Communication 1200: Introduction to Speech Communication
University of Missouri-Columbia, Fall 2011
Required course materials Fraleigh, D. M. & Tuman, J. S. (2011). Speak Up! An Illustrated Guide to Public
Speaking (2nd ed.). Boston: Bedford/St. Martins.
Course packet available in MU bookstore or as a PDF on Blackboard
One jump drive for recording speeches (at least 2 GB is recommended)
Course objectives Few skills are as essential to both societal and individual well-being as public speaking. Public speaking is one of the most important means we have of informing and persuading citizens, it is an important part of many careers, and it is an important part of many social events. When you consider its role in our society, your career, and your social life, you realize that public speaking is very important!
In this course, you will have the opportunity to improve your competence and confidence in public speaking, both as a speaker and as an audience for others’ messages. Our specific objectives for the semester include:
1. Learning the concepts, principles, and theories necessary for understanding
public speaking. 2. Understanding the role of public speaking in the common good, and learn your
ethical responsibilities in public speaking. 3. Developing the skills necessary for the construction and presentation of an
effective speech. 4. Developing the critical skills necessary to effectively listen to others’ speeches. 5. Speaking confidently in a variety of situations and contexts.
Attendance: Regular attendance and participation are basic expectations of college students.
When you miss class you miss important material, and you deny your classmates the opportunity to learn from contributions you might make to the day’s events. Your final course grade will be reduced one full letter grade (82.5 points) if you miss 5-8 MWF classes or 4-6 T/Th or MW classes, and it will be reduced an additional letter grade (82.5 additional points) if you miss 9+ MWF classes, or 7+ T/Th or MW classes. Though your absences are yours to use at your discretion, please try to reserve your absences for illness, family events, extracurricular activities, and mental health days. Absences for these reasons will not be excused, except in extenuating circumstances.
Students who do not attend either of the first two class periods may be dropped from the course to make room for others who wish to enroll.
University-sanctioned travel: If you are a member of a university-sanctioned organization (e.g., athletic teams or performing groups) that travels out of town and will miss class for this reason, you must provide your instructor (in writing, on university letterhead) the dates you will miss by the end of the second week of class. If you follow these guidelines, these absences will not count against your attendance record.
Due dates: Late work will not be accepted unless your instructor has given approval prior to the assignment’s deadline and you can provide legitimate documentation to support your reason for handing in work late. Your instructor has the discretion to decide whether make-up work will be permitted, and what grade penalty will be incurred, based on your situation. At a minimum, late work (if your instructor accepts it and you can provide a legitimate reason for handing it in late) will receive a grade reduction for each day the assignment is late. Absolutely no late work will be accepted after the final exam period.
Written work: All assignments should be typed unless your instructor says otherwise. Please
make sure to spell check and proof read your work—a portion of your grade will be based on grammar and clarity. You must save all graded materials (speeches, outlines, papers, etc.) until after you have received your final course grade. If there were ever a dispute about your grade, you would need these materials as evidence.
Technology: To minimize distractions, please turn your cell phones off when you arrive to
class and keep them out of sight. If your instructor permits you to use a laptop/iPad to take notes during class, you may be asked to sit in a particular spot in the classroom to insure that you are not using your laptop/iPad for other purposes. Those who regularly use technology inappropriately during class will lose participation points.
Disabilities: If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency
medical information to share, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform your instructor immediately (privately after class, or in their office). To request academic accommodations, students must register with the Office of Disability Services, (http://disabilityservices.missouri.edu), S5 Memorial Union, 882-4696.
Intellectual Pluralism: The MU community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects
student rights. Students with questions concerning the quality of instruction in this class may address concerns to the Course Director, Departmental Chair, or the Director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities (http://osrr.missouri.edu/). You will have the opportunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of their instructor at the end of the course.
Academic dishonesty: MU’s current statement on academic honesty reads as follows:
“Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of this university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, or collaboration, consult the course instructor.”
Communication 1200 has a no-tolerance policy regarding cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic misconduct. Any single incident of academic misconduct relating to this class will result in your failing that assignment and being reported to the Course Director, Department Chair, and Provost for further disciplinary action. If you are unsure about the ethical quality of your work, please ask your instructor before you turn it in. You can also consult pages 80-86 in your text to learn more about one form of academic misconduct, plagiarism.
Some common trouble-spots with plagiarism: Any time you use 5 or more consecutive words from a source without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source (whether or not the source is copyrighted) you have committed plagiarism. Two of the most common forms of plagiarism in Comm 1200 are:
▪ The use of a speech or outline written by someone else.
▪ Copying material from the Internet without putting it in quotation marks and citing it. Other common forms of academic misconduct: As with plagiarism, these common forms of academic misconduct are grounds for being dismissed from the course in the manner listed above:
▪ Cheating on an exam or quiz, such as by copying exam answers from someone else, using unpermitted notes, or by other means.
▪ Submitting a fraudulent excuse for class or exam absence.
Exams Exam times: Exams are held in your classroom during regular class times (mid-term
exam) or the time listed in the schedule of courses (final exam). You must take your exam at its scheduled time unless you will be traveling with a university-sanctioned organization or have a major health or family emergency. Major emergencies include severe illness, hospitalization, or death in the family. Medical conditions such as a cold or a headache are not usually sufficient reasons to postpone an exam. The common excuses of having airline reservations or work scheduled during the exam time are not acceptable grounds for taking the exam at an alternate time. Please make appropriate arrangements now, while you still have more than three months to plan.
If you need to reschedule an exam, you must receive your instructor’s approval prior to the time of the exam (unless, of course, you are medically incapacitated). Furthermore, for any rescheduled exam, you must provide written documentation of the authenticity of your excuse.
Make-up exams: Requests for make-up exams are not routinely granted. Decisions are
handled on an individual basis depending upon the circumstances and the student’s history in the class. The decision will be made by the course director in consultation with your instructor. Only students with legitimate documented reasons and who have demonstrated scholarly commitment with near-perfect attendance, active class participation, and consistent on-time work will be considered for a make-up. If approved, the make-up exam will be an essay or short answer exam, graded by the course director or assistant director that is substantially more difficult than the original exam.
The breakdown of points is as follows:
Introduction Activity (approx. 3%) 25 Informative Speech (approx. 14%) 125 Strategy Report (approx. 6%) 50 Persuasive Speech (approx. 21%) 175 Group Speech (approx. 14%) 125 Midterm exam (approx. 12%) 100 Final exam (approx. 12%) 100 Class Participation (approx. 18%) 125 Extra Credit – Excessive Absences Total 825
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
A 768-825 points earned A- 743-767 points earned B+ 718-742 points earned B 685-717 points earned B- 660-684 points earned C+ 636-659 points earned C 603-635 points earned C- 578-602 points earned D+ 553-577 points earned D 520-552 points earned D- 495-519 points earned F 494 or fewer points earned
▪ Final grades are not curved.
▪ Extra credit is obtained by participating in up to 1 hour of communication research. Your instructor will let you know if this extra credit opportunity is available to you.
▪ Your total point value may vary according to your instructor’s specific requirements.
Meaning of grades: It is MU’s philosophy that a C should be considered an average
grade and higher grades must be reserved for exceptional work. C’s (not B’s or A’s) will be given for work that is acceptable and of average college-level quality. The grade of C, therefore, does not indicate any shortcoming; course GPAs for COMM 1200 typically fall in the B-C range. Grades in this course will be given as follows: A: Represents achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements. This work is superior in every respect and represents the highest level of achievement. Its quality is good enough that even though there is still room for improvement, it would be unreasonable to expect a college student to do better. B: Represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet
course requirements. Not only were all the basic expectations met, they exceeded minimum expected quality levels. This work demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics: excellent understanding of the class material, excellent application of theory to practice, and/or unusual thoroughness in thought and preparation. C: Represents achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect.
This score does not indicate any shortcoming. All the work was done adequately and completely, and the work showed a basic understanding and a basic application of the course material. D: Represents achievement that is worthy of credit even though it does not meet
course requirements. While there was merit to what was done, there were also deficiencies that meant the work did not fully meet the minimal expectations. F: Represents performance that fails to meet the course requirements and is
unworthy of credit. This work shows serious deficiencies in regard to the expectations for the assignment.
Role of Instructor and Course Director
The Instructor’s duties include the day-to-day teaching of the course and the Instructor has the authority and responsibility to make all decisions relating to her/his sections. Your Instructor will consult with the Course Director from time-to-time.
If you have an issue or concern relating to Communication 1200 that requires further discussion, you should first bring it to the attention of your Instructor rather than the course director. Only if you have feedback regarding the performance of your Instructor do you need to contact the Course Director.
Your instructor maintains a Blackboard site containing useful reference information for Communication 1200 students (https://blackboard.missouri.edu). Contents include: recent announcements, overview of the course, the syllabus, any corrections to materials or changes since the student packet was printed, assignments, resources and links to useful websites, information on how to contact your instructor, and a list of who to contact for common questions.
If there are errors on the syllabus, corrections will be posted on your instructor’s Blackboard site under the “Announcements” section. These corrections take precedence over what is printed in the student handbook. Your instructor will also announce these corrections in class.
I __________________________ give Melissa Click, Course Director of COMM 1200,
permission to use my recorded Informative and Persuasive speeches, and the
accompanying outlines, for instructor training and to burn a DVD to be shown for
educational purposes to students in COMM 1200 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Semester: ____Fall 2011_________________
Communication 1200 Assignment Schedule Regular MWF Sections Fall 2011
Date Class Topic Due In Class Mon. 8/22 Introduction to COMM 1200 Wed 8/24 Introduction to Public Speaking Chapter 1 Fri 8/26 Introduction Activity Mon 8/29 Introduction Activity Wed 8/31 Developing Your First Speech Chapter 2 Fri 9/2 Speech Ethics Chapter 3 Mon 9/5 NO CLASS: LABOR DAY Wed 9/7 Listening Skills Chapter 4 Fri 9/9 Audience Analysis Chapter 5 Mon 9/12 Selecting Your Topic Chapter 6 Wed 9/14 Delivering Your Speech Chapter 13 Fri 9/16 Informative Speaking Chapter 15 Mon 9/19 In-class activity: Impromptu Speeches Wed 9/21 Organizing Your Speech Chapter 9 Fri 9/23 Researching Your Speech Chapter 7 Mon 9/26 Using Supporting Materials for Your Speech Chapter 8 Wed 9/28 Informative Speeches Fri 9/30 Informative Speeches Mon 10/3 Informative Speeches Wed 10/5 Informative Speeches Fri 10/7 Mid-term (Chapters 1-6, 9, 13, 15) Mon 10/10 Persuasive Speaking (Strategy Report Assigned) Chapter 16 Wed 10/12 Methods of Persuasion Chapter 17 Fri 10/14 Introductions and Conclusions Chapter 10 Mon 10/17 Outlining Your Speech Chapter 11 Wed 10/19 Language and Style Chapter 12 Fri 10/21 Audiovisual Aids Chapter 14 Mon 10/24 In-class activity: Impromptu speeches Wed 10/26 Persuasive Speeches Fri 10/28 Persuasive Speeches Mon 10/31 Persuasive Speeches Wed 11/2 Persuasive Speeches Fri 11/4 Persuasive Speeches Mon 11/7 Persuasive Speeches Wed 11/9 Group Communication Chapter 19 Fri 11/11 Special-Occasion Speaking Chapter 18 Mon 11/14 In-class activity: Special-Occasion Speaking Wed 11/16 In-class activity: Special-Occasion Speaking Fri 11/18 TBA 11/21-11/25 FALL BREAK Mon 11/28 Group Work Day Wed 11/30 Group Speeches Fri 12/2 Group Speeches Mon 12/5 Group Speeches Wed 12/7 Course Wrap-up; course evaluations (bring #2 pencils) Date TBA Final Exam: (Chapters 7, 8, 10-12, 14, 16-19)
Communication 1200 Assignment Schedule Regular Tu/Th Sections Fall 2011
DATE Class Topic Due in Class Tues 8/23 Introduction to COMM 1200 Thurs 8/25 Introducing Public Speaking & Developing Your
Chapters 1 & 2
Tues 8/30 Introduction Activity Thurs 9/1 Speech Ethics & Listening Skills Chapters 3 & 4 Tues 9/6 Audience Analysis Chapter 5 Thurs 9/8 Selecting Your Topic & Delivering Your Speech Chapters 6 & 13 Tues 9/13 Informative Speaking & Organizing Your Speech Chapters 15 & 9 Thurs 9/15 In-class activity: Impromptu Speaking Tues 9/20 Researching Your Speech & Using Supporting
Chapters 7 & 8
Thurs 9/22 Informative Speeches Tues 9/27 Informative Speeches Thurs 9/29 Informative Speeches Tues 10/4 Mid-term (Chapters 1-6, 9, 13, 15) Thurs 10/6 Persuasive Speaking (Strategy Report Assigned) Chapter 16 Tues 10/11 Methods of Persuasion Chapter 17 Thurs 10/13 Introductions/Conclusions & Outlining Chapters 10 & 11 Tues 10/18 Language & Style & Using Audiovisual Aids Chapters 12 & 14 Thurs 10/20
In-class activity: Impromptu Speaking
Tues 10/25 Persuasive Speeches Thurs 10/27
Tues 11/1 Persuasive Speeches Thurs 11/3 Group Communication Chapter 19 Tues 11/8 Special-Occasion Speaking Chapter 18 Thurs 11/10 In-class activity: Special-Occasion Speaking Tues 11/15 Group Work Day Thurs 11/17 TBA 11/21-11/25 FALL BREAK Tues 11/29 Group Speeches Thurs 12/1 Group Speeches Tues 12/6 Course wrap up; course evaluations (bring #2
pencils) Date TBA Final Exam: (Chapters 7, 8, 10-12, 14, 16-19)
Communication 1200 Assignment Schedule M/W Sections Fall 2011
Date Class Topic Due In Class Mon 8/22 Introduction to COMM 1200 Wed 8/24 Introducing Public Speaking & Developing Your First
Chapters 1 & 2
Mon 8/29 Introduction Activity Wed 8/31 Speech Ethics & Listening Skills Chapters 3 & 4 Mon 9/5 NO CLASS: LABOR DAY Wed 9/7 Audience Analysis Chapter 5 Mon 9/12 Selecting Your Topic & Delivering Your Speech Chapters 6 & 13 Wed 9/14 Informative Speaking & Organizing Your Speech Chapters 15 & 9 Mon 9/19 In-class activity: Impromptu Speaking Wed 9/21 Researching Your Speech & Using Supporting
Chapters 7 & 8
Mon 9/26 Informative Speeches Wed 9/28 Informative Speeches Mon 10/3 Informative Speeches Wed 10/5 Mid-term (Chapters 1-6, 9, 13, 15) Mon 10/10 Persuasive Speaking (Strategy Report Assigned) Chapter 16 Wed 10/12 Methods of Persuasion Chapter 17 Mon 10/17 Introductions/Conclusions & Outlining Chapters 10 &
11 Wed 10/19 Language & Style & Using Audiovisual Aids Chapters 12 &
14 Mon 10/24 In-class activity: Impromptu Speaking Wed 10/26 Persuasive Speeches Mon 10/31 Persuasive Speeches Wed 11/2 Persuasive Speeches Mon 11/7 Group Communication Chapter 19 Wed 11/9 Special-Occasion Speaking Chapter 18 Mon 11/14 In-class activity: Special-Occasion Speaking Wed 11/16 Group Work Day 11/21- 11/25
Mon 11/28 Group Speeches Wed 11/30 Group Speeches Mon 12/5 TBA Wed 12/7 Course wrap up; course evaluations (bring #2
pencils) Date TBA Final Exam: (Chapters 7, 8, 10-12, 14, 16-19)