ENG 1030        Kenny Harmon
Communication Skills       [email protected]
Section:  7            Office:  Fifth floor of GWC, Suite 530
TR 11:40 -1:35, GWC 404            Office Hours:  TR 10:00-11:30
4.5 Credit Hours                                              & by appointment
Contact Hours:  45 Lecture Hours    
Spring 2016            

Welcome to Communication Skills!

ENG 1030 is an introductory course that focuses on communication skills essential to career and personal success.  Emphasis is placed upon awareness of and adaptation to the audience, ethical responsibility, and cultural diversity.  You will progress in gradual stages, gaining understanding of the communication process along with confidence and experience in numerous speaking, listening, and small group interactions.

Required Texts:

Gregory, Hamilton.  Public Speaking for College and Career.  New York:
          McGraw Hill, 2013.  10th edition.


To successfully complete ENG 1030, students should be able to:

1.Explain the process of communication based on models shared in class.  Describe personal,  social, cultural, and professional benefits of effective communication.
2.Demonstrate concern for audience in substantive content and approach, language, feedback, and establishment of speaker credibility through rapport with listeners.
3.Analyze the ethical responsibilities of communication using lecture, reading, and discussion materials.  Demonstrate ethical standards and cultural awareness during interpersonal exchanges, presentations, and other assignments.
4.Apply basic communication theory, and critique and improve interpersonal skills through small group interactions, communication exercises, and presentations.
5.Identify and use critical and constructive listening skills though in-class exercises, discussion, and peer evaluation of presentations.
6.Discuss the importance of non-verbal communication, including implications of culture and context.  Demonstrate supportive nonverbal behaviors as audience members, speakers, and in small group interactions.
7.Research, prepare, rehearse, deliver, and evaluate presentations according to parameters established in class.  Show appropriate concentration upon audience, structure and organization, substance and support, voice and language, delivery and nonverbals, as explained in rubrics.
8.Critically select, integrate, and document current resources in specified presentations, reinforced with appropriate presentation aids.

The skill of oral communication will be credentialed in this class through the assessment of final presentations.  

Johnson & Wales is committed to its Outcomes Assessment initiative.  All faculty and students are therefore part of our on-going study to determine and refine the effectiveness of instruction and learning.  Students’ names will not be used when reporting results.


You can accumulate 700 points, which are distributed as follows:

Participation (16.25 %)
Self Evaluation  20  
Peer Evaluation      20      
Speech Critique 20       (2@10 points)
Quizzes      70       (4 @ 17.5 points ea.) 5 quizzes; drop lowest 

Annotated Bibliography (5%)    20 

Speeches (58.75 %)
"This I Believe"            70    
Informative            130     
Persuasive            150                                        Final Grades:
                                                                        630 - 700    A
                                                    560 - 629    B
Tests    (25%)                                                                    490 - 559    C
First  Test           100                              420 - 489     D
Second Test                        100                                  0 - 419     F

PLAGARISM:  All course assignments ask you to write using what you have learned in the course and using your own thinking and writing skills.  If you use any ideas, paraphrases, or exact wording from a source other than yourself (including the textbook), you must document the source using MLA parenthetical documentation style (see handbook or ask instructor).  Any source used but not documented will be considered plagiarism, for which you will receive a failing grade for the course.  You might also be placed on probation or expelled from the university.  If you have any questions about plagiarism, ask before you act.  Ask me; also see “Academic Policies” in the Student Handbook. 


A. Plagiarism, a SERIOUS, academic violation, which can lead to an F for the course, is the use of WORDS, IDEAS, or STRUCTURES of others (published sources, friends, relatives) without acknowledgment.  There is no excuse for willful plagiarism.
B.  Except where appropriate (quoting or paraphrasing from primary or secondary sources), your work is presumed to be totally your own writing (i.e. original).
C.  When you QUOTE OR PARAPHRASE FROM ANY sources, you MUST cite them with appropriate specific documentation (usually author and page number in parentheses + Works Cited list at end).  This includes subject matter of the essay.  If you quote or paraphrase precisely from a work of literature, you must cite the author of that work.  
D.  If you do not understand the format for documenting sources, see me for help before turning in an essay.  Refer to your handbook for further clarification.

For other questions about plagiarism see The Correct Use of Borrowed 

ATTENDANCE:   Students are expected to attend all classes and earn credit for complete classes and in-class assignments.  You are allowed two absences (excused or unexcused) without penalty. Five absences (excused or unexcused) will result in automatic failure.  After two absences your final grade for the semester will be reduced as shown.
You are responsible for tracking your absences.

Absences      Points deducted from final grade
    3                                    40

    4                                    100

    5                                    200

Inform your instructor if an emergency prevents you from giving a speech on an assigned date.  If you are absent during your scheduled speaking time, a grade of zero will be assigned unless you present a physician’s note within twenty-four hours.  If you are absent or tardy for any reason, you are responsible for finding out what material was covered and whether any announcements were made.


It is the student’s responsibility to initiate procedures leading to a formal withdrawal (“WP” or "WF) in order to avoid a failing (“F”) grade. To receive a WP OR WF grade, a student must withdraw prior to April 15, 2016. In order to qualify for a WP, the student must have an estimated grade of 60 or higher at the time of withdrawal. If the estimated grade is less than 60, the student will be issued a WF, which is entered into the term and cumulative GPA as a failing grade until successul completion of the course at a later date.

TARDIES:  If a student is more than 10 minutes late for class or leaves more than 10 minutes before class is over, they are counted absent for the day. 

ETIQUETTE:  Students are expected to respect their classmates’ time and learning environment.  Therefore, show up for class prepared and on time.  Turn off all cell phones before entering the classroom.   Each time a cell phone disrupts class, the entire class will take a pop quiz.  If a student leaves the classroom to answer a call, they will be counted absent for the day. Students caught texting during classtime will be counted absent for the day.  Other disruptive classroom behavior, defined as anything that would interfere with “an instructor’s ability to conduct the class” or “The ability of other students to profit from the instructional program,” is strictly prohibited.


NOTE:  Persons other than registered students are not allowed to attend academic sessions, laboratory classes, computer labs, and other University academically supported areas.

STUDENT E-MAIL:  Students are required to obtain and use a JWU e-mail account for University communication and to access my public folders.  You must obtain your password to do so.  Student accounts are created automatically for those who are active and in good standing.  Student email addresses are available through uconnect at https://email.jwu.edu.  A student email address is [email protected].  Students should go to http://email.jwu.edu to logon and access their email.  Immediately contact the helpdesk at 1-866-598-4357 if you need assistance.  Take care of this the first day of class.  Students are expected to maintain an email account throughout the semester and check it daily for important information regarding upcoming assignments, course announcements, etc.

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:  Students will often complete in-class assignments and short writing projects.  In-class projects are scheduled for a specific class period and cannot be made up after that class date.

QUIZZES/EXAMS:  Two 100-point exams will be given during the term and seven quizzes.  Questions are constructed by the instructor and cover information from the text and lectures from the class.  MISSED EXAMS or QUIZZES CANNOT BE MADE UP!

SUBMITTING COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:  You are required to electronically submit all assignments to Ulearn or a blog for this course.  Assignments not submitted in the manner will not be accepted.  Any items sent by email will be deleted

PREPARATION:  SPEECHES AND WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS:  You will be required to deliver three formal speeches.  You will be evaluated on your skill in selecting and researching a topic, organizing and delivering your speeches, and following instructor requirements.  You will be evaluated on the criteria on the grading sheet(s), your ability to adapt while presenting the information orally, and on your adherence to time limits.

If you do not deliver your speech within the specified time frame, your grade will suffer.  

Note:  On each day that you are scheduled to perform a speech, you must turn in two typed copies of your outline.  One outline will be graded and returned to you; the other copy will be kept in the course administration file.  If you fail to turn in the required copies, you will receive a zero for the entire assignment.  In addition, failure to complete all speaking assignments will result in a final course grade of F.  In short, no outline (or grading sheet), no speech.  Miss a speech, and you will fail the course regardless of your overall average.


You must prepare an outline for each speech.  All written assignments are to be neatly typed, double-spaced on 8.5-by-11 inch white paper with one inch margins.  Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines regarding fonts, headings, and pagination.  Incomplete sentences and mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and spelling will adversely affect your grade.

Self-Evaluation:  This is a short written self-assessment of how you feel you have progressed as a public speaker over the course of the term.

SPEECH CRITIQUES:  You will critique two speeches either inside the classroom setting (e.g., guest speaker, competition tapes) or outside it (e.g., speakers on campus, in the city council, in church, etc.).  If the instructor does not provide this opportunity during class time, you are responsible for critiquing a speaker at an out-of-class function.  You must bring proof of attendance (e.g., pamphlet, handout, note, ticket stub).  One evaluation must be turned in by the end of the fifth week of class.  The second must be turned in by the tenth week of class.

PARTICIPATION:  Come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Contribute productively to discussion.  Quizzes and in-class writings are usually based on the readings.

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT/WRITING CENTER:  Located in the academic building, 4th floor, the writing center is open to all Johnson & Wales University  students who need help with writing, whether they are taking an English course or not. Students are encouraged to seek assistance with essays, research projects, and related assignments.  Students are asked to make an appointment with a Writing Center staff member in order to receive prompt assistance.  The center provides 30 minute appointments and is staffed from 8:30-2:30 M-R.  Consultants work with students on any part of the writing process -- planning, drafting, focusing, organizing, revising, or editing, and with papers from all disciplines. Please do not hesitate to use the tutor’s assistance.  Remember to bring a copy of your assignment and your drafts to any Writing Center conference.
Going to the Writing Center does not guarantee you a good grade because tutors will not proofread your papers.  The Writing Center’s goal is to improve your overall writing skills (organization, thesis & supporting paragraphs, audience/assignment issues, as well as teaching punctuation and grammar rules after reviewing big picture issues), which sometimes takes several sessions, depending on your existing writing skills.  For more information, you may contact them at [email protected]
You may also visit the Center for Academic Support website at:  http://www.jwu.edu/charlotte/stu_acad.htm

ACCOMODATIONS:  Johnson & Wales University is dedicated to providing access to education. While maintaining the highest academic integrity, the University strives to balance scholarship with support services which will assist special needs students in functioning in the University's academic environment. Reasonable accommodations are available with proper documentation, and can be discussed with the director of The Center For Academic Support (4th floor of the Academic Building).

Because some programs of study have technical standards and requirements, applicants and students with special needs or physical disabilities should contact the director of the Center for Academic Support to discuss the availability of reasonable accommodations where appropriate. Copies of the technical standards applicable to various programs are available from this office.  Once you have arranged accommodations with this office, please tell me so that I am aware of your accommodations well before the first speech/assignment.