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ORAL COMMUNICATION  - LS - S 2018<ovrflw>


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

      COURSE SYLLABUS   ["front loaded style"]

      updated 4/19/18


DR. E. PLUMMER   ---------  College of Communication and the Arts
{office: FH-51} {mailbox: FH-45} {voicemail: 973-275-2791}
{e-mail: /or/ }
{professor's  web page:



REQUIRED TEXT:  Communicate!  (15th edition/MindTap Learning system: any format) -  Verderber, et al.  

Purchasing Options

The bookstore will be selling the materials being used in this course.  In the event that the bookstore runs out of stock, you can purchase the materials at (  Please note that the bookstore should be your first choice to buy materials.




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 Center for Leadership Development. 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 practices and digital capabilities as would be found in professional contexts, including:

  • Email technique (clarity, etiquette, efficiency, handling attachments)

  • Group Editing/Critiquing of Speech Outlines [WIKIs][Forums]

  • Understanding the principles of oral language vs Written Language

  • Developing strategic navigation skills for finding, reading, and using online content. (via Assignments & Schedules on the Professor's web page AND quizzes  & Slide Shows in Blackboard AND Activities, Assessments and Misc materials in MindTap)

  • Skilled use of visual supporting materials (e.g. [Powerpoint, etc]

  •  Ability to assess credibility & validity in online sources and research.  

  •  Improved online comment & commentary




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

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

    2. to better understand the ways that various communication technologies can affect communication practices:

  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 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 become aware of strengthening communication skills throughout a lifetime (building knowledge,  competence, & adaptability)  

    7.  To engage in 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 printed/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  (incl. MindTap)

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

              An absence will be considered "excused" only if 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  OR 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 &/or MindTap
                                               Midterm Exam (written, in class)
                                               "The Final"  (written + oral, in class)


        8. Extra Credit Opportunities: 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


Several 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. Therefore, these policies will help you be a better listener/student:      

  In-class usage of computers/devices will be restricted to class relevant applications only {i.e. no IM, no email, no chat, restricted notetaking , 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) Roughly 10 points per item. Target = 300 points 15%
   Online Compilation 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)

~ The Course Calendar Table/Grid below contains the  PRIMARY guidance for navigating the information,  activities & assignments in this course.  Course content itself may be located in a variety of places ( e.g. Blackboard, Communicate!-MindTap, or external links). This course calendar should be used as  the user manual for the course. Because it is a calendar, the units & assignments are listed CHRONOLOGICALLY, in sequential rows--not by category. This enables you to see how the item functions within the context of the units being studied. This online version of this calendar grid will contain links to other locations [such as Blackboard]  which you will need  in order to access certain Activities/Quizzes/Slide Shows/Tutorials. However, please be aware that the professor's  webpage contains your COURSE SYLLABUS + COURSE CALENDAR which are the PRIMARY informational 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 directly 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 (Professional) Email Etiquette :   

* Use a relevant subject Line:  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.]  
 * Include something in the actual memo: 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.  Such style sheets give specifications for how to handle material you get from hard copy as well as  online sources. However-- at the very least-- when referring to material from an electronic source  be sure to list at 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 College of Communication's Policy on Academic Honesty .



► 1st column = week & meeting dates

►  2nd  column =  item(s) of focus for that day

 ►  3rd column =  items  to READ (in textbook or external links)  

►  4th column = items to be done IN CLASS (presentations or activities) + items located in MindTap  (assignments & activities & pre-quizzes online or To Be Discussed In Class) 



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


sml cls

CHAPTERS/READINGS DUE on specified date


currently lists h.c. book chapters / 

modules/materials to be added week by week
NOTE: Listed due dates vary / i.e. not only Mons & Weds
        MT: THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER: Each chapter begins with a "Voting" segment for Getting Started with the content.  Completing these "Getting Started..." items is always OPTIONAL. However, each one that is submitted will add 2 points to your Classwork points total ; also online submission is helpful for TBDIC & self awareness.

Mon= MLK Day

 W 1/17 Intro to Course;  Interview Matchups ( Interviews to be conducted outside of class)

MINDTAP REGISTRATION SESSION  { w/ Publisher's Representative}
Bring your computer.

[Add/Drop ends 1/24]

 Interview Speech-v2 -1/22
["Onion Layers"] / : p.17/MT after 1-5a]


 Communication vs Communications vs Oral Communication vs   Effective Oral Communication?  [i.e. Introduction to Comm. Principles & Theory]
Chap. 1 asap 1/22class: Interview Speech-ready for delivery"Onion-layers"  [approx 1 min long] "Introduce a Classmate"- [ p.17 / positioned just ater 1-5a]

"LS-TV Watching Comments" :  OPTIONAL email submission[+]  Analyzing: Effective & Ineffective TV Communicators  [click for assignment sheet] [Can submit ASAP/  due no later than Tues 1/23 -5:00pm]    & be sure to use the specified assignment title for your e-mail subject line
- if necessary, complete Interview Speeches

- Slide Show Overview:  Communication  Theory: Principles  & Perspectives ( incl. TV Communicators)

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

- Overview:
Breathing & Relaxation
Chap 1 asap  "Communication Improvement Plans"  [p.18 / 1-5b]

pp. 310-313 within Ch 15 [PubSpk apprehension] 


Review misc. "Communication Process" overviews archived within Blackboard folder [ see left column]

  optional: Review the PRCA items in the Digital Appendix

MT: TBDIC/ Complete "Communication Skill/Skill Building: Perception Checking" / see pp.38 {15ed}   Nothing to submit. Be prepared to discuss in class over next several sessions, if there is time.
wk3 M  1/29
Show-&-Tell (Q)  1/29

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

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

Skim Chap 2 [perception]  (see MT in next column) Pay special attention to the segments on "Perception of others &  PERCEPTION CHECKING" (pp. 37-38/MT2.5)

1/29class: Show &Tell talk - ready for delivery [approx. 2 min. long].  Bring a personal audiorecording device 

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MT: Three items to be viewed/completed prior to 1/29 class: due no later than Noon

>>(1) MT:Chap1/QUIZ - online submission for "Classwork" points:

>>(2) View the Comm Process Tutorial interactive animation model= TBDIC
f nec. copy&paste link into your browser.

>>(3) MT: Chap1: if possible, Several TBDIC items might be  highlighted within the Chapter readings-- via  sticky note highlights
-  : In class:
Continue Overviews as necessary:
--- - Your Voice & how to use it:
Vocal Exercises--{the sounds you make}
--- - Maximizing  your vocal & physical technique;
--- - Relaxation & channeling apprehension
--- - Practicing Perception Checking
--- -
 if necessary, Complete Show & Tell talks
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Outside of class to use in completing the 2/2 submission [FGSA] :

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

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





pp. 313-323 
within Ch15   {14ed=356-357 & 362-365 /  NOTE - Review all of the delivery tips in Chap 15 each time you prepare for a presentation 


View the Communication Apprehension Slide Show in Blackboard folder. Any personal insights you gained can be applied to your  FGSA email submission-due 2/2.

 items to be viewed/completed prior to 1/31 class: due no later than Noon

>>(1) MT: Chap2/QUIZ = online submission for "Classwork" points

>>(2) Skip ahead to Chap15:{Apprehension} Read 15-1a & b asap.

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  F2/2email: "LS: My First General Self Assessment" email submission: [+]   including specific reference to your 2 voice recordings:  Show&Tell  & Grip-Top-Sock. Submission Contents = three 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 + any class notes + slide show.  

 If you want, you can also incorporate these as part of FGSA:  {Chap1/"Communication Skills inventory-Questions 1 & 2" or  figure 1.4 in MindTap-Chap. 1{in sect.1-5b or p.19} } .due no later than Fri 2/2 -5:00pm]
    & be sure to use the specified assignment title for your e-mail subject line





 << Oral Interp. presentation preview>>


Children's story telling-

Chap 15 (deliv)_
2/5prior:MT:  1_item to be viewed/ completed prior to 2/5 class: due no later than Noon

>>MT: Chap15/QUIZ = online submission for "Classwork" points


2/5class: 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





-  Language Workshop I:  2/7

How Coding is Coding- making meaning through symbols(aka Language); If Koko can do it so can you + Language dynamics in the world around us


Chaps 4 & 14 (Verbal Messages &  Language)


 2/7prior:  Via YouTube, view any 2 clips on Koko { brief overview clip:} {There are 2 full PBS documentaries: (search for PBS/Nature/2016 or 2016 or best alternative }

-- - - - - - - - -&  THEN      

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.


- - - - - - - - - & THEN      

  2/7prior - if nec, extended to 2/10:Forum Posting:  [+]  "Lessons from Koko"  Post your 1-2 item response to the designated online Forum Available via Forum folder in Blackboard only . [due by 2/7/18-noon] available 2/4- 2/10]  Post your items to the DISCUSSION FORUM document in Blackboard. Also look over what your classmates have written. ( "Lessons from Koko").

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  2/7class: Bring in example clippings {h.c. or Internet}of your  specifically assigned Language item: "Language Workshop Assignment"  [click link for assignment sheet] You MUST know the  contextual &  placement  info. for the selection you bring in


F2/9email - "LS- Oral Interp. Preliminary Analysis" [+]: Submit a preliminary Analysis Paper for your upcoming O/I presentation {specifications  are listed in this linked document: Oral Interp Presentation Assignment Sheet    [ due no later than  Fri, 2/9 -5:00pm]    & be sure to use

the specific assignment title for your e-mail subject line


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Professor's Compilation Online Quiz1 /accessible via Blackboard "Quizzes/Tests" folder / deadline = Sat  2/10  / available = 2/7 - 2/10{11:59}

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see: Oral Interp. Presentation Schedule page to be finalized n.l.t 2/10-11:00pm(_________)




{Oral Interp}  making the written word speak [manuscript rdg]
  2/12 =most spkrs


2/12 class: [4]
 Prepare your O.I. presentation & Analysis Paper-ready for delivery & submission / according to assigned specifications [see assignment sheet linked at left]

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>>> Bring:   personal recording device 

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 >>> Review general rehearsal tips: pp. 323-329 [15ed] & apply all relevant presentation guidelines for "scripted" presentations]

W   2/14
abbreviated session:
1-1:45 (AshWeds Mass  12-1)
MAJOR PRESENTATION #1cont   {   "   "   }   2/14  

-if time: Post Mortem session

see ABOVE / same as  2/12



-Language Workshop II Using audience-centered language  &/or  Language-as-culture   

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 Intro. to Listening (I)  - ( Applying language awareness to Listening skill) (via Listening Test); (Steps in the process) (if time, exercises in skills building) 

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if time: selected demonstrations:  The Language of Eloquence (via "Adage Impromptus")

Skim Chap 3  &
review "Diverse Voices within Chap4
2/19prior: MT: Two  items to be completed prior to 2/19 class: due no later than( n.l.t.) Noon

>>(1)  MT:
Chap4/QUIZ = online submission for "Classwork" points

>>(2)  MT: Chap14/QUIZ = online submission for "Classwork" points

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2/19class: Bring in Laptops for in-class activities:
"Targeting your Audience & Tailoring your Language: strategies for eloquence & appropriateness".  
(see MT above)

Listening (II)
(via Listening Quiz) (discuss worst habits) (Habit training strategies

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

- if necessary, Complete Language Workshop


Chapter 6  


2/21prior: MT:  1-2_items to be viewed/completed prior to 2/21 class: due no later than Noon

>> MT: Chap6/Interactive Video Activity[Damien&Chris] online submission for "Classwork" points

>>TENTATIVE MT: QUIZ online submission for "Classwork" points  TBD


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Professor's Compilation Online Quiz2 /accessible via Blackboard "Quizzes/Tests" folder / deadline =2/23  / available  = 2/20-2/23{11:59}




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

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Chapters 11 & 12,  if time skim pp.292-4 [15ed]"OralStyle}--- within Chap14.
{14 e =332-3

2/26class: [:]Brainstorming prep. - via computer but for classroom use. Complete: Brainstorm/ Concept Map for Topics:1-a.b.c.   & bring to class} { this item is within the chapter itself as well as in the "PREPARE your Informative Speech:" folder in Chap 16  }

[In hard copy versions = Chap 11/Action Step 1.a on bottom  of p.218 {14 e = p250} ] [ In MT  also = Action Step 1.A]


 NOTE: Despite textbook's directions, you actually only need to devise at least 4 items per each of the 3 columns] 

* be sure document is saved on your local drive.


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2/26prior: MT:  1 item to be viewed/completed prior to 2/26 class: due no later than Noon

 >>(1) MT: Chap11/QUIZ  online submission for "Classwork" points


  Workshop, cont:"Organizing Oral Messages" 

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- Intro. to  Informative  Speaking:  Formats & Techniques 

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if time, Review of standard outlining technique

Chapters 14 & 16; review Chap 12

NB:  Within Chap12,  several items are recommended for review  as " how-to" guidelines for your own use.

 2/28prior: MT: _3_items to be viewed/completed prior to 2/28 class: due no later than Noon

>> (1) MT: Chap12/QUIZ online submission for "Classwork" points

MT: Chap16/QUIZ online submission for "Classwork" points

MT: For TBDIC:  See Chap16 items: "VOTE" & View & review questions for linked video speech   ["Understanding Hurricanes"]. Link should be visible in the "Unit View" 

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


3/2 email submission:  [+]"LS- Preliminary Informative Outline" .  This submission is ONLY for people whose prelim. outline did not receive the Professor's initials during the in-class workshop. If it didn't, then submit a prelim. presentation outline accd'g to the Informative Presentation assignment sheet page to be updated [click link for assignment sheet]  [due asap but  no later than Fri 3/2 by 5:00pm] 

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

      ►►also see:  Informative Speech Presentation Schedule page  to be finalized n.l.t. 3/2[pre-Break]
   S  P  R  I  N  G       B  R  E  A  K       

MAJOR PRESENTATION #2 {Informative} [extemporaneous] half3/12


NB:Chap16: several items (recommended, but optional) are listed on the Informative Speech Assignment page [ linked to the left] . For example, it is HIGHLY recommended you make use of the step-by-step templates within the Chapter 16 folder entitled "Your Informative Speech"

3/12class:[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);  Bring personal audiorecording device 

MAJOR PRESENTATION #2     {  "   "  } 3/14


email: [+] "LS-Speech Self Critique#1"
  Submit as an email submission:  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
special due date    

EXTRA CREDIT:  THEATER-IN-THE-ROUND/SHU Theater: "Steel Magnolias"  by Robert Harling: in S.O.P.A.C on Feb. 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m. & Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.


Extra credit, follow-up email submission: after attending the play, submit a 1/2 - 1 page  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 a character's communication  behaviors (your choice). Due within one week


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

-3/21 = SNOW DAY

- 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 


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Listening - part III (Critical Listening, Interactive Listening activities


- Overview:-Studying Nonverbal Communication the Experiential Way



Chapters 6 & 7 & 8  & skim 9 

3/21prior: MT: _2_items to be viewed/completed prior to 3/21 class: due no later than Noon

>> (1) MT: Chapter QUIZ --either 7 OR 8--your choice; online submission for "Classwork" points

>> (2) MT: Chapter QUIZ8
-Interactive Video Activity [Jan&Ken]
View Videoclip & submit online analysis for video:

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Be familiar with your role in today's Interactive Listening activity  (the Art of the Paraphrase} procedure [click link for assignment sheet]
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--►observational research NV experiment{oral reports ready for delivery on Mon 3/26

special due date email : [+]"LS-Our Group's Two Lists" = email submission of a document containing your group's 5 "Codes-of-Conduct" and your 4 brainstormed, potential topics. [Due by tbd ___pm ]
wk10 M    

revised: 3/26:  (all assignment items located in original spot)
1. Listening - part III: Interactive Listening

2. Introduction to Nonverbal Communication / Assignment of Nonverbal experiments - ver2  (Note:  Complete MT-Chapter 5 & MT-Video viewings & submit designated question prior to class)

3. Interpersonal Communication vs Public Speaking

4. Clarify upcoming presentations ( Combo & Group)

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



Chapter 5 [nv]
3/26prior: MT: one item to be completed prior to 3/26 class: due no later than Noon

>> (1) MT: Chapter5 QUIZ online submission for "Classwork" points

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Results of  NV experiments- 
page to be updated. Be prepared  for your mini-presentation on your  experiments results - 2 minutes per person) 

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► 3/26prior:
_view 2 Videos "Recognizing Nonverbal Cues"  & "Teamwork: Bill's Bad Attitude"
SUBMIT your answer as follows [ also  be prepared for TBDIC] : 

 GROUP1 members = Recognizing NV Cues >> first question
GROUP2 members = Recognizing NV Cues>> second question
GROUP3 members = Recognizing NV Cues >> third question
 GROUP4  members = Teamwork: Bill's Bad Attitude>>second question

___TBD/e.c.____ "video #3: "The Audience Speaks"  >> either question

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

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


-if time, begin: Working-in-Groups Unit

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Outside of class:  

  1.  Carefully read the LS GROUP PRESENTATION ACTIVITIES  document. Printing out & highlighting are recommended [click link for assignment sheet]  ongoing updates be assigned earlier, if poss.  Each group should conduct a FACE-TO-FACE meeting to accomplish 2 tasks: create a list of codes-of-conduct ( at least 5 items) + a list of potential presentation topics ( at least 4). Email these lists to your professor no later than tba- 9pm

Chapters 9 & 10 {also 14ed};


MT: __1___items to be viewed/ completed prior to 3/28 class: due no later than Noon

>> (1) MT: Chapter QUIZ --either 9 OR 10--your choice;  online submission for "Classwork" points

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Also be sure to read in advance: the LS GROUP PRESENTATION ACTIVITIES  for this semester's names and dates [click link for assignment sheet]  
ongoing updates

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tentative: 4Johari window activity  
       ►►also see: "The Combo" Presentation Schedule-   page  to be finalized early / n.l.t 3/27

X_ - Mon = Easter Monday


"Split session" -  sign in first
MAJOR PRESENTATION #3 {"Combo"}[manu + extemp] 1's = 4/4 
PLUS  Groups-meet-&-plan: prepare  preliminary Agenda/Outline  -due via email ASAP-no later than Mon 4/9- 5:00 pm Also, you can email me your questions/problems & I will try to reply before your next group meeting


4/4class:][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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 Recommended: bring your personal recording device as backup
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  4/9 email [+]"LS-Grp(#__) - Preliminary Agenda/Outline document -ONE A/O per group. [click link for worksheet template] Use the copy & paste function to create your document. Due asap/no later than Mon  4/9-5:00pm/ This group presentation planner  should also include <1> current bibliography / <2> plans for "visual" aids / <3> plans for physical setup.  & be sure to use the specific assignment title for your email subject line     


-- "Split session" -  sign in first
MAJOR PRESENTATION #3  {"Combo"} [manu + extemp] 2's =4/9
PLUS  Groups-meet-&-plan: prepare  preliminary Agenda/Outline  -due via email ASAP-no later than  Mon 4/9-- 5:00 pm Also, you can email me your questions/problems & I will try to reply before your next group meeting

asap carefully read Chapters 17 [pers]

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ALSO view Slide Show: "The Art of Persuasion" accessible via folder in 

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


Split session" -  sign in first
[manu + extemp]           3's= 4/11
PLUS (Grps-meet-&-finalize plans)   Also, you can email me your questions/problems & I will try to reply before your next group meeting

 review Chapters 9 &
&"The Art of Persuasion" slide show

special due dates    

-- Get a head start on this item:
email submission:[+] "LS-PPSAP"   Prepare & submit your  Preliminary Persuasive Speech Adaptation Plan [a.k.a Adaptation Plan]   [due by Sun  4/22 -4:00pm--but absolutely no later than 4/24 ]    (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   


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


- Overview: the Art of Persuasion in Oral Comm.





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


<Preview Panel Presentation formats>

 review Chapters 9 &
&"The Art of Persuasion" slide show
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GROUP PRESENTATIONS ongoing updates (all 4) 4/18

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  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 Mon 5/7 at  5:00pm}   
      [WB01626_.gif (272 bytes) EXTRA CREDIT>THEATER-IN-THE-ROUND/SHU Theatre - last performances this semester! Earnest in Love  in  S.O.P.A.C.April 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.
April 22 at 2 p.m.

follow up submission = 1 emailed  page
in which you discuss how the revue's performers communicated via NONVERBAL channels ( especially clothing & appearance -- to each other & to the audience -- about who they were & what they were thinking. DUE within a week 
-special due dates & tools for Preparing the Persuasive Presentation -
[ Click  for a list of topics that are already taken: ]
Persuasive Topic Signup ongoing updates /incl past topics list

- asap:email [+]: Begin reserving Topics for Persuasive Presentations --click for list of sample topics Submit your request via email  (see MT: "PREPARE your Persuasive Speech Outline" for guidelines on how to select a suitable topic.)
READ asap:
reminder: LS-PPSAP  DUE  4/22 but no later than Tues 4.24: [LS-PPSAP] via e-mail:  Prepare & submit your  Preliminary Persuasive Speech Adaptation  Plan [click link for details] earlier submission recommended

F4/27 email:WB01626_.gif (272 bytes)EXTRA CREDIT:  [+] "LS-Chap 17 Outline": email submission: outline Ch 17  {via e-mail due by Fri 4/27- 5:00pm} & be sure to use the specific assignment title for your e-mail subject line

- Review Persuasion1 via Video Speech Analysis S18=Cyberbulling


- TALES FROM THE CONFERENCE: Tips on Business & Professional Communication

 POST MORTEM: What have you learned about Working and presenting in groups?

Skim Chap 17 for the basics about Persuasion
-4/23prior:MT:  two items to be viewed/ completed prior to 4/23 class: due no later than Noon

>> (1) MT: Chapter17 QUIZ online submission for "Classwork" points

(2) MT: View VIDEOclip & submit online analysis for video: (Ch17:"
Cyberbullying" / any two questions

Review Persuasion2 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


re-review Chapter 17

4/25class:Bring in a "Persuasive Ad"
{h.c. or via Internet}. Details to be given in class
see: Persuasive Presentation Schedule-

Professor's Compilation Online Quiz3 /accessible via Blackboard "Quizzes/Tests" folder / deadline = 4/27  / available - 4/24-4/27 {11:59}




MAJOR PRESENTATION #4   {Persuasive}  [Extemporaneous](3-4spkrs)

  4/30class:][4] _t.b.d._min. Persuasive Presentation & Outline - ready for delivery & submission.  Review all Chapters to prepare this extemporaneous, tbd minute presentation w/ a [hardcopy] outline & notes

MAJOR PRESENTATION #4 {" " } (_3-4_) 

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EXTRA CREDIT> [[+]"LS-Final  [cumulative] Self Critique"[click link for assignment sheet]  via  e-mail -  due 5/14  by 5:00pm} 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


MAJOR PRESENTATION #4 {" " } (_3-4_)  5/7
classes end on 5/8/18 = last day of classes / 5/9 = Reading Day    
Professor's Compilation Online Quiz4 /OPTIONAL / accessible via Blackboard "Test" folder / deadline = tba/ available  = TBA11:59} DOUBTFUL FOR THIS SEMESTER
Exam Session = M5/14 @ 12:20-2:20 in  the usual classroom FINAL EXAM SESSION
  see information sheet for "The Final"

   (Q)  = a short, less formal talk--usually prepared in advance,  but no submitted outline is required 
 TBDIC - "To Be Discussed In Class". No separate points assigned

MT = an item located within the MINDTAP learning system--accessible through link in Blackboard folder

   [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 exam. Hardcopy to be submitted in class on exam day, as part of the total exam. additional updates possible through 5/12/18



PRELIM. (i.e.ongoing updates)
Class Session Due Required Items to be written & submitted [ in class &/or online] last updated 1/14/18 ( Some of MindTap videos/activities still pending) ( Some Extra Credits not listed
throughout: optional  items >Learning Objectives
> The Getting Started VOTE at beginning of each Chapter
asap  See Digital Appendix.  Complete PRCA-24 for 5 extra-credit points
1/22 Interview Speech-v2  (class)
1/23 - e.c. "TV-Watching Comments" (email)
1/29:noon  MindTap quiz Chap1 +other items (MT/online)
1/29 your notes for delivering Show & Tell talk (class)
1/31:noon: MindTap quiz Chap 2 (MT/online)
2/2 "My First General Self Assessment" (email)
2/5:noon MindTap quiz Chap15 (MT/online)
2/5 ideas for Story Telling (class)
 2/7:noon / but no later than 2/10  posting: Lessons from Koko (Blackboard-Forum/online)
2/7 Clipping for Language Workshop (class)
2/9 Oral Interp Presentation's "ORAL INTERP PRELIM. ANALYSIS" PAPER(eml)
 2/10: Professor's Compilation Checkup Quiz 1 (Blackboard/online)
2/12+ h.c. Anal. Paper&notes for delivering your Oral Interp presentation (class)
2/19:noon MindTap quiz Chap4 (MT/online)
2/19:noon MindTap quiz Chap14 (MT/online)
2/21 MindTap video analysis.Chap6  (MT/online)
2/23: Professor's Compilation Checkup Quiz 2 (Blackboard/online)
2/26:noon: MindTap quiz Chap11 (MT/online)
2/26 Topic Brainstorming three(3)column advanced prep.  (class)
2/28 MindTap video analysis."Hurricanes"  (MT/online)
2/28:noon MindTap quiz Chap12 (MT/online)
2/28:noon MindTap quiz Chap16 (MT/online)
2/28 Brainstorming (Informative) Outline-in-Progress (class)
3/2 Informative Presentation's "PRELIM. INFORMATIVE OUTLINE" {if not already initialed by Professor in class"} (email)
3/12 h.c. Outline & notes for delivering your Informative presentation (class)
3/19 Midterm Exam items  (MT/online) &  (in class test)
(2/22:e.c.) SHU Theater paper (email)
3/12-3/21 " Self Critique #1"  on Informative Presentation (email/1 week window)
3/21:noon MindTap quiz Chap7 or 8 (MT/online)
3/21:noon MindTap View & Respond:  Chap8 VIDEOclip (MT/online)
3/26:noon MindTap quiz Chap5 (MT/online)
3/26 Nonverbal Experiments Results: oral reports  (class)
3/26 MindTap video analysis.Chap5  (MT/online)
tbd "Our Group's Two Lists"(email) {1 submission per grp}
3/28:noon MindTap quiz Chap9 or 10 (MT/online)
4/4 h.c.Outline & notes for delivering your  Combo presentation (class)
4/9 "Groups' Preliminary Agenda/Outline" (email) {1 submission per grp}
4/4-4/13 "Video Self Critique" on Combo presentation (email/1 week window)
4/16-4/22 Persuasive Topic Choice Request (email)
4/20 Professor's Compilation Checkup Quiz 3 (Blackboard/online)
4/22(24) "PPSAP"  Speech Adaptation Plan (email)
4/23:noon MindTap quiz Chap17 (MT/online)
4/25 "Persuasive" Ad- incl. context info! (class)
4/27e.c. Outline of Chapter 17 (email)
4/30 h.c.Outline & notes for delivering  your Persuasive  presentation (class)
5/7:e.c.  "Reaction Journal" on Group Project Experiences  (email)
15/14e.c. "Final" Cumulative self critique (email/1 week window)
(4/19:e.c.) SHU Theater paper (email)
12/16TENT Professor's "Last Chance" Compilation Quiz (#4) (Blackboard/online)
"Onion" {Q}(due________)
     Show & Tell {Q}  (due____________)
     Story Telling {Q} (due____________)
'    Oral Interpretation/Corner Office * (due____________)
     Informative Speech * (due____________)
     Combo Presentation *  (due____________)
     Group Presentation  *(due____________)
     Persuasive Presentation *  (due____________)




 Midterm  Exam Information Sheet -

Exam to be done  3/19/18 &  submitted in class with additional items MindTap-- including these multi-step questions below that require extra time & an advance start--you will need to work on them earlier than the actual test day(s) of 3/19.

     I.   Chap 3 "QUIZ"  Submit directly through MindTap { available 3/18/18 @1:00am-through-3/20/18 @11:59pm

 *   II.   Chap 13: "QUIZ"  Submit directly through MindTap {{ available 3/18/18 @1:00am-through-3/20/18 @11:59pm

*    III.   "Sneak Peek" Speech Evaluation : Review the transcript & video of the informative Speech:  "The Role of Sports in Society"  (4 minute clip)-- currently posted in MindTap in folder entitled: "Videos to view for the Midterm1 items collapsed activate to expand"

 . Complete & submit the first & last questions.

 *    IV.       "Sneak Peek" -  Review the transcript & video of the narrative Speech "Ice Cream Assassin." (12 minute clip)  currently posted in MindTap in folder entitled: "Videos to view for the Midterm1 items collapsed activate to expand" . At least _2-3__ questions on the written exam will pertain to this videoclip.

V.  - tentative: Create 3 hypothetical examples of Citations ["Oral Footnotes"] - see  descriptions & examples on  p.237-fig11.8 (14ed=p.272)  / MindTap = Figure 11.8 {located within the chapter} Submit as part of Exam to be  posted in  Blackboard 



See the Exam Preview page  linked above for other details about the Midterm


In a little more than one week, each group must submit their "Two Lists". You may want to use get a head start on this process today.

. Each group should conduct a FACE-TO-FACE meeting to accomplish 2 tasks: create a list of codes-of-conduct ( at least 5 items) + a list of potential presentation topics ( at least 4).

TENTATIVE: Email these lists to your professor no later than Sun 10/30/16- 9pm
























































(c) 2018/ Verderber 15th ed.  [where possible, also includes notations for 14th ed.]
 last updated 4/17/18


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Admission is always free to Seton Hall Theatre productions.
The Theatre-in-the-Round in on campus, located in the Student Center. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is located downtown at One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. For more information on SOPAC, visit  

2017 – 2018 Season. remaining


Robert Harling's comedy drama Steel Magnolias is a chronicle of friendship about six southern, chatty women bonded together through life, love, tragedy and hair styling. Seating for the general public is free. For free tickets to SOPAC events, please contact the box office at (973) 313-2787 or visit

Thursday, February 22, Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24, at 8 p.m.   &  Sunday, February 25, at 2 p.m.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange, NJ 07079


Written by Anne Croswell, Ernest in Love is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play embodies a night of fun with romance, mistaken identities and eccentric characters that can only be found in a Victorian romance. Seating is open to the general public. For free tickets to SOPAC events, please contact the box office at (973) 313-2787 or visit

Thursday, April 19, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
1 Sopac Way
South Orange, NJ 07079

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BELOW = tentative items below to be finalized &  integrated where possible


extra credit:VIII  to be moved to a free standing spot   :  Follow the listed directions 

  A= "Controlling Nervousness"-  p.340 (14ed=p384)   {in  MndTap  = Chap15 "Applying what you've learned: ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES"-- ques 2 Submit as part of Blackboard Exam  


Chap11: "Applying what you've Learned"  ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES: p.240-241  / MindTap = {located at end of Chapter's  Reflection & Assessment}Select  question 2 or 3 or 4. Submit as part of Exam to be  posted in  Blackboard {


Chap 4: "Applying what you've Learned": SKILL-BUILDING ACTIVITIES  p.79  / MindTap = {located at end of Chapter's  Reflection & Assessment}Complete any 3 of the sentences in #1 AND any 3 sentences  in #2.   Submit as part of Exam to be  posted in  Blackboard {


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.

Conversion Workshop;  [: ] 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 

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


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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