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Unformatted text preview: Riverside City College Communication Studies 3: Argumentation & Debate Section: 49450 Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:35 a.m.‐11:00 a.m. Quad 202 “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” Michel de Montaigne Instructor: Estrella (Star) Romero, PhD email: Estrella.Romero@rcc.edu Office: Portable 6F (Behind Landis Auditorium) phone: (951) 222‐8288 The BEST way to reach me is by email! (you may also reach me via the RCC online faculty directory @ www.rcc.edu) Office Hours Mondays/Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m.‐11:00 a.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays: 1:00 p.m.‐2:00 p.m. I am also in the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) in AD 125 on Mondays/Wednesdays from 1:45 p.m.‐6:00 p.m. If you would like to meet with me during a time outside my office hours, please contact me and I would be happy to set up an alternative time. Website http://academic.rcc.edu/romero This website is personalized for my communication classes and has helpful information on the course. You will find that my lecture power point presentations have “missing information” and are very simple. It is important that you print these out before class and come prepared to take additional/detailed notes. Course Description College level development of sound argument and reasoning including the effective incorporation of evidence for the purpose of debate. Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Demonstrate awareness and articulation of contemporary public issues through the gathering, analyzing and utilizing of research compiled from a variety of sources. Employ effective critical listening and cultural sensitivity while critically evaluating propositions and arguments. Identify and avoid flaws in reasoning and argumentation while speaking and writing. Effectively and ethically build and orally present sound arguments using sound evidence and reasoning. Orally refute oppositional arguments and rebut arguments without personally attacking the opponent. Engage in competent and ethical oral argumentation and debate for the purpose of influencing the adherence of appropriate decision makers. Required Text/Materials Advocacy & Opposition: An Introduction to Argumentation 6/7 Ed. By Rybacki & Rybacki ISBN: 0205781187 Students may also use WHITE 3 X 5 cards for presentations. At the end of the semester, students will need an 882‐E Scantron for the final exam. 1 The Successful Student will Participate in the Following: Introductory Speech The goal of this speech is for you to introduce yourself to the class in a creative way. Persuasive Speech (5‐7 minutes) For this speech you will want to focus on arguing for or against a particular policy. The speech will need to focus on research and presenting a plan of action. You will need to follow Monroe’s Motivated Sequence and turn in a full sentence outline. More information to follow. Individual Debate You will debate against one opponent/classmate. You will argue for either the affirmative or negative case. You will be given the opportunity to present constructive arguments and rebuttals. More information to follow. Team Cross‐Examination Debate You and a partner will debate another team. You will argue for either the affirmative or negative case. You will be given the opportunity to present constructive as well as rebuttal speeches. This format also allows the opportunity to cross/examine each other. More information to follow. Exams/Quizzes There will be quizzes to measure progress and learning. Quizzes will be worth 10 points each (unless otherwise specified) and may NOT be made up. Quizzes begin promptly at the beginning of class. If you are late, you will not be permitted to make up the quiz. All quizzes/exams may include multiple choice, true/false, fill‐in the blank and essay questions. For the midterm and final exam, you will need an 882‐E Scantron. In‐Class Assignments/Homework There will be sporadic in‐class assignments and homework. In class and home work assignments may NOT be made up. All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class. DO NOT email any assignments to me unless I specifically request you to do so. Emailed assignments will NOT be accepted. Since the in‐class assignments are sporadic, it is very important that you do not miss any as they may be worth a hefty amount of points towards the overall grade. Attendance/Participation Your participation is vitally important to the successful completion of this course and is both expected/required. You cannot participate if you are not present for every class session. Excessive lack of participation, which may be due to tardiness and/or absenteeism, may result in a D or F in the course regardless of the other points earned. According to School and Department Policies a student may be dropped for missing one and a half days of class time (three hours). The instructor reserves the right to drop a student who has missed more than three hours of class time. If an emergency arises and you are unable to attend class, please send an email and/or leave me a message. You are in a communications course….so be sure to communicate! IF YOU ARE LATE ON A PRESENTATION DAY, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO WAIT FOR THE SPEAKER TO FINISH BEFORE ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. DO NOT ENTER THE ROOM WHILE A PRESENTATION IS TAKING PLACE! YOUR GRADE MAY BE DOCKED IF YOU INTERRUPT ANOTHER STUDENT. 2 Adds/Drops Any student who adds the class after the first session is fully responsible for registering and/or paying any fees by the ADD date. The student is also responsible for inquiring what information had been missed as a result. Students who choose not to continue the course are fully responsible for officially dropping the class via web advisor/admissions. Please do not assume that I have taken care of the paperwork. Failure to officially drop the course by the given deadlines may result in an “F.” Academic Honesty Academic Honesty is highly valued at RCC. You must submit work that reflects your original thoughts and ideas and cite all relevant sources when your thoughts and ideas are not used. Anyone caught PLAGIARIZING may earn an “F” for the assignment and depending on the severity of the infraction may earn an “F” for the semester. Because of the nature of the class, you will be required to research topics and present them in an organized manner. Please refer to the Academic Honesty Policy provided by RCC. Class Conduct As in many college courses, and especially in debate, this class may discuss at length several highly controversial/taboo topics. I expect students to maintain an environment that is friendly, supportive, and safe. I expect every student to feel free to express his/her opinion in a mature and well thought out manner. Likewise, everyone is required to respect the opinions of others (even if you do not agree with them). Any view presented in this class on any topic is not necessarily endorsed or supported by the instructor. However, I DO support open‐minded and respectful students! Please be sensitive to what might offend or distract other students (i.e. language/profanity). I also expect every student to abide by all “Standards of Conduct” as outlined by the school board, policy 5500. Cell phones (ringing and texting) are a serious distraction to the learning process in this course and disrespectful to your fellow classmates and instructor. Therefore, you are expected to TURN OFF all cell phones and beepers before entering the class and keep them out of sight. If you are caught texting in class, you may be asked to leave and/or asked to bring your phone up to the front table where it will remain until class is dismissed. Likewise, if your cell phone goes off during a classmate’s performance, you may lose points on YOUR grade as a consequence. I do NOT want to see cell phones out during class time. Likewise, if a problem persists, 10% points may be taken away from your most recently completed quiz/test scores. Please turn off all electronic devices (i.e. laptops) during class session. Students with Special Needs If you require special accommodations due to physical, psychiatric/emotional, medical or learning need, you are urged to contact the staff in the Disabled Student Services in Administration Building (951) 222‐8060. DSPS will review your concerns and determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information will be kept confidential. I am always happy to make necessary accommodations Student in Special Programs If you are a student enrolled in a special program/activity at RCC (i.e. athletics, band, Gateway, etc.) which may require “grade checks” throughout the semester, I expect you to contact me at the beginning of the course to inform me of any special needs/dates/documentation you will need during the semester so that I may accurately keep track of your grades. 3 Center for Communication Excellence The Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) is located in the Administration Building ‐125 and is open to any RCC student seeking help for presentations, speeches and other communication related assignments. The CCE is staffed with Speech Communication professors who can help you with all of your communication needs. Be sure to bring your assignments and other relevant information when visiting. All students welcome...tell a friend! Hours of Operation are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m.‐6:00 p.m. Fridays: Closed 4 Communication Studies 3: Argumentation & Debate Riverside City College Grading Scale Students will be graded on a straight percentage. I do not grade on a curve. 405‐365 Points A (Met all academic requirements beautifully and/or went above and beyond, clearly exceptional work) 364‐324 Points B (Completed assignment with minor errors) 323‐284‐644 Points C (Satisfactory work, met minimum requirements) 283‐243Points D (Below Satisfactory level; did not fulfill assignment fully) 242 Points and Below F (Severely below average) Assignments Total Points Earned Introductory Speech 10 __________ Persuasive Speech 65 __________ Individual Debate 30 __________ Team Cross‐Examination Debate 50 __________ In‐Class Assignments 100 (subject to change) __________ Quizzes (10 points each) 50 (subject to change) __________ Midterm 50 __________ Final Exam 50 __________ Total Points Possible 405 __________ Extra Credit Points __________ *The instructor reserves the right to amend this at any time during the semester. 5 ...
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