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Intro to Comm -1311

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Introduction to Speech Communication


This course introduces basic human communication principles and theories embedded in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

Prerequisite: TSI complete in Reading and Writing, or equivalent.

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Persuasive Speech:

Assignment Rationale

A survey of human resource managers revealed that oral communication (specifically, speaking skills) remains the number one factor in helping graduating college students obtain employment. For a review of this information, please reference your textbook.

This presentational speaking assignment allows you to not only integrate the five principles of human communication into your own persuasive presentation, but also gives you an opportunity to practice persuasive delivery skills. 


General Learning Objectives

Upon completing this assignment, you will:

  1. Be able to develop a propositional statement
  2. Organize a problem/ solution argument using an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion
  3. Support a problem/solution argument using appropriate support/evidence with source citations
  4. Deliver a persuasive presentation in an extemporaneous manner using appropriate nonverbal behaviors: eye contact, bodily movement, gestures, and minimal vocal disfluencies
  5. Adapt presentation content and delivery to your audience by developing a clear and relevant message


Assignment Expectations

In order to complete this assignment, you will be expected to:

  1. Develop, organize, adapt, and present a persuasive message to a small audience
  2. Complete a rough draft of an outline and bibliography using proper outline and APA formats
  3. Complete a final draft of an outline and bibliography using proper outline and APA formats

Sample Outline

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Group Project (Community Leaders) Breakdown & Sample Video:

You must find someone who is making a difference in your community and create a short biographical documentary that shows who this person is and what they are doing (think CNN hero.)

Your video must be:

  • At least 5 – 7 minutes long once edited.
  • Audible (we should be able to hear everything.)
  • Visually appealing.
  • Edited well.
  • Have a beginning, middle, end structure.


Your presentation must:

  • Be at least 12-minutes long.
  • Describe the process behind selecting the person and making the video.
  • An introduction for the video.
  • The video (screened.)
  • A summary after the video that is a minute long, not “and… uh, that’s it.”
  • Citations when/if needed. 


Your group must:

  • Meet at least three-times weekly.
  • Have a project binder.


Your digital binder must include:

  • Meeting sign-ins.
  • Meeting agendas.
  • Pre-prepared questions.
  • Assignment timeline.
  • Background research.
  • A list of group members and roles (videographer, director, producer, researcher, interviewer, etc.)

Against the rules:

  • Working alone (having one person do all the work is not acceptable.)
  • Filming in un-safe environments (all filming locations must be run by me.)
  • Interviewing teachers/coaches/school employees (this is not to minimize how much these people do for their community, this is just too easy, we’re fish in a barrel.) 
  • Using video clips from the internet (unless it’s a news clip, everything must be original.)
  • Using music that isn’t free or open source.
  • Wasting someone’s time by being unrepaired. You are representing LJECHS when you are working on this assignment, you must show up ready, rehearsed, with a set of questions and follow-up questions in hand.


Suggested time-frame:

  • Week 1 –prepare, brainstorm an idea, set goals, set roles, start meetings, begin research try to confirm with interviewee. 
  • Week 2 –Continue work from week 1.
  • Week 3 –Film, edit.
  • Week 4 –Finalize video, work on presentation components. 
  • Week 5 –Presentations. 


  • Smart-phone (iPhone’s make this easier.)
  • Editing app or computer (iMovie is best.)
  • Pens.
  • Paper. 


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