FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION - SPC 1026

Spring Term 2006

 

 

Instructor: Philip J. Lane

Office:      3604-12

Tel:           305-237-3167

E-mail:     Plane@mdc.edu

 

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive”- Mahatma Gandhi

“From the moment of birth, the customs into which a person is born shape his experience and behavior. By the time he can talk, he is the little creature of his culture.” – Ruth Benedict

 

Course Description: SPC 1026 is a course which satisfies the 3rd semester general education communication cluster requirement. The goals of this class are twofold: 1) to provide the student with a general overview of the field of communication, 2) to provide instruction and practice in oral presentations and group related tasks. A central component of this class will focus on the role of culture in influencing various communication behaviors/modalities. Gender differences in how we communicate will be addressed as well.  Through the study and practice of various levels of communication (interpersonal, group, public, business/professional, etc.) the student will develop and/or improve those requisite communication skills appropriate to specific contexts.

 

Text: DeVito, J.A. (2005). Essentials of Human Communication (5th Ed.). Allyn and Bacon

 

Class Policies

 

Attendance: As this is a COMMUNICATION class your consistent attendance and active participation is essential.  Excessive absences (maximum of two weeks of classes- e.g., for a MWF class the maximum is 6 absences, for a T/Th class the maximum is 4 absences) will result in your failing the course. All assignments must be submitted on time- late work WILL NOT be accepted. No make-ups will be provided for in class presentations.

 

Academic Honesty: Students are required to be familiar with and adhere to MDC’s policies regarding academic dishonesty (as described in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook- available in Student Life Office and online). Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating, copying another student’s work, etc. and will not be tolerated. Anyone found in violation of the rules governing academic dishonesty will be subject to the sanctions as detailed in the Student Handbook. The College policy for dealing with Academic Dishonesty is also located at http://www.mdc.edu/pdf/procedures/4074.pdf .   

 

English Language Proficiency: As this course is part of the 3 course English/Communication  track, students are expected to read, write and speak English at basic college level. While all attempts will be made to accommodate students for whom English is not their native language, this is not an ESL course. Written assignments must meet basic requirements regarding grammar, spelling, style, etc. Oral assignments must be delivered in grammatically correct English.


Tentative Class Schedule (subject to revision- as announced in class)

 

Week One      Chapter 1 Communication Defined, models of communication, principles of communication, communication and culture. (student introductions)

Week 2           Chapters 2 & 3- Communication and the self, perception, self-concept self-awareness (Self analysis reaction paper 1).

Week 3/4        Chapter 4 Listening, chapter 5 Verbal messages, language, meaning, symbolic interaction. (reaction paper 2)

Week 5/6        Organization and delivery of the informative speech, Chapter 12, Informative speech guidelines, Chapter 13. Speech outlines due with works cited. Preparing the informative speech, Chapter 11 and handouts, communication apprehension and how to overcome

Week 7           Informative Speech Presentations and analyses of student presentations

Week 8/9        Chapter 6, Nonverbal communication, categories of, functions of, culture and , context and…(speech analysis paper 3)

Week 10/11    Chapters 7 and 8, Interpersonal communication; conflict, conflict management; characteristics of and stages in interpersonal relationships; relationships and culture/gender. (reaction paper 4)

Week 12         Working in groups (chapters 9-10), dynamics of groups, types of groups, psychology of group interaction, rules and roles, leadership styles, conflict management

Week 13         Communication and the workplace; communication expectations on the job; interviewing.

Week 14         Mass communication, handouts and lecture-function of media in society, new media, the 1st amendment, development of mass media (reaction paper 5, optional)

           

Week 15         Course overview, reiteration of key points, preparing for the final examination

Week 16         Final Examination

 

Grade Breakdown

 

Informative Speech presentation...........................................................................................25%

(includes written proposal, typed outline and self analysis paper)

Reaction papers (x4).............................................................................................................40%

Attendance/participation.......................................................................................................10%

Final Exam............................................................................................................................25%