Syllabus
Introduction to Speech Communication

Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH-1311

Spring 2012
01/17/2012 - 05/13/2012

Course Information

Section 069
Lecture
MW 3:00PM - 4:20PM
RVSG 9137
Kevin Clark
kclark@austincc.edu
(512) 223.1790 x26239

Office Hours

  • M W
    4:20 - 4:50pm
    RVSG 9139
  • M W
    8:50 - 9:20pm
    RGC1 320
  • T
    5:00 - 5:30pm
    BOW B206
  • T
    8:10 - 8:40pm
    BOW B206

Course Requirements

Group Assignments:  30%

Group Zone Game Agenda and Presentation:  5%

Group Creative Product Modification:  25%

        Group Topic Proposal:  3%

        Group Talking Points:  7%

        Group Presentation:  15%

 

Individual Assignments:  34%

Individual Contract of Understanding:  3%

Individual Practice Informative Speech:  3%

Individual Informative Speech: “A Favorite Place”:  28%

        Individual Topic Proposal:  3%

        Individual Outline:  7%

        Individual Presentation:  18%

 

Individual Examinations (Best 3 out of 4):  36%

        Exam 1 (Unit 1, part 1:  Chapters 1, 2 & 6):  12%

        Exam 2 (Unit 1, part 2:  Chapters 3, 4 & 5):  12%

        Exam 3 (Units 2 and 3:  Chapters 7-10):  12%

        Exam 4 (Unit 4:  Chapters 11-15 and «Notes on Ancient Greeks »):  12%

Readings

Beebe, Steven A., Susan J. Beebe, and Diana K. Ivy. Communication: Principles for a Lifetime (4th  ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2010.

Course Subjects

 

 

W, January 18

Course Introduction

 

 

 

 

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M, January 23

Chapter 1: Foundations of Human Communication

Reading Sheets for Ch. 1, 2 & 6

Chapter 1: Answering the Question: Is It Communication?

 

 

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W, January 25

 

Introducing Your Partner

DUE by 2:45 PM via ACC gmail: Contract of Understanding

 

 

ROLL

DATE

TOPICS / READINGS / HANDOUTS

ACTIVITIES

PAPERS / PRESENTATIONS

EXAMS

 

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M, January 30

Chapter 2: Self-Awareness and Communication

 

Chapter 2: Determining Attitudes, Beliefs, and Values in the “Big Issues”

Returned via ACC gmail:  Confirmation that your Contract was received

 

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W, February 1

Chapter 6: Adapting to Others: Bridging Culture and Gender Differences

Chapter 6: Distinguishing Stereotype From Prejudice in Television

 

In Blackboard: Exam 1 Practice Qs

 

 

M, February 6

 

 

 

Exam 1:                Ch. 1, 2 & 6

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update

W, February 8

Chapter 3: Understanding Verbal Messages

Reading Sheets for Ch. 3, 4 & 5

Chapter 3: Applying the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis to the Five Senses

 

Returned in class: Exam 1

 

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M, February 13

Chapter 4: Understanding Nonverbal Messages

Chapter 4: Distinguishing Verbal From Nonverbal Messages in Media

 

 

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W, February 15

Chapter 5: Listening and Responding

Chapter 5: Paraphrasing Message Content & Emotion in Sitcoms

 

In Blackboard: Exam 2 Practice Qs

 

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M, February 20

 

“Speed-teaming” to Form Teams

DUE in class: Team Request Forms

 

 

W, February 22

 

 

 

Exam 2:       Ch. 3, 4 & 5

 

 

ROLL

DATE

TOPICS / READINGS / HANDOUTS

ACTIVITIES

PAPERS / PRESENTATIONS

EXAMS

 

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M, February 27

Discussion of Group Zone Game

Working in Groups: Developing Team Name in Acronym Form

Returned in class: Team Assignments

 

Returned in class: Exam 2

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update

W, February 29

Chapter 7: Understanding Interpersonal Communication

Discussion of Group Creative Product Modification

Reading Sheets for Ch. 7-10

Chapter 7: Understanding Perception & Self-Awareness

 

 

 

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M, March 5

Chapter 8: Enhancing Relationships

Chapter 8: Moving from Aggressive to Assertive Communication

 

 

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W, March 7

Chapter 9: Understanding Group and Team Performance

Chapter 9: Recognizing Groups and Teams in Disaster Situations

Group Zone Game Agendas and Presentations (5 min. per team; 5%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Group Zone Game

In Blackboard: Exam 3 Practice Qs

 

 

M, March 12

NO CLASS (Spring Break)

 

W, March 14

NO CLASS (Spring Break)

 

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M, March 19

Chapter 10: Enhancing Group and Team Performance

 

Chapter 10: Recognizing the Reflective Thinking Process in Inventions

Working in Groups

DUE in class: Group Creative Modification Topic Proposals (3%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Topic Proposals

 

 

W, March 21

 

 

 

Exam 3:       Ch. 7-10

ROLL

DATE

TOPICS / READINGS / HANDOUTS

ACTIVITIES

PAPERS / PRESENTATIONS

EXAMS

 

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M, March 26

Chapter 11: Developing Your Presentation

“Notes on Ancient Greeks”

Reading Sheets for Ch. 11-15 & “Notes”

Chapter 11: Developing Supportive Evidence & Testimony

Working in Groups

 

Returned in class: Exam 3

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update

W, March 28

Chapter 12: Organizing and Outlining Your Presentation

Working in Groups

 

 

 

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M, April 2

Discussion of Individual Practice Informative Speech

Discussion of Individual Informative Speech Assignment + Video Example

Chapter 12: Turning a Preparation Outline Into a Delivery Outline

Working in Groups

DUE in class: Group Creative Modification Talking Points (7%)

 

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W, April 4

Chapter 14: Speaking to Inform

Chapter 14: Organizing Spatially, Chronologically, and Topically Practicing Enunciation

DUE in class: Individual Informative Speech Topic Proposals (3%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Talking Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROLL

DATE

TOPICS / READINGS / HANDOUTS

ACTIVITIES

PAPERS / PRESENTATIONS

EXAMS

 

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M, April 9

 

 

Group Creative Product Modification Presentations          (15-18 min. per team; 15%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Group Presentations

Returned in class: Evaluations of Speech Topic Proposals

 

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W, April 11

Chapter 13: Delivering Your Presentation

Chapter 13: Noticing Effective Verbal Delivery

 

 

 

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M, April 16

 

 

Individual Practice Informative Speeches (2-3 min.; 3%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Practice Speeches

 

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update

W, April 18

Chapter 15: Speaking to Persuade

Chapter 15: Detecting Faulty Reasoning

Exam 4 Review in class: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire—SPCH 1311 Edition”

DUE in class: Individual Informative Speech Outlines (7%)

In Blackboard: Exam 4 Practice Qs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROLL

DATE

TOPICS / READINGS / HANDOUTS

ACTIVITIES

PAPERS / PRESENTATIONS

EXAMS

 

END “W”

 

M, April 23

 

 

Signups begin in class for Individual Informative Speech Presentations

Exam 4:                Ch. 11-15 and “Notes”

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W, April 25

 

Practicing Emotions

Signups end in class for Individual Informative Speech Presentations

Returned in class: Evaluations of Speech Outlines

 

 

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M, April 30

 

 

Individual Informative Speech Presentations (4-6 min.; 18%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Speech Presentations

Returned in class: Exam 4

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W, May 2

 

 

Individual Informative Speech Presentations (4-6 min.; 18%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Speech Presentations

 

 

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M, May 7

 

 

Individual Informative Speech Presentations (4-6 min.; 18%)

Returned in class: Evaluations of Speech Presentations

 

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update

W, May 9

Conclusions

 

 

 

 

F, May 11

Final Letter Grades Officially Submitted & Entered in Blackboard

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

·         To understand the communication process and characteristics of competence;

·         To demonstrate an understanding of the role of perception in communication;

·         To recognize the power of language and adapt verbal messages appropriately;

·         To evaluate listening habits and practice effective listening skills;

·         To send and interpret nonverbal messages with accuracy and effectiveness;

·         To understand the role of communication in interpersonal relationships;

·         To recognize own conflict style & demonstrate effective conflict management;

·         To contribute to effective group problem-solving and practice role flexibility;

·         To use effective delivery style in informal or formal public speaking situations;

·         To recognize the need to self-monitor personal communication competence;

·         To develop skill in selecting and using a variety of communication strategies and responses based on situational contexts, goals, and human needs; and

·         To foster a better understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity.