Public Communication Syllabus
M-W-F, 1-1:50 pm
Your Host: Mr. B (Steve Beverly)
Office Phone: 5380 | Office: 310, Jennings Hall
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Important Instructor Websites
The Public Communication Online Student Center
Mr. B's Home Page
If this is your first college course, you are experiencing among the first of your syllabi which have the obligatory "course objectives." Most of them
are designed in complex language to tell you how much better you will be as a human being for all of the knowledge you will soak up in the course.
Let's say it plainly, straight, and to the point: you will learn how to build your confidence here. You'll speak before your peers (and me) four times, learn how to analyze a speech, and be exposed to some exercises in better listening skills. Some of you need to have
your nerves bolstered because you aren't comfortable
with this format. Let's look at it this way----no
matter what you do for your career, you will have to make
presentations before people. We may as well learn how
to do it among friends here.
- Read your textbook when chapters are
assigned. College students don't like to do that today.
But how can I say it any more specifically? You can't do
well on exams or keep up with concepts if you don't read
daily as assigned. Either read it or weep.
- Access to a computer with internet access---either
your own, or one in the computer lab or library. You
will be expected to have downloaded or
read assigned online material. You will click in at
Public Communication Online Center. You will have extensive chapter outlines, speech tips, glossaries and quizzes.
Now that you are in college, you are beyond the
coddling stage and either you will come to class
prepared to discuss practical applications
of your day's subject matter, or the entire class will have to do
Riverdance for the remainder of the 75 minutes.
Your readings will be assigned from the book chapters or as daily internet episodes. You will be expected to download the episodes by number assigned
on a specific day to be prepared for the next class session.
- Note Cards: The 5x7, 4x6, or 3x5 will be acceptable. But you must use note cards for your speeches---not full sheets of notebook paper. This is the professional method for public speaking and we will abide by it. Anything other than note cards results in a one letter-grade penalty off the top.
- Tests: Eight quizzes which will count 15 points each. Final exam will count either one or two grades, depending on what helps you the most. Test dates will be posted in a separate handout next week. Makeups are not given for quizzes, since you are taking them online. You simply must e-mail the quiz in by the deadline offered.
- Speeches: Six during the semester. Dates will be set aside over a three-day class period to complete them. Order will be determined by Mr. B. Attendance policy will
be a major factor in this area.
- Grades: You'll get some. The numbers: 92-100 (A), 84-91 (B), 75-83 (C), 65-74 (D), Below 65 (lovely parting gifts of Turtle Wax and Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco Treat).. Don't even come to my office and tell me, "I need an 'A,' Mr. B." I need $100,000 but Dr. Dockery isn't going to give it to me because I go up to him and tell him I need it. You'll get and "A" if you make one. My charitable giving
and community service ends in my gradebook. You will receive what you make---plain and simple!
- Papers: You'll do one. You'll be assigned a speech to listen to and then be required to do a written critique of the speech. You'll have a sample to show
you how. Worth 100 points.
- Coffee Breaks: As needed. Particularly if you nod in class, I will send out for some Folger's for you because that's the best part of wakin' up---Folger's in
Because we typically have a majority of first-quarter freshmen in this class, I take great pains to spell out my attendance policy: BE HERE!
That's for your own good. However, here are some specifics you will be required to follow as far as attendance:
Attendance is mandatory on the day of your
assigned speech and all of your classmates' speeches:
In order to simulate the correct circumstances of public
speaking, we have to have an audience for all speeches.
None of this giving yours on the first day and sitting
out the other three. Therefore, you will be automatically
deducted one letter grade on your speech for all unexcused
absences on days of speeches.
You are expected to bring documentation of absences
due to illness or funerals: Hate to be strict, gang,
but too many before you have abused the rule. I've heard
every excuse in the book and you can't invent one. If you
can't prove it, it isn't excused. If you go on a university-approved
trip, Dr. Sanderson's office will inform me. If you're
sick or have a legitimate family emergency, I expect to
hear from you as close to the day of your illness or
emergency as possible. My phone is listed here, home
and office, and my e-mail address is available. You can
also send word to me through friends. I do not accept
excuses one week late when I have not heard from you. It
is your responsibility to inform me.
Weddings, traffic court, and subpoenas are not
excused absences: On the former, too many students
suddenly "remember I have a wedding this weekend," when
it falls on the date of a speech or exam. Your immediate
goal in life should be to have more honesty than the former
President of the United States and that doesn't take
much effort. Just don't make up an excuse. The others
Let's quit talking about it and just do it! The tribe has spoken....and that's my final answer!