There are no prerequisites for this course and you don’t need to learn anything new before you take this course. You just need to (1) have a positive attitude, (2) study hard, and (3) complete all of the course activities.
In assessing the state and national standards for public speaking courses, it has been decided that this course will focus on helping you master the following:
You will need the following to successfully complete this course:
"Introduction" and "Persuasive" speeches are to be submitted in the unit where they appear. The "Introduction" speech is due in unit 1 so you will receive feedback as early as possible to help you learn and prepare for the "Persuasive" speech in unit 7. "Portfolio" assignments are treated differently; they are smaller informational assignments that are collected in two groups for submission.
You should save each portfolio assignment as you complete it; however, make sure you do not submit any of the assignments until you have completed them all for each portfolio. Submit all assignments for each portfolio at the same time so they are all together for grading.
Some instructor-graded assignments require you to submit a visual file of yourself practicing different kinds of public speaking. For these assignments, the following video files will be the only acceptable files for submission:
If you submit your recording in another format, it will not be accepted. Likewise, any other forms of recordings will not be reviewed and you will be asked to resubmit your assignment.
The final exam consists of about 50 multiple-choice and matching questions. It counts for 10 percent of your grade.
Your final grade for this course will be determined by the folowing percentages.
|7 unit quizzes (units 1–7)||14 percent (2 percent each)|
|2 Cumulative Reviews||10 percent (5 percent each)|
|Introduction Speech (Unit 1)||23 percent|
|Persuasive Speech (Unit 7)||23 percent|
|Portfolio 1||10 percent|
|Portfolio 2||10 percent|
|Final exam||10 percent|
The following grading scale will determine your final grade for this course:
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7 computer-graded assignments, 2 speeches, 2 cumulative reviews, and 2 instructor-graded portfolios, may be resubmitted once for a fee.
1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass with a grade of 60% to earn credit for the course.
You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.
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