SPCH 1311- INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATIONSYLLABUSInstructor: James E. Stephens, Ph.D.Office: Building 3000 – room 3134 (downstairs)Phone: 223-3227Office hours: Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 – 9:00; 11:55 – 1:25Email:[email protected]REQUIRED TEXT:Joseph A. DeVito:Human Communication: The Basic Course (12thedition)COURSE DESCRIPTIONIntroduction to Speech Communication explores the theories and practice of speechcommunication behavior to promote communication competence in interpersonal, small group,and public speaking situations. Skills: EOBJECTIVESApply the techniques of communication competency in a variety of settings.Develop skills in selecting and using a variety of communication strategies and responsesbased on situational contexts, goals, and human needs.Integrate self-monitoring strategies to increase personal communication competence.Analyze the role of perception in communication and employ various perception checkingmethods to enhance competency.Recognize the power of verbal and nonverbal messages and adapt messages effectively.Evaluate listening habits and practice effective listening skills.Identify, analyze, and apply effective interpersonal communication skills.Recognize personal conflict style and demonstrate effective conflict management.Engage in and evaluate the dynamics of small group communication.Develop, research, organize, and deliver an effective, formal public speech.Identify the dimensions of cultural diversity and their influence on communication.Examine the influence of using communication technologies on human interaction.COURSE SKILL LEVELSIn accordance with H.B. 2183, students who enroll for ACC Speech courses are expected todemonstrate competent English speaking and listening skills. “Competence in speaking is theability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose,occasion and audience.” “Listening at the college level means the ability to analyze and interpretvarious forms of spoken communication.”*My name is Dr. James Stephens and I am looking forward to being your professor thissemester.As this is an introductory course, we will be covering a wide range of communicationaspects at a fairly quick pace.However it is my intent for you to gain a clear understanding ofeach concept as we go along.My goal as an instructor is to assist you in becoming a more competent communicator.Each class day is an opportunity to improve upon your abilities in understanding how and whyyou communicate to others as well as how they respond to you. Thus it is crucial that you attendclass.1
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:The requirements below are the MINIMUM requirements that everysection of SPCH 1311 offered at Austin Community College must meet. Your instructor may requireadditional assignments and/or exams.