COM 110 -- Introduction to Public Speaking Ruffin Bailey (513-1645)
Sections 11 & 25
Caldwell G108 (ground floor, all the way down)
Email: bailey dot teaching at gmail point com
(email is for final drafts, legitimate emergencies, and to schedule office visits only)
3 credit hours Course Website:
Class Periods: Office hours: Mon 4:30-5:30pm, Wed 12:30-1:30pm
        Sect 11 -- MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM Shared Office: Winston 122
        Sect 25 -- MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM Phone: 513-1645

Click here for schedule (March)

Required Texts:
Zarefsky, David. Public Speaking: Strategies for Success (5th Edition). Allyn & Bacon, 2007.
Dannels, D.P. (2002).  Public Speaking Student Handbook.  Dubuque, Iowa:  Kendall Hunt.

Note: If you purchase the 4th edition of the Zaresky book, your chapter numbers won't quite mesh up with the ones on this syllabus. You can translate to the proper chapters in your book using this table of contents to the fifth edition. Find the chapter number on the schedule, check for that chapter's title using the provided table of contents from the fifth edition, and then find the corresponding chapter in your edition.

Course Description:
This course is designed to improve your public speaking abilities by developing your use of critical thinking, research, preparation, practice, and feedback. The primary commitment of this course is to provide you with numerous opportunities to practice, and receive feedback on, your public speaking skills. This is a performance-based course; you will be expected to engage in several public speaking events to learn critical listening skills, and to employ those skills by providing feedback to classmates when they speak.

Course Objectives:
We hope, after taking this course, that you will better understand your own public speaking responsibilities, abilities, and challenges so that when you leave, you can continue to seek out -- strategically and reflectively -- spaces where you can create "publics" in your other classes, workplaces, and communities. (taken from your student handbook)

GEP Objectives: (these will be updated soon)
This course fulfills one course's worth of NCSU's Writing and Speaking General Education Requirements by helping you accomplish the following:
1. Communicate effectively in specific writing or speaking situations, which may include various academic, professional, or civic situations.
2. Understand and respond appropriately to the critical elements that shape communication situations, such as audience purpose, and genre.
3. Critique their own writing or speaking and provide effective and useful feedback to enable other students to improve their writing or speaking.
4. Demonstrate critical and evaluative thinking skills in locating, analyzing, synthesizing, and using information in writing or speaking activities.

Grading Criteria:
(Please review the weighted final grade percentages for each assignment in your student handbook, pp ix and xi)

Grade ranges in percentages (round down to closest integer)
A+ 98-100% C+ 77-79%
A 93-97% C 73-76%
A- 90-92% C- 70-72%
B+ 87-89% D+ 67-69%
B 83-86% D 63-66%
B- 80-82% D- 60-62%

Note that assignment and grade weights can be found in your handbook.

Attendance Policy:
(also see NCSU Policies, Regulations, and Rules 02.20.3)
The Department of Communication values student attendance in courses and expects attendance in all courses from the very first day of class.   You will be allowed 4 absences of any kind during the semester.  After four absences, your final grade will be penalized.

Attendance will be taken by sign-in sheet.  It is your responsibility to ensure your signature is on each day's sheet.  Ask for the sheet if you do not see it.  Tardies will be marked by the instructor.  Three tardies (including leaving class early) equal an absence.

If for any reason you exceed four (4) absences and you have excused absences, you will need to provide your instructor excuses for each of your five or more missed days.  At this point, any unexcused absences remaining may immediately cause your final grade to be assessed penalties, and even four excused absences may have grade consequences to be determined on a case-by-case basis.  

The university defines excused absences as sanctioned anticipated situations and documented emergency situations.  Anticipated situations (participating in an official university function, court attendance, religious observances, or military duty) must be submitted in writing at least one week prior to the anticipated absence.  Emergency absences (student illness, injury or death of immediate family member) must also be documented. It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate documentation for your instructor on excused absences.

Absences on any day that speeches are being given may result in a grade penalty. You are expected to attend, listen to, and provide feedback on the speeches of your peers.

If you have an excused absence on a speech day, you will be assigned a day to make up that speech. If you miss a second speech or the make-up day for any reason, you may receive a 0 for each speech that is not given.  

(In other words, if you find you will be forced to miss more than four days (two weeks!) of instruction and participation with your peers, you will need to contact me as soon as is humanly possible.  In even briefer terms, please come to class.)

If, after reviewing the syllabus, you anticipate or know you will miss 6 or more classes (excused or unexcused), I would strongly encourage you to drop this course. Your grade will be lowered by these absences.

Cell Phones, Texting, etc.
Please ensure that you leave cell phones off and out of sight during class. If you receive a call during class or receive (or send) texts or other messages, your instructor reserves the right ot confiscate the item for the class period and freely communicate with whomever is on the other end of the line. Your instructor will not be responsible for charges incurred during this communication, nor will the University or its affiliates. You solely will be responsible for those charges.

Speech Drafts
For your speech drafts, you need to record yourself using a webcam or video camcorder. You may either email me (bailey dot teaching at gmail point com) files less than 8 megabytes, or you may upload the video to YouTube. I would recommend using iMovie '08 on the library's iMacs or MacBook Airs if you'd like to upload to YouTube, as it's very easy to do. You will find a tutorial at this URL.

Though I'd prefer you left your videos public if -- and only if -- you're comfortable doing so, you are welcome to make the video private. If you do, please ensure that I'm listed as a contact who can view it. To do this, go to YouTube's My Videos page after logging in with your account. Select your video and click its "edit" link. Go to "Broadcasting and Sharing Options", ensure Private is selected, and add "" to your contact list. Let me know if you have any issues. Note that YouTube does date when you uploaded the video, so ensure each is up by the draft due dates.

When drafts are listed in the syallabus, they will be expected. Though there will be a penalty for not completing a draft, the real emphasis is on giving you a chance to get more comfortable with and improve your speeches! Reviews of drafts will also be required, and review expectations will be discussed in class.


Note: The schedule is subject to change.  I will let you know if any changes are made.
Date Class Topics Student Expectations
(to be completed before the next class; action items in red are to be done that day.)
11 Class introductions Read Chapters 1 & 5 and Impromptu Speech materials from handbook (pp 5-16) for the next class period.
13 Preparing for your first speech
Determining speech topics
Ch 8, 9, and "Presentation Outline" section from Ch 10 (267-271)
Fill out and return the student information form on page xiii of your handbook.
Bring in newspaper article an issue of local interest for our next class.
Last day to add without permission
18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
20 * Reasoning and organization
* The Toulmin Model
* Intro to The Rhetorical Triangle
* Preparations for Impromptu Speech
Ch 2
25 No class; instructor out of town.
(This is a great time to do your impromptu draft.)
Today, the 25th, is the last day to add or drop a course with tuition adjustments.
27 Speech practice Due today, Jan 27th: Successfully uploaded and accessible YouTube draft of a impromptu speech.
Note: We will not be peer reviewing this draft; this is 1.) An opportunity for you to try out speaking for an "audience" and 2.) A quick check to make sure we're up to speed on YouTube. Video drafts are discussed here. Your topic will be taken from any story on the News and Observer's Opinion webpage from the same day that you upload your speech. Select from the opinion stories, letters, or "Other Views" sections, but not from the "Most Popular" or "Editors' Picks" sections, which are not exclusively editorials.
1 Impromptu Speeches 1 Grading sheet
Peer review sheet
3 Impromptu Speeches 2 Ch 14, 4, & Informative Speech materials from handbook (pp 17-30)
8 Speech critiques and review Review Ch 5, read Ch 10
10 Introduction to Informative Speeches, Topic Selection
APA Citation Style
In-class activity
Ch 12, 13
15 Outlines and Visual Aids OSHA Website mentioned in book on 340
17 Practice and Example Informative Speeches
Informative Speech Draft Due
Submit drafts here
Informative Speech Peer Reviews Due Saturday, Feb 20th.
Impromptu grades to be returned on the 18th.
22 Informative Speeches 1 Informative Grading Sheet
Informative Peer Review Sheet
24 Informative Speeches 2
Ch 6 and Topic Proposal Paper materials from handbook (pp 31-35)
1 Finish Informative Speeches
3 * Logos: Blanket statements
   and hyperbole
* Discuss Research Methods
* Discuss Annotated Bibliographies
* In-class source review exercise
* Draft your topic proposal papers and bring a printed copy on the 8th.
* Watch an episode of Hoarders and try to think of the way what makes sense to one person doesn't always make sense to those around them!
8 Review topic proposal
Midterm review
Bring to class today, Mar 8th: Topic Proposal Paper Draft
Last day to change to audit or drop without a grade (no tuition refund)
10 Midterm (Chs. 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14)
15, 17 Spring Break Review Ch 5 (again!), 6, and Topic Proposal Paper materials from handbook (pp 31-35)
Read Ch 15, 16, & Persuasive Speech materials from handbook (pp 37-50)
22 Persuasion
In-class Topic Revision Exercise
Due today, Mar 22th: Topic Proposal Paper
     * Please bring a copy and email to bailey dot teaching at gmail point com
     * Name your paper yourLastName_TopicProposal.doc and attach to email
     * For the subject of your email, use yourLastName_TopicProposal
     * .doc, .rtf, and .pdf are all acceptable formats. Do NOT use docx; save as pdf.
     * NOTE: Please use Times New Roman, 12pt for your font type and size.

Practice your Persuasive Speeches
24 Topic Propsal Revisions Due Friday, the 26th: Topic Propsal Revisions.
Same rules apply as before except:
     * No printed copy required.
     * Name your paper yourLastName_TopicProposal2.doc and attach to email
     * For the subject of your email, use yourLastName_TopicProposal2
29 Persuasive Draft Practice Due at start of class Monday -- Informative Speech Self-Evaluation Form
Review Ch 15
Read Ch 16 & Call to Action Speech materials from handbook (pp 51-64)
31 Call to Action Introduction
Handbook Requirements
Visual Aid Review
Due Today, Mar. 31: Persuasive Speech draft -- Submit here
Begin work on your Call to Action Speech drafts
5 Persuasive Speeches 1
7 Persuasive Speeches 2 Review Ch 15
Read Ch 16 & Call to Action Speech materials from handbook (pp 51-64)
Prepare your Call to Action Speech drafts
12 Persuasive Speeches 3  
14 Speech Draft Review (in-class) Due today, Apr 14th: Call to Action Speech draft
OSHA Visual Aid Page (outdated but useful; from book, pg 340)
19 Call to Action Speeches 1 Practice your Call to Action speeches
21 Call to Action Speeches 2
26 Call to Action Option "0" Dead Week
28 Make-up speech day.
Review Toulmin
Practice speech evaluations
Dead Week
5 Section 11 Culmulative Exam, 1-4pm,
       Caldwell G108 (our regular classroom)
Relax.  You've done a good job.
7 Section 25 Culmulative Exam, 1-4pm,
       Caldwell G108 (our regular classroom)
Relax (section 25 this time).  You've done a good job too.