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COMM 110: Introduction To Speech

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



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. 12th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2015.
    • ISBN-978-0-07-352391-0

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


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 922-1025 90-100%
B 820-921 80-89%
C 718-819 70-79%
D 615-717 60-69%
F 0-614 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Introduction Video 25 2%
Preparation Outlines 115 11%
Speeches 500 49%
Critiques 105 10%
Quizzes 280 27%
Total 1025 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction Video 25 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 1 20 Sunday
Quiz 1 35
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Critique 1 15 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 2 20 Sunday
Speech 1: Self Analysis 50
Quiz 2 35
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Critique 2 15 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 3 25 Sunday
Speech 2: Informative 100
Quiz 3 35
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Critique 3 15 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 4 20 Sunday
Speech 3: Visual Aids 100
Quiz 4 35
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Critique 4 15 Thursday/Sunday
Speech 4: Persuasive-Belief 100 Sunday
Quiz 5 35
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Critique 5 15 Thursday/Sunday
Preparation Outline 5 30 Sunday
Quiz 6 35
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Critique 6 15 Thursday/Sunday
Speech 5: Persuasive-Action 150 Sunday
Quiz 7 35
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Critique 7 15 Thursday/Saturday
Quiz 8 35 Saturday
Total Points 1025

Assignment Overview

Introduction Video

In Week 1, you will submit a brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing yourself to the class. Requirements and expectations for this assignment can be found in the Content area.

Preparation Outlines

You will prepare an Outline for each speech 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 five short speeches (3-9 minutes) during the course. 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. Your speech URL and self-critique will also be posted in the appropriate Discussion topic for the Peer-Critique assignments.  You may use notes for your speech, but you may not revise or edit the recorded speech before submitting it. Further details and expectations (including the ungraded self-critique for each submission) for each speech can be found in the Content area. All speeches are due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of their assigned week.

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. Some will require you to review a speech provided (Weeks 2 and 7), and others will be peer critiques of speech assignments (Weeks 3-6, 8). You will also be required to self-critique your own work with every speech you submit.

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 have been 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.

Written Critique

For Week 2, you will view and critique the speech posted in the Content area. For Week 7, you will select a professional speech found online to critique. A URL of the speech should be submitted with the 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

For each of your five 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.

Week 1: Speaking in Public; Giving Your First Speech; Selecting a Topic and Purpose
Readings
Chapters 1, 4 & 5
Introduction Video
Submit a brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing yourself to the class. 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.
Preparation Outline 1
Submit your outline for Speech 1 (Self-Analysis) to the appropriate dropbox.
Quiz 1
Complete Quiz 1, covering chapters 1, 4, and 5.
Week 2: Analyzing the Audience; Gathering Materials; Supporting Your Ideas; Speaking to Inform
Readings
Analyzing the Audience; Gathering Materials; Supporting Your Ideas; Speaking to Inform
Critique 1
Complete a critique of the speech located in Week 2 of the Content area, using the PQP method. 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 2
Submit your outline for Speech 2 (Informative) to the appropriate dropbox.
Speech 1: Self Analysis

Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. Also, post the URL for your speech to the appropriate critique discussion. When posting the URL for your speech, be sure to include not only the self-critique, but answers to the following:

  • Was your performance what you expected? Why or why not?
  • What strategies did you use to manage nervousness/anxiety?

This speech must be 3-5 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 3 minutes or is longer than 5 minutes and 15 seconds. This speech is your assessment of your public speaking abilities. Therefore, you are not required to cite outside sources of information.

Quiz 2
Complete Quiz 2, covering chapters 6-8, and 15.
Week 3: Organizing the Body of the Speech; Beginning and Ending the Speech; Outlining the Speech; Using Visual Aids
Readings
Replace this text with your 'Section' text.
Critique 2

Submit a critique of one classmate’s Speech 1 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:

  • 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.

Preparation Outline 3
Submit your outline for Speech 3 (Visual Aids) to the appropriate dropbox.
Speech 2: Informative

Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. Also, post the URL for your speech to the appropriate critique discussion. When posting the URL for your speech, be sure to include not only the self-critique, but answers to 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?

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.

Quiz 3
Complete Quiz 3, covering chapters 9-11, and 14.
Week 4: Speaking to Persuade; Methods of Persuasion
Readings
Chapters 16 & 17
Critique 3

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, 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.

Preparation Outline 4
Submit your outline for Speech 4 (Persuasive-Belief) to the appropriate dropbox.
Speech 3: Visual Aids

Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. Also, post the URL for your speech to the appropriate critique discussion. When posting the URL for your speech, be sure to include not only the self-critique, but answers to the following:

  • What visual aid(s) did you select for your speech and why?
  • Did you encounter any problems using them?

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.

Quiz 4
Complete Quiz 4, covering chapters 16 and 17.
Week 5: Using Language; Delivery
Readings
Chapters 12 & 13
Critique 4

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 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.

Speech 4: Persuasive-Belief

Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. Also, post the URL for your speech to the appropriate critique discussion. When posting the URL for your speech, be sure to include not only the self-critique, but answers to 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?

This speech should be 6-8 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 6 minutes or is longer than 8 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.

Quiz 5
Complete Quiz 5, covering Chapters 12 and 13.
Week 6: Ethics and Public Speaking
Readings
Chapter 2
Critique 5

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?
  • 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.

Preparation Outline 5
Submit your outline for Speech 5 (Persuasive-Action) 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.
Week 7: Listening
Readings
Chapter 3
Critique 6

Complete a critique of a professional speech delivered by a prominent public speaker you’ve chosen. Requirements and expectations for choosing a speaker/speech are in the Content area. Submit Critique 6 to the appropriate Discussion topic by Thursday, then reply to at least one classmate’s critique by Sunday.Note: Please select a speech your classmates have not already critiqued.

Note: Please select a speech your classmates have not already critiqued.

Speech 5: Persuasive-Action

Submit the URL for your speech to the appropriate dropbox. Also, post the URL for your speech to the appropriate critique discussion. When posting the URL for your speech, be sure to include not only the self-critique, but answers to the following:

  • Did you approach outlining and writing Speech 5 differently than Speech 4? How?
  • Were your lines of argument positively or negatively received by your audience?

This speech should be 7-9 minutes long. You will lose points if your speech is less than 7 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.

Quiz 7
Complete Quiz 7, covering Chapter 3.
Week 8: Speaking on Special Occasions; Speaking in Small Groups
Readings
Chapter 18 & 19
Critique 7

Submit a critique of one classmate’s Speech 5 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

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

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

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

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 Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. 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.


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