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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "COM 101-2"
COURSE NAME: "Public Speaking: Oral Rhetoric and Persuasion"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Macias Gutierrez
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30-5:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of rhetoric and how they are applied in oral communication, and how these principles and concepts lead to effective public speaking. Students will learn how to prepare and organize persuasive speeches by learning the fundamental structures of the persuasive speech. In addition, students will begin to acquire basic skills in critical reasoning, including how to structure a thesis statement and support it through a specific line of reasoning using idea subordination, coordination, and parallel structure.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

 

Through the analysis of the more fundamental aspects of classical rhetoric students will learn to prepare and deliver effective and persuasive public speeches. The course will also focus on critical thinking: choosing a topic; brainstorming; forming a thesis and supporting it with specific, effective, and persuasive logical argumentation and data. The practice of critical listening will be an important element of the course. Students will give peer critiques and reviews, and will learn to give and accept constructive criticism. Sessions will involve debates centered around the content of, and the issues raised by, the speeches. Attention will be given to improving English vocabulary, pronunciation and use. By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently give a 6-minute speech employing the principles, criteria and techniques studied in the course. They will also understand the importance of free speech and the ethical values implicit in speaking in a public forum.

Students will craft and deliver the following types of speeches:

1. Informative
2. Pro and Con
3. Motivational (Midterm)
4. Extempore / Interview
5. Persuasive (Final) 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will become better speakers and listeners. They will develop a deeper awareness of their own strengths and shortcomings; they will able to hone the former and improve on the latter. 

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Three Speeches 30%
Midterm Speech (Motivational) 15%
Final Speech (Persuasive) 15%
Various Assignments 20%
Preparation Outlines & Self/Peer Evaluations 10%
Attendance 10%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY

Class begins at 4:30 p.m. sharp; thus, classroom door will close at 4:30 p.m. Students arriving after the door is closed will be counted as late. Late arrivals are unacceptable during speech days, and equals to an absence. 

You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until December 7. 

There will be NO MAKE-UP SPEECHES. If you decide to be absent on a presentation date, you will automatically receive a zero on your speech.
Your preparation outlines are due on the day of your presentation.

RESPECT
The most important value in class. Direspectful behavior will be reflected in the Attendance grade.

Food & Drinks
Only sealed water is allowed in class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE


Course schedule is subject to slight changes.

Practice makes master: aside of the 5 speeches, assignments include 5 pitches of your topic selection and peer feedback.

Week #

Session #

Date

In Session

Out of Session

Week 1

S 1

M

Aug. 28

WELCOME!

Introduction to Course / Course Overview

Pitch Activity #1

Prepare pitch #2

S 2

W

     Aug. 30

Pitch Activity

-Principles of Oral Rhetoric and Ethics:

   (Ethos, pathos, logos )

- The art of knowing and winning your audience

- Topic Selection for speeches

Topics Selection assignment.

Week 2

S 3

M

Sept. 4

 

  Topic Selection submission

  Part 1

  Key elements of successful public speaking

  Crash course: Taming your Public Speaking Monkeys

S 4

W

     Sept.  6

  Part 2

  Key elements of successful public speaking

  Crash course: Taming your Public Speaking Monkeys

Prepare for workshop

Week 3

S 5

M

      Sept.  11

Verbal communication workshop

- Language, tone, voice, pace, intention, Personality: strengths & weaknesses

Prepare for workshop

S 6

W

 Sept.  13

       Non-verbal communication workshop:

 -   Fourth Wall, distance, body language & gesturing, tics, managing space, visual aids, podium, microphone, etc.

- Personality: strengths & weaknesses

       Prepare Pitch #3

Week 4

S 7

M

  Sept.  18

Pitch #3 Activity

Informative Speech: Content

 Lecture + Activity

 Informative Speech Topic Selection

S 8

W

Sept.  20

Informative Speech workshop (with topic)

Highlighting your strengths

Handling your weaknesses

Gather multimedia content

 

S 9

F

Sept.  22

- Using multimedia as supporting material

- Outlining & Timing your speech

Prepare speech

 

Week 5

S 10

SPEECH #1

M

Sept. 25

       INFORMATIVE SPEECHES

 

 

Week 6

S 11

W

  Sept. 27

 

         Professor & Peer Oral Feedback

         Speech grade

        

Pro & Con

Topic Selection

 

S 12

M

Oct. 2

Pro & Con Speech - Content Seminar 

Prepare Pitch #4

 

Week 7

S 13

W

Oct. 4

       Pro & Con Speech Pitch Activity #4 +Workshop

 Prepare Speech

 

S 14

SPEECH #2

M

Oct. 9

PRO & CON SPEECHES

S 15

W

Oct. 11

 

     Professor & Peer Oral Feedback

     Speech grade

        

   

Week 8

S 16

M

Oct. 16

 

Motivational Speeches – Lecture + Activity

Famous and Inspiring Speeches – Part 1

 

  Prepare Pitch #5

S 17

W

Oct. 18

Motivational Speeches – Pitch Activity #5

Famous and Inspiring Speeches – Part 2

Prepare speech

Week 9

S 18

SPEECH #3

M

Oct. 23

   MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH (Part 1)

S 19

W

Oct. 25

   MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH (Part 2)

Week 10

S 20

M

Oct. 30

Professor & Peer Oral Feedback (take notes)

Speech grade

S 21

W

Nov. 1

        NO SESSION

Week 11

S 22

M

Nov. 6

Key Elements of Persuasive Speaking

  

S 23

W

Nov. 8

           Methods of Persuasion

Topic selection

Week 12

S 24

M

Nov. 13

        Pitch Activity # 6  

 Content workshop

S25

SPEECH #4

W

Nov. 15

PERSUASIVE SPEECHES (Part 1)

Peer Evaluations


Prepare Speech

Week 13

S 26

M

Nov. 20

 

Professor Oral Feedback (take notes)

Speech grade

 

S 27

W

Nov. 22

Extempore  + Interview
Lecture & Workshop

  unknown      topic

Week 14

S 28

SPEECH #4

M

Nov. 27

EXTEMPORE SPEECH
(Part 1)

 Prepare for extempore

S 29

W

Nov. 29

EXTEMPORE SPEECH 
(Part 2)

LAST SESSION

   GOOD LUCK

S 30

TBA

WEEK

of

FINALS

Professor & Peer Oral Feedback (take notes)

Speech grade

    Final Grades Due

  WELL DONE


Than
k you for reading. Have a great semester.