Approved by Faculty Senate.
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: CMST
Course Number: 261
Course Title: Public Speaking
Catalog Description: Selection and organization of materials and delivery of
common types of speeches; listening skills.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2:
Department Contact Person for this course: Dr. Ted Reilly 457-5238
The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in: Oral Flag
Students will increase their proficiency in public speaking beyond the skills taught in CMST 191. students will deliver at least four graded speeches; take at least two exams; and participate in speaking exercises which include peer feedback. This course strives to make students more aware of their current skills as an oral communicator, empower students to become more effective speakers, and help students to become better listeners through the process of exposure to various peer speeches.
This course includes requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...
a. Earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations; more than half of the course credit comes from delivering individual speeches and presentations. Projects are graded individually
b. Understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines; Public speaking has been a foundation of the communication discipline for over 2000 years. As in the polis, students today are provided instruction for public address in ways that advance their individual interests as well as enhance community well being. Students learn types of speaking such as impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript and memorization.
c. Adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences; Students learn techniques in audience analysis and adapt their speeches appropriately to communication studies audiences.
d. Receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement; all speeches are graded individually and student progress is made evident through written critiques, oral feedback, and peer review.
e. Make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields; students are encouraged to enhance speaking effectiveness through technology and visual aids. Some examples are power point, overhead projectors, TV/VCR and media visual aids.
f. Learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields. Students present claims and evidence in traditional inductive, deductive and narrative forms. Students are instructed as to the proper citation formats such as APA and MLA. Emphasis is also put on standard forms of outline and proper structure of presentations.
Sample Syllabus for PUBLIC SPEAKING
Communication Studies 261
Instructor: Professor X
Office: PAC Rm 215
Office hours: MTWTF 12-2. And by appointment.
Oral Assignments Approx. Points Possible Your Grade
*Informative Speech 50
*Persuasive Speech 65
Impromptu Speech 10
Narrative Speech 25
Mini Speeches 10
Special Occasion Speech 15
Total = 175
Quiz #1 50
Quiz #2 40
Participation Activities 10
Self-Analysis Paper 10
Total = 140
90- 100% = A 80-89%= B 70-79% = C 60-69% = D 590% = F
This is not a "lecture hall" course. You will be urged to practice your communication through participating in class activities and discussions. There will be points offered for these each day, which cannot be made up. Thus, attendance is mandatory and multiple absences will hurt your grade. Just as a "real job" allows for so many sick days without pay penalty, you are allowed 3 absences without penalty. However, if you miss more than three classes, there will be 5 points deducted from your grade upon each additional absence. I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused unless its a university-sanctioned function. The nature of the course requires you to attend regularly and be on time.
Do not expect points for late work. Assignments are due at the start of class with no 5:00 deadline. Just as an employer sets a deadline and you either make it or perish, the same is true here. I realize that there are extenuating circumstances, which arise, however. Therefore, I will except ONE late paper a semester with only a point off for tardiness if you get it to me that day by 5:00. Every 24 hours beyond that will be a letter grade off. You may only use this once. With any other late papers, no points will be given.
If you are going to be absent the day a lecture is scheduled, contacting me ahead of time is not necessary. I would advise, however, making sure you are aware of what you missed that day. Speeches that are worth 10 points or less cannot be rescheduled and made up. Failure to contact me BEFORE the class period begins in which you are scheduled to give either of our two major speeches or take the quizzes will result in 0 points. Cases of emergency are considered with discretion. This is a performance class. Disruptions to the schedule affect everyone.
4. RESPECT, HONESTY, COMMUNITY
Whether it is your fellow classmates, or me speaking I expect courtesy. Translation:
No eye rolling, negative comments, reading the newspaper, or doing other homework.
Failure to tell the truth with excuses, cheating on exams or plagiarizing other works results in an absolute "0". Documentation will be required in order to make any exceptions.
Since this is not a "lecture hall" course, you will have many
chances to become
actively involved. It is my goal to establish an atmosphere in which we get to know each
others names and constantly learn from each other through voluntary
interaction. With the right attitude, this class is an open and sharing environment.
** This is a university studies course. It satisfies the Oral Flag requirement. As such, this course includes requirements and learning activities that promote students abilities to . . . .
a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;
b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;
c. adapt their speaking to filed specific audiences;
d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement.
e. make use of technologies used for research and speaking in their fields; and
f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in theirs fields
The ways and means of accomplishing this are noted on the following schedule.
Tentative Course Schedule CMST 261
AUG M23 Course Introduction Chapter Readings USP Criterion
W25 Intro Speeches 1
F27 Intro Speeches 2
M30 Spkr Audience analysis 4, 5 C
SEP W1 Spkr Audience analysis 6 C
F3 Audience/Structure 7
M6 Labor Day Holiday
W8 Communication Apprehension 8
F10 Communication Apprehension 9
M13 Research methods F
W15 Outline and Bibliographies 12 F
M20 Informative Speeches 14 A, B, C, D
W22 Informative speeches A, B, C, D
F24 Informative speeches A, B, C, D
M27 Informative speeches 10 A, B, C, D
W29 Informative speeches A, B, C, D
OCT F1 Visual Aids E
M4 Language and Style 11
W6 Language and Style
F8 Argument- Claims and Evidence E, F
M11 Arguments Reasoning and Fallacies E, F
W13 Argument E, F
F15 Exam #1
M18 Argument Speech 16 A, B, C, D
W20 Argument Speech A, B, C, D
F22 Argument Speech A, B, C, D
M25 Argument Speech A, B, C, D
W27 Argument Speech A, B, C, D
F29 Argument Speech A, B, C, D
NOV M1 Special Occasion 17
W3 Special Occasion A, B, C, D
F5 Special Occasion A, B, C, D
M8 Special Occasion A, B, C, D
W10 Debate Procedure
F12 Veterans Day Holiday 3
M15 Narrative Speeches A, B, C, D
W17 Narrative Speeches 13 A, B, C, D
F19 Narrative Speeches A, B, C, D
M22 Narrative Speeches A, B, C, D
M29 Persuasive Speech A, B, C, D
DEC W1 Persuasive Speeches A, B, C, D
F3 Persuasive Speech A, B, C, D
M6 Persuasive speech A, B, C, D
W8 Persuasive speech A, B, C, D
F10 Course Wrap up, etc.