Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

COMM 110: Introduction To Speech

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  Course Description

This course introduces students to basic skills necessary to function effectively in public communication situations, including informative and persuasive speaking. In addition, the students will develop abilities to analyze and evaluate oral discourse as a means of becoming informed consumers of communication.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th ed, New York: McGraw Hill, 2015.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course focuses on the study and application of skills needed to function effectively in public communication situations, including informative and persuasive speaking.   This course provides specific strategies and skills to develop an effective extemporaneous speaking style to enhance the student's ability to communicate in a sure and confident manner in a variety of situations.  The course also introduces students to basic communication concepts and strategies to analyze and evaluate oral discourse as a means of becoming informed consumers of communication. 

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Create an effective thesis appropriate to the speaker, situation, and audience.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop a logical organized informative message
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a logical organized persuasive message.
  4. Employ effective vocal and physical delivery techniques as well as presentation aid usage.
  5. Demonstrate the ethical use of evidence and sources with proper oral and written citations.
  6. Show a balanced judgment of message and interactions through information gathering, listening, ethics, and critical thinking.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Preparation Outlines 100 10%
Speeches 450 45%
Critiques 170 17%
Quizzes 280 28%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion: Video Introduction 30 Thursday/Sunday
Quiz 1 35 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Critique 1 20 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 1 25 Sunday
Quiz 2 35

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Critique 2 20 Thursday/Sunday
Speech 1: Informative 100 Sunday
Preparation Outline 2 25
Quiz 3 35

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Critique 3 20 Thursday/Sunday
Speech 2: Visual Aids 100 Sunday
Quiz 4 35

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Critique 4 20 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 3 25 Sunday
Quiz 5 35

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Critique 5 20 Thursday/Sunday
Speech 3: Persuasive-Belief 100 Sunday
Preparation Outline 4 25
Quiz 6 35

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Critique 6 20 Thursday/Sunday
Speech 4: Persuasive-Action 150 Sunday
Quiz 7 35

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Critique 7 20 Thursday/Saturday
Quiz 8 35 Saturday
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Preparation Outlines

You will prepare an Outline for each speech (4) assigned in the course. You must submit the outline for each speech before you record the speech. Files should be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files. Use 12 point font. You must include and cite properly (in APA format) at least one source from the Columbia College library database. Do not use Wikipedia as a source of information. Further expectations and submission information can be found in the Content area. The Preparation Outlines are due at 11:59 pm CT (Central Time) Sunday of their assigned week. Preparation Outlines cannot be revised to improve your grade.

Note:  Work done in a previous course, in whole or in part, will not be accepted.

Speeches

The heart of this course is speech. You must complete four short speeches (5-9 minutes) during the course. (An additional introductory video is required in the introductory Discussion which has different requirements.) You will record them in front of a live audience of at least three adults and then submit that recording’s YouTube URL and a self-critique (see below) to the appropriate dropbox in the course for a grade.  You may use notes for your speech, but you may not revise or edit the recorded speech before submitting it. Further details and expectations for each speech can be found in the Content area. All speeches are due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of their assigned week.

Self-Critique

You will complete a short ungraded self-critique as part of each speech dropbox submission. Before viewing your performance, write down your first impressions of your speech, and then after you’ve reviewed your speech, write what you believe to be one strength in your own performance, one weakness, and one way you would improve if you had the opportunity. To help frame your self-critique, two guiding questions are posted for you to respond to as part of your critique of your speech. Be sure to respond to those questions as part of your critique. Submit this self-critique as part of the submission for each speech to the dropbox with your speech URL.

Note: If the camera fails to display at least three adult audience members, you will earn zero (0) points for the speech. The three adult audience members must be physically present and in the same room as the speaker.

Note:  Work done in a previous course, in whole or in part, will not be accepted.

Critiques

There will be weekly critique assignments which will take place in the Discussion area of the course. Some will require you to review a provided speech  and others will be peer critiques of speech assignments. You will also be required to self-critique your own work with every speech you submit.

Written Critique

For Weeks  2 and 3 you will view and critique the speech posted in that discussion. For Week 6, you will select a professional speech found online to critique.  Submit your critique to the appropriate discussion topic by Thursday; respond to one or more of your peers by Sunday. Additional requirements and expectations can be found in the Content area.

Peer-Critique

In weeks 4, 5, 7, and 8 you will critique each others' recorded speeches. For each of your four speeches, you will provide the URL for the speech (along with your self-critique) for your classmates to view and provide a critique. These critiques will take place in the Discussions area of the course.

Once you have posted your own speech for your classmates to critique, select one speech posted by another student in the class to critique, following the PQP (Praise-Question-Polish) model. To help frame your critique, as well as provide an opportunity for additional discussion, two guiding questions have been posted for you to respond to as part of your overall critique. Be sure to respond to these questions in providing your peer critique and respond to at least one other classmate’s post. Your grade for the peer critique will reflect both your critique and your participation in this discussion.

Your critique of your peers’ work should be considerate and respectful. Students should not use a video that has already been critiqued unless all videos have been used. All peer critiques must be submitted to the appropriate discussion topic.
More information on the PQP model, as well as additional guidelines and expectations for critiques can be found in the Content area.

Initial critiques to speeches should be posted by 11:59 pm CT Thursday of the assigned week, with responses to peers due by 11:59 pm Sunday (except for Week 8, due Saturday).

Quizzes

There will be eight weekly Quizzes in the course. All quizzes must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of their assigned week. There will be 25 items on each quiz and you will have 30 minutes to take each quiz.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings

Chapters 1, 4, 5 and 11

Discussion: Video Introduction

It is customary to introduce yourself to your classmates in an introductory discussion. Record a brief video introduction of yourself (2-4 minutes) telling us whatever you feel comfortable sharing about yourself. This is not one of the formal speeches/videos of the course and does not require outlining or an audience.

Upload your video to YouTube and paste the URL to the appropriate discussion thread by 11:59 pm CT Thursday. Respond to at least one peer’s video post by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Requirements and expectations for this assignment can be found in the Content area.

Quiz 1

Complete Quiz 1, covering chapters 1, 4, 5, and 11.

Readings

Chapters 6-8, and 15

Critique 1
Complete a critique of the speech, Top Tips for How to Tape Your Speech, using the PQP method. (Link to speech is provided in course). More information on the PQP method can be found in the Content area. Submit Critique 1 to the appropriate Discussion topic by Thursday, then reply to at least one classmate’s critique by Sunday.
Preparation Outline 1

Submit your outline for Speech 1 (Informative) to the appropriate dropbox.

Quiz 2
Complete Quiz 2, covering chapters 6-8, and 15.
Readings

Chapters 9-10, and 14

Critique 2

Submit a critique of the published speech (see course for link) using the PQP method described in the Content area. In addition to the PQP, be sure to answer the following questions in your response:

  • Was the speaker able to make and maintain consistent eye contact with the audience?
  • Did the speaker effectively use transitions to clearly move your attention from section to section?

Be specific in providing feedback about what worked and how the information could have been presented differently. When possible, reference ideas from the text in providing your feedback.

Speech 1: Informative

Recorded Speech: Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. This speech must be 5-7 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 5 minutes or is longer than 7 minutes and 15 seconds. You should have at least 3 outside sources of information (6 for maximum credit) for the informative speech. Cite these sources orally in your speech. You may use written sources (books, magazines, newspapers), credible online sources, and personal interviews.

Self- Critique: Also include your self-critique of this first speech. Be sure to address the following:

  • Do you feel you correctly estimated what the audience knew about your topic? Why or why not?
  • What areas of your speech do you feel you were able to best relate to your audience?
  • Which areas were less successful and how might they be revised for better reception from your audience?
Preparation Outline 2

Submit your outline for Speech 2 (Informative/Visual Aids) to the appropriate dropbox.

Quiz 3
Complete Quiz 3, covering chapters 9-11, and 14.
Readings

Chapters 16 and 17

Critique 3

In your initial post, post the URL for your Speech 1 and attach your self-critique. Then submit a critique of one classmate's Speech 1 using the PQP method described in the Content area. In addition to PQP, answer the following questions in your critique:

  • As a viewer, was the information being presented clear and easy to understand?
  • Was the speaker able to relate the subject to you effectively? How so?

Be specific in providing feedback about what worked and how the information could have been presented differently. When possible, reference ideas from the text in providing your feedback.

Speech 2: Visual Aids

Recorded Speech: Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. This speech should be 5-7 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 5 minutes or is longer than 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Use at least 3 outside sources of information (6 for maximum credit) for the visual aids speech. Cite these sources orally in your speech. You may use written sources (books, magazines, newspapers), credible online sources, and personal interviews. Note: You must use at least one audio or visual aid to help the audience understand the topic.

Self-Critique:  Also include your self-critique of this first speech. Be sure to address the following:

  • What visual aid(s) did you select for your speech and why?
  • Did you encounter any problems using them?
Quiz 4
Complete Quiz 4, covering chapters 16 and 17.
Readings

Chapters 12 and 13

Critique 4

First, post the URL for your Speech 2 and attach your self-critique to your discussion post. Then, submit a critique of one classmate’s Speech 2 located in the discussion topic using the PQP method described in the Content area. In addition to the PQP, be sure to answer the following questions in your response:

  • As a viewer, did you find the visual aid(s) helpful or distracting? Why?
  • Are there other types of aids you feel would have enhanced the speech? Which types and why?

Be specific in providing feedback about what worked and how the visual aids could have been better utilized. When possible, reference ideas from the text in providing your feedback.

Preparation Outline 3

Submit your outline for Speech 3 (Persuasive-Belief) to the appropriate dropbox.

Quiz 5
Complete Quiz 5, covering Chapters 12 and 13.
Readings

Chapter 2

Critique 5

Submit a written critique of a professional speech delivered by a prominent public speaker you’ve chosen, using the guidelines below. Be sure to include the URL for the speech in your post. Use the name of the speaker or title of the speech as your post title. Try to select a speech your classmates have not already critiqued.

Once you have posted your critique, respond to one or more of your peers.

Guidelines:  Select a professional speech found online to critique. This must be a formal speech delivered by a trained public speaker or figure on the American Rhetoric Web site (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/) or from another source.

 

Speech 3: Persuasive-Belief

Recorded Speech: Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. This speech should be 6-9 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 6 minutes or is longer than 9 minutes and 15 seconds. Use at least 3 outsides sources of information (6 for maximum credit) for this speech. Cite these sources orally in your speech. Use written sources, credible online sources, and personal interviews. Two of the three sources must be a current or appropriate book or article. You must use at least three different types (examples, illustrations, statistics, testimony) of supporting materials.

Self-Critique:  Also include your self-critique of this speech. Be sure to address the following:

  • What methods did you utilize in your speech to make your message persuasive to your audience?
  • Was the message in your speech positively or negatively received by your audience?
Preparation Outline 4

Submit your outline for Speech 4 (Persuasive-Belief) to the appropriate dropbox.

Quiz 6

Complete Quiz 6, covering chapter 2.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings

Chapter 3

Critique 6

First, post the URL for your Speech 3 and attach your self-critique to your discussion post. Then submit a critique of one classmate’s Speech 3 located in the discussion topic using the PQP method described in the Content area. In addition to the PQP, be sure to answer the following questions in your response:

  • As a viewer, did you find the position/issue the speaker presented compelling and well supported? Why?
  • What was the primary method used to generate persuasion in the speech? Was it effective? If not, what method or approach might have been more effective?

Be specific in providing feedback about what worked and how their speech could have been altered to be more persuasive. When possible, reference ideas from the text in providing your feedback.

Speech 4: Persuasive-Action

Recorded Speech: Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. This speech should be 6-9 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 6 minutes or is longer than 9 minutes and 15 seconds. Use at least 3 outsides sources of information (6 for maximum credit) for this speech. Cite these sources orally in your speech. Use written sources, credible Internet Sources, and personal interviews beyond your personal experience. Two of the three sources must be a current or appropriate book or article. You must use at least three different types (examples, illustrations, statistics, and testimony) of supporting materials.

Self-Critique: Also include your self-critique of this first speech. Be sure to address the following:

  • Did you approach outlining and writing Speech 4 differently than Speech 3? How?
  • Were your lines of argument positively or negatively received by your audience?
Quiz 7
Complete Quiz 7, covering Chapter 3.
Readings

Chapter 18 and 19

Critique 7

First, post the URL for your Speech 4 and attach your self-critique to your discussion post. Then submit a critique of one classmate’s Speech 4 located in the discussion topic using the PQP method described in the Content area. In addition to the PQP, be sure to answer the following questions in your response:

  • As a viewer, did you find the position/issue the speaker presented compelling and well supported? Why?
  • Was the speaker able to establish and maintain credibility? How?

Be specific in providing feedback about what worked and how their speech could have been altered to be more persuasive. When possible, reference ideas from the text in providing your feedback.

Quiz 8
Complete Quiz 8, covering Chapters 18 and 19

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

 No late discussion posts will be accepted.

The Late Policy for each type of assignment is detailed below. 

Assignment

Time Frame

Credit allowed

Quizzes

Up to one week late(during Weeks 1-7)

Note:You must request permission to access a quiz after the due date.

50%

Preparation Outlines

Up to one week late

50%

Speeches

Up to one week late(during Weeks 1-7)

In Week 8, late assignments must be submitted by the final day of class (Saturday).

50%

Critiques and Discussions

No late submissions allowed

0 points

The only exception to this late policy is that students who are on a documented deployment or who have a documented illness will be allowed to submit assignments after returning from deployment or hospitalization.  If you have advance notice of such deployment and/or hospitalization, submit assignments in advance when possible.  Please note that problems with your computer and/or Internet Service Provider do not constitute legitimate excuses for submitting assignments late.

Note:  Class ends on Saturday of Week 8. All work (including late assignments) must be submitted by 11:59 pm CT Saturday on the final day of class.  Assignments submitted after this time will not receive credit.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.