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COM 101: Speech Communication

Course Description

This course is a survey incorporating intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public speaking. Students will acquire theory and develop skills in workplace communication interviewing, demonstrations, informative speaking, and persuasive speaking. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the function of the communication elements: source, message, channel, code, receiver, noise, feedback, and situation.
  2. Define perception and explain how it relates to the communication process.
  3. Explain obstacles to verbal communication.
  4. Develop a plan to reduce fear of presenting.
  5. Identify forms of nonverbal behaviors and cues.
  6. Identify the ways to improve listening and explain how each method can help develop better listening habits.
  7. Describe how to increase the effectiveness of feedback
  8. Define and supply examples of open, closed, mirror, and probing interview questions.
  9. Develop an organization for an information-gathering interview.
  10. Identify the general purposes for speaking.
  11. Develop a thesis by incorporating the general purpose and specific purpose.
  12. Identify the components of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion.
  13. Explain the various methods of supporting main points: analogy, contrast, explanation, factual illustration, hypothetical illustration, series of specific instances, restatement, statistics, and testimony.
  14. Develop a key word outline to use in speaking extemporaneously.
  15. Analyze one's audience.
  16. Research support material to support a thesis.

Student Activities

  1. Communicate with classmates via the Discussion Board.
  2. Write responses to videos in threaded discussions, using the concepts in the first five(5) chapters from the text.
  3. Complete the quizzes for the first five chapters of the text to evaluate understanding of the concepts.
  4. Develop and conduct an interview for the purpose of gathering information, improving questioning skills, and heightening communication awareness.
  5. Prepare and deliver a self-introduction around a quotation to introduce oneself.
  6. Prepare and deliver a demonstration speech.
  7. Prepare and deliver an informative speech.
  8. Prepare and deliver a persuasive speech after submitting a detailed outline and bibliography.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Orientation Assignment

10%

Threaded Discussions

12.5%

Quizzes

10%

Introductory Quote Speech

10%

Interview

10%

Demonstration Speech

12.5%

Informative Speech

15%

Persuasive Speech

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Verderber, Kathleen S. Communicate! - with MindTap. 15th ed. Cengage Learning Publishing, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-337-06208-4

 

Additional Resources (Required)

  • Webcam with a microphone (a headset is recommended for full-duplex VoiceChat (for students choosing to perform their speeches through a private online session); see Additional Information below OR
  • Video recorder (students who choose to record their speeches will upload them to a specified website), see Additional Information below.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topic: Introduction to Human Communication

  • Readings: Introduction to Human Communication, Chapter 1
  • View: Threaded Discussion Week 1 Exercise

 

Topic: Perception and Fear of Speaking

  • Readings: "Perception, Self, and Communication," Chapter 2; "How Can You Reduce Your Fear of Presenting?," in the Instructor Lecture
  • View: Threaded Discussion Week 2 Exercise; View the Self-Introduction Speech
  • Read: "Introductory Quotation Assignment" and chose a quotation to use for Week 4's speech
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Complete Orientation Assignment on the Discussion Board
  • Post and discuss questions in Threaded Discussion 1 on the Discussion Board, answering the questions from the Threaded Discussion 2 Exercise
  • Complete Chapter 1 Quiz
  • Complete Chapter 2 Quiz
  • Join a web practice session with the instructor, using webcam and microphone

2

4,10,12

Topic: Intercultural Communication

  • Readings: "Language and Meaning," Chapter 3; "Organizing Your Presentation" Chapter 12
  • View: Threaded Discussion Week 3 Exercise; Sample Introductory Quotation Speech in Course Documents
  • Develop Outline for Introductory Speech

 

Topic: Introductory Quotation Speech

  • PRESENT: Introductory Quotation Speech via Blue Jeans or by recording it
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Post and discuss questions in the Week 3 Threaded Discussion, answering the questions.
  • Complete Chapter 3 Quiz
  • Submit Speech Preparation (Part I) and Outline (Part II) using the Submit Assignments link
  • Sign up for a speech presentation time for next week or arrange to record the speech
  • Deliver first speech
  • Submit Self-Analysis (Part III) using the Submit Assignments link

3

5,6,7,8,9

Topic: Verbal Messages

  • Readings: "Verbal Messages," Chapter 4; "Interviewing," Appendix
  • View: Threaded Discussion Week 5 Exercise
  • Access & Read: Interview Assignment; Sample Interviews in Course Documents

 

Topic: Nonverbal Messages

  • Readings: "Listening and Critical Thinking," Chapter 5
  • Lecture notes - Interviewing
  • View: Threaded Discussion Week 6 Exercise
  • Develop Rough Draft of Interview Questions
  • Arrange interview for next week
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture Notes
  • Post and discuss questions in Threaded Discussion 4, answering the questions from the Threaded Discussion Exercise
  • Complete Chapter 4 Quiz
  • Complete Chapter 5 Quiz

4

7-12,15

Topic: Interview

  • Refine Interview Questions
  • Conduct Interview

 

Topic: Demonstration Presentation, Part I

  • Readings: "Informative Speaking," Chapter 16; "Topic Selection and Development," Chapter 11 and textbook example “Internet Identity Theft” pp 237-241.
  • View: Sample Demonstration speech
  • Access & Read: Demonstration Speech Assignment
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Conduct the interview
  • Submit the Interview Questions (Part I) using the Submit Assignments link
  • Submit the Interview Analysis (Part II) using the Submit Assignments link
  • Choose a topic for a demonstration speech
  • Conduct audience analysis using the FORUM in the Discussion Board
  • Complete the speech preparation (Part I) and submit it using the View/Complete link

5

7,12-16

Topic: Demonstration Presentation, Part II

  • Readings: "Presentation Aids," Chapter 13; “Language,” Chapter 14; and “Delivery,” Chapter 15.
  • Review: "Organizing Your Speech," Chapter 12.
  • Complete Preparation (Part I) and the outline (Part II) of the Demonstration Speech
  • Arrange A day and time to present the speech next week through Blue Jeans, or by recording the speech in front of an audience

 

Topic: Demonstration Presentation, Part III

  • Perform Demonstration Speech via Blue Jeans or by recording it

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Complete the demonstration speech outline Part II and submit it using the Submit Assignments link
  • Practice Demonstration Speech, using the outline
  • Sign up for a speech presentation time for next week or arrange to record the speech
  • Perform Demonstration Speech
  • Submit Part III, Self Analysis using the Submit Assignmentlink

6

7,11-16

Topic: Informative Preparation and Outline

  • Readings: "Informative Speaking," Chapter 16
  • Review: "Organizing Your Presentation," Chapter 12
  • Access & Read: Informative Speech Assignment
  • View: Informative Speeches examples
  • Arrange a day and time to present the speech next week through Blue Jeans, or by recording the speech with a live audience next week

 

Topic: Informative Presentation, Part II

  • Present Informative Speech via Blue Jeans or by recording it
  • Read assigned chapters
  • View the informative speech (omit rest)
  • Conduct the audience analysis using the FORUM in the Discussion Board
  • Submit the informative speech preparation (Part I) and Outline (Part II), using the Submit Assignments link
  • Practice Informative Speech
  • Sign up for a speech presentation time for next week or arrange to record the speech
  • Perform Informative Speech
  • Submit Part III, Self Analysis, using the Submit Assignments link

7

11-16

Topic: Persuasive Presentation, Part I

  • Readings: "Persuasive Speaking," Chapter 16; View textbook example “Together We Can Stop Cyberbullying,” pp 260-269.
  • View: Persuasive Speeches examples
  • Access & Read: Persuasive Speech Assignment

 

Topic: Persuasive Presentation, Part II

  • Review "Persuasive Speaking," Chapter 16
  • Review "Organizing Your Speech," Chapter 12
  • Complete Persuasive Speech Preparation, including bibliography (Part I)
  • Write the outline of the speech (Part II).
  • Practice Persuasive Speech with the outline
  • Arrange A day and time to present the speech next week through Blue Jeans or by recording the speech with a live audience next week
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Watch persuasive speeches examples
  • Choose & Research Topic
  • Write Bibliography
  • Conduct the audience analysis using the FORUM in the Discussion Board
  • Complete the speech preparation (Part I) and submit it using the Submit Assignments link
  • Create the outline for the speech
  • Submit the persuasive speech outline (Part II), using the Submit Assignments link
  • Plan to use an audio and/or visual aid
  • Sign up for a speech presentation time or arrange an audience and to record the speech.

8

7

Topic: Persuasive Presentation, Part III

  • Present Persuasive Speech via WebEx or by recording it
  • Perform Persuasive Speech
  • Submit Part III, Self Analysis, using the Submit Assignments link
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Additional Information

There are two options for presenting a speech in this course. The first option is to use a live program such as BlueJeans. These programs allow students to give their speeches while sitting at their computers. One’s picture and voice will appear on the screen for others accessing the program to view. It requires a webcam (an internal webcam or an inexpensive one for about $30 will work fine) and a microphone (either an internal one or one purchased for about $30 or less for the headset), which the students must acquire.

The second option is to videotape a speech and send the digitally recorded speech over the web. [All recorded speeches must show both the speaker and an audience of not fewer than 4 adults]. Recordings must be unedited. Students are responsible for sending all of the following to the instructor by the indicated due date: Link to the recording, audience forms, and self-analysis. Please refer to Course Policies for more detailed