Business & Professional
1053-012 TH 8-9:15 a.m.
1053-013 TH 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Instructor: Meredith Canales
Office Information: MB 2.248 Cubicle #7
Office Hours: T 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cell Phone: 643-0890 (Please do not call after 8 p.m. Feel free to text any time.)
Text: Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions
By: Cheryl Hamilton (8th edition)
1053 Business and Professional Speech [TCCN SPCH 1321.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1013.
Examination of the basic communication process through oral channels with practical
applications for business. Emphasis is on techniques of business and professional
presentation, including components of message strategies, nonverbal communication,
multimedia support, and persuasive speaking. Oral presentations with written
Students will have the opportunity to learn about:
the elements of the communication process
effective listening techniques
ways to overcome obstacles to organizational communication
basic information for all types of interviews
small-group communication and problem-solving
participation and leadership in small groups
how to research, support and deliver your ideas
how to use visual aids
Deportment: You shall conduct yourself respectfully toward others at all
times. Please refrain from the following: using cell phones, beepers and
pagers during class, sleeping, gathering belongings before the end of class,
talking, whispering and using laptop computers.
Laptop Policy: Please do not use laptop computers in my class. You
should be able to take sufficient notes by hand, and all material covered on
exams will be directly from the book. In addition, I will post a review for you
on Web CT one week before each test. Therefore, extensive notes will not be
needed, so laptops should not be needed.
Academic Conduct: It is your responsibility to be familiar with the policy
regarding scholastic dishonesty in the current UTSA Information Bulletin.
Communication professors have a strict policy prohibiting “double-
dipping” –that is, submitting the same paper or giving the same
speech or reading for two classes. Any paper or speech, presentation or
reading submitted for Com 1053 must be an original work for this course
The University Policy (in part) reads as follows:
“Academic or scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating (on
a test or any other assignment–to include falsifying data or other
information), plagiarism (the appropriation or obtaining by any means
another’s work and the submission of it as one’s own academic work offered
for credit), and collusion (unauthorized collaboration with another person in
preparing academic assignments offered for credit).”
The minimum penalty for academic dishonesty will be failure of the
assignment. More severe penalties may be assessed for egregious violations.
(A) Attendance/Participation: A student gains skill at communication by
both practicing the skill and also by observing the skill; therefore, your
attendance and class participation are important. An attendance sheet will be
posted by the door before class. It is your responsibility to sign the sheet as
you enter the classroom. Do not expect me to remember if you were in class
or not. I know “Life Happens”, so you will be given two free absences. All
other absences count!
It is not necessary to notify me of an absence unless you are missing an
exam or a speech.
You may not use your two (2) free absences on your informative
presentation day, group presentation day or exam days. If you are
absent on a day an assignment is due, it is still due! You will need to
e-mail it to me or have a friend deliver it to me.
0 - 2 absences 100 points
3 absences 90 points
4 absences 80 points
5 absences 70 points
6 absences 60 points
More than 6 absences will result in zero points, and you may not pass
the course. We will discuss your options of passing the course after
the 6th absence. This will not be a pleasant discussion.
One hundred points can be earned for attendance.
Active participation means you attend class and participate in class
discussions. Participation may include individual or group discussions, and
individual or group exercises. You may have points deducted from your
participation points if you do not share in the discussions and/or exercises.
Point deduction is at my discretion. I will post a guide to participation grades
on Web CT.
One hundred points can be earned for participation.
(B) Informative Presentations: Students will deliver a 4- to 6-minute
informative presentation on a topic related to business and communication in
the business world. Topics will be discussed in class, and the assignment will
be posted on Web CT. Either note cards or PowerPoint slides will need to be
turned in on the day of the presentation.
One hundred points can be earned on the informative presentation.
Fifty points can be earned on the notecards/slides.
(C) Group Presentations: Students will be divided into groups. The
presentations will be 12-15 minutes in length. You will be given 4 class days
to work on your presentations; however, additional group time may be
needed outside of class. Each group will invent an object to be sold and then
pitch the object to the class in the form of a persuasive presentation. The
object will need to be something you can construct easily and cheaply (it is
just a model, it doesn’t have to be fancy), and you will need to bring a model
to class for the presentation.
There will be no make-up for the group presentation. If one or more
members are absent, the presentation must still go on. This is how the real
world works! Other members will have to pitch in to get the extra work done.
Missing students will receive zero points. NO EXCEPTIONS! The exact
assignment will be discussed in detail in class and be posted on Web CT.
Also, the group will turn in a folder with their note cards/PowerPoint slides,
and a confidential group report will be turned in by each member.
One hundred and fifty points can be earned for the group ensemble.
One hundred points can be earned for the slides/note cards.
Fifty points can be earned for the individual parts of the speech.
(D) EXAMS: You will have three exams. The exams will be made up of 100
true/false and multiple-choice questions. You will need a Scantron 882-E
form for each of these exams.
Exam 1 covers chapters: 1,2,3,4
Exam 2 covers chapters: 5,6,7,8
Exam 3 covers chapters: 10,11,12
Each exam is worth 300 points, so a total 900 points can be earned from
(E) ASSIGNMENTS: You will have to write and turn in an application (cover)
letter and a résumé when we cover chapter 10: Managing Interviews in the
Each is worth 100 points for a total of 200 points.
(F) Quizzes: We will have six pop quizzes throughout the semester. All
quizzes will be on book material that has previously been assigned and
should have been read by the time you come to class. IF YOU ARE ABSENT:
your quiz grade will be zero if one is given that day (unless you are at a
university-sanctioned event). Each quiz will be five questions and worth 50
points. I will drop ONE of your quiz grades.
There is a total of 250 available points for quizzes.
(F) Other important details:
1. All speeches will be delivered from speaking notes (note cards) or a
PowerPoint slide summary with notes attached. Note cards and
PowerPoint slide summary with notes attached must be turned in at the
end of the presentation. If you read your speech directly from the
page, you will receive an automatic “F” for the speech (zero points).
2. No late note cards or PowerPoint summaries will be accepted.
3. A student may make up only one exam. I must be notified of the
reason for missing the exam no later than the next class. The reason
must be cleared by me and must be followed up with a written note,
signed and dated. Alarms not going off, child care problems, work/tests
in other classes, work schedule problems and not being prepared are
NOT valid reasons for missing an exam! ALL missed exams will be
docked 10 points unless the situation is the result of a UTSA
sponsored event. A make-up time will be discussed and agreed upon,
but it must take place within one week.
4. If you have to miss your informative presentation, I must be notified by
e-mail of the reason for missing. Again, alarms not going off, child care
problems, work/tests in other classes, work schedule problems and not
being prepared are not valid reasons. If your reason for missing is
valid, you will be allowed to make up the presentation (with a 10-point
deduction) the following day, IF THERE IS TIME. After all scheduled
speakers have gone you may give your make-up presentation, if time
allows. If there is no time, you must come to class prepared the next
time and so on. There is a chance we will not have time and you will
receive a zero.
5. If your presentation does not meet the time requirements, 10 points
will be deducted. There is a 30-second grace period. You will be asked
to stop and sit down if your presentation goes more than two minutes
past time. This is to ensure all students will have time to complete their
6. You are required to speak on your assigned day. Please do not ask me
to switch you unless it is for a VERY valid reason.
7. Application letter and résumé not turned in on the due date will incur a
10-point deduction for each day they are late.
8. Cell phones, laptops, pagers, MP3 players, iPods, etc. are to be turned
off during class. No one will be allowed to text or use their equipment
during class. I will not call you out for opening your computer or
having headphones on, but please know that I will take note of
it and deduct from your participation grade accordingly.
9. Sleeping, doing work for other classes, texting, talking, passing notes,
gathering up belongings before class is over, playing games or surfing
the Web, etc. are examples of rude behavior and will not be tolerated.
You will be asked to leave the class should this become a problem.
11.DO NOT enter the room while a presentation is being delivered!
12.Fifty extra points will be awarded to anyone who has perfect
attendance (again, if you are at a UTSA-sponsored event, this does not
count against your perfect attendance). This means you show up to
every class, not that you only use one or two of your free absences.
13.I will let you out on time. Please do not gather your belongings until I
release you. This is a distraction. I do not want to stay late any more
than you want to stay late, so do not worry about getting out late.
14.If you should have to leave early for some reason, please clear it with
me by e-mail before class.
Below 1190: F