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North Idaho College • NIC Bonners Ferry Center • Communication & Fine Arts • Communication

Introduction to Speech Communication COMM-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 66 Bonners
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/18/2012
  • Modified 08/25/2012





Contact Information

Instructor:  Donald J. Kinsey M.A.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (208) 769-5918
Office Hours: Tuesdays in Sandpoint from 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Meeting Times




  • Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 2:45 PM, BFC 104


This course introduces students to what communication is and how it affects human interaction. Emphasis is on public speaking with attention to audience analysis and organizational and delivery skills. The controlled and supportive classroom environment is an ideal setting for students to practice and perfect those communication skills of effective speaking and critical listening valued in all professions, the community, and personal relations. It is, however, a complex discipline of reading, writing, research, and performance; therefore, course success relies strongly on college level reading and writing abilities. This course is a requirement for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: Minimum reading placement scores of 81 on the COMPASS; 19 on the ACT; or 470 on the SAT. Minimum writing scores of 68 on the COMPASS; 18 on the ACT; or 450 on the SAT. Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101 is also recommended.


Mica Peak Exchange bookstore:

Public Speaking for College and Career

  • Author: Hamilton Gregory
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill
  • Edition: 9th Edition

Speech Storage Device

For this course you will need a USB drive of at least 2GB capacity. 

COMM 101 Workbook

This item may be purchased at the NIC bookstore or printed from the course website.


General Course Outcomes and General Education Abilities

1.   Using a prescribed format, the student will research, organize, and develop information that will be adapted to specific audiences in three speeches.

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy; Critical/Creative Thinking

You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Writing outlines following a prescribed format for three oral presentations
  • Analyzing your audience (class) and demonstrating a knowledge of how you should adapt your speech to fit your understanding of that audience
  • Gathering sources from the library, Internet, interview, and other research and citing these sources in all three speeches
  • Completing a self-analysis concerning your effectiveness after each speech
  • Completing take home quizzes
  • Completing in-class quizzes over text

2.   The student will be able to effectively present two informative speeches and one persuasive speech with confidence. Confidence includes the following: appropriate use of notes, consistent and personable eye contact with every member of the audience, vocal variety, fluency, and clear vocal projection.

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy

You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Presenting three speeches (two informative and one persuasive) that fit into specific time limits. Presentations will be evaluated on organization, content, and delivery
  • Completing a self-analysis concerning your effectiveness after each speech
  • Completing quizzes over reading material that provides information on qualities and characteristics of effective presentational skills

3.   The student will create and effectively use visual aids to enhance the oral presentations.

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy

You will demontrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Developing and using visual aids in two speeches that follow prescribed guidelines
  • Using appropriate technologies as explained in our text, such as the Elmo, PowerPoint, and online resources
  • Completing a self-analysis concerning your effectiveness in speeches which require visual aids

4.   The student will be able to critically analyze in writing the successful aspects of his/her speech performance and the aspects that need improvement.

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy

You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Watching recordings of all three oral presentations and then evaluating those speeches according to prescribed criteria

5.   The student will be able to listen to other speakers and critically analyze in writing the effectiveness of the speaker and the message presented.

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy

You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Listening to other students present speeches and writing constructive peer evaluations that will be shared with the student speaker

6.   The student will be able to develop and present speeches that conform to prescribed ethical paramenters. (

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy; Valuing, Ethical Reasoning)

You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Developing and presenting speeches which conform to federal, state, community, and college laws and regulations
  • Developing and presenting speeches where all information delivered to the audience is free from distortion and deception
  • Gathering sources from the library, Internet, interviews, and other research and appropriately citing these sources in all three speeches
  • Developing and presenting speeches that conform to "acceptable taste" as defined within the classroom setting

7.   As a member of this COMM 101 learning community, the listener has ethical and moral obligations to the speaker.

General Education Abilities: Communication/Information Literacy; Valuing, Ethical Reasoning)

You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through

  • Listening unto others as you would have others listen to you
  • Avoiding rudeness
  • Providing encouragement
  • Looking for value in every speech



Speech to Inform – 190 Points

Outlines, Speech, Peer Evaluations, & Self Analysis

Speech to Inform with Visuals – 190 Points

Outline, Speech, Peer Evaluations, & Self Analysis

Speech to Motivate to Action – 290 Points

Outlines, Speech, Peer Evaluations, & Self Analysis 

Quizzes and Other Assignments- 230 Points

Final Exam – 100 Points

Total: 1000 points


Grading Breakdown 

Grades are assigned on the basis of a point system. The student’s grade is determined by the total number of points earned in relation to the total number of points that are possible.

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A    92 - 100% 

A-   90 - 91%

B+  88 - 89%

B    82 - 87%

B-   80 - 81%

C+  78 - 79%

C    72 - 77%

C-   70 - 71%

D+  68 - 69% 

D    62- 67%

D-   60- 61%

F      0- 59% 

Course Policies

COMM 101 Attendance Policy:

 Students not only learn from composing and delivering presentations, but also from each other. Being present in class as others deliver speeches allows students to practice and refine their listening and critical evaluation skills as well as provides a wide array of examples from which to learn.  Therefore, consider the following policy:

A. Late arrivals and early departures from class are disruptive to all. None of these are excused, and three late arrivals or early departures will be converted into one absence.

B. Students are allowed to miss up to 1 week of class without penalty.  Absences do not excuse a student from completing assigned work on time.  Prearranged college-supported activities need to be cleared in writing with your instructor prior to the events. Beyond the 1st week of class students will lose points per each absence.

C. Students are allowed to miss no more than the equivalent of 2 weeks of class.  Once students have missed more than this amount they will need to withdraw or will receive an automatic failing grade

D. Perfect attendance will be rewarded with 50 points of extra credit.

Classes that meet 1 time per week:

  One (1) absence is allowed without penalty  
  After one (1) absence students will lose 33 points per hour of absence  

If a student accumulates more than two (2) absences, the student needs to  withdraw or will automatically fail the class.

Research clearly indicates regular attendance in classes maximizes your chances to achieve academic success, which is the goal of all students and instructors.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will receive a 25% grade reduction for each day they are late, and are accepted with instructor’s approval only.

Late speeches will only be made up if time permits. Late speeches will cost the student a 25% penalty on the speech and the final outline.

Speech Delivery Requirement

Students are required to deliver the minimum three speeches (Speech to inform, Speech to inform with visual aids, and Motivate to Action Speech) to pass COMM101. Failure to deliver all three speeches will result in the student not passing COMM101.

Students are expected to speak when scheduled by the instructor.  If a student is not prepared to speak (which includes not having the required materials) when called upon, the student will be allowed to give the make-up speech on a subsequent day only if time permits, with a 25% penalty on the speech and final outline. 

  *There is no guarantee that a make-up speech will be possible. 

**Due to time constraints there will be no makeup opportunities for Speech 3.


Please turn off cell-phones before class begins.  Any cell-phone use will result in an absence.

Laptops may be used in class, but I expect you to use them only for note-taking purposes.  Notes will be emailed to me at the end of each class or laptop use will be prohibited.


COMM101 Fall 2012 

Bonner Center Schedule (tentative)

Week 1  8/29

Discuss: syllabus, expectations, introductory speech, tour website

Introduce Your Peer Exercise


Topic Source Worksheets 

ITC worksheet


Week 2  9/5

Activity #1 Introductory Speech

Communication Theory

Choosing your topic and getting organized

Speech # 1 Speaking Order

Group Selection


Week 3  9/12

Audience Analysis

Constructing your outline i.e. the speech recipe

Activity #2 – Soap Box Exercise
Audience Survey Questions


Week 4  9/19

How to practice the speech and write effective notes

How to critically evaluate speeches

Watch sample speeches

Peer Review/Group Workshop

Audience Analysis Worksheet Due

Introduction, Transition, Conclusion WS Due

Topic Check Worksheet Due

Outline Rough Draft (due at end of workshop)


Week 5  9/26

Speech #1


Week 6  10/3

Recap Speech 1, Introduce Speech 2
Select speaking order for Speech # 2

Post Audience Survey Questions This Week

Download & Complete: Topic/Visual Aid Worksheet

Discussion: Visual Aids

Watch sample speech videos


Week 7  10/10

Activity # 3 – Soap Box Exercise

Peer Review/Group Workshop

Outline Rough Draft  (due at end of workshop)


Week 8  10/17

Speech #2


Week 9  10/24

Speech #2


Week 10  10/31

Recap Speech 2, Introduce Convince Me Dr. Seuss Assignment, Introduce Speech 3
Select speaking order for Speech 3

Monroe's Motivated Sequence & Persuasion Theory

Watch sample speech videos


1. Convince me Dr. Seuss assignment rubric

2. Topic Check Worksheet 


Week 11  11/7

Group Work Day - Catch up day


Week 12  11/14

Convince Me Dr Seuss Assignments presented


Week 13  11/21

NO CLASS - Happy Thanksgiving! 


Week 14  11/28

Peer Review Workshop

Topic check worksheet Due

Outline Rough Draft (Due at end of workshop)


Week 15  12/5

Speech #3


Week 16  12/12

Speech #3 


Finals Week 12/19



Division Policies

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject. For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Integrity
Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC "Student Code of Conduct," Article II, (found in the Student Handbook):

In order to carry out North Idaho College's Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values - which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility - make up academic integrity.

II.  Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

Cheating:  using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.

Fabrication:  falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Plagiarism:  knowingly representing the words, ideas or work  of another as one's own in an academic exercise.

Violation of Intellectual Property:  stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised. Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.