SP 100 – Introduction to Speech Communication
Winter Quarter 2010
Instructor: Pam Folts CRN 34195 2:30-3:50 TR, T-217
Office Hour: TR 8:30-9:20 or by appointment
Phone: 541-917-4836 messages only
Textbook: Introduction to Communication, Emerson, Houglum and Moore, 2010
This is a survey course covering the complexities of the communication process and the impact of
communication on obtaining employment. Includes insights into the causes and effects of general
communication behaviors, involvement in active exploration of basic communication theories and
concepts, and opportunities to develop communication strengths.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate understanding of communication theory.
• Understand how perception, listening, and nonverbal communication influences our interpersonal
• Apply group communication skills and knowledge to the small group environment.
• Improve basic communication – listening, speaking, and nonverbal skills.
• To provide job search skills including preparing job applications, resumes and cover letters.
• Prepare and deliver an informative speech.
Instructor Teaching & Learning Philosophy
My goal as your instructor is to create a learning environment that is fun, safe, and fair. I believe
students should have the opportunity to find the best of themselves in this class. My role is to facilitate
your learning, challenge and encourage you to go beyond your comfort level to do your best.
Class attendance and participation are critical to achieving success in this class. Please contact me
either by email or leave a message at the telephone number on the first page of this syllabus if you are
unable to attend class.
Since this class is based on a point system, complete all assignments and quizzes, and attend class
regularly. If at any time during the quarter you find yourself confused about an assignment or need
additional assistance with the course work, please let me know. It also helps if you keep track of the
points you receive for each assignment and quiz you take.
Students who have emergency medical information the instructor should know of, or who might need
special arrangements in the event of evacuation, or students with documented disabilities who have
special needs, should make an appointment with the instructor no later than the first week of the term.
If additional assistance is required, the student should contact LBCC’s Office of Disability Services at
Evaluation Criteria Grade Distribution
Interpersonal Communication Activities 200-180 = A
• Three homework assignments 179-160 = B
worth 10 pts each = 30 pts 159-140 = C
• Journal worth 20 pts 139-120 = D
119 ---- F
Job Search, Resume Writing and Interviewing
• Resume and Cover Letter worth 25 pts
• One Informative Speech, Outline and Bibliography worth 50 pts
Group Process Activities
• Group Project and Individual Report worth 50 pts
Class participation, in-class exercises, and attendance worth 25 pts
WEEK TOPICS READINGS & ASSIGNMENTS
1/5/10 Overview of class and interpersonal
communication Begin Journal.
1/7/10 Interpersonal communication Assign. #1—read handout and do
pgs 19, 21, & 22 in text. Due 1/12/10
Journal entry should be about the
communication model and text pages 9-16.
1/12/10 Listening Assign. #2—read pgs 31-34 in text,
and pgs 8-10 in handout. Complete
evaluation on pgs 35-37 of text.
Write a short paragraph or two of
what you learned from
questionnaire, readings and class lecture/exercises.
Due 1/19/10. Journal entry on listening.
1/14/10 Perception Process Read pages 4, 5 in handout on perception.
1/19/10 Nonverbal Communication Read page 39 in text and pages 6-8 on
nonverbal in handout. Journal entry related
to nonverbal communication.
Week 3 con't
1/21/10 Self-Concept, Self-Esteem, Read handout and do final journal
Identity Management entry. Include entry on the reading
and material covered in class.
Journals Due Tuesday 1/26/10
1/26/10 Interviewing Read pages in handout.
Prepare resume and cover.
Assignment instructions will be
passed out in class. Due in class
1/28/10 Guest speaker Marci Johnston, Resume writing & job search
Career & Employment Specialist &
Academic Planning Assistant.
2/2/10 Public Speaking Speech assignment will be covered
in class. Reading material will be
assigned during class on 2/2/10
2/4/10 Public Speaking con't
2/9/10 Public Speaking
2/11/10 Public Speaking
2/23/10 Group Process Assignment will be given out in
class on 2/23/10. Groups will be
formed and work will begin.
Attendance is critical.
2/25/10 Group work
3/2/10 Group work
3/4/10 Group work
3/9/10 Finish up group work
3/11/10 Turn in group paper and individual