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Real Communication: An Introduction 2nd Ed.—SPCH 1311

Tuesday—Thursday 3 credits

INSTRUCTOR: CIN BICKEL


Phone: 956-721-5354--- Located in LEAC 205 2nd floor

Email: cbickel@laredo.edu mafeon15@netzero.net

Office Hours: 1 hour before class or by appointment


Course Description

SPCH 1311 examines the process of communication at the individual, small group and public communication levels. Students will have many opportunities to acquire and practice communication skills in a variety of settings.


Required Text
Real Communication. An Introduction, 2nd ED. O’Hair, Dan and Weimann, Mary. Bedford/ St. Martin’s, Boston-New York, 2012.
Course Outcomes
By enhancing the students’ knowledge of basic elements of speech communication it is the course goal that students will be able to:


  1. Experience increased self-understanding and confidence in front of an audience.



  1. Apply nonverbal communication for observation and evaluating messages




  1. To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking and responding.




  1. Demonstrate principles of writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation. (developing outline formats)




  1. Ability to communication messages and behaviors to different communication situations and determine the best solution for all



  1. Demonstrate respect for cultural and social diversity by establishing more awareness of historical, cultural, and social traditions that influence communication skills, events and outcomes.



  1. Gain confidence and self expression in using new communication tools in personal and professional arenas.




  1. The ability to practice new communication skills in all your affairs and gain self- responsibility in becoming a more competent communicator.



Course Requirements


  • Reading chapters and activities as assigned on the syllabus and announced in class




  • Informative Presentation/Demonstrative— 4-7 minutes long using 3 or more sources of references, & visual aid required. A written outline is to be turned in when you present your presentation. Please keep turn in outline to a page.

  • Group Presentations---(approx 6- 8 minutes) 1st part---Role-playing project with group members a script about poor communication, one written summary turned in with your presentation. The summary consisting of 2 pages of the group’s feedback about which communication tools were used in your presentation, what you discovered valuable in your everyday relationships. (work, family, friends)

  • 2nd part each group member will describe and identify from the script an example of how the poor communication could be improved.

  • Persuasion Presentation--- Consists from 5-8 minutes long--- using 4 or more sources/references and a visual aid is required. Note-- all sources of evidence and quotes must be recognized and noted in work cited and while presenting your speech. Will need to list your references at the end of your written outline. In your speech place sources cited at the beginning of your information—NOT at the end of it!!




  • Two tests in class: Mid-Term to include multiple choice, fill-in-blanks and essay questions and any other lecture notes instructor might add to the course. Final Exam (cumulative chapters 1-16) excluding chapters 11



Times- Chapter Assignments—Class Agenda

8-28 Course objectives and expectations of class: Review syllabus: any questions?

Introductions---Class
8-30 Communication: Essential Human Behavior Chapter 1: Will cover 3 functional perspectives: expressing affiliation, achieving goals and influencing others, discuss the 3 models of communication

9-4 Perceiving Self & Others chapter 2: The definition of perception, discuss schemas and how they work in our perception process. Then we will discuss self-concept, self-esteem and self efficacy
9-6 Culture and Communication---Chapter 3

9-11 Language & Communication chapter 4: Discussing the 5 natures of language, and 2 rules


9-13 Nonverbal Communication chapter 5—10 codes of nonverbal communication
9-18 Listening chapter 6: Discuss the 5 stages in the listening process Then cover the 9 challenges in listening
9-18 Present Group projects
9-20 Present Group Projects---- Developing & Maintaining Relationships Chapter 7 8 stages of relationships and how they can go back and forth.
9-25 Managing Resolution in Conflict--- Chapter 8--- strategies for managing conflict

9-27 Communicating in Groups chapter 9:

Hand out study guide for mid-term ONLINE –Course Studio


10-2 Leadership & Decision Making in Groups chapter 10: 6 steps of Reflective thinking Method, 4 types of leadership styles


10-4 Take Mid-Term TEST ONLINE
10-9 Preparing & Researching Presentations chapter 12: Speechmaking Circle—research and citing sources—use of evidence
10-11 Organizing, Outlining and Writing Presentations chapter 13
10-11 Work on in-class-projects

10-16 Delivering Presentations: chapter 14: Signs of speaker anxiety

10-18 Presenting in-class projects ---Learning center RESEARCH
10-23 Learning Center for Research!

10-25 Present Informative Speeches----Informative Speaking chapter 15: Discussing The 4 goals of informative speaking, 8 topics for informative speaking: speaking.

3-30 Presenting Informative speeches (Professor may be out that night)

11-1 Presenting Informative speeches
11-6 Persuasive Speaking chapter 16: Persuasion speaking: attitudes, beliefs, values, exploring Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs: 3 persuasion strategies: ethos, pathos, and logos, Monroe Motivated Sequence—5 step process, attention, problem, solution, visualization and action step.

11-8 Persuasive topics Learning Center RESEARCH


11-16 Last Day to Drop with a “W” is November 16th, 2012!
11-15 Work on persuasion outlines
11-20 Practice persuasion outlines for (Persuasion presentations)
Thanksgiving Break---11-21 to 11 26
11-27 Begin Persuasion Presentations (Hand out study guide for Final Exam--ONLINE)
11-29 Present Persuasion Speeches
12-4 Present Persuasion Speeches (Extra Credit options)

12-6 Extra credit----Finish persuasion speeches


12-9 Study Forum for FINAL EXAM Sunday at 1pm in Room 109 LEAC 1pm
12-10 TBA: Final Exam (Cumulative: chapters 1-16) excluding chapter 11
** SYLLABUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

GRADES

Assignments: Number Grade




Informative Speech 30 A= 200-177


Group Presentation 30 B= 176-156

Persuasion Speech 30 C=155-135


Mid-Term 50 D=134-114

Final- Exam 50 F=113 and Below


Attendance and Participation 10



Total Points 200

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Any behavior in class or college facilities that interrupts the class meeting or agenda for that time frame will not be tolerated. Students who exhibit inappropriate behavior in class will be asked to leave and/or may be subject to disciplinary action or dropped from the class by instructor or Laredo Community College.
ACADEMIC HONESTY

Any violation of academic honesty or plagiarism (to include not citing other’s works, copying straight from the book, using another works without listing sources of information) having boyfriend, wife, husband or friend do any work that is take home from this class will result in a failing grade on that examination or assignment and may be cause for course failure.



RULES FOR THIS CLASS


  1. Written work for presentations, class projects and papers are due on the scheduled times listed on the chapter assignments. All work is expected to be completed ONLY by YOU. If papers are not turned in on time there could be a penalty portion of a grade loss.




  1. If you are absent it is your responsibility for keeping up with the class lecture notes, any assignments or handouts and work for that class period.

  2. If you are absent on the day of a presentation or test, it is your responsibility to make-up missed assignments as soon as possible.

  3. The instructor reserves the rights to raise or lower a final course grade if the number grade does not reflect the individual’s accomplishments and performance.

  4. Turn off all pagers and cell phones when entering the classroom.

  5. Yes, you can eat and drink in the classroom, except when presentations are going on.

  6. This course is about interpersonal communication with others, please be considerate in making comments or opinions and keep them respectful to others backgrounds, viewpoints and cultures.

  7. Appropriate behavior is expected at all times during class. If you are a boyfriend/girlfriend taking this class please note that there is no kissing, hand-holding or any other inappropriate behavior accepted in this class. If you have a IPOD, TIRPOD or My Pod in your ear----Please turn them off too when entering the class.

  8. Any questions or concerns please let me know. If anyone needs to see me about a project, or paper due or just to brainstorm ideas please do not hesitate to come to me or make an appointment to see me during the week. Remember that I am here to help you get the best grade possible for this course!

  9. If an emergency comes up during this course, please keep me informed.

  10. No one except the student is allowed in the classroom unless discussed with professor beforehand. NO exceptions!!!

  11. During presentations please no one enter the classroom or leave the classroom. Need complete attention to the speaker and the speaker only!!

  12. All original work on speech topics…which means if you have already given a speech on a topic in another class—I would challenge you to pick a new topic.



FINAL GRADE APPEAL
A student has 10 days after receiving final grade to appeal his/her grade in the course. Reminder--- Last day to withdraw from this course without an “F” is November 16th, 2012!
SPECIALSERVICES
If anyone needs any SPECIAL CONSIDERATION please come to me and let me know as soon as possible Located in P-41 721-5137
FINANCIAL AID
Located P-24 EXT 5361


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