1 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 1 COMMUNICOLOGY 251: PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING Mondays through Fridays 9:00-10:15 am George Hall 213 PROFESSOR: Dr. Amy Hubbard OFFICE: George Hall, Room 333 OFFICE HOURS: M-F 10:20-10:45 am & by appt. PHONE: (808) ADDRESS: COMG WEBSITE: manoa.hawaii.edu/communicology REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS & MATERIALS 1. Lucas, S. E. (2012). The art of public speaking (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Begin reading assignments before the date specified in this course syllabus and complete the readings by the class session of the assignment date. The readings are designed to parallel the lecture content and to prepare students for each speech performance assignment. Students are held responsible for all assigned readings, even if they are not explicitly discussed in class. 2. Some assignments, class materials, outlines of PowerPoint lectures, and announcements may be shared in class and/or distributed to the class via Laulima. It is your responsibility to regularly attend class on time and check your Laulima account. Go to: https://laulima.hawaii.edu and enter your UH identification and password to use Laulima. OBJECTIVES This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of effective public speaking. Students will gain substantial knowledge and practice in speech composition and delivery. Because Communicology 251 is a skills-based course, students will have numerous opportunities to gain "hands-on" experience delivering public speeches. In addition, as students prepare and present a variety of speeches throughout the semester, particular emphasis will be placed on organization, critical thinking, reasoning, and evaluation of speeches. As a result, students not only become more proficient public speakers, but they also develop better writing, listening, and analytical skills. The purpose of this course is NOT to transform students into masterful public speakers. Becoming an expert in this area requires extensive and consistent practice, preparation, and detailed analysis. Instead, the purpose of this course is to begin that process of becoming an excellent public speaker by increasing your public speaking competencies and by providing guidance to help you to enhance your public speaking abilities in the future. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the many facets of public speaking and you will be able to foresee which areas you will need to gain further practice in order to become that successful and polished public speaker in the future. After completing this course, students will have a better understanding of: 1. the relevant concepts, theories, and principles of effective public communication, 2. the ethical implications of speaking and being an attentive audience member, 3. how to select appropriate and effective speech topics, 4. how to research and gather supporting material for various types of public speeches, 5. how to effectively organize and outline the speech, 6. how to analyze and adapt to audiences, 7. how to develop and support a persuasive argument, 8. how to develop visual aids that augment rather than debilitate a presentation, 9. how to deliver a speech with maximum impact, and 10. how to listen critically and provide constructive feedback to other public speakers.
2 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 2 CLASS FORMAT This class will involve lectures, discussions, and activity-based learning. Participation, motivation, and enthusiasm will enhance the student s learning experience and will enrich the class experience. Students are expected to fully take part in all class activities and are expected to have completed all class assigned readings on the assigned date. CLASS POLICIES Academic Integrity: The mission of a university can only be accomplished in an environment where academic integrity is valued. The Student Code of Conduct states that academic dishonesty includes both cheating and plagiarism. Plagiarism is, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Word-for-word copying of another s work without the use of quotation marks and the citation of the source, paraphrasing another person's ideas without proper citation of the source, lack of reference to the sources (i.e., reference pages) from which the information was obtained, and misleading citations are all considered plagiarism. A paper given to an instructor with the student s name on it is assumed to be in the student's own words and to represent his or her original ideas, unless certain words and ideas are specifically credited to another source. A paper bearing a student's name that does not do this is plagiarized and will be considered academically dishonest. According to the Student Code of Conduct, the term cheating includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the UH faculty, staff, or student (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion. Students who disrupt teaching and research are also violating the Student Code of Conduct. Finally, engaging in, or attempting to engage in any of these behaviors subjects a student to the disciplinary process and sanctions. The penalties for academic dishonesty are severe, and the instructor will see that violators are punished. If anyone is determined to have cheated, plagiarized, or misrepresented work in this class or if the student has disrupted class or research, the best he or she can hope for is a notation on the student s permanent record of the violation and failure on the relevant assignment in the course. The instructor will additionally recommend to the Department Head or hearing committees that the person be suspended or expelled from the University. Papers submitted for credit in other classes may NOT be submitted for credit in this course. Students are expected to have full knowledge of the University's Student Conduct Code. A copy of the code may be obtained from Laptop Computers and Other Electronic Devices: You will only be allowed to have a laptop computer or a related electronic device during class if it is not distracting to other students and if you are using it for our class. If you are discovered to be using your computer or related device to play games, prepare work for another class or activity, listen to music, and the like, during class time, you will not be allowed to use your computer or related device for the entire semester. Cellular/Digital Phones and Other Electronic Devices: Before attending class, turn off all cellular/digital phones and other portable electronic devices that can ring or sing and generally disrupt the class. This also means that texting during class is not allowed. During examinations and review sessions of exams, using or the act of looking at your phone will be considered cheating and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the KOKUA Program for information and services. Services are confidential and free for students. Contact KOKUA at , or QLC 013. Student Counseling: The Counseling and Student Development Center offers free and confidential counseling services. They can be reached at or go to QLC 312.
3 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 3 Research Participation: The University of Hawai i at Mānoa is a research-intensive institution. Research is conducted regularly throughout campus. The Communicology Department uses Sona Systems to manage opportunities to participate in research conducted within the Communicology Department. In order to participate, students will need to create an account at Once an account is established, students will be able to sign up for a variety of research projects and the system will keep track of the student s participation. Students can participate in research projects until the last day of instruction to earn extra credit in this course. Alternative Locations: In the event of disturbances that interfere with holding class at our scheduled location (e.g., bomb threats), meet the instructor at the Zone 2 Parking Lot Entry Kiosk (fronting University Avenue). You will be given further instructions at that point. On days of scheduled exams, you will be directed to an alternative classroom to take the exam. You should check your for additional instructions as well. Appointments and Office Hours: Appointments are a privilege. Do not abuse it. You must come prepared with materials and questions to ask prior to meeting with the instructor. Otherwise, it wastes the instructor s time and other student s time. Plan early for appointments. Last minute appointments may NOT be accommodated. s: The University of Hawaii has been declared an official means for communication with students. Executive Policy E2.213 reads: Students are responsible for checking their account frequently and consistently to remain current with University communications. They are expected to monitor and manage their storage quota to insure that their mailboxes are not saturated and are able to receive new messages. When sending an message pertaining to this course, the subject line of the should include (a) the class name and section and (b) a title in the subject line that is descriptive of the content of the message. Separate s should be sent for different topics. Also, students should include in their s multiple ways to respond to them (e.g., provide a telephone number in addition to an address). When responding to an message, students should include appropriate parts of the original message in the . If you send the instructor an message during regular business hours on weekdays, you can expect a response within 24 hours. If you do not hear from the instructor, then feel free to the instructor again because your message might not have been received. During other times, such as weekends and holidays, response times may be longer. Paper & Oral Requirements: In general, all work turned in for credit must be typewritten, use left-justification, use double-spacing throughout, use a standard font type and size, and contain one inch margins on the left, right, top, and bottom of each page. Multiple copies of your work will sometimes be required. All group papers submitted to this class should list the group member names in alphabetical order, by last name. All work that does not conform to these requirements will be considered late. Students should write and speak in a manner appropriate for an academic and scholarly environment and should avoid language that is sexist, racist, and ageist in their writing and speaking. Drafts: Drafts will be accepted no later than three days before the due date, and the instructor will review them. In general, the more work you put into your draft, the better feedback the instructor can give you. It is STRONGLY recommended that students review each other's drafts for spelling and grammatical errors before the instructor evaluates them. All work submitted for this course should show critical thinking, thoughtful writing, and careful editing. Attendance Policy: Timely attendance is mandatory. I expect you to be in class, be punctual, and be ready to contribute to the class. It will be impossible to do well in this course without regularly attending and participating in class every day. Most activities build upon one another so attendance and adequate preparation for each class period are essential. If you miss class, it is advisable to get notes for that day from a classmate. Once you have the notes and have examined them, see the instructor for further clarification (if needed). Do NOT attempt to acquire these materials during class time. Do NOT ask the instructor for his/her notes or to redo the lecture during office hours. Attendance will be periodically taken throughout the summer semester. If you miss that particular class session when attendance was taken, YOUR GRADE will be LOWERED BY 20 POINTS for each unexcused absence. If you accumulate THREE unexcused absences during the semester, your grade will be lowered by one letter grade; if you accumulate SIX unexcused absences during the semester, your grade will be lowered by two letter grades; if you accumulate NINE unexcused absences during the semester, your grade will be lowered by three letter grades, and so forth.
4 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 4 Class starts on time so avoid being tardy to class because it disrupts the scheduled activities and speakers. If you have a class on the other side of campus before your Communicology 251 class, make arrangements to arrive on time or consider adjusting your schedule. If you are late to class (i.e., you are 10 minutes or less than 10 minutes late), 10 points will be deducted from your grade. If you are over 10 minutes late to class, 20 points will be deducted from your grade. All quibbling regarding these tardy deductions will result in an automatic 20 point deduction. For example, do not argue with your instructor regarding whether or not 10 minutes have actually passed according to your watch. Do not argue with your instructor because you were waiting outside of the classroom for a student speaker to finish his/her presentation. These sorts of debates waste precious class time and resources. As a general rule, arrive early to class and come prepared with the appropriate completed materials for the day. Excused absences are those documented through legitimate written proof and given to the appropriate instructor on the first day of your return to class. In addition, you should make every effort to notify the instructor prior to your "excused" absence from class. However, simply calling your instructor will not necessarily excuse you from class. Without appropriate and timely documentation, the absence will be treated as unexcused. LEGITIMATE WRITTEN PROOF REQUIREMENTS: Legitimate written proof must be provided on official stationery and include (1) the correct name of the student, (2) the date of the visit or incident, (3) the reason the student could not or cannot attend class, (4) the dates of incapacity or inability to attend class, (5) an official signature, and (6) a telephone number to verify the information. EXAMPLES OF EXCUSED ABSENCES: (1) serious illness or hospitalization, (2) motor vehicle accident on the way to school, (3) official University athletic or scholarship trip, (4) court subpoena to appear in court during class time, and (5) death of an immediate family member that is accompanied by a note from the Dean. POSSIBLE MAKE-UPS FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES: An excused absence DOES NOT GUARANTEE that a speech performance may be made-up. Make-ups for an excused absence for a speech performance will be based on the availability of class time. A missed midterm examination or in-class activity due to an excused absence must be made-up within one week of the student s return to class. No make-ups will be given for the final examination. Absolutely no make-ups will be given for unexcused absences resulting in a missed speech performance, midterm examination, final examination, or in-class activity. However, in questionable areas, notifying the appropriate instructor prior to an unexcused absence from class will be viewed favorably. In other words, some leniency may be given to students who, at minimum, inform their instructor of an unexcused absence (for the first time that this occurs). EXAMPLES OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES: (1) routine medical or dental appointment (not an emergency), (2) to work at your job or go on a trip for your job, (3) to go to an interview with a potential employer, (4) going on a vacation or trip, (5) to babysit or go on an excursion with a child, (6) to pick up someone at the airport, (7) attending a protest, (8) registering for classes, (9) oversleeping, (10) working on a paper or assignment for this class or another class, (11) your car/moped/bicycle will not work, (12) the bus did not show up, and (13) attending a wedding. MISCELLANEOUS EXCUSES But, I m not ready to go today. : If you are not ready for your speech performance on your scheduled day at your scheduled time, and you have not made arrangements in the schedule prior to the day of your speech, you will earn a zero for that assignment. But I didn t know we had to type it. But I didn t know we needed to make copies of it. : Failure to conform to the requirements of an assignment will result in a late penalty until the work adheres to the requirements (i.e., 10% deduction per day late). Late Papers/Assignments: Class activities and assignments are due when the instructor collects them. This is usually in the beginning of class. All activities and assignments not turned in when they are due will be considered LATE. Late work will not be accepted without explanation. Late work that is accepted will receive a 10% deduction for each DAY late. Legitimate written documentation for an excused absence is required on the day of your return to class and this type of late work will not receive any late penalty.
5 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 5 It is the student s responsibility to find out about missed work due to tardiness or an absence. Ask a fellow student for information regarding any missed assignment BEFORE approaching the instructor for clarification. Late papers/assignments can expect a full grade reduction per class period late. Exceptions may be made for MAJOR medical and MAJOR personal problems when the instructor has been given notification at the first possible opportunity. Excused absences must be documented (e.g., doctor s note on official stationery) and turned in on the first day of your return to class. All missed work due to an excused absence must be turned in within one week of your return to class. No papers will be accepted after the last day of instruction. Except for illness or other emergencies, there will be no late exams given. Failure to take an exam without prior explicit exemption by the instructor may result in a failing grade for that exam. There will also be no incompletes given, except in the case of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events preventing completion of a small but important part of the assigned work before the term's end. ASSIGNMENTS GRADING SYSTEM Examinations: There will be two examinations. In general, each exam will cover lecture, activities, and reading material for one half of the course. Examination questions will consist of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in, and short answer items. Speech Performances: There will be five major speeches in this course. All speeches will be individual speeches. Specific guidelines for each presentation will be posted on Laulima and discussed in class. You are required to dress appropriately on the day of your presentations. Please use mature judgment when choosing topics for your speeches. Topics using live animals, weapons of any type, alcohol, drugs, fire, or topics that encourage your audience to break laws are strictly prohibited. 1. Introductory Speech. This assignment involves another classmate interviewing you and then introducing you to the rest of the class. 2. Informative Speech. This assignment focuses on constructing clear explanations of a specific person, place, object, process, or concept. 3. Persuasive Speech. This assignment challenges you to design and deliver a presentation in which you move your audience to take some kind of action. For this speech, you will use persuasive theories and strategies to tailor your speech for your audience. 4. Commemorative Speech. This assignment offers a fun and creative way to incorporate the skills you are practicing throughout the semester, with a focus on language use. For this speech, you will pay tribute to a person, a group of people, an institution, or an idea. 5. Presentation and Acceptance Speech. This assignment requires you to work with a classmate. As a team, you will decide who will introduce and present an award and who will receive and accept the award. First, Partner A will design a speech introducing his/her classmate to the class and presenting him/her with an award (introduction/presentation speech). Second, Partner B will design a speech giving thanks for the award (acceptance speech). Participation and Class Activities: Throughout the session, there will be miscellaneous activities conducted inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, the quality of your participation in class will be assessed. Specific guidelines for various miscellaneous activities and assignments will be posted on Laulima and discussed in class.
6 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 6 POINT SYSTEM: Each graded assignment earns points, not letter grades. POSSIBLE POINTS POINTS EARNED I. SPEECHES A. INTRODUCTORY (pass/fail) 10 B. INFORMATIVE 150 C. PERSUASIVE 210 D. COMMEMORATIVE 160 E. PRESENTATION & ACCEPTANCE 70 II. EXAMINATIONS A. MIDTERM 150 B. FINAL EXAM 150 III. PARTICIPATION & CLASS ACTIVITIES 100 ================= GRAND TOTAL POINTS 1000 Your final grade will be a letter grade. This grade will be awarded as follows: Excellent A = A+ (970) A (930) A- (900) Above Average B = B+ (870) B (830) B- (800) Average C = C+ (770) C (700) Minimal Passing D = D+ (670) D (630) D- (600) Failure F = F (0) CRITERIA USED FOR EVALUATING SPEECHES The average speech (grade C) should meet the following criteria: 1. Conform to the kind of speech assigned informative, persuasive, etc. 2. Be ready for presentation on the assigned date 3. Conform to the time limit 4. Fulfill any special requirements of the assignment preparing an outline, using visual aids, conducting an interview, etc. 5. Have a clear specific purpose and central idea 6. Have an identifiable introduction, body, and conclusion 7. Show reasonable directness and competence in delivery 8. Be free of serious errors in grammar, pronunciation, and word usage The above average speech (grade B) should meet the preceding criteria and also: 1. Deal with a challenging topic 2. Fulfill all major functions of a speech introduction and conclusion 3. Display clear organization of main points and supporting materials 4. Support main points with evidence that meets the tests of accuracy, relevance, objectivity, and sufficiency 5. Exhibit proficient use of connectives transitions, internal previews, internal summaries, and signposts 6. Be delivered skillfully enough so as not to distract attention from the speaker s message The superior speech (grade A) should meet all the preceding criteria and also: 1. Constitute a genuine contribution by the speaker to the knowledge or beliefs of the audience 2. Sustain positive interest, feeling, and/or commitment among the audience 3. Contain elements of vividness and special interest in the use of language 4. Be delivered in a fluent, polished manner that strengthens the impact of the speaker s message The below average speech (grade D or F) is seriously deficient in the criteria required for the C speech.
7 Summer 2015 Course Syllabus Page 7 TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE FOR COMMUNICOLOGY 251 (Sometimes it is necessary to make changes in the schedule of material to be covered. Changes will be announced in class.) WEEK DATE TOPIC ACTIVITY READING 1 May 26 Orientation & Overview May 27 Basic Principles of Speech Communication Chapter 1, 4, & 18 (pp ) May 28 Ethics and Public Speaking, Praise & Criticism Chapter 2 May 29 Topic and Purpose Chapter 5 2 June 1 PERFORMANCE: Introductory Speeches (1-2 min) June 2 Speaking to Inform Chapter 15 June 3 Gathering Materials & Supporting Ideas MEET AT HAMILTON LIBRARY CLASSROOM 113 Chapter 7 & 8 June 4 Organizing and Outlining Chapter 9 & 11 June 5 Beginnings and Endings Chapter 10 3 June 8 Delivery & Visual Aids Chapter 13 & 14 June 9 June 10 June 11 June 12 Delivery & Visual Aids - continued PERFORMANCE: Informative Speeches (4-6 min) HOLIDAY: KAMEHAMEHA DAY PERFORMANCE: Informative Speeches (4-6 min) 4 June 15 MIDTERM EXAM (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, & 15) June 16 Speaking to Persuade Chapter 16 June 17 Methods of Persuasion Chapter 17 June 18 Analyzing the Audience Chapter 6 June 19 Audience Analysis Questionnaires 5 June 22 PERFORMANCE: Persuasive Speeches (5-7 min) June 23 PERFORMANCE: Persuasive Speeches (5-7 min) June 24 Commemorative Speaking Chapter 18 June 25 Using Language Effectively Chapter 12 June 26 Listening Chapter 3 6 June 29 PERFORMANCE: Commemorative Speeches (2-3 min) June 30 Impromptu Speaking July 1 PERFORMANCE: Speeches of Presentation & Acceptance (1-2 min) July 2 FINAL EXAM (Chapters 3, 6, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 & 18)