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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Communication & Fine Arts • Communication

Intro to Speech Comm - MWF Pilot COMM-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 16
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/22/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Josh Misner

For the most part, I am available at any reasonable time throughout the day by email ([email protected]).  I do try to take every Saturday off to spend time with my family, though, so please wait until Sunday for a response if you email me on Friday or Saturday.  My email goes straight to my phone and I typically respond within 24 hours or less.

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM, MOL201A
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, MOL201A


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.


Public Speaking for College and Career

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

Speech Storage Device

Personal speech media storage device. (Please contact your instructor for details. If your class meets on the CDA campus you will need a USB drive of 2GB  if you meet at a distant site it will vary by instructor.)

COMM 101 Workbook

NIC Communication 101 Workbook (may be purchased at the NIC bookstore or printed from the Blackboard course website).


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





 2 Speeches to Inform – 450 Points

     Quizzes, Outlines, Speech, Peer Evaluations, & Self Analysis

2 Speeches to Persuade – 450 Points

    Quizzes, Outlines, Speech, Peer Evaluations, & Self Analysis

Final Exam – 100 Points

Total: 1000 points



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.

Grade Equivalency




92 - 100%


90 -   91%


88 -   89%


82 -   87%


80 -   81%


78 -   79%


72 -   77%


70 -   71%


68 -   69%


62 -   67%


60 -   61%


  0 -   59%


Course Policies



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 3x/week

Classes that meet


Classes that meet


3 absences are allowed without penalty

2 absences are allowed without penalty

1 absence is allowed without penalty

After 3 absences students will lose 33 points per absence

After 2 absences students will lose 50 points per absence

After 1 absence students will lose 33 points per hour of absence

7 absences = the student needs to withdraw or will automatically fail the class

5 absences = the student needs to withdraw or will automatically fail the class

More than 2 full absences = the student needs to withdraw or will automatically fail the class.

Students with perfect attendance will be rewarded with 50 points of extra credit.

Speech Delivery Requirement

Students are required to deliver the minimum four speeches (2 Speeches to inform and 2 Speeches to Persuade) to pass COMM101. Failure to deliver all four 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.  The student must be prepared to present each remaining speech day or will default the make-up opportunity. There is no guarantee that a make-up speech will be possible.  Due to time constraints there will be no makeup opportunities for the final speech.

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 or ideas 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 truth is one end of education and truth is also an end in effective communication.  Additionally, this department believes all information used in speeches must be quoted and reported accurately and without distortion, as such is part of the responsibility that comes with the right of free speech in our society.


Any unethical behavior,

including any instance of plagiarism,

may result in failure of the course.


This schedule is tentative and may change depending on the number of students remaining in each course, which will impact the number of speech days required for delivery. Your instructor will provide a more detailed schedule which will include quizzes, assignments, and other activities.

Week Topics
1 Expectations, Basic Comm Theory
2 Topic selection, Information literacy, Audience Analysis
3 Basic Outlining, Basic Peer Evaluation, Handling Anxiety
4 Speech #1 Delivery
5 Recap of Speech 1, Intermediate Delivery Skills, Visual Aids
6 Critical Peer Evaluation, One-on-one outline review, Open Lecture Day
7 Speech #2 Delivery
8 Speech #2 Delivery
9 Recap of Speech 2, Monroe's Sequence, Basic Persuasion
10 Evaluation of Persuasion, Media Literacy, Advanced Delivery
11 Speech #3 Delivery
12 Recap of Speech 3, Advanced Persuasion, Speaking to Inspire
13 Outline coaching, One-on-one coaching, Open Lecture Day
14 Speech #4 Delivery
15 Speech #4 Delivery
16 Recap of final speech, Course wrap-up, Evaluations



Division Policies

Division Data Test

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 for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

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, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 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.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.