Course Overview

Comm. 265: Principles of Human Communication
Overview

Your performance on the following exams and assignments will determine your final grade in this course. Exact assignments may vary slightly from semester to semester.

Exams:  You will be tested on all course material as presented in the textbook, lectures, labs, and any additional materials provided by the professors. Exam questions will be in a multiple-choice format. Each exam is worth 100 points and accounts for 30% of your course grade. You will be provided with a review sheet prior to the exam.

Informative Speech:  You will present a 5-7 minute original speech on a topic which provides information to your audience. Be creative. Try looking at usual topics in an unusual way. Because you are providing information, you are required to cite at least three sources in the speech and on your typed outline. Your informative speech must be delivered extemporaneously and in front of an audience (either students in your lab or another lab). Your outline for the speech must be submitted in its entirety (including references) in both electronic form and hard copy on the day due. All electronic copies of outlines will be saved for a minimum of three years. All outlines may be reviewed by any professor or instructor associated with COMM 265G sections 1 and 2. This speech is worth 150 points and accounts for 15% of your course grade.

Persuasive Speech:  You will present a 6-8 minute original speech on a socially significant topic that advocates a belief, attitude, or behavior. Choose a topic on which there are a variety of viewpoints and take a position. You are required to cite at least five sources in the speech and on your typed outline. Your persuasive speech must be delivered extemporaneously and in front of an audience (either students in your lab or another lab). Your outline for the speech must be submitted in its entirety (including references) in both electronic form and hard copy on the day due. All electronic copies of outlines will be saved for a minimum of three years. All outlines may be reviewed by any professor or instructor associated with COMM 265G sections 1 and 2. This speech is worth 200 points and accounts for 20% of your course grade.

Analysis Paper: You will write a 3-5 page analysis paper on some aspect of communication. Your lab instructor will explain the paper writing process in detail during the semester. Papers are required to be submitted (including references, if any) in both electronic form and hard copy on the day due. All electronic copies of papers will be saved for a minimum of three years. All papers may be reviewed by any professor or instructor associated with COMM 265G sections 1 and 2. This paper is worth 150 points and accounts for 15% of your course grade.

Attendance/Participation: Over the course of the semester, you will be given a number of attendance/participation assignments to be completed both during and outside of class. One of these assignments will be a 2-3 minute speech of introduction, where you will introduce another member of the class sometime during the second or third day of lab. Other participation/attendance assignments include impromptu speeches, peer speech evaluations, exercises, and speech topic worksheets. Each assignment will be worth 5 to 10 points and due dates will be announced during lab at various points in the session. You will also receive 3 points per day for attendance, given that you do not leave lab early, come into lab late, or violate other class policies.

The final grade for attendance/participation is determined by dividing the number of points you receive by the number of points possible. This percentage will be the number of points out of two hundred that you will be assigned for your final attendance and participation grade. For example, if you receive 150 out of 175 possible points, the resulting percentage is 85.7. You will receive 171.4 point (out of 200) for your final attendance/participation grade.IMG_0376 (2)