Introduction to Speech Communication

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07/16/2012 11:58:39

Introduction to Speech Communication


Summer 2012
07/09/2012 - 08/15/2012

Course Information

Section 700
Distance Learning
Gretchen Harries

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Course Requirements


SPCH 1311




Introduction to Speech Communication explores the theories and practice of speech communication behavior to promote communication competence in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations. The course also examines the influence of communication technologies on human interaction. Skills: E



·       To understand the communication process and characteristics of competence

·       Demonstrate an understanding of the role of perception in communication

·       Recognize the power of language and adapt verbal messages appropriately

·       Evaluate listening habits and practice effective listening skills

·       Send and interpret nonverbal messages with accuracy and effectiveness

·       Understand the role of communication in interpersonal relationships

·       Recognize own conflict style & demonstrate effective conflict management

·       Contribute to effective group problem-solving and practice role flexibility

·       Use effective delivery style in informal or formal public speaking situations

·       Recognize the need to self-monitor personal communication competence

·       Develop skill in selecting and using a variety of communication strategies and responses based on situational contexts, goals, and human needs

·       To foster a better understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity



In accordance with H.B. 2183, students who enroll for ACC Speech courses are expected to demonstrate competent English speaking and listening skills:

Ø  “Competence in speaking is the ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience.”

Ø  “Listening at the college level means the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication.”



Oral Communication Skills

A.    You are required to successfully complete one graded demonstration of oral communication skills from one of the following two areas:

1.              Interpersonal Communication– e.g. employment interview, listening 

            skills demonstration, positive communication climate demonstration

2.     Small Group Discussion– e.g. competent group communication skills, problem-solving skills, creative brainstorming skills, team building skills

B.       This graded demonstration of oral communication skills may include a written component.

C.      Your instructor may require more than one graded demonstration of oral communication skills.



A.    You are required to successfully complete one graded oral presentation from one of the following two areas: speaking to inform, speaking to persuade

B.    Your instructor may require more than one oral presentation.




A.    You are required to successfully complete two written and/or oral exams.

B.     Your instructor may require more than two exams.   


Credit Options

A.    You are required to successfully complete any other projects as assigned.

B.    Your instructor may require assignments such as:

1.     Speech preparation assignments

2.     Analysis of written, videotaped, and live speaking performances

3.     Written self-assessments of own & other students’ communication (interpersonal, group, and/or public speaking)

4.     Analysis of communication concepts in film or television programming

5.     Participation during in-class activities

6.     Papers or journal entries

7.     Group assignments

8.     Instructor’s choice



ACC Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend classes in order to progress satisfactorily toward completion of course objectives. Because objectives vary from department to department and from course to course, instructors shall inform students of specific course objectives at the first class meeting. An instructor may withdraw a student who is not meeting course requirements. The student may appeal instructor withdrawals within 10 days. It is the student's responsibility to consult with instructors and seek counseling services when course objectives cannot be met.


Speech Department Policy:Your attendance is crucial to your success in this course. You must be present in order to master the skills needed to achieve the course objectives. The individual instructor shall inform the students of specific attendance requirements at the first class meeting. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from the course by the official withdrawal date if personal circumstances prevent attendance.



Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work.  Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research, or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework. 



Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class. In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking, there are bound to be many differing viewpoints. These differences enhance the learning experience and create an atmosphere where students and instructors alike will be encouraged to think and learn. On sensitive and volatile topics, students may sometimes disagree not only with each other but also with the instructor. It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.



Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities.  Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes.  Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester.