lose points.  Class participation is an essential component of any speech communication course. Consistent attendance is critical to successful completion of this course, and tardiness is unacceptable (see tardiness section below). Students may miss two class hours without penalty - WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SPEECH DAYS - after which twenty points are subtracted for every absence. There is no guarantee of a make-good if you miss your speech date. If you are going to be absent, you MUST speak with the instructor ahead of time to insure that you do not fall behind.  You can contact the instructor in-class, via Angel, email, or by phone.
If you miss your speaking day, you will lose one full letter grade on that speech.  No guarantee is made that you can make up a missed speech, so please don’t risk it.

TARDINESS: Tardiness will not be tolerated. Entering late to class or leaving class early without permission is considered a tardy.  Every two tardy arrivals will count as one absence.  The absentee policy (as outlined above) will go into effect at this point.  If you arrive to class late, it is up to you to make sure that you are counted as “in class”. The official record of your attendance at the end of the semester is not up for debate. If you arrive late on a speaking day DO NOT enter the classroom while another student is giving their speech.  Please wait outside of the classroom until you hear clapping, or are otherwise directed to enter. Do not enter when anyone other than the instructor is at the front of the class.

EXCUSES:  Valid excuses include medical emergencies and deaths in the family.  Written documentation from an appropriate source must be provided in order to be excused.  If you have employment or other situations that will interfere with your ability to attend the class, please consider taking the class at another time.  If you have a major change in your life sometime during the semester (e.g., taking a new job, change in daycare, etc.), this will not excuse you from the attendance policies. Discuss each of these with the instructor no later than the next class period you attend (Angel communication mail preferred).

ASSIGNMENT COMPLETION and FINAL GRADE:  Students sometimes determine that, prior to finishing every assignment of the semester (particularly the last speech or exam) that they have enough points to earn a grade with which they are satisfied.  Thus, they decide they can skip these assignments or stop showing for class. You may not skip any assignment, quiz or exam without risking being dropped or failed in the class. This is NOT acceptable and will result in either an instructor-initiated “withdrawal” or an "F" for the final grade.  If you wish to earn 3 credits of a college-level course, you must participate in the entire course.

LATE WORK POLICY: Students who are absent or unprepared to speak on the assigned speaking date automatically lose 20% of the speech’s point value; if/when there is time to make-up the speech. Any make-up opportunity for a speech is at the instructor’s discretion and is dependent upon the class schedule. You do not automatically have the right to make-up a speech, but rather, it is YOUR responsibility to be in class, with any assigned material due, and ready to perform.

PARTICIPATION: Weekly submissions to the course blog, taking part in oral evaluations, contributing to discussion and in any way helping your fellow student with the course will be taken into consideration for your final grade. As indicated, attendance is mandatory (see attendance) both for your benefit and that of your fellow students. You have a great deal to offer the class and the course.

EXTRA CREDIT: Occasionally, the opportunity to earn a few points of extra credit may arise.  Please note that extra credit opportunities are scarce and are provided at the discretion of the instructor; and, there is a cap on the amount of extra credit that may be earned throughout the course.

SPEECH CONTENT:  The First Amendment does not legally allow just any kind of speech to take place under any old circumstance.  All of us must strive to be sensitive to the perspectives of others in the classroom setting.  Part of what you must learn in this class is that speakers must be responsive to various audiences' dispositions. A failure to utilize proper audience analysis will demonstrate a failure to comprehend fundamental speaking principles.

In this regard, it is expected that all class members will refrain from comments involving profane or vulgar language, obscenity, sexism, racism, or the disparaging of any social group, disability, or individual.  You will also refrain from selecting props or visual aids that have overly graphic depictions of a violent or sexual nature without first consulting your instructor.  In addition, you may not use this class as an opportunity to promote the “correctness” or “necessity” of any given religion, its philosophy, or its historical figures and events.  Similarly, you may not use this class as an opportunity to attack or condemn another religion (its figures, etc.) as “wrong” or “incorrect”.

No weapons, pornography, unnecessarily questionable language, advocating the overthrow by violent means of the government, showing how to break the law or encouraging others to do so will be allowed by school policy, Always run any exception past the instructor in advance or risk an “F” on the assignment, and possible termination from the course.

Exceptions to this policy are as follows.  You MUST consult with the instructor before trying any of the following:
·      It may be acceptable to cite profane or other offensive language IF it is used as an example that clearly illustrates a point in a speech AND IF there is no better alternative.
·      It may be acceptable to cite arguments that have been made in favor of or against various religious, ethnic, gender, racial, etc. groups IF such arguments support a point in a speech AND IF there is no better alternative.
·      It may be acceptable to describe various aspects of a religion (including its principles, historic figures, events, etc.) IF such descriptions support a point in a speech AND IF there is no better alternative.

RESEARCH EXPECTATIONS:  Particularly for the Informative and Persuasion speeches, it is expected that you will conduct research using appropriate sources (e.g., CSN's online databases, such as EBSCOhost, Expanded Academic ASAP, Opposing Viewpoints, etc.). In this section you must use scholarly or academic sources as presented by the instructor in lecture. The minimum number of academic sources is outlines under each detailed speech description found later in this syllabus, Information on how to use various databases can be found on the CSN Library website, and is also available in hardcopy at all CSN libraries. Remember to also use interviews, books, actual journals and other scholarly resources. Do not use all Internet based sources on any given speech.

TIMING EXPECTATIONS:   All speeches have a “target time.”  Speeches that are outside the target time range will lose points on the assignment.  You can expect to lose up to 10% of a particular speech's grade for every 30 seconds you go outside of the established time frame.

CHEATING & PLAGIARISM POLICY: Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Plagiarism is literary thievery.  It is taking the words or ideas of another and misrepresenting them as your own.  Academic integrity is expected.  Any form of cheating or plagiarism will cause you to fail the assignment and possibly the class.  Cheating and plagiarism will be reported to the Department Chair and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, for disciplinary action that could include expulsion from CSN.  Please review pages 64-67 of your textbook for clear information on plagiarism. All written material must be submitted a week in advance of your speech date for possible automated review.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR:   It is expected, at all times and under all circumstances that you will act in a polite, respectful fashion toward other students in the class, particularly while they are delivering their speeches.  With this in mind, you will NOT enter the room during a speech, rehearse your speech, sort through materials, talk, leave the room, text message, walk in front of students, or create any other disturbances while students or the instructor are speaking.  Behaving in a rude or inconsiderate manner towards the instructor or other students is grounds for reduction in your overall grade, or an “F” in the course, regardless of your performance in other areas.

CHILDREN IN THE CLASSROOM: Please note that CSN policy does not allow children in the classroom.  This includes leaving children in the hallway, etc.  The presence of children is a safety issue as well as a potential disturbance for other students.  Please do not bring children to class.

CELL PHONES, iPods, ETC: Cell phones and other communication devices must be turned off during all class sessions.  Engaging with these technologies while in class WILL result in a loss of points and possible termination from the course.  Don’t let this ruin your course grade.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: In the event of an actual or suggested emergency, there are specific procedures that should be followed.  Each classroom or hallway should have multi-colored sheets posted that explain the appropriate procedures.  You should read and familiarize yourself with these.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students with documented needs for assistance are reminded that it is your responsibility to identify yourself to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and to your instructor so reasonable accommodations can be made.  The DRC is located in Student Services on each campus.  You can contact the DRC on each campus by calling: Henderson: 651-3086; Cheyenne: 651-4045; West Charleston: 651-5089. 

COMMUNICATION LAB:  The Department of Communication offer labs at each campus.  Use of the lab is highly recommended. Locations are:  Cheyenne campus (Room 1445, 651-4917); Henderson campus (C building inside the computer lab, 651-3047); West Charleston campus (C building inside the computer lab, 651-7834).  No appointment is necessary; however, lab hours change by semester, so call ahead to ensure that assistance will be available. For more information, visit the following link:

STUDENT RETENTION: Students are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered by the CSN Retention Office.  Your student fees have paid for these services in advance. These services are to use as needed. Retention offers:   (1) Free Guidance Appointments; (2) Faculty/Staff Mentors; (3) Tutoring Assistance (Student Coaches); (4) College Survival Skills; (5) Learning the Ropes at CSN.  The Retention Office will help you come up with practical solutions to any challenges you may encounter.  For assistance call the retention office at 651-2626.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL: It is YOUR responsibility to WITHDRAW from the course should you no longer wish to attend.  If you stop attending the class and do not officially withdraw, you will be assigned a grade.   Instructors are no longer allowed to withdraw students. You must do so by the withdrawal deadlines or receive a grade.

GRADING POLICY: Your final grade will be based on the total number of points that you have earned at the end of the course.  All grades on assignments and exams will be based on achievement and learning.  You will not be graded on work habits, character traits, and effort.  The instructor does not assign grades; you earn them.

FINAL GRADES:  At the end of each semester or session, reporting of individual student grades is made available through the registration system. Students may use web registration to obtain grades by going to the main menu and selecting “View Semester Grades” and following the prompts. Students may also pick up a printed copy of semester grades at the Office of the Registrar.

FINAL GRADING SCALE:  A= (90-100%), B= (80-89%), C= (70-79%), D= (60-69%) F= (0-59%). Pluses or minuses are up to the instructor’s discretion.  There are 1000 points possible in this course (100.0%). It is your responsibility to keep track of your assignments and the points received on each assignment. Do not look at each assignment as a “Grade” as at all times your grade is cumulative based on the number of points you have earned against the number of potential points at any given point in the term. For example if 300 potential points may be earned by assignments to date, and you earn 250, your grade would be 83% of a B- as of that point in the term. 275 points would be an A-.

Speech Assignments

Speech # 1               Self-Introductory Speech or Story Telling Speech

Presentation Value:   5% of your grade / 50 points

Written Value           N.A.

Length:                     3 to 5 minutes, 10 points deducted if over or under limit

Topic:                       Yourself or Interesting Experience or Story

Notes:                       Extemporaneous, without notes of any kind.

References:               Turn in an outline of what you intend to present. It may be a full outline or a thumbnail. List references if any used.

Visual Aid:                 1 visual or presentation aid minimum.

Description:              Pick something or a series of things you wish to share or which you care about enough to share. The more specific the better.

Speech #2                Demonstration Speech

Presentation Value:   7.5% of your grade / 75 points

Written Value:          2.5% of your grade / 25 points

Length:                     5 to 7 minutes 10 points deducted if long or short

Topic:                       Showing how something works or how to do something (see text book)

Notes:                       Limited notes, must not appear to use notes

References:               At least five references. Need not be scholarly. Outline and bibliography required.

Visuals:                      At least two separate aids.

Description:              See textbook. Speech helps you focus on a common form of presentation. Further details will be presented in class.

Speech # 3               Informational Speech

Value:                        15% of final grade / 150 points (100 oral, 50 written)

Length:                     6 to 8 minutes, 50 points deducted if over or under limit

Topic:                       An issue or concept that is new and interesting to your audience.

Notes:                       Must not appear to use notes, although short notes are permitted.

Outlines:                   Thumbnail copy for instructor, and for every student. Detailed outline with a minimum of five source references noted on the outline referenced to the place they are used, presented only to the instructor following your speech. Narrative also required. All notes and visual aids are to be turned in immediately following the speech.

References:               A bibliography with a minimum of five scholarly academic source references.

Visuals:                      Three presentation aids (one of which must be visual). Interesting to your audience. Your speech should be timely and "news" to your audience. You must have a strong introduction, a clear thesis statement, a supportive body and a clear conclusion. Each of your main points must be supported with an appropriate source made clear to your audience. Your speech should reflect reasonable, balanced knowledge and be as objective as possible.

Speech # 4               Supporting A Point Presentation or Impromptu (omitted Summer Term only, with points added to other speeches)

Speech # 5               Persuasive Speech

Value:                      25% of final grade / 250 points (150 oral, 100 written)

Length:                    6 to 9 minutes, 50 points deducted if over or under limit

Topic:                     Pick a social or political topic that requires a specific, tangible action on the part of the audience.

Notes:                      All requirements of previous speeches apply, plus a brief narrative of the point(s) you intend on presenting and the action you wish the audience to take in response to your speech.

Outlines:                  Same as speech # 3

References:              A bibliography with a minimum of 7 scholarly/academic source references.

Visuals:                    Three presentation aids or more (two of which must be visual)

Description:             Choose a topic that you feel is timely and important; something you feel represents a problem that needs collective action. Craft a speech that establishes the existence of the problem in the minds of your audience and offers clear and explicit set(s) of actions for your audience to take to help resolve the matter. Action must be immediate and easily achieved within the classroom setting. Must have a clear thesis, clear sense of purpose and meet or exceed all of the requirements of speeches #2 and # 3.You should incorporate strategies for involving your audience with your speech. Be sure that all of the elements used or leaned in the term are applied; both written and oral grading criteria will be strictest on the final speech of the term. See evaluation sheet for additional details.

INSTRUCTOR DISCLAIMER:  The instructor reserves the right to rearrange any or all parts of the scheduled activities and/or work identified in this syllabus.  These rights extend to assignments, evaluation, and all other aspects of the course.  All changes made to the syllabus or course after the semester has begun will be communicated to students, and these changes will supersede any previously articulated information given.


                                             Points Possible             Points Earned

Introductory/Story Speech                 50 points                                   ______________

Demonstration Speech           100 points                                 ______________

Informative Speech                 200 points                                 ______________

Persuasion Speech                  250 points                                 ______________


Participation and Extra Credit                                   ____________
                  Ways to improve your scores:
Blog posting each week required
                  In class participation required
                  Mentoring other students suggested
                  Extra Credit Assignment (see instructor)

            Quiz Assignments                  # 1       25 points                     _______________

                                                            # 2       25 points                     _______________

                                                            # 3       25 points                     _______________

                                                            # 4       25 points                     _______________

Midterm Exam                        100 points                       ____________

            Final Exam                              200 points                               ______________

Total Points:                          1000 points                             ______________

Class Schedule – Subject to change by instructor
Student is responsible for recording dates as assigned.
Speeches must be done on date signed up for, exams taken on or before assigned dates, there may not be time for make goods (see instructor).
Exams are on the book and lecture.

July 2
The Evolving Art of Public Speaking
Communication Anxiety – Building Confidence
READ:  Chapters 1 & 2

July 3
Ethical Speaking and Listening
Storytelling and Introductions
SPEECH:  Storytelling/Intro Self
READ:  Chapter 3 & 16

July 5
Using Language Effectively
Delivering Your Speech
Quiz: 1
READ:  Chapter 10 & 12

July 9
Organizing and Outlining
Beginning and Ending Your Speech
Quiz: 2
READ: Chapters 8 & 9

July 10-11
Informative Speaking
Integrating Presentation Media
Quiz: 3
SPEECHES:  Demonstration
READ: Chapters 11 & 13

Week 12
Review for Midterm

July 16
EXAM:  Midterm
(Chapters 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16)
Developing Your Purpose and Topic
Adapting to Your Audience
READ:  Chapters 4 & 5

July 17 to 18
Researching Your Topic
Supporting Your Ideas
Quiz: 4
SPEECHES:  Informative
READ:  Chapters 6 & 7

July 19
Persuasive Speaking
SPEECHES:  Impromptu
READ:  Chapters 14 & 15

July 23 to 25
Persuasion Speech
Understanding Argument
Review for Final
Quiz: 5
SPEECHES: Persuasive

July 26
EXAM:  Comprehensive FINAL

Student Information Sheet

Please supply the following information. 

NAME YOU PREFER____________________________________________________

NAME IN SCHOOL RECORDS_____________________________________________  

STUDENT ID NUMBER__________________________________________________

E-MAIL(S) ___________________________________________________________

TEXT MESSAGE # or other______________________________________________

ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________

GRADE CLASSIFICATION_____________ (e.g. first year, etc.)      MAJOR_______________________

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT_____________________________________

If I need to contact you during the semester, what phone number(s) should I use, and what are the best hours to call?

Home___________________________________                                           Best Hours _______________

Cell  ____________________________________                                           Best Hours ________________                       
List Three Favorite Hobbies: 

Why did you enroll in this public speaking course?

What would you most like to learn from this course?

Do you have a fear of speaking in public? (Circle one)  Yes or No

Course Syllabus and Outline Acknowledgment and Agreement

I have read and agree to the terms listed in the above course syllabus and outline.  I understand that my instructor has reserved the right to rearrange any or all parts of the scheduled activities and/or work identified in this listing.  The rights extend to assignments, evaluation, and all other aspects of the course.

Signature: ________________________________   Class/Semester: _____________________

Print Name : _____________________________      Class Days/Times:  ___________________

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