HU 209 Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Instructor: Jennifer Sheppard
Office Hours: W 1-4 and by arrangement
Public Speaking: Challenges & Choices (1999)
by Dan OHair & Rob Stewart
Oral communication skills are critical in the contemporary
world. This course builds a repertoire of basic public
speaking skills including organizing messages, analyzing
audiences, using supporting materials, listening critically,
and developing language strategies and delivery techniques.
The goal of this course is to give you opportunities for
developing and refining your public speaking skills.
competence in a repertoire of basic presentation skills
how to organize and use rhetorical devices for persuasive,
Develop & improve critical listening and thinking
Understand how context & audience shape presentation
This class is designed to facilitate learning through
participation, hence your attendance is necessary. Your
grade will be impacted by more than two absences. Any
unplanned, unexcused absence on a day you are scheduled
to speak is unacceptable and will result in you not being
able to get above a C on that particular speech. Not being
prepared, but being present will have the same consequences.
As a courtesy to me and your classmates, be on time. All
speeches and written assignments must be handed in on
time to avoid a lowered graded.
You must complete ALL assignments to pass this course.
speeches must be delivered extemporaneously to be considered
for an A
You will be required to turn in three typed outlines for
each speech. The first outline will go to the peer who
will evaluate your speech. The second outline will be
used by me to take notes during your speech (I will keep
this outline on file). The third outline will be returned
to you with my observations, suggestions for future speeches,
and a grade. The format of these outlines will be different
for each speech, so it is essential that you read the
relevant chapters in your text. The quality of your outline
is part of your grade for that speech.
You will be required to do one peer evaluation for each
type of speech we do. Peer evaluations should demonstrate
your ability to listen effectively and to evaluate critically
what the speaker says and how she says it. It should reflect
that you are aware of the material we have read and discussed
up until that point. And finally, it should provide useful
feedback to your peers which will help shape their future
presentations. These evaluations must be turned in during
the following class period.
Throughout the quarter you will be asked to read and respond
to chapters from our text. Specific instructions for each
assignment will be given, but in general these responses
should illustrate your reflection on the material and
how you plan to incorporate it into your own speaking
While not required for your assignments, computerized
aids are expected by todays technologically-sophisticated
audiences. You are encouraged to use WWW resources in
your search for supporting materials. You are also encouraged
to use computer-enhanced presentations if you have access
to such equipment.
MTUs Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
MTU complies with all federal and state laws and regulations
regarding discrimination, including the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. If you have a disability
and need reasonable accommodation for equal access to
education and services at MTU, please call Dr. Gloria
Melton, Associate Dean of Students (7-2212). For other
concerns about discrimination, you may contact your advisor,
department chair, or the Affirmative Action Office (7-3310).
MTUs Policy on Academic Integrity
Plagiarism and cheating are serious academic offenses.
MTUs Academic Integrity Policy defines it as knowingly
copying anothers work or ideas and calling them
ones own or not giving proper credit or citation,
and it covers copying sections or entire papers from printed
or electronic sources as well as handing in papers written
by students for other classes or purchasing academic papers.
Plagiarism and cheating are not only dishonest but cheat
you out of learning, the primary reason you are here.
If you ever have any questions about this issue, please
talk with your instructor.