Course Syllabus

COMMUNICATIONS 105: Fundamentals of Speech

Elizabethtown College

Spring 2013- M F 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.


INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Gerber

OFFICE:  206A  Steinman (2nd floor Communication Offices)

OFFICE HOURS:  Monday & Friday 10-11 a.m. or by appointment

PHONE:  (717) 781-4904  (cell phone)

E-MAIL:  gerberh@etown.edu

TEXT:   Verderber, R., Verderber, K., & Sellnow, D. (2012).  Comm 2 (Student Edition.)  Boston, MA: Wadsworth Publishing.

PREREQUISITES:  None required

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Through lectures, as well as individual and group exercises, you will develop an understanding of personal and social aspects of human communication. You will achieve competancy in research, organization, and be able to deomonstrate
speaking skills for both individual and group presentations.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Students will be able to:

• Demonstrate proficiency in translating the written word into oral performance

• Develop competence in research, structuring, substantiating, practice and presentation of speech

• Exhibit enhanced skills in both oral and nonverbal communication

• Organize thought and ideas for public presentation

• Utilize presentation aids to compliment their presentations

• Demonstrate a basic understanding of technical acumen needed to record the spoken word

The purpose of this course is to help you become a more effective communicator.  It is understood that many of you are not pursuing a career in communications.  However, being a good communicator is one of the most desired skills by an employer. Students who have applied
themselves,  have left this course with enhanced skills in oral and nonverbal communication, as well as a better understanding of electronic media.  This course affords you the opportunity to develop, practice and present the appropriate use of spoken language by intenerating today’s technology.  Make the most of it.  Practice, practice, practice!

ATTENDANCE:  You will be granted one personal day to use during the semester.  To use your personal contact the instructor, either via phone or e-mail, at least one hour prior to class. Personal days cannot be used on a day you are scheduled to give a presentation.  Each absence after your personal day will result in 10 points being deducted from your final point total for the course, unless the absence is considered excused by the instructor.  Examples of excused absences are:  sickness, death in family, athletes missing class for a scheduled contest.   Examples of unexcused absences are:  I overslept, I was tired, I forgot we had class today.   If you miss a class you are responsible for obtaining class materials.  Class will begin on time.  Don’t be late.  It’s rude and disrupting.  If you are late, five points will be deducted from the class participating portion of your grade.  Failure to be present on the day of your presentation will result in an automatic zero for the assignment, unless arrangements have been made with the instructor prior to the scheduled presentation.

DRESS:  It is important that you dress appropriately for all assignments.

CELL PHONES:  All cell phones must be turned off or switched to vibrate during class.  Texting during class is NOT permitted.

STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:  All work must be your own.  It must comply with the Standard of Integrity defined in the Elizabethtown College Catalog.  Plagiarism on any assignment will result in a failing grade in this course.

STATEMENT ON DISABILITY:  Elizabethtown College welcomes otherwise qualified students with disabilities to participate in all of its courses, programs, services, and activities.  If you have a documented disability and require accommodations to access course material, activities, or requirements, you must:

1.)  Contact the Director of Disability Services, Lynne Davies, in the Center for Student Success, BSC 228, by phone (361-1227) or email daviesl@etown.edu.

2.)  Make an appointment to meet with me, the instructor, during my office hours to discuss the academic accommodations specified by the office of Disability Services.  Please make this appointment as early as possible so we have ample time to make the necessary accommodations and adjustments.

ASSIGNMENTS:  While your class work will involve some lectures and discussions, the main focus of this course will be to prepare, deliver and critique your performances.   You will be required to create and maintain a blog in which you will post all your assignments and presentations.  In all assignments content is extremely important.  You will not only be evaluated on technique and improvement of technical skill, but also on the significance or value of the material presented.   You must meet minimum and maximum time limits set.  Failure to do so will reduce the presentation grade by one letter.

Graded Assignments: 

Informative Speech                50 points
Special Occasion Speech       50 points
Mid-term Exam                       50 points
Policy Speech                           50 points
Group Presentations              75 points
Final Exam                               50 points
Course Participation               75 points
*25 points for class participation
*25 points for impromptu speeches
*25 points for maintaining a blog

Fourth Hour Component:   Students will be split into groups to participate in a service learning project.  Group presentations will be based on
this experience.  Specific instruction will be provided during the first few days of class.

Grading scale:

A    100-94      B   86-84       C   76-74       D   66-64

A-   93-90        B-  83-80      C-  73-70      D-  63-60

B+  89-87        C+ 79-77       D+ 69-67       F    59-0


Calendar:  (The instructor reserves the right to alter course content or adjust the pace of the class at any time.)

January 14: Course introduction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ch. 1-Communication Perspective

January 18:   Communicating Verbally & Non-Verbally
Ch. 3 & 4

January 21:   MLK Day –no class
Read Ch. 11 & 12 and create a blog

January 25: Developing and Researching a Speech Topic & Organizing Your Speech
Ch. 11 & 12
class notes on finding supporting material

January 28: Informative Speaking
Ch. 15

February 1: Adapting to You Audience Verbally and Visually & Overcoming Speech Anxiety
Ch. 13 & 14

February 4:  Tape Informative Speeches in class
Post to blog and critique your speech and two other speeches                                                                                                                                                                                                     Posts and critiques due February 11th


February 8:   Tape Informative Speeches in class
Post to blog and critique your speech and two other speeches                                                                                                                                                                                                     Posts and critiques due February 11th  

February 11: Review Informative Speeches/blogs

February 15: Special Occasion Speeches                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      class handouts

February 18:   Special Occasion Speeches cont.

February 22:   Tape Tribute/Special Occasion Speeches in class
post to blog and critique your speech and two other speeches
Posts and critiques due March 1st

February 25: Tape Tribute/Special Occasion Speeches Speeches in class/Review for Mid-term
post to blog and critique your speech and two other speeches
Posts and critiques due March 1st

March 1: Mid-term

March 4: SPRING BREAK

March 8: SPRING BREAK

March 11: Review Tribute Speeches and blogs
Read Chapter 16 and choose a Persuasive Speech Topic (will need 5 sources backing your argument)

March 15: Persuasive Speaking
Ch. 16 and class handouts

March 18:  Persuasive Speaking
Ch. 16 and class handouts

March 22: Tape Policy Speeches in class
post to blog and critique your speech and two other speeches
Posts and critiques due March 28

March 25: Tape Policy Speeches in class
post to blog and critique your speech and two other speeches
Posts and critiques due March 28

*March 28: Monday class schedule *Thursday class!!!
Review Policy Speeches and blogs

April 1: NO CLASS- Easter Recess

April 5: Listening, Communicating Across Cultures & Interviewing
Ch. 5, Ch. 6, Ch. 8

April 8: Service Learning Project Day/Individual Critique Sessions

April 12: Service Learning Project Day/Individual Critique Sessions

April 15: Communicating in Groups
Ch. 9

April 19: Problem-Solving in Groups
Ch. 10

April 22: Tape Group Presentations in class
Post to blog and critique your overall performance in this class, highlighting your improvements and areas you still want to work improve upon
Blog entry Due May 3rd

April 26: Tape Group Presentations in class
Post to blog and critique your overall performance in this class, highlighting your improvements and areas you still want to improve upon
Blog entry Due May 3rd

April 29: Tape Group Presentations in class
Post to blog and critique your overall performance in this class, highlighting your improvements and areas you still want to improve upon.
Blog entry Due May 3rd

May 3: Review group presentations and review for Final Exam

FINAL EXAM:  Tuesday, May 7th  2:30-5:30 p.m.

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