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 COST1600-[ Leadership Development Program-Stillman School of Business]    

      COURSE SYLLABUS   ["front loaded style"]

      updated 12/8/15


DR. E. PLUMMER   ----------   College of Communication and The Arts

{office: FH-51} / {mailbox: FH-45}  /  {voicemail: 973-275-2791

 {e-mail: evelyn.plummer@shu.edu /or/ plummeev@shu.edu }  /     

        {professor's  web page: http://pirate.shu.edu/~plummeev  

REQUIRED TEXT:  Communicate!  (14th edition/MindTap: any format) -  Verderber, et al.  

  1. Connect toMindTap via:  https://login.cengagebrain.com/course/MTPNL0QPGZ11
  2. Follow the prompts to register your MindTap course.



COURSE DESCRIPTION: (from University Bulletin) A broad study of the speaking and listening experience. Students perform and evaluate their skills. Voice and articulation and the organization and presentation of ideas are covered.     


Oral Communication is a "Core" course, required for all majors in your department. However, this particular section is aligned with a special program: the Business School's Leadership Institute. Also, from 9/95-5/98, the leadership students were "the control group" for the University's Mobile Computing Pilot Project. Overall, the primary content and activities of this course are the same as for all Oral Communication students; however, the references, examples, projects, and topics used in this class will emphasize concepts of leadership and mobile communication capabilities such as would be found in professional contexts, including:

  • Email technique (clarity, etiquette & efficiency)
  • Group Editing of Speech Outlines [WIKIs]

  • Word Processing/Printing of ALL hardcopy submitted work
  • Assignments posted via Professor's web page (& some backup listings on Blackboard)

  • Presentation Graphics [Powerpoint, etc]
  •  Ability to assess credibility & validity in online sources and research.  

  •  Submission & Annotation of certain assignments {e.g.  preliminary Speech Outlines/Analysis Papers}
  •  tentative: Intraclass, discussion boards (via Blackboard)



SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES FOR "Leadership" ORAL COMM: (coordinated with School of Business Competencies ) 

    1. to increase skills in communication areas particularly related to leadership effectiveness: e.g.  audience-centeredness , clear organizationactive listeningnonverbal awareness , interaction dynamics  

    2. to better understand the effects of using new technologies in facilitating managerial communication:  e.g.  media richness theory
vis-a-vis message structure & semantics, group interaction,  communication flow

    3. to improve abilities in organizing and presenting material --- in both presentational & interpersonal contexts

    4. to develop greater ease and confidence in all types of oral situations

    5. to improve skills of voice and diction {e.g. clearer articulation , meaningful vocal variety }

    6. to initiate an awareness of communication skills for a lifetime (knowledge,  competence, & adaptability)  

    7.  To experience structured teamwork (working with others in teams & groups)

    8. Also refer to the document:
"Oral Communication: Course Rationale & FAQ's " .



         1. On-time submission of written course assignments: via email or hardcopy, as specified

         2. On-time completion of all presentations and speeches (including submission of hardcopy

                outlines for each Major presentation)


        3. Understanding and application of the material covered in the text & online tutorials


        4.  Regular attendance and participation in class {no more than 3 hrs of absence/ 3 tardies = 1 absence}

                An absence will only be considered "excused" if it is accompanied by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical note, court papers, Dean's verification, etc)


        5. Completion of  “outside” reading/research/observational  assignments, as assigned


        6. Use of audio recording  AND videorecording of most presentations  (formats to be specified) e.g. personal digital recorder /miniDV)  
        7. Testing/Assessment: via Quizzes (3-4; announced; online via Blackboard
                                               Midterm Exam (written, in class)
                                               "The Final"  (written + oral, in class)


        8. Extra Credit Attendance  & brief reaction paper for one performance of a Theater-in-the-Round/SHU Theatre production ( 2 productions this semester.) Click for additional information: T-I-T-R/Arts Council page is updated



  ** Several recent studies have indicated that using electronic devices in contexts which  require careful listening actually is counterproductive. You may also be interested in reading about: Computer Distraction Research. In-class usage of computers/devices will be restricted to class relevant applications only [i.e. no IM, no email, no chat, restricted notetaking only, etc.] .

** Similarly, there is a  no-electronic-distractions-policy for this class {e.g. no cell phone usage/no audible pagers or alarms/no texting,  etc.}

**Also…BE AWARE OF ASSIGNMENTS’ DATES AND DEADLINES; there will be little or no opportunity for make up work.


          Students will be evaluated in consideration of their  growth in, and mastery of,  public and interpersonal communication skills.  Quality and comprehensiveness are additional factors in the evaluation of class performance.

   ATTENDANCE AFFECTS GRADE. (In general, the semester grade will be lowered one denomination in proportion to the number of additional absences beyond the course limit.)

 GRADE COMPUTATION:  Major Oral Presentations (incl. revised, h.c. outlines)  [more weight on presentations later in the semester] 40%
   Group Discussion Presentation & project submissions [topic disc.]  5%
   Classwork (incl. attendance, participation, homework, Blackboard activities, MindTap activities 15%
   Online Quizzes  10% 
   Midterm Exam  15%
   "The Final" (all parts: oral + written)  15%

 i.e. roughly 55% for "oral work"  &  45% for "written" work

 * Department of Communication: Policy on Academic Honesty

* Explanation of my Criteria used for assigning Letter Grades

SHU Disability Statement



Understanding the COURSE CALENDAR - (some guidelines for usage)

~ Dr. Plummer uses this webpage course calendar grid below as the PRIMARY source of information on the course's activities and assignments.  Please note that units & assignments are listed CHRONOLOGICALLY, not by category. SOME of your Assignments/Activities/Quizzes/Tutorials will need to be accessed through other locations { e.g. Blackboard}, but, whenever possible, links and/or directions to those locations are also contained within this Calendar grid. HOWEVER, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE PROFESSOR'S WEBPAGE & THE COURSE CALENDAR BELOW ARE THE PRIMARY INFORMATION TOOLS FOR THIS COURSE. LOOK THERE FIRST. ~


<A>  Oral Communication is a participatory course, relying on various forms of oral interaction and classroom activities. Any computer applications are used as supplements--NOT replacements of face-to-face learning contexts.  The course calendar below indicates the planned SUBJECT AREAS , SPEAKING ACTIVITIES , ASSIGNMENT TOPICS , & READINGS IN THE TEXT.  Additional items will be added as the semester progresses. Some materials are located in the MindTap site but many items are to be found elsewhere.



<B>  Unless otherwise noted, the reading and speaking assignments are listed in the calendar grid in the row for the day that they are DUE.   Read details carefully. Some assignments are to be emailed [+]some are to be submitted in hardcopy  [4];  some are to be used in class via a file created on your computer [:], and some will be completed orally as classwork.  Often,  assignments' details will be clarified in class; however, it is the student�s responsibility to anticipate, to note any "posted" updates {done via e-mail or web page}, and to be prepared.



<C>   Basic Email Etiquette :   

 The SUBJECT LINE should be appropriate & indicative--otherwise it might be overlooked. [As general professional practice, email is prioritized, opened & answered according  to the  subject line.]   Therefore, any email you send to me should clearly indicate your NAME (not just user ID), your COURSE SECTION, and the  EXACT ASSIGNMENT TITLE (or your reason for emailing.]  
 �  When sending an email with an attachment , you should NEVER leave the body of the email  blank. The body of such an email should mention the content/title of the attached item(s) and the "signature" of the sender. [Similarly, you would never mail a resume without including a  cover letter.]


      --N.B. Occasionally you may encounter software compatibility problems with attachments. Work-around strategies include: (1) save the  document as "HTML" , "RTF" or "text"  before attaching & sending it. (2) For brief items try including the document within the body of the email itself.




  <D> All speaking activities are indicated with a box border. Of these, the MAJOR presentations are indicated by capitals.  Note:  each MAJOR oral presentation will require the submission of:  

(1) a preliminary analysis paper /or/ outline [to the instructor - via email]

(2) a final, revised analysis paper /or/ outline [to the instructor - via a "hard copy"] including bibliography, when required

(3) the use of presentation delivery notes/outline [for the speaker].

<E> The "Presentation Schedule" Procedure:  Slots for the MAJOR presentations are specified  in advance via the online posting of a Presentation Schedule.This schedule will list the assigned dates for speakers, evaluators, and recorder operators/technical assistants.  It will be "published" at least one day before the presentations begin--linked to your course calendar as well as via a shortcut on the Professor�s main web page. Whenever possible, a copy also will be posted on the Professor�s office door. Consequently, students always are expected to be prepared to speak on their assigned date -- NO EXCEPTIONS.

** Any missed major presentations will default to a DURING-FINALS-WEEK / BRING-YOUR-OWN-AUDIENCE/ APPOINTMENT-ONLY  procedure . Consequently, the opportunity to make up such missed presentations is not guaranteed.** 






<F>  About using Internet source citations:   Grade points will be deducted if bibliographies  are not formatted correctly-i.e. according to a specific style sheet such as APA, MLA, etc.  Also, please note that when referring to material from an electronic source ( use credible ones ONLY) , your written source citations/bibliography, must list at least at the very least these 4 items: [1] URL, [2] the Title of the particular Webpage you used, [3] the Date that you accessed the page & [4] (if available) the last date that the page itself was updated.   NOTE: A URL BY ITSELF IS INSUFFICIENT & points will be deducted!  It is also recommended that you refer to the guidelines in the Department of Communication's Policy on Academic Honesty





LS - COURSE CALENDAR [ day-by-day]                    Updates & links will be added as the semester progresses / Stay Tuned!


 MW: 12:30-1:45

                              UNIT  ASSIGNMENTS & READINGS that are DUE on this date  14ed
     M  8/31


Intro to Course; Interview Session
        W  9/2


Interview speech  (Q)  speech-of-introduction [= p.20:14e]
- Overviews:  Communication vs Communications vs Oral Communication vs   Effective Oral Communication?  [i.e. Introduction to Comm. Principles & Theory]

Interview Speech - ready for delivery [approx 1 min long]



optional email submission: [+] L.S.-"T.V.Watching Comments"Complete the viewing assignment: Analyzing: Effective & Ineffective TV Communicators  [click link for assignment sheet] [can submit ASAP - but due no later than  Tues 9/8 -4:00pm]         

& be sure to use the specified assignment title for your e-mail subject line



We will register during class session.  Bring your computer.
_ Week1/Chap1: View Communication Perspectives videos.  TBDIC on 9/9

M 9/7 NO CLASSES - Labor Day
  [Add/Drop ends 9/8]

         W  9/9      


- Slide Show Overview:  Communication  Theory: Principles  & Perspectives 

 - Overview: Communication Apprehension (it's a GOOD thing!)

- Overview: Breathing & Relaxation



Chap 1  &   "Communication Improvement Plans"  ( see MT below)
pp. 352-355 within Ch 15 [PubSpk apprehension]  {13 ed = 333-

Review misc. "Communication Process" overviews archived within Blackboard
__See Week1/Chap1 items: READ"
& "Skill Learning Activity 1.1" & Click through the remaining items in the week 1: "ADDITIONAL MATERIALS" folder - mostly  TBDIC on 9/9 & 9/14

 but a  Due Today


 __Two items to be viewed prior to today's class:

(1) for submission for "Classwork" points:
Skill Learning Activity 1.1 =  use as a 'test-yourself' activity, online submission is recommended.

(2)View the Comm Process Tutorial interactive animation model [located within Week1 Additional Materials Folder]



Show & Tell  (Q) rescheduled to 9/16 &  9/21

- Continue overviews as necessary: Communication Theory/Apprehension-Relaxation


Show &Tell talk - ready for delivery [approx. 2 min. long]also, Bring a personal audiorecording device 
Skim Chap 2 [perception]  (see MT below)
Complete "Communication Skill/Skill Building: Perception Checking" / see pp.44  {13 ed= p.42-4]. Nothing to submit. Be prepared to discuss in class, if there is time
 __See Week2/Chap2 items:"START" & "READ" &" PRACTICE/QUIZ"
-------------------- & -------------------------

 __ Skip ahead to week5/Chap15: 15.1a&b: "READ" { Apprehension} Read asap.

 __Two items are for submission for "Classwork" points:

(1) {"Chap2:PRACTICE/Perception Checking"}Due by noon/ before today's class.
{"Chap2 DO/Quiz"}
Due no later than 9/18-11:59pm


       W  9/16  
abbreviated session: 1-1:45


 classes canceled 12-1[Mass of the Holy Spirit}





Show & Tell  (Q) orig. for 9/14



 In class: Vocal Exercises  & Slide Show: Your Voice & how to use it: Intro to Vocal Effectiveness

  Use your out-of-class time to prepare for remaining Vocal Workshop unit:

  1.  Via Blackboard, view the rest of the SlideShow. Using a personal recording device, record yourself reading aloud the "Grip-Top-Sock" vocal exercise. ( document linked in in cloumn to the right)

3.      Complete & email the First General Self Assessment assignment {details are listed & linked  in column to the right}


pp. 356-357 & 362-365  within Ch15   {13 e = Ch 14 (pp. 336-340 NOTE - Review all of the delivery tips in Chap 15 each time you prepare for a presentation 

email submission: [+] LS: My First General Self Assessment:  including specific reference to your 2 voice recordings:  Show&Tell  & Grip-Top-Sock. Submission Contents = 3 paragraphs: 1 = evaluation of your current effectiveness as a speaker, and  2 =  your current effectiveness as a listener,  and  3 =  a voice self assessment using the criteria from Chap 15 {14}+ any class notes + slide show and  4= your answer to question #3 in MindTap-Week 1  [ due by Friday 9/18- by 4:00pm]                 & be sure to use the specific assignment title for your e-mail subject line 


__ See Week2/Chap2 &  the misc Apprehension/PRCA items within the " ADDITIONAL MATERIALS" folder. & View the Slide Show! Can also include insights gained in your FGSA essay.

 _Two items are for completion &/or submission:

(1) for "Classwork" points:
 For online submission: {
Chap1/"Communication Skills inventory-Questions 1 & 2"} Due by noon/ before today's class.

for incorporation within FGSA essay
[see item above]: For email submission:
{Chap1/"Communication Skills inventory-Question 3"} Due with FGSA by 9/18-4pm.

       M   9/21


Show & Tell  (Q) remaining

 to be inserted where possible: Children's story telling- (Q)  

Continue Overviews as necessary:

  - Practicing Perception Checking

 - Your Voice & how to use it: Intro to vocal effectiveness;

    - Maximizing  your vocal  & physical technique; -Vocal Exercises--{the sounds you make}

    - Relaxation & channeling apprehension

if necessary, Complete Show & Tell talks

 << Oral Interp. presentation preview>>

 TENTATIVE Prepare for a story telling session  {= be prepared to add  a 1 min. original, impromptu segment to an ongoing, improvised  storytelling exercise to a (hypothetical) 5-yr-old audience}                                                    

                  - - - - - - - - - -& - - - - - - - - - - -                                

  ► Bring a flexible voice & a good imagination! You can bring props & use gestures 


►► Via YouTube, view any 2 clips on Koko

  brief overview:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNuZ4OE6vCk

    full documentary:: (search for PBS/Nature | or best alternative

- - - - - - - - -& - - - - - - - - - - - 

Consider the dynamics of Verbal Communication. What are at least 2 ways that you (a human) and Koko (a gorilla) are similar in the use of  language/ verbal  communication.

 - - - - - - - - -& - - - - - - - - - - - 

  Forum Submission: [+] �Verbal Coding Overlaps� Post your 1-2 item response to the designated online Forum Available via Blackboard only . [due by 9/23-noon]

 Post your items to the DISCUSSION FORUM document in Blackboard. Also look over what your classmates have written. ( "Lessons from Koko").

__ If applicable, Re-review PRCA items in Chap2's "ADDITIONAL MATERIALS" folder

due date interim summary:[ NOT incl. MindTap exercises]  

Weds9/23_noon = Posting to Lessons from Koko
Weds 9/23_class  =  Language Workshop Clipping

 n.l.t. Fri 9/25_6pm/ =Oral Interp Presentation: PRELIM Analysis Paper
Fri 9/25_11:59pm = Blackboard Checkup Online Quiz

Weds 9/30 = Oral Interp Presentations begin

        W  9/23  






 - Language Workshop I:

How Coding Systems make Meaning (aka Language); If Koko can do it so can you + Language dynamics in the world around us




  - if nec.:  Relaxation, cont. 


Bring in example clippings {h.c. or Internet}of your  specifically assigned Language Techniques --see assignment sheet for specifications: "Language Workshop Assignment"[click link for assignment sheet] You MUST know the  contextual &  placement  info. for the selection you bring in.

4 & 14 (Verbal Mgs& Language)
  [+]: Remember to submit your 1-2 insights about the Verbal-Coding-Overlaps to the online Lessons from Koko WIKIdoc. Available via Blackboard only
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Get a head start on email submission: [+]"LS- Oral Interp. Preliminary Analysis": Submit a preliminary Analysis Paper for your upcoming presentation {specifications  are listed in this linked document: Oral Interp Presentation Assignment Sheet   [ due no later than  Fri, 9/25 -6:00pm]    

& be sure to use the specific assignment title for your e-mail subject line


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>>Online Quiz #1 due Friday<<

Accessible only via  BLACKBOARD  / Quiz available: 9/22-9/25midn


__See Week3/Chap4:"START/Verbal Messages"
[this item for TBDIC] &  "READ" & "DO/QUIZ-

__See Week2/Chap2 items:"START" & "READ" &" PRACTICE/QUIZ"

 __One item is for submission:

(1) for "Generic BB Quiz" points:  For online submission:
{"Chapter4 DO: Quiz"}  Due by noon/ before today's class.

        M  9/28

-Language Workshop IIUsing audience-centered language  &/or    Language-as-culture   

- - - - - - - - - -& - - - - - - - - - -


Bring in Laptops for in-class activities: "Targeting your Audience & Tailoring your Language: strategies for eloquence & appropriateness".  (see MT below)
► review Chap 3 
[+]"LS- Oral Interp. Preliminary Analysis"  via e-mail [due no later than Fri 9/25)-6:00pm. Preferably earlier.
_Week3/Chap4: "READ" & "Skill Learning Activity 4.1: Reword This."

 __One item is for submission:

 (1) for "Classwork" points:  For online submission:
{Chap4/"Skill Learning Activity 4.1: Reword This"}
Due by noon/ before today's class Submission optional-TBDIC &
be prepared to share & compare.


     W  9/30


MAJOR PRESENTATION #1{Oral Interp} making the written word speak [manuscript rdg]   


  [4] O.I. presentation & Analysis Paper-ready for delivery & submission / according to assigned specifications [see link at left]

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Bring:   personal recording device 


 Review general rehearsal tips: pp. 369-372 {13 e = pp. 346-351} & apply all relevant presentation guidelines for "scripted" presentations]
see: Oral Interp.  Presentation Schedule page to be finalized n.l.t 9/27late

       M  10/5




MAJOR PRESENTATION #1 cont { "   "   }    

- - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - - -     
- begin Slide Show Preview: "Organizing Oral Messages"
 (Incl.: Choosing & Limiting Topics  //  Basic Speech Org)    

- if necessary, Complete Language Workshop


_See Week3/ "PREQUEL to Chap11"
_ See Week3/Chap16 items: "START" & View speech video in 16-4 ["Hurricanes"]


       W  10/7




- Workshop:"Organizing Oral Messages;  (Incl. Styles  & Techniques of Delivery , "Instant Composite Speeches")  
 - - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - - - 



[:]Brainstorming prep. - via computer but for classroom use. Complete: Brainstorm/ Concept Map for Topics   [In hard copy versions = Action Step 1.a on bottom  of p. 250 {13 e = p254} ] NOTE: Despite texts directions, you actually only need to devise at least 4 items per each of the 3 columns] see below for location of the MindTap version of this

* be sure document is saved on your local drive.


Chapters 11 & 12, if time skim pp.332-3 within Chap14. {13 e = Ch  13}

>>Online Quiz #2 due Friday<<

Accessible only via  BLACKBOARD   / Quiz available: 10/6 - 10/9midn

__See Week3/Chap11 items: "START"
& "READ"+ the "5 ACTION STEPs" within "READ" [ These all = TBDIC]

_Two items for completion to be incorporated within class activities:

 (1) {
Chap11/ Complete 11-2a- { = brainstorming: figure 11.2]} & bring to class} { this item is NOT an action step. it is within the chapter itelf}

rescheduled to 10/14: {Chap16: Complete "Prepare your Informative Speech Outline".}  Your outline-in-progress will be evaluated during in-class workshop. Specific Due date & submission details are
 tbd based on  workshop's ongoing  progress.

10/12 & 10/13 Fall Break NO CLASSES - Mon =  [Columbus Day]


   W  10/14




- Org. Workshop, cont:  "Organizing Oral Messages";  (Incl. Styles  & Techniques of Delivery , "Instant Composite Speeches") 

- - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - - - 

- Intro. to  Informative  Speaking:  Formats & Techniques 

- - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - - - 

 if time, Review of standard outlining technique 

    [:] via computer - but for classroom use:  your "Outline-In-Progress" : For today, you should have your revised thesis statement completed & ready for review [also see MT below]

Chapters 14 & 16; review Chap 12 {13 e = 13&14; rev Ch 12}
  email submission:  [+]"LS- Preliminary Informative Outline" .   This submission is ONLY for people whose prelim. outline was not approved (with Professor's initials) during the in-class workshop. If it wasn't, then submit a presentation outline accd'g to the Informative Presentation assignment sheet  [click link for assignment sheet] [due no later than Fri. 10/16 by 4:00pm] 

& be sure to use the specific title for your e-mail subject line


__See Week3/Chap12items: "READ" & several items are recommended for review  as " how-to" guidelines for your own use. [ but may be specifically assigned later in the semester, as needed.]

 __One item is for submission:

(1) for "Generic BlkBrd Quiz" points:  For online submission:
{"Chapter 11/ DO: Quiz"}  Due by noon/ before today's class.


One item is for
TENTATIVE submission: [tbd] 

Week3/Chap16:"READ" & "PRACTICE":
{Playing With Topics}

   M 10/19






- Midterm  Exam  including  these  advance questions-- most to be submitted via MindTap: ***

    I.   Create 3 hypothetical examples of Citations ["Oral Footnotes"] - see  descriptions & examples on  p.272-fig11.8  / MindTap = Figure 11.8 {located within the chapter} Prepare hard copy submission  {13e = p. 271-fig 11.8} 

   II.    Week3/Chap11.11b: "Applying what you've Learned": Select  question 2 or 3 or 4. Submit through MindTap

    III.  Week3/Chap 4: "Applying what you've Learned":   Select question 2 or 3. Shorten to 1-2 paragraph.   Submit through MindTap

     IV.  extra credit:

Select either A or B:  Follow the listed directions 

  A= "Controlling Nervousness"-  p.384   {in  MdTp  = Chap15[wk5] "Applying what you've learned"-- ques 2 Submit through MindTap.


  B= Week3/Chap12:"PRACTICE- Organizing a Body"  Submit through MindTap.




► [4]  *** These 4- Midterm questions listed at left are to be done in advance. Hardcopy submission for Item I is due in class on this date when you also will be taking a  paper-&-pen, written  exam .
 Items II, III, & IV[optional]  are due for online submission through MindTap

See the link at left for other details about the Midterm









also see:  Informative Speech Presentation Schedule





MAJOR PRESENTATION #2 {Informative} [extemporaneous]




[4] 4-5 min. Extemp. Presentation (via notes) & Outline ready for delivery &  submission acc'dg to assigned specifications [see link at left]. (also review Chaps 11 through 16 {13 e =  12 & 14 & 15});  Bring personal audiorecording device 


Extra credit, follow-up submission: after you see the play, send me a 1/2 - 1 page email commentary evaluating the "Communicator COMPETENCE skills " [as we have defined the term in this class] that are present (or needed). You are not reviewing the performance of the actor or actress, you are evaluating the character's behavior.


__Week3/Chap16: several items (recommended, but optional) are listed on the Informative Speech Assignment page [ linked to the left]


    M  10/26                   


MAJOR PRESENTATION #2  cont   {  "   "   } 

email submission: [+] "LS-Speech Self Critique#1"
  Submit Self Critique on Informative Pres   = 2 paragraphs [click link for assignment sheet]  [due no later than one week after presentation]   & be sure to use the specific title for your e-mail subject line



no in-CLASS MTG  Groups work independently

Intro. to Listening  - (via Listening Test);(Steps in the process) (if time, exercises in skills building) 
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 Use your out-of-class time to prepare for the Group Presentation Project:

  1.  Carefully read the LS GROUP PRESENTATION ACTIVITIES  document. Printing out & highlighting are recommended [click link for assignment sheet] 

2. Each group should conduct a FACE-TO-FACE meeting to accomplish 2 tasks: create a list of codes-of-conduct ( atleast 5 items) + a list pf potential presentation topics ( atleast 4). Email these lists to your professor no laterthan 11/1- 9pm







 Chapter 6 

  email submission: [+] "LS-Our Group's 2 Lists Submit a document containing your group's 5 "Codes-of-Conduct" and your 4 brainstormed, potential topics. [ Due by  Sun 11/1 - 9pm ]


     M  11/2


- TALES FROM THE CONFERENCE: Tips on Business Communication


- Listening - part II  (via Listening Quiz) (discuss worst habits, 

- - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - -  


 - Listening  - part III (Critical Listening, Interactive Listening activities)

- - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - -  

if time, continue: Working-in-Groups Unit

TENTATIVE ACTIVITY: Be aware of today's Interactive Listening activity  (the Art of the Paraphrase}  procedure [click link for assignment sheet]  page to be updated
  Chapters 6 & 7 & 8  & skim 9  {13 e = 5,6,7,skim 8}







- Slide Show Overview: Communicating Face-to-Face" / "The Least you should know about Interpersonal Communication"  (Intro to Interpersonal & Group Communication);Self Disclosure; Interpersonal Comm. Dynamics 

- - - - - - - - - & - - - - - - -

if  time: Intro to Group Comm.; Types of Group Discussions/ Presentations 

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Groups meet briefly to plan & finalize topic & presentation format 



Chapters 9 & 10 {13 ed= 9 & 10}; Skim Chap 17 {13 ed = Ch 16}

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Also be sure to read in advance: the LS GROUP PRESENTATION ACTIVITIES  [click link for assignment sheet] 
 tent: 4Johari window activity   


     M  11/9






"Split session" - sign in first
MAJOR PRESENTATION #3  {"Combo"} [manu + extemp]1's
PLUS  Groups-meet-&-plan: prepare  preliminary Agenda/Outline  -due via email ASAP-no later than Weds. 11/11- 4:00 pm Also, you can email me your questions/problems & I will try to reply before your next group meeting

[4] 3 min. Combination Presentation & Outline -  ready for delivery & submission. [see link at left for detailed assignment sheet.  Refer to all applicable chapters 

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 "The Combo" Presentation Schedule- 



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Split session" - sign in first
MAJOR PRESENTATION #3 cont, { "  " } 3's

PLUS  Groups-meet-&-plan):Also, you can email me your questions/problems & I will try to reply before your next group meeting


email submission:[+] "LS-Video Self Critique"   [due no later than one week after your presentation Complete the Video Self Critique  based on Pres. #3 . Use this designated form which is accessible via this webpage link [& a shortcut on the main webpage]. Use the copy & paste function to create your document for reply.  [click link for assignment sheet]
  & be sure to use the specific assignment title for your email subject line           

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email submission:[+]"LS-Grp(#__)-Preliminary  Agenda/Outline document  ONE A/O per group. [click link for worksheet] Use the copy & paste function to create your reply document.  due asap/no later than Weds 11/11-4:00pm This planner for the group discussion presentation should also include >current bibliography  / >any plans for "visual" aids / >plans for physical setup.
  & be sure to use the specific title  & group number for your email subject line


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   "Split session" -  sign in first
MAJOR PRESENTATION #3  cont {  "   "  } 4's    

PLUS (Grps-meet-&-finalize plans)   Also, You can email me your questions/problems & I will try to reply before your next group meeting


ALSO view Slide Show: "The Art of Persuasion" accessible via Blackboard
email submission:[+]: Begin reserving Topics for Persuasive Presentations --click for list of sample topics


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- Groups meet as necessary. Finalize presentation details & sequencing & conduct a "dry run"


- Overview: the Art of Persuasion in Oral Communication



- Overview:-Studying Nonverbal Communication the Experiential Way



<<Continue reserving Topics for Persuasive Presentations - via email and/or your  PPSAP submission>>


<Preview Panel Presentation formats>


{assignment of NV experiment{oral reports ready for delivery on Mon 11/30

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► Re-Review Slide Show: "The Art of Persuasion" accessible via Blackboard

 review Chapters 9 & 17 {13 ed = Ch 9& 16}

 Get a head start on email submission:[+] "LS-PPSAP"   Prepare & submit your  Preliminary Persuasive Speech Adaptation Plan [a.k.a Adaptation Plan]   [due by Tues 11/25 -4:00pm--but absolutely no later than 11/27 ]    (earlier submission is GREATLY recommended)     (click for more information. Note: This is NOT the same as a speech outline)

Use p.435 ( variations exist in other editions). Complete bulleted items 1-5 within the "Sample Speech Plan and Outline" section

 & be sure to use the specific assignment title for your e-mail subject line    



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GROUP PRESENTATIONS page to be updated (all 4) 
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 >>Online Quiz #3 due by Friday<<

click to go to the  BLACKBOARD log in page/Quiz available: tentatively 11/24-11/28 

   11/25-11/29 *Thanksgiving Break*  - NO CLASSES
Click  for a list of topics that are already taken: ]
Persuasive Topic Signup ongoing updates /incl past topics list
reminder: LS-PPSAP  DUE  11/27 but no later than Monday 11/30: [LS-PPSAP] via e-mail:  Prepare & submit your  Preliminary Persuasive Speech Adaptation  Plan [click link for details] earlier submission recommended


See Week 13/Chap17 for 2 preparatory items: (1) START: Persuasive Speaking[ submit for homework points  (2) "PREPARE your Persuasive Speech Outline for guidelines on how to select a suitable topic.

    M  11/30




- Slide Show & Workshop: Nonverbal Communication & Skills    (Via your experiments'  results) Overview of the "silent language" that everyone listens to  



Results of  NV experiments-  Be prepared  for your mini-presentation on your  experiments results - 2 minutes per person) 

Chapter 5
WB01626_.gif (272 bytes)EXTRA CREDIT:[+"LS - Group Reaction Journal"    ( see the Group Disc/Pres assignment page clink link  for details )   {e-mail ASAP no later than Weds 12/2 at  4:00pm}   
see week 10/chapter 5: 3items for completion (1) "START"-view video (2) START:"How do nonverbal messages affect the way..."
(3) "PRACTICE" - Describing nonverbal behaviors: TBDIC


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 - if necessary, Continue debrief of experimental findings: Nonverbal Communication


Review Persuasion1 via Persuasion Immersion: Influencing Others through words & strategy (Gallery of Ads)


if time, Persuasion2 cont. via Language Workshop III: Language  as LOGOS+ETHOS+PATHOS & Persuasion in Action


►Bring in a "Persuasive Ad" {h.c. or via Internet}

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_see week 13/chapter 17: 2 items for completion (1) DO: View Interactive Video & Complete/Submit  the 4 Questions ("...Cyberbullying")

       M 12/7



MAJOR PRESENTATION #4   {Persuasive} [Extemporaneous](7-8spkrs) 


  [4] ___min. Capstone Presentation & Outline - ready for delivery & submission.  Review all Chapters to prepare this extemporaneous, 6-8 minute presentation w/ a [hardcopy] outline & notes
see: Persuasive Presentation Schedule-page updated by 12/4-11am

__see week 12/chapter 17: ____ item for submission: DO: Quiz

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MAJOR PRESENTATION #4 { " " } (_7-8_) 



click to go to the  BLACKBOARD log in page/Quiz available:  tentative: 12/18 12/20mdn

[WB01626_.gif (272 bytes) EXTRA CREDIT>THEATER-IN-THE-ROUND - last performances this semester! The Good Doctor  : follow up submission = 1 emailed  page in which you discuss how the play's characters communicated via NONVERBAL channels ( especially clothing & appearance -- to each other & to the audience -- about who they were & what they were thinking. DUE by tba__      

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MAJOR PRESENTATION #4 {" "} (_3-4__) 

[WB01626_.gif (272 bytes) EXTRA CREDIT> [[+] "LS--Final [cumulative] Self Critique"[click link for assignment sheet]  via  e-mail -  due  12/21 by 4:00pm} If you have not yet (or have only just) done your final presentation, you should arrange for another submission date with your professor & be sure to use the specific title for your e-mail subject line

Exam Session  = Fri 12/18 @ 12:20-2:20 in  the usual classroom


the "Final"   [= written Quiz  + Impromptu Speech]  ...
   (Q)  = a short, less formal talk--usually prepared in advance,  but no submitted outline is required 

   [4= a written assignment, w/ Printed, HARDCOPY  to be submitted  in class on that date. Also symbolized as h.c.

  [: ]   = a written assignment --prepared on advance & brought to class as a file on your Laptop to be used in an in-class activity 

   [ +] = a written assignment to be E-MAILED  with the specified subject line  by the indicated date  & time

 ****** printed-out, completed-in-ADVANCE questions for Midterm. Hardcopy to be submitted in class on exam day, as part of the total exam.  additional updates possible through 12/15/15


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 (c) 2015/ Verderber 14th ed.  [where possible, also includes notations for 13th ed.]
 last updated 12/8/15



WB01626_.gif (272 bytes) 2015 - 2016 Season: SETON HALL THEATRE

The Way of the World

By William Congreve

The Way of the World is generally viewed as the supreme example of Restoration Comedy. Its characters�the vengeful and ultimately pathetic Lady Wishfort, the sparring lovers Mirabell and Millamant, the dark and devious Marwood plot and double-cross each other in the pursuit of love and money. In the end, all get their just desserts.

Directed by David Ledoux

Performed at the SOPAC on Oct. 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 25, at 2 p.m.


The Good Doctor

By Neil Simon

This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a feisty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. Let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.

Directed by Frank Borrelli

Performed in the Theatre-in-the-Round on the SHU campus on December 10-12 at 8 p.m. and December 13 at 2 p.m.













BELOW = tentative items/to be finalized& inserted where possible


If time:Persuasion, cont  via: Language Workshop III  Language as  LOGOS+ETHOS+PATHOS or Persuasion in Action


   Article + Commentary
   mini  speech (Q) 


Index card Impromptus (Q)

Transition Workshop/ Organization Order Workshop; [: ] bring your computer*
* be sure your laptop battery is charged & that you have your network cable.


tent:/if time [: ] AND bring your laptops with the "practice document" that  I have recently e-mailed to you. You will be editing this document in class- as well as completing other speech organization activities 
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"Self Review" - pp. 110": Foundations of Communication. Follow The directions & print out a copy of your rankings & analysis

 "Test your Competence..." via p.134[11e]: Evaluating Inferences

tentative: [:] Bring laptops & network cables for in-class  activities: "Targeting your Audience & Tailoring your Language: strategies & eloquence" 

Skillbuilding - 14e p.130-1 {13e = p.95}- Questions & Paraphrases- Complete # b-e starts on bottom of page

Language Dynamics in Action: In  Sept. 2014, Vice President Biden made a speech that included a particular term in reference to money lenders. In one well-organized  paragraph, match this event (&/or the reaction it received) to at least two(2) of the Language categories we covered in class. Support your choices.

Select either A or B:  Follow the listed directions    A= "Controlling Nervousness"-  p.384    /or /         B="Evaluating Speaker's voice and.. p.385


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