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  • 1. Business and Professional Speaking Spring 2009 - Tues/Thurs Instructor: Tom DeMarco Office: Office for Residence Life – 2nd Floor Kennedy Hall Phone/email: (610) 519-4154 / tom.demarco@villanova.edu Homepage: http://www94.homepage.villanova.edu/tom.demarco/ Office Hours: Mon. through Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (by appointment) Required Text/ TEXT: Business and Professional Communication Supplemental James R. DiSanza and Nancy J. Legge (Fourth Edition) Material and *SUPPLEMENT: available in the University Shop *The supplement is comprised of Chapters 2 and 11 from Between One and Many: The Art and Science of Public Speaking (Steven Brydon and Michael D. Scott) COURSE REQUIREMENTS I. Individual Presentations The first three speeches delivered in this course are designed to get new speakers acclimated to the act of speaking in public. These speeches are also important because speakers will get to know each other better while they are developing basic speaking skills. The following speeches are delivered individually. Speech of Introduction Assignment: Introduce yourself to the other members of the class. Time Limit: 1-2 minutes Narrative Speech Assignment: Select a personal experience that was humorous, suspenseful, dramatic, or that has affected your life and share this experience with the class. Time Limit: 3-5 minutes “How To” Speech Assignment: Inform and/or demonstrate to the class how to perform a certain skill or complete a certain process. Time Limit: 5-7 minutes Outline: Typewritten full-content outline due in class prior to your presentation. Evaluation: You will be evaluated on the appropriateness of your topic, your ability to communicate in a clear, understandable, well-organized manner and your effective use of visual aids.
  • 2. II. Group Presentations The final speeches in this course provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with a small group of students on an extended case study. Each speech is designed to be delivered to a particular audience for a specific purpose. While each member of the group is required to speak individually, the group presentations will also be evaluated in terms of the group’s success in meeting the goals and requirements of the speaking assignment. You will be assigned to a group early in the semester. Your first group task is to choose a business entity that your group will represent and submit a “Project Approval Form” to the instructor by the Thursday before Spring Break. Once your chosen company has been approved, you will be required to make the following group presentations: GROUP PRESENTATION 1 - INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION Assignment: You have recently retained the services of an external consulting firm to help address some significant issues that your company is facing. As employees of your company, your group’s task is to inform the consultants about your company and identify the most significant issues that your company is facing. Assume the consultants have minimal (if any) knowledge of your company and its problems. Be prepared to address questions. (30 minutes maximum per group) Requirements: You must submit the following in class immediately prior to your presentation: 1) A typewritten group outline of your presentation; 2) A copy of your PowerPoint slides (required); 3) Copies of all “Meeting Minutes” leading up to the presentation. GROUP PRESENTATION 2 – PERSUASIVE PRESENTATION Assignment: Your company is dissatisfied with the work of the external consultants and is now looking internally for answers. As employees of your company, your group’s task is to propose to your Board of Directors a well-supported plan of action that will solve the problems outlined in your previous presentation. Be prepared to address questions. (30 minutes maximum per group) Requirements: You must submit the following in class immediately prior to your presentation: 1) A typewritten group outline of your presentation; 2) A copy of your PowerPoint slides (required); 3) Copies of all “Meeting Minutes” leading up to the presentation. GROUP PRESENTATION 3 - CRISIS MANAGEMENT PRESENTATION Assignment: Your group is the Crisis Management Team for your company. As employees of your company, your group’s task is to conduct a press conference and address a mixed audience in a calm, knowledgeable and organized manner during a time of crisis for your company. Be prepared to address questions. (15 minutes maximum per group, including questions) Requirements: Please submit (by Apr. 17) a list of no fewer than three (3) potential events or occurrences that could adversely affect your company. Your group and I will meet and select one of your submissions for your group to address. You must submit the following in class immediately prior to your presentation: 1) A typewritten group outline of your presentation; 2) A copy of your PowerPoint slides (if used);
  • 3. 3) Copies of all “Meeting Minutes” leading up to the presentation. III. Individual Folders At the end of the semester, each student will be required to hand in a folder containing the following material: Self-Evaluation Forms Each student is required to complete an evaluation of his/her contributions to the group project and his/her performance during the group presentation following both the informative and persuasive group presentations. Peer Evaluation Form Once your group completes its final presentation, each student is required to complete a peer evaluation form evaluating the performance of the members of his/her group. IV. Examinations An in-class examination will be given during the mid-term period. Further details will be discussed during the semester. COURSE POLICIES Use of cell phones and/or handheld devices is not permitted and ringers should be silenced, Failure to make a presentation on the date that it especially during student presentations. is due, without prior permission by the instructor, will result in an automatic full grade penalty. You should be prepared to deliver your speech during GRADING the next scheduled class period. If you do not deliver your speech on either the day that it is % Final assigned or the next class period, you will receive Assignment Grade no credit for that assignment. How-To 15 % You are expected to attend all class sessions and Group Informative 20 % actively participate. Attendance and class participation will affect your final letter grade at Group Persuasive 25 % the instructor’s discretion. Group Crisis 10 % Laptop computers are to be used for presentations only. If you need to use your Examination 10 % laptop to take notes during lectures, please see the instructor on the first day of class. Folder 15 % Peer Evaluations 5%
  • 4. Semester Schedule Date Class Discussion/Presentations Readings Tues. 1/13 Course Introduction Thurs. 1/15 INTRODUCTORY SPEECH Text - Chapter 1 Professional Communication Managing Anxiety Tues. 1/20 Creating a Professional Presentation Text - Chapter 6 Rhetorical Analysis Supplement - Ch. 2 Thurs. 1/22 Creating a Professional Presentation (cont’d) Choosing a topic/Organizing your material/ Text – Chapter 7 Outlining and notes Tues. 1/27 NARRATIVE SPEECH *Presentation groups 2nd half of alphabet announced this week Thurs. 1/29 NARRATIVE SPEECH 1st half of alphabet Tues. 2/3 Delivering Your Presentation Effective Use of Language Text - Chapter 8 Thurs. 2/5 Verbal and non-verbal communication Supplement - Ch. 11 Visual Aids Tues. 2/10 “HOW TO” SPEECH GROUP 1 Thurs. 2/12 “HOW TO” SPEECH GROUP 2 Tues. 2/17 “HOW TO” SPEECH GROUP 3 Thurs. 2/19 “HOW TO” SPEECH GROUP 4 Tues. 2/24 Presenting in Groups Exam review Thurs 2/26 EXAMINATION * Project Approval Form on or before this date Week of 3/2 Spring Break – No Class Tues. 3/10 Communicating in Groups and Teams Text - Chapter 3 Thurs. 3/12 Communicating in Groups and Teams (cont’d)
  • 5. Tues. 3/14 Communicating with Potential Employers Text - Chapter 5 Thurs. 3/19 Communicating with Potential Employers (cont’d) Tues. 3/24 INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION GROUPS 1 & 2 Thurs. 3/26 INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION GROUPS 3 & 4 Tues. 3/31 Persuasive Communication Text - Chapter 10 Text – Chapter 11 Thurs. 4/2 Persuasive Communication (cont’d) Tues. 4/7 Team Meetings and Conferences Thurs. 4/9 Easter Recess – No class Tues. 4/15 Crisis Communication Text – Ch. 13 Thurs. 4/17 Crisis Communication * Crisis topics due on or before this date Tues. 4/21 PERSUASIVE PRESENTATION GROUPS 1 & 2 Thurs. 4/23 PERSUASIVE PRESENTATION GROUPS 3 & 4 Tues. 4/28 Friday schedule – No Class Thurs. 4/30 CRISIS PRESENTATION ALL GROUPS Fri. 5/1 *Folders due to Instructor’s Office • Because of varying lecture and presentation length, the instructor reserves the right to alter the course syllabus and semester schedule as necessary to meet changed circumstances.
  • 6. Numerical Value of Letter Grades A+ 98-100 A 95-97 A/A- 94 A-/A 93 A- 92 A-/B+ 91 B+/A- 90 B+ 89 B+/B 88 B/B+ 87 B 86 B/B- 85 B-/B 84 B- 83 B-/C+ 82 C+/B- 81 C+ 80 C+/C 79 C/C+ 78 C 77 C/C- 76 C-/C 75 C- 74 C-/D+ 73 D+/C- 72 D+ 71 D+/D 70 D/D+ 69 D 68 D/D- 67 D-/D 66 D- 65 D-/F 64 F/D- 63 F 62 and below