Syllabus

| | | | |COURSE GOAL AND DESCRIPTION | |The goal of taking SPC1017 is to enhance communication skills to effectively deliver and evaluate speeches/messages as well as understanding principles of | |communication. | | |SPC 1017 is about how essential communication is for everyone and how it is used every day of our lives and every part of our lives. You will learn the | |fundamentals of communication and how to use those to enhance your lives. SPC 1017 combines both the theory and practice of communication. This means that we| |will cover the theoretic principles while giving you the opportunity to put these principles into practice. Some of the topics we will cover include | |perception, relationships, culture, workplace, and public speaking. | | |COURSE OBJECTIVES | | | |Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: | |Demonstrate the ability to locate credible information by utilizing traditional and contemporary means. | |Demonstrate proper mechanics of developing organized outlines that result in focused, unified, and coherent speeches. |Demonstrate the ability to cite sources of information using APA format and recognize the necessity of referencing researched material. | |Exhibit active listening skills. | |Deliver speeches, which exhibit effective use of the verbal and non-verbal components. | |Participate in classroom discussions that pertain to lecture and textbook material. | |Apply effective communication by engaging in analysis and assessment of issues through writing skills. | |Demonstrate understanding of principles of communication through class discussions and assignments. |Demonstrate awareness of multicultural nature of society through analysis of current issues. | | | |COURSE REQUIREMENTS | | | |Required Text: | | | |Verderber, R.

F. , Verderber, K. S. , & Sellnow, D. D. (2012). COMM2. Boston: Wadesworth, | |Cengage Learning. | | | |Course Assignments: Your performance on the following exams and assignments will determine your final grade in this course. | | | | |Exam 1 100 Informative Speech 100 | |Exam 2 100 Persuasive Speech 100 | |Exam 3 100 Movie Analysis Paper 40 | |Attendance/Participation 100 Gender Paper 30 | |Group Presentation 100 Perception Paper 30 | | | | | |Failure to complete any assignment on time will result in zero (0) points for the assignment. If you have an excused absence, you have a week from the due | |date to make-up the assignment. If not made-up within the week then you will receive zero (0) points for the assignment. | | | |Exams: You will be tested on all course material as presented in the textbook AND lectures.

Bring in a scantron sheet and pencil on test days. You must | |arrive on time, no headphones, no cell phones, no notes/textbook/partner, and no bathroom breaks in the middle of taking your test. | | | |Group Presentation: You and your partners will present a 25-30-minute speech on chapters from the textbook that will be chosen for you. Your presentation | |must be delivered extemporaneously and in front of an audience. Your outline for the speech must be submitted in its entirety on the day it is due. You have | |the option to use technology such as PowerPoint to assist you with your presentation.

You will be graded on creativity and clarity of concepts, so use | |examples and other methods to help the audience better understand concepts from the chapters. Arrive on time and be ready to present at the beginning of | |class. | | | |Informative Speech: You will present a 5-10 minute original speech on a topic, which provides information to your audience. In other words, inform the class | |about an interesting topic you researched on. You need to have at least 3 different credible sources and they need to be listed as a reference page. Try | |looking at usual topics in an unusual way. Your informative speech must be delivered extemporaneously and in front of an audience.

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Your outline, shown on | |page 173, for the speech must be submitted at the beginning of class in its entirety (including references). It must be typed and handed in on the day it is | |due (hardcopy). Also, at the end of your speech ask the audience if they have any questions. There is little interaction between the audience and speaker | |during the speech. No technology will be used to assist you during your oral speech (PowerPoint, overhead, TV, computer…). | | | |Persuasive Speech: You will present 6-11 minute original speech on a socially significant topic that advocates a belief, attitude, or behavior. Choose a | |topic on which there are a variety of viewpoints and take a position.

You need to have at least 5 different credible sources and they need to be listed as a | |reference page. Your persuasive speech must be delivered extemporaneously and in front of an audience. Your outline, shown on page 173, for the speech must | |be submitted at the beginning of class in its entirety (including references). It must be typed and handed in on the day it is due (hardcopy). Also, at the | |end of your speech ask the audience if they have any questions. There is little interaction between the audience and speaker during the speech. No technology| |will be used to assist you during your oral speech (No PowerPoint, overhead, TV, computer…). | | |Movie Analysis Paper – The Joy Luck Club (Movie): | |Please watch the movie, “The Joy Luck Club. ” This movie applies perception, language, relationships, culture, and more. For those who have seen it before | |please watch it again. You can get the movie from the library or rent it. This movie is a little over 2 hrs long. Hence, make sure you reserve a block of time | |to watch it. | | | |Please take notes while watching this movie because you will have to type a 2-3 page paper with 12-point font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins. Exclude | |introduction and conclusion in your paper. Just get right to the point.

Your paper is required to be submitted (including references) online through ANGEL | |under “Lessons” by the due date. On ANGEL go to “Lessons” and then click into the Turnitin link for this assignment. Upload your paper through this link. | |Any paper that is not submitted this way will receive a zero. Any paper that is not submitted by the due date will receive a zero. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO | |EXCUSES. After you submit your paper through the link, you will have to wait to receive feedback about percent plagiarized. You cannot exceed 20% plagiarism,| |which includes quotations. In other words, do not have over 20% plagiarism or quotations, so keep them limited.

If you incorrectly cite information that too | |will be considered plagiarism. If you exceed 20%, you will need to revise your paper and submit again until you are at 20% or under. You will receive a zero | |for this assignment if you submit a paper that exceeds 20% by the due date. I will grade you based on the rubric I provided for you. You need to demonstrate | |college-level writing by successfully fulfilling the criteria in the rubric. | | | |In this paper, answer all the questions in DETAIL. Apply the movie to the paper. In other words, give specific examples from the movie for each question of | |the paper. |1st page: | |Explain how the movie shows the Chinese culture as COLLECTIVISTIC–Include: | |-Definition of collectivism in your own words | |-Roles of both men & women | | | |2nd page: | |What are the cultural differences between the Chinese and Americans? Be specific. | | | |Perception Paper: | |The purpose of this assignment is to type a research paper that is persuasive based on your perception on an issue: | |Type a 3-page paper (double-space, regular margins, 12pt-font) on a specific issue you feel strongly about (such as capital punishment or polygamy).

Once you | |pick an issue you need to research it. After you learn more about it through research, type a paper on your perception of it based on research. Your paper | |needs to have an introduction with a thesis, a body with at least 2 main points to support your thesis, and a conclusion. You need evidence and details to | |support your main points and to explain your perception. This paper is a lot like giving a persuasive speech, but you are doing so on paper. At the end of your| |paper, you need to have a reference page with all the sources you used to write this paper. You need at least 2 sources to help you write this research paper. |Your paper is required to be submitted (including references) online through ANGEL under “Lessons” by the due date. On ANGEL go to “Lessons” and then click | |into the Turnitin link for this assignment. Upload your paper through this link. Any paper that is not submitted this way will receive a zero. Any paper | |that is not submitted by the due date will receive a zero. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EXCUSES. After you submit your paper through the link, you will have to wait to| |receive feedback about percent plagiarized. You cannot exceed 20% plagiarism, which includes quotations. In other words, do not have over 20% plagiarism or | |quotations, so keep them limited.

If you incorrectly cite information that too will be considered plagiarism. If you exceed 20%, you will need to revise your| |paper and submit again until you are at 20% or under. You will receive a zero for this assignment if you submit a paper that exceeds 20% by the due date. Your| |paper needs to have in text citations and a reference page at the end of it. Look it up in your textbook if you do not know what they are. This paper needs | |to be in APA format with as little quotations as possible. I will grade you based on the rubric I provided for you. You need to demonstrate college-level | |writing by successfully fulfilling the criteria in the rubric. | | |Gender Paper: | |Research on a specific gender discrimination that still exists today in the U. S. and write a 3-page paper on it. Write in your paper: | |What the specific discrimination is | |How the gender is discriminated | |Laws that don’t support it or do support it | |What can be done to enforce equality between genders? Be detailed. | |You need at least 2 sources to help you write this research paper.

Your paper is required to be submitted (including references) online through ANGEL under | |“Lessons” by the due date. On ANGEL go to “Lessons” and then click into the Turnitin link for this assignment. Upload your paper through this link. Any | |paper that is not submitted this way will receive a zero. Any paper that is not submitted by the due date will receive a zero. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EXCUSES. | |After you submit your paper through the link, you will have to wait to receive feedback about percent plagiarized. You cannot exceed 20% plagiarism, which | |includes quotations. In other words, do not have over 20% plagiarism or quotations, so keep them limited.

If you incorrectly cite information that too will | |be considered plagiarism. If you exceed 20%, you will need to revise your paper and submit again until you are at 20% or under. You will receive a zero for | |this assignment if you submit a paper that exceeds 20% by the due date. Your paper needs to have in text citations and a reference page at the end of it. Look| |it up in your textbook if you do not know what they are. This paper needs to be in APA format with as little quotations as possible. I will grade you based on| |the rubric I provided for you. You need to demonstrate college-level writing by successfully fulfilling the criteria in the rubric. | | |Attendance/Participation: Over the course of the semester, you will be given a number of attendance/participation assignments to be completed both during and | |outside of class. Participation/attendance assignments include attending class, taking part in discussions, and other exercises. You must arrive on time to | |class otherwise you will be marked as absent and points will be deducted from your grade. If you leave early or have your head down on your desk, you will be | |marked as absent. Also, cell phones will not be tolerated in class. If cell phones are seen/heard, points will be deducted from your participation grade. | |Also, if you’re disruptive in class, points will be deducted from your participation/attendance grade. | | |COURSE POLICIES | | | |Class Meetings: You must attend class in order to not be dropped and to receive attendance/participation points. HAttend the lecture section for which you | |are registered. Proper registration and attendance are required. | | | |Make-Up and Late Work: You can only receive full credit for makeup exams and late speeches if you have an excused absence and if excused it must be completed | |within a week of the due date.

An excused absence will be given only in the cases of a documented 1) medical emergency; 2) participation at a University | |sanctioned event; 3) serious family emergency (death or illness of an immediate family member). Documentation should be presented at the time you take the exam| |or turn in the assignment. Please note that the above assignments without excused absence will NOT be accepted. I do not accept late papers due online through| |ANGEL. | | | |Appropriate Class Conduct: You are expected to act in a manner that facilitates, not inhibits, your own and other students’ learning during lecture. |Conversations among students during class are distracting, so please resist talking to other students while any one person is speaking to the class. Also, | |treat your professor and other class members with respect and courtesy at all times. In cases of violations, the first incident will result in an oral | |warning. The second incident may result in a report to the college or be removed from class. If I or other students feel threatened by your behavior, you can| |be removed from class. A call to the college police will be made if your actions pose a threat or danger to others. In addition, cell phone use during class | |session will not be tolerated. | | |Extra Credit: Gender-bending experience: Do a little research on gender bending. For this EC assignment you will dress up like the other gender. In other | |words, if you are a man you will dress like a woman and vice-versa. You will be dressed as this gender for at least the entire class period (you can act the | |part as well if you feel impelled to). I encourage you to dress this part the whole day rather than just the class period, but you don’t have to do so. Your | |gender-bending outfit must be obvious enough for me to give you the full EC points, which is worth 15 pts added to your lowest grade.

On the day you | |gender-bend stay after class to discuss your experience and to receive your points. | |Sample clothing: To dress as a man – ties, baggie clothes, wear a hat on backwards… | |To dress as a woman – dresses, skirts, blouses, make-up, high heels, stockings, | |earrings… | |This EC option needs to be completed before the last week of this class. I will mention the date in class on the first day of class. | | |Academic Misconduct: Academic misconduct covers any academically unethical practice such as plagiarism, cheating on exams, the copying of other people’s | |assignments (including speeches and analysis papers), and inappropriate collaboration on assignments. Be very careful when you are preparing your speeches or | |paper to quote any information you use directly from a source, and to cite the source of any information coming from someone other than yourself when you | |borrow ideas. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to carefully cite your sources. A penalty for academic misconduct will be imposed even in cases of | |inadvertent plagiarism. The penalty for plagiarism can include but is not limited to a zero score on the assignment, an F grade for the course, and/or | |suspension from the college. | | |Students with Disabilities: If you have or believe you have a disability and would benefit from any accommodations, you may wish to self-identify by contacting| |ACCESS Services in room 6111 (305-237-1272). It is your responsibility to inform me in a timely manner if services/accommodations provided are not meeting | |your needs. If you have a condition which may affect your ability to exit safely from the premises in an emergency or which may cause an emergency during | |class, you are encouraged to discuss any concerns with me and/or the office. All medical information will be treated confidentially. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Cara Benedict | |SPC 1017 – Communication | |Schedule – Fall 2012 | |8/28 |8/30 | | | | |Intro to com. |Chap. 1 | |9/4 |9/6 | | | | |Chaps. |Group work | |Group work | | |9/11 |9/13 | | | | |Group Presentation (with outline) Due (5,13) |Perception Paper Due Online by 7am | | |Group Presentation (with outline) Due (9,10) | |9/18 |9/20 | | | | |Group Presentation (with outline) Due (11,12) |Group Presentation (with outline) Due (14,15) | |9/25 |9/27 | | | | |EXAM 1 (1,2,11,12) |Chap. | |10/2 |10/4 | | | | |Rough draft due |Rough draft due | |Work on informative speech outline |Work on informative speech outline | |10/9 |10/11 | | | | |Informative Speeches (with outlines) Due |Continue with speeches | |10/16 |10/18 | | | | |Continue with speeches |Continue with speeches | |10/23 |10/25 | | | | |Go over speeches |Chap. 6 | | |Movie Analysis Paper Due Online by 7am | | 10/30 |11/1 | | | | |Chap. 4 |Chap. 6 | | 11/6 |11/8 | | | | |Chaps. ,8 |Persuasive speech topics due | |11/13 |11/15 | | | | |EXAM 2 (3,4,5,13,14,15,16) |Gender Paper Due Online by 7am | | |Rough draft due | | |Work on persuasive speech outline | |11/20 |11/22 | | | | |Rough draft due |NO CLASS | |Work on persuasive speech outline | | |11/27 |11/29 | | | | |Persuasive Speeches (with outlines) Due |Continue With Speeches | |12/4 |12/6 | | | |Continue With Speeches |Continue With Speeches | |12/11 |12/13 | | | | |Catch up |LAST DAY OF CLASS | |Go over speeches |EXAM 3 (6,7,8,9,10) | |Review | |

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