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EN 150 Syllabus


EN150 - Effective Speech
Spring Semester 2011

Instructor: Prof. S. P. Tandon
   Payne Hall 311
   Telephone:  792-5543
   E-mail:  standon@mvcc.edu

Office Hours: MWF 12:00-12:55; 2:00-2:30
   other hours by appointment

Text:    Hasling, John.  The Audience, the Message, the Speaker.   8th ed. New York:  McGraw-Hill, 2009.

I.  Course Description:

This course is an introduction to public speaking.  It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting and delivering the speech based on factual material.  It includes topic selection, audience analysis, distinguishing fact from opinion, outlining, gathering supporting material, use of visual support, etc. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented.  Elements of interpersonal communication, logic and persuasion are discussed.  


EN101 English 1:  Composition or EN105 English Composition for Speakers of Other Languages, or Humanities Department Head permission.

II.   Student Learning Outcomes

    At the completion of this course, the student will:

1.  Prepare, organize, support, and deliver speeches based on factual material. 
2.  Analyze audiences and select appropriate topics.
3.  Distinguish fact from opinion.
    4.  Demonstrate basic elements of interpersonal communications, such as        non-verbal communication and the use of audio-visual aids.
    5.  Demonstrate proper techniques of logic and persuasion.
6.  Show self-confidence in the public speaking situation.
7.  Identify and use credible sources of information.

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III.  Course Administration
A.  Attendance Policy:  State University of New York regulations require evidence of pursuit of prescribed course work.  Therefore, attendance will be recorded at the beginning of each class meeting.  If you come in after I have taken the attendance, it is your responsibility to notify me at the end of class.  In case of excessive lateness, your attendance will be affected.  If you have to leave class early, please let me know ahead of time.  

Because of the important role you will have as a speaker and a listener/critic, regular attendance is of prime importance.  In addition to practicing your own
speaking skills, you will also benefit from observing and evaluating other speakers.  Your regular attendance is required to:

Develop speaking skills
 Improve listening skills
 Provide audience for speakers
 Develop ability to critique speakers' performance

B.  Speaking Dates:  You will be assigned dates for each speech.
Failure to present your speech on the scheduled day will result in a zero evaluation for that speech.  In case of a documented emergency, rescheduling may be possible.  However, due to time constraint, it may not be possible to make up the missed speeches.  Make-up speeches will
result in an automatic 10-point deduction from the grade for that speech. 

C.  You will be permitted one week of excused absence.  For each absence in excess, points will be deducted from the final grade.  Please note that your final grade will be adversely affected by poor attendance as explained below:

Number of Absences  Highest Possible Grade

      One week
      One to two weeks
      Two to three weeks 
      Three to four weeks
      More than four weeks 
A    B


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IV.  Evaluation and Determination of Final Grade:

Speeches will be evaluated based on the information covered in the textbook and by the general guidelines that will be provided to you for each speech.  Overall, the speeches should look well prepared and practiced.  You will be expected to acquire and improve organizational and delivery skills necessary for effective presentation of extemporaneous speeches.

The final grade will be determined by calculating grades from various assignments, speeches, attendances tests, etc. as explained below:

1.  Autobiographical Speech  10 points
2.  Demonstrative Speech  20 points
3.  Informative Speech   20 points
4.  Persuasive Speech   20 points
5.  Panel Presentation    20 points
6.  Tests/writing tasks            10 points
                                  TOTAL        100 points

V.   Rules and Policies:

              1.  Delivery:

All speeches must be presented extemporaneously.  No credit will be given for reading a speech delivered from a prepared text.  The number of note cards for each speech should not exceed six (6) 3’’x5’’ cards.

              2.  Outlines:

An outline is due at the beginning of a class on the day you are scheduled to present your speech (outlines are required for the Informative and Persuasive speeches only).  The outlines should follow the format given in Chapter 6 of the textbook.

The outline grade will be integrated into the total grade for the speech.  Full credit will be given for those outlines that are typed/word processed on 8 1/2 " x 11" standard paper.  The outline should be written in complete sentences.  Also, it should include the list of research sources used in the speech.
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3.  Reading the Text Book:

Students will read and learn the material in the textbook.
You are expected to incorporate in your speeches the principles of communication discussed in the book.

4.  Personal Appearance:

Your personal appearance is an extension of the speech delivery.  Make sure the outfit you wear on the day of your speech is professionally appropriate.  Business casual, at a minimum, is expected on the day that you are giving your speech.

5.  Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating on an assignment will result in a failing grade for that assignment.  It will also jeopardize your chances of passing the course.  Plagiarism is defined as using ideas and information created by others without identifying them and not giving full credit to the author for the borrowed information. 

6. Policy pertaining to the use of Cell Phones and other such     Electronic Devices in the Classroom:

The student use of technologies not relevant to classroom is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:  electronic communicating devices, MP3 players, and video/photo capture devices.

7.  Students with Special Needs 
I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) that may require some special accommodation.  Please see me during my office hours so that we can discuss your needs. Before services can begin, you must also contact Lynn Igoe, Coordinator of Disability Services, 792-5413, or Tamara Mariotti, the Learning Disabilities and Assistive Technology Specialist, 731-5702; both are located in Room 153 of the Academic Building on the Utica Campus.

8. Sustainability Statement:
Mohawk Valley Community College is committed to development and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability plan. To that end, we are beginning by asking students, faculty, and staff to actively participate in energy conservation measures and proper recycling on campus. The blue bins located in classrooms, and offices are for paper and paper products only. All plastic, metal and glass containers should be placed in the proper recycling bins located in the hallways. Please remember to empty them before depositing them. Any materials that cannot be recycled should be place in garbage cans. It is also important to turn off lights and computers when leaving a room. Together we can make an impact on conserving our resources. Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle!
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Following is a tentative weekly schedule; it will be updated as necessary.  It is each student's responsibility to attend classes and stay current with the changes.


    1    Unit 1:  Introduction to Public Speaking: Course
    Objectives and Procedures
    Assignment:  Read Chapters 1 & 2

     2    Lecture/Discussion:  Effective Public Speaking 
           Assignment:  Read Chapters 3 & 4
                                  Prepare an autobiographical speech (5 minutes).

    Assignment:  Read Chapters 5 & 6

    4 & 5   Unit II:  Planning, Preparing, and Delivering Speeches
                   Assignment:  Read Chapters 10, 11, & 12.
    Prepare a demonstration speech (6-8 minutes).

    8     Unit III:  Informative Speaking
Assignment:  Read Chapter 7

Lecture/Discussion:  Informative Speaking.
Prepare informative speeches (6-8 minutes).


   11    Unit IV:  Persuasive Speaking
                              Assignment:  Read Chapters 8, 9, and 13                                  
                              Lecture/Discussion:  Principles of Persuasion
                    Prepare persuasive speeches (6-8 minutes)



    15    Review of the Course
    In-class Test