Speech Communications 1113

Catalog Description
SPCH 1113 - Speech Communication I
An introductory course in oral communication, emphasis is on improving applied communication skills. Special attention is given to critical thinking skills and the anatomy of the communication process: audience analysis, research, organization, logic, ethical use of evidence, delivery and listening. Required for B.A. and B.S. degrees in most professional majors; i.e., Business, Law, Education, Medical and English.

Course Objectives

  1. To increase communication effectiveness in interpersonal interaction, small group interaction, public speaking presentations, interviews and persuasive situations.
  2. To demonstrate the basic skills in the concept of effective organization, preparation and delivery of:
  • Introductory speech
  • Speaking to inform
  • Panel presentation
  • Speaking to persuade
  • Impromptu speaking
  • Specialized speech

      3. To demonstrate the skills of a critical evaluator of oral communication.
      4. To increase effectiveness in interpersonal communication through small group interaction and dyadic relationships.
      5. To increase awareness of the role of credibility in effective communication through improved non-verbal communication processes.
      6. To increase critical thinking skills.
      7. To participate in a self-evaluation through audiovisual tapings and critiques.
      8. To increase listening effectiveness.
      9. To utilize research skills in preparation of oral presentations.
    10. To increase awareness concerning the vital role effective communication plays in social, business and personal relationships.

Evaluation Techniques
In this class you will have reading requirements, speaking, listening and writing requirements. Each of these are crucial skills for strong communicators. Evaluation of course projects and presentations will be based on written as well as oral work. Student communication skills will be determined by the student's observable performance in the following situations:

1. Introductory speech.

  • Delivery

2. Speaking to inform.

  • Outline
  • Delivery

3. Symposium presentation.

  • Outline
  • Delivery

4. Speaking to persuade.

  • Outline
  • Delivery

5. Impromptu speaking.

  • Delivery

6. Oral Interpretation presentation.

7. Unit and midterm examinations (unit exams determined by instructor).

8. Final comprehensive examination.

9. Professional presentation portfolio and journals.

10. Participation and attendance (including peer feedback critiques).

Reading Requirements
You are expected to read the assigned chapters. You will need to use the text as a resource for preparing and delivering your speeches. It provides a great deal of "how to" information for public speaking. Also, you will need to address specific chapters when working on your professional presentation portfolio. During our group discussions, we will refer to the concepts presented in the text.

Speaking Requirements
You will give several public speeches in our class. Two of these, the first and the last, are designed to be especially easy and fun. To supplement the instructions that are provided in this syllabus, we will discuss the specifics of each assignment as a group. We are assembled as a group this semester to allow each student to develop his or her own speaking and listening skills in a supportive environment. I suspect that each of you will have a different starting point for developing your skills. Your speeches will be evaluated based on their own merits against objective criteria, your personal growth over the quarter, and the effort you put forth. You will not be "competing" with your classmates to earn your grades. In fact, peer teaching will be encouraged through written feedback. Please note: The content of your speeches must meaningfully contribute to the knowledge of the typical college student. Your topic must be researched and ethically presented to your audience. The delivery of each of your speeches must be extemporaneous. You may not read directly from a script. Students are expected to exercise judgment in selecting topics for speeches. Speeches designed to encourage illegal, racial or religious sect causes would be deemed inappropriate. Contact your instructor if you need clarification as to the appropriateness of your topic.