Syllabus
Introduction to Speech Communication

Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH-1311

Fall 2010
08/23/2010 - 12/12/2010

Course Information

Section 026
Distance Learning
HYD NRG
Cassandra Knobloch

(512) 318.3539

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Course Requirements

 

Speeches

  • There are two graded speaking assignments, as described on page 3 of this Syllabus.
  •  Each student will receive an individual written evaluation form for each speaking assignment.  There may also be general class discussion of speaking assignments.

2.  Students must be present at the two required class meetings to present their speaking assignments.

3.  Students must attend the entire class meeting in order to be an audience member for other students’ presentations.  Students who are not present for the entire class meeting will have their grade for the assignment lowered by ten (10) points.

4. The following grade scale is used for the speaking assignments:

Employment Interview and Speech to Inform

90 – 100            A

80  - 89            B

70  - 79            C

60  - 69            D

below 60            F

  • Employment Interview  Objectives:  to practice effective communication behaviors needed in an employment interview context; to practice effective listening skills and nonverbal skills

1.  students work in pairs to present two interviews; partners will be assigned at the first class meeting

2.  each student will participate as interviewer and as interviewee; student grade is based on presentation

as interviewee, interviewer participation is in support of partner and to practice listening and nonverbal

communication skills

3.  choose a real position, with a real company,  related to your major and career goals

4.  prepare a formal interview script of questions and answers in advance

5.  provide two copies of script, to professor and partner, at first class meeting, computer generated

6.  provide one copy of one-page resume, computer generated,  to professor at first class meeting

7.  time limit is 7 - 8 minutes

  • Speech to Inform  Objectives:  to inform your audience about a topic of interest, through description, demonstration, or explanation; to organize information effectively; to develop research and citation skills

1. choose an informative topic of interest to a college-level audience; topic must be reviewed in advance by professor, in order to ensure that it is correct for the assignment, that is, informative not persuasive

2.  prepare one copy of complete sentence outline, computer-generated and submitted at second class meeting

3.  prepare one copy of bibliography with minimum of three references, computer generated and submitted at second class meeting

4.  all three sources in bibliography must be referred to during the speech

5.  use extemporaneous method of delivery -  three  - four 3 x 5 note cards allowed

6.  audio-visual aids are encouraged

7.  time limit is 5 - 6 minutes

  • Requirements for Written Work

1.  All written work must be computer-generated.

2. Type your name and date in the upper corner of the first page.

3.  Do not use binders, folders, or covers.

4.  Use 1” margins and a standard 12 point font.

5.  Staple or clip together multiple pages.

6.  Proofreadyour work before submitting it.

Exams

  • There are two written tests, covering assigned textbook chapters. 
  • The tests are objective, and include multiple-choice and true-false questions.
  • The tests require memorization and recall of specific factual information.
  • Students may take each test only once; there is no opportunity for a make-up test.  Students should read and study the assigned chapters carefully before taking each test.
  •  Tests must be completed in the ACC Testing Centers on a secure ACC computer, and tests are graded in the Testing Centers. 
  • Students must bring identification to the centers to take the tests. 
  • Find the locations and hours of ACC Testing Centers at http://www.austincc.edu/testctr.

Go to the Hours link and the Locations link.

Read the Student Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers at http://www.austincc.edu/testctr.

Go to the Student Guidelines link.

Tests must be completed by the due dates shown on the Assignment Schedule of this Syllabus.

Tests may be completed before the due date, but not after.

        Review Sheets for Test 1 and Test 2 are posted on Blackboard under Assignments.

 The following grade scale is used for the tests:

Test 1 and Test 2

45 – 50           A

40 – 44            B

35 - 39           C

30 - 34           D

Below 30         F

 

  • The number of points possible for each assignment is as follows:

            Interview                                    100

            Speech to Inform                      100

            Tests - 2 x 50                             100

                                    TOTAL            300

  • The final course grade will be determined as follows:

            265 - 300            A

            240 - 264            B

            210 - 239            C

            180 - 209            D

            below 180            F

Readings

COMMUNICATION IN OUR LIVES, 5th edition, Julia T. Wood

Course Subjects

 

SPEECH 1311 – HYD, Section 19796

Fall 2010

ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE

Week 1 - August 23                        Read Syllabus & Complete online Orientation, Read Chapter 1

Week 2 –August 30                                    Read Chapters 2 & 3

Read the following Experiencing Communication in Our Lives

Case Studies, then answer the Questions for Analysis & Discussion that accompany them. * (See * Note on following page.)

                                                “College Success,” Chapter 2                        “Parental Teachings,” Chapter 3

Week 3 - September 6                                    Read Chapter 4

Read the following Experiencing Communication in Our Lives

Case Study, then answer the Questions for Analysis & Discussion that accompany it. *

“Family Hour,” Chapter 4

Week 4 - September 13                        Read Chapters 5 & 6

Read the following Experiencing Communication in Our Lives

Case Studies, then answer the Questions for Analysis & Discussion that accompany them. *

 “Roommates,” Chapter 5                        “Nonverbal Cues,” Chapter 6

            Sunday, September 19              Test 1 Due  - Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Week 5 - September 20                        Read Appendix B & Interview Study Guide,

                                                            posted on Blackboard under Course Documents

 

Week 6 – September 27                        Read Chapter 8

Read the following Experiencing Communication in Our Lives

Case Study, then answer the Questions for Analysis & Discussion that accompany them. *

 “Cloudy Climate,” Chapter 8                                                                                                                                                            

Week 7 - October 4                                    Read Chapter 9

Read the following Experiencing Communication in Our Lives

Case Study, then answer the Questions for Analysis & Discussion that accompany it. *

            “Wedding Bells,” Chapter 9

                 Saturday, October 9            Employment Interview Due, 12 noon – 4:30 p.m., NRG 4201

Week 8 - October 11                        Read Chapter 14 & Speech Study Guide,

                                                posted on Blackboard under Course Documents

                                                Read Appendix A - Sample Informative Speech, “Witchcraft”

Week 9 - October 18                                    Read Chapters 17 & 15

 

Read the following Experiencing Communication in Our Lives

Case Study, then answer the Questions for Analysis & Discussion that accompany it. *

                                                “Using Evidence,” Chapter 15

Week 10 - October 25                                    Read Chapter 16

            Wednesday, October 27            Speech Thesis Statement Due – By Phone orE-Mail

Week 11 - November 1                        Read Chapter 7

View the following Case Study, then answer

the discussion questions that accompany it. *

“Job Interview,” Chapter 7                       

            Saturday, November 13 -  Speech to Inform Due, 12 noon – 4:30 p.m., NRG 4201

Week 12 - November 8                                    Read Chapters 10 & 11

View the following Case Studies, then answer

the discussion questions that accompany them. *

“Class Gift,” Chapter 10            “Teamwork,” Chapter 11

Week 13 - November 15                                    Read Chapter 12

View the following Case Study, then answer

the discussion questions that accompany it. *

“Ed Misses Banquet” Chapter 12

Sunday, November 21              Test 2 Due  - Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Week 14 - November 22

                       Thursday, November 25 - Sunday, November 28            THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Week 15 – Monday, November 29                        Read Closing:  Pulling Ideas Together

 

 

 

 

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1.  To understand the communication process and characteristics of communication competence.

2.  To demonstrate an understanding of the role of perception in communication.

3.  To recognize the power of language and to adapt verbal messages appropriately.

4.  To send and interpret nonverbal messages with accuracy and effectiveness.

5.  To evaluate listening habits and practice effective listening skills.

6.  To understand the role of communication in interpersonal relationships.

7.  To discover the different purposes and types of public communication.

8.  To recognize group roles and effective problem solving in groups.