*Introduction to Speech Communication

Introduction to Speech Communication

Course Overview

Introduction to Speech Communication is a beginning course designed to overview three aspects or units in the study of communication. The first two weeks will explore the concepts of Interpersonal Communication. In weeks three and four, Small Group Communication will be the emphasis. The final two weeks will specifically deal with Public Speaking.

While the course is broken into three units, each unit will integrate and apply concepts and skills from each other. While learning about interpersonal communication, you will begin to build skill in and practice public speaking.  In the weeks focusing on small group communication, you will apply some of the concepts you learned in your study of interpersonal communication. The final two weeks of the course will focus on principles and practices of effective public communication, but you will apply concepts studied in all three units.

Teacher Education Candidates

Proficiency in oral communication is a requirement for all prospective teachers. One way to meet the requirement is to receive a “C” or better in this course and receive a proficiency recommendation from the chair of the Speech Communication Department.

 General Education Learning Outcome: Effective Communication

Students can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing.

 

Textbook: No purchase needed. 

 

Goals and Assignments:

Week 1

Course Objective:

Articulate the basic components of interpersonal communication as they apply to the communication process in everyday interaction to increase personal effectiveness in communication with others.

The student should be able to

· Apply the basic components the communication process to everyday interaction.

· Define interpersonal communication based on key elements.

· Explain how intrapersonal communication affects communication with others.

· Describe the relationship that exists between a person’s self-image and the way that a person communicates.

· Define self-disclosure and explain why individuals do and do not self-disclose.

Assignments:

·        Read the Course Introduction materials to learn about your instructor, course requirements and general information.

·        Complete the enrollment Verification process. Carefully read the instructions and policies.

·        Read the chapter Interpersonal Communication and Personality

·        Participate in the discussion forum "What is Interpersonal Communication?" 20 points possible

·        Create and Introduction Video and post a link to your Introduction Presentation 50 points possible

 

Week 2

Course Objective:

Articulate the basic components of group dynamics as they apply to the communication process in terms of how they affect the functioning of a group’s member and the group’s effectiveness.

The student should be able to:

· Describe the relationship that exists between a person’s self-image and the way that person communicates.

· Describe the major categories of nonverbal communication and explain how they influence communication

· Define listening and demonstrate effective listening behavior.

Assignments:

·        Read: Understanding Human Communication, Chapter 2 Perception, the Self and Communication

·        Select one of the following concepts about interpersonal communication. Locate two (2) web sites about the concept. Be prepared to discuss the information you find in the “Self Analysis Strengths and Weaknesses Reflection?” forum. Choose one of the following concepts:

Verbal communication

Nonverbal Communication

Self-Image

Perception

·        Write your Self-Analysis of Interpersonal Strengths and Weaknesses Reflection Paper. 150 points possible

·        Participate in Self Analysis Reflection paper forum discussion with reply responses 20 points possible

Week 3

The student should be able to

· Define a group in terms of function, structure, individual characteristics, and environment.

· Create a topic outline

· Participate in a collaborative group activity

· Select a topic for an informative speech

Assignments:

Read: Understanding Human Behavior Chapter 8, The Nature of Groups, and Chapter 10, Choosing and Developing a Topic

·        Select a speech to evaluated and sign up in Speech Selection Forum for your group

·        Complete the Collaborative group project. In your assigned group, select one of the provided video example of a student speech and analyze the effectiveness of the student speech presentation, using the Oral Communication Rubric . 100 points possible

·        Participate in the discussion forum about the group analysis of a presentation. 20 points possible

·        Complete the Topics Brainstorming Pinning Activity 25 points possible

Week 4

Course Objective:

Demonstrate the skills involved in public speaking, including research, organization, and delivery producing an effective informative speech.

The student should be able to:

· Discuss characteristics of individuals with effective interpersonal skills

· Apply to behaviors associated with effective interpersonal communication skills to personal relationships

Assignments:

·        Read:   Understanding Human Communication, Chapter 11, Organization and Support

·    Post to the Interpersonal Insights forum

·    Present your Speech “One Person I Really Admire”. 200 points possible

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

On Thursday of this week at 6:00 pm central time, we will "meet" together as a class, so you may present your speech.

If you are local and available, it is recommended that you physically attend the session. The class will meet in the Online Learning Resource Center on the 3rd floor of the library on the campus of SNU.

However, as an online student, you may not be able to physically attend. If that is the case, we will use Adobe Connect, so that you may see each of your classmates as he or she delivers the speech. The session will last no more than one hour, but may be shorter depending on how many are enrolled in the course. The instructor will communicate with you about the expected length of the session and other details through email and course announcements.

If you are unable to "attend the Thursday, 6:00 pm session, please contact the instructor for alternative presentation options. You will be required to present before a live audience through Adobe Connect.

NOTE: Arrangements for alternative time must be made prior to Wednesday, 12:00 pm, central time, or you will not be able to participate in the assignment and will receive zero points/failing grade for the assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Week 5

The student should be able to

·        Locate references for use as support documentation

·        Create a key word outline for use in presentations

Assignment: Visual Aid and Rough Draft Outline Forum and replies

Assignments:

·        Read: Visual AidsUnderstanding Human Communication Chapter 12, Presenting your Message and Chapter 13 Informative Speaking

·        Locate the type of visual aid you plan to use in your final Informative Speech presentation. Use the visual aid rubric to evaluate your visual and be prepared to discuss your analysis in the discussion forum.

·        Participate in the discussion forum for the guidelines for effective use of visual aids. In forum post discuss how your visual aid selection meets the guidelines and why you selected it.

Week 6

The student should be able to

   Select a topic and adapt it to the speaking audience and setting.

   Conduct Internet research and gather supporting materials for informative speeches.

   Apply an effective organizational pattern to accomplish the speech goal.

   Outline the three main parts of a speech according to main points, supporting points, and transitions.

   Select and design visual aids that complement the speaker's oral presentation.

Assignments:

·        Select your topic for your informative speech.

·        Locate references to use in presenting your speech.

·        Develop an outline with three reference citations and indicating the visual you will use for your speech this week.

·        Present your Informative Speech. 250 points possible

·        Submit your outline with references and visual aid description. 100 points possible (50 Points references/50 points outline)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

On Thursday of this week at 6:00 pm central time, we will "meet" together as a class, so you may present your speech.

If you are local and available, it is recommended that you physically attend the session. The class will meet in the Online Learning Resource Center on the 3rd floor of the library on the campus of SNU.

However, as an online student, you may not be able to physically attend. If that is the case, we will use Adobe Connect, so that you may see each of your classmates as he or she delivers the speech. The session will last no more than one hour, but may be shorter depending on how many are enrolled in the course. The instructor will communicate with you about the expected length of the session and other details through email and course announcements.

If you are unable to "attend the Thursday, 6:00 pm session, please contact the instructor for alternative presentation options. You will be required to present before a live audience through Adobe Connect.

NOTE: Arrangements for alternative time must be made prior to Wednesday, 12:00 pm, central time, or you will not be able to participate in the assignment and will receive zero points/failing grade for the assignment. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students with Disabilities

If you need assistant with a learning physical or psychological disability that may affect your academic progress, you are encouraged to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405) 491-6694 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE, The Southern Nazarene University Academic Center for Excellence.

 

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