Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Week Sixteen

Class Wrap-Up
Informal Evaluations

For next week:
Have a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Week Fifteen

Group Presentations

For next week:
No homework - relax

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Week Fourteen

Discuss Involving More Sophisticated Technology
  • Incorporation of a Greater Degree of Multimedia
  • Involving Webpages
  • Presenting Online
For next week:
  • No class; Thanksgiving
  • Be prepared to give Presentation 3 on your return from the holiday

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Week Thirteen

Meet in Groups
  • Plan and Establish Structure for Group Presentation
  • Be Prepared to Discuss Plans with me

For next week:
  • Submit Detailed Outline for Group Presentation (Dec. 5)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Week Twelve

Discuss Strengths and Weaknesses of Presentations

Introduce Presentation 3: Group Argumentative Presentation

Principles of Presenting as a Group

  • How to Present as a Group
  • Preparing and Delivering the Group Presentation
  • The Preparation Stage
  • The Question and Answer Session
  • Guidelines for an Effective Q&A
For next week:
Submit Topic for Group Presentation (Dec. 5)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Week Eleven

Presentation 2: Argumentative Speaking

For next week:
Read pgs. 310-326
Write 2-pg chapter summary

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Week Ten

Presentation Aids
  • Functions of Presentation Aids
  • Types of Presentation Aids
  • Creating Multimedia Presentations
  • Tips for Designing Presentation Aids
  • Tips for Using Presentation Aids

For next week:
Presentation 2 Due

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Week Nine

Honing Presentation Delivery
  • Characteristics of Effective Delivery
  • Methods of Delivery
  • Vocal Delivery
  • Physical Delivery
For next week:
  • Read pgs. 286-308
  • Write 2-page chapter summary
  • Prepare Formal Outline for Presentation 2 (Oct. 24)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Week Eight

Developing More Elaborate Outlines
  • The Importance of Detailed Outlines
  • The Incorporation of Every Element
  • Ensuring Structural Logic
The Speaking Outline
  • Differences from Written Outline
  • Use of Notes
For next week:
  • Read pgs. 279-284
  • Write 2-page chapter summary

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Week Seven

Discuss Strengths and Weaknesses in Informative Presentations

Discuss the Persuasive Process
  • Differences Between Informative and Persuasive Presentations
  • Definition of Persuasion
  • The Elaboration Likelihood Model
  • Social Judgment Theory
  • Organizing the Persuasive Speech
Discuss Persuasive Strategies
  • Ethos, Logos, and Pathos
  • Logical Fallacies
Discuss Presentation 2: Persuasive Speaking

For next week:
  • Read pgs. 150-176
  • Write 2-page chapter summary
  • Choose a topic for Presentation 2 (Oct. 24)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Week Six

Presentation 1: Informative Speaking

For next week:
Read pgs. 202-237
Write chapter summary

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Week Five

Supporting Evidence and Research
  • Importance of Support Materials
  • Types of Supporting Materials
  • Locating Supporting Materials
  • Sources of Supporting Materials
  • Citing Evidence
For next week:
  • Read pgs. 150-176
  • Presentation 1 Due

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Week Four

Introductions and Conclusions
  • Purpose of Introductions
  • Characteristics of Effective Introductions
  • Purpose of Conclusions
  • Characteristics of Effective Conclusions
Organizing the Presentation
  • Importance of Organization
  • Establishing Main Points
  • Establishing Supporting Evidence
  • Transitioning

  • Read pgs. 122-145
  • Write 2-pg chapter summary
  • Prepare informal outline for First Presentation due Sept. 19

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Week Three

Selecting the Topic and Purpose
  • Qualities of a Good Topic
  • How to Select a Topic
  • Narrowing the Topic
  • Developing a Thesis
Discuss First Presentation due on Sept. 19: Informative Speech
  • Informative Speaking
  • Informatory Presentations
  • Explanatory Presentations

For next week:
  • Read pgs. 80-120
  • Write 2-page chapter summary for each chapter
  • Decide on topic/thesis for first presentation

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Week Two

Audience Analysis
  • Importance of Audience Analysis
  • Demographics
  • Audience Psychology
  • Environment
  • Adaptation to an Audience

For next week:
  • Read pgs. 56-79; 180-200
  • Write 2-page chapter summary of each chapter

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Week One

Introduction to Presentational Speaking
  • Definition of Presentational Speaking
  • Characteristics of Effective Presentational Speaking
  • The Presentation Process
  • Dealing with Nervousness
For Next Week:
  • Read pgs. 2-55
  • Write 2-page chapter summary

Class Description and Policies

COM 114 is a class where we will learn the principles and techniques of successful presentational speaking. Students will be asked to incorporate rhetorical strategies, audience analysis, and visual elements into the preparation of the presentations. Topics that the class will deal with include content construction and organization, rhetorical theory, methods of effective oral communications, and the ability to analyze and assess rhetorical techniques.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is important in this class. Each unexcused absence affects your participation grade. Since this class meets once a week, two unexcused absences will result in your final grade being lowered by a letter grade. More than three unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Excused absences may be granted for religious holidays or university-sponsored events, provided you make a written request to me no less than two weeks in advance and that you complete any required work before the due date. Three 15-minute-or-more tardies count as an unexcused absence. It is your responsibility to keep track of how many absences you have.

Late Work Policy

Pop quizzes cannot be made up. Exams can only be made up if a written excuse is provided before the date of the exam. If a serious and unavoidable problem arises that causes you to miss an exam, you should notify me as soon as possible. If you do not contact me within a week of the exam, it cannot be made up. Late papers will lose 5 points per day (and I don’t mean per class day). If you have some circumstances that cause you to require an extension, I must be informed of them prior to the due date. If you e-mail me your paper because you cannot come to class that day, you must do so by class time. I will send confirmation of receipt that day. If you do not receive confirmation, you must assume I did not receive it; you will have to resend it immediately or you will still lose points for it being late.

Academic Integrity Policy
Purdue students and their instructors are expected to adhere to guidelines set forth by the Dean of Students in An Academic Integrity Guide for Students, which students are encouraged to read. (It can be found online). Academic dishonesty is defined as follows: "Purdue prohibits ‘dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty.’ [University Regulations, Part V, Section III, B, 2, a] Furthermore, the University Senate has stipulated that ‘the commitment of acts of cheating, lying, and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated. Moreover, knowingly to aid and abet, directly or indirectly, other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest.’ [University Senate Document 72-18, December 15, 1972]". Plagiarism results in a grade of ZERO. If you have any questions about this policy, please ask.

The instructor reserves the right to amend these policies in extraordinary circumstances.