Presentation Skills: Advocating for Change (11:607:381)

Spring 2018 Syllabus
  • The course is 100% online, facilitated through Rutgers CANVAS; there are no face-to-face sessions.
  • Module "work week" runs Monday - Sunday


01:355:101 Expository Writing

Course Description

3 Credits. This course is designed to strengthen students' presentation and public speaking skills with a leadership focus on advocating for change. With a foundation of communication and leadership knowledge, understanding and application, students build a useful skill set useful for other college courses, the workforce, and community, at large. The course enables students to enhance the public dialogue, a powerful vehicle for professional and personal growth.

Course Website, Resources, and Materials

  1. The Art of Public Speaking, Stephen E. Lucas, 12th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2015
    NOTE: if you are amenable to using an e-book/text, no need to purchase the hard copy since the access code (#3 below) grants you access to the e-book/text.
  2. CONNECT Course URL: per semester link. Site includes e-book/text, practice quiz modules for chapter content, and a video upload page for the required video assignments.
  3. The Art of Public Speaking, Connect ACCESS code (this may be purchased bundled with the textbook via RU Bookstore (New Brunswick) or can be ordered online from the publisher.
  4. The Fifth Discipline: The Art of Practice of the Learning Organization, Peter Senge, Currency Doubleday, 2006.
  5. EdPuzzle: website with educational videos. Registration via semester/course link
  6. Recording device: Smartphone, Webcam, or digital camera (if computer/laptop does not have a built-in camera).
  7. Minimum of TWO audience members when presenting graded video assignments.

Learning Goals

  • Understand and apply basic communication theories, principles and key terms regarding delivery and evaluation;
  • Understand and apply leadership theories, principles and terms for advocacy and change;
  • Analyze the audience and tailor presentations accordingly;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in developing and delivering presentations;
  • Apply appropriate tools and methodology for conducting and presenting research;
  • Identify and formulate positions on relevant issues—local to global;
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct when presenting;
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal presentation skills;
  • Effectively evaluate speakers/presentations.

Assignments/Responsibilities and Assessment

Assignments Value
Video Presentations 60%
Video Preparation Assignments 10%
Peer Reviews of Video Assignments 10%
Discussion Questions 12.5%
CONNECT LearnSmart Modules 2.5%
EDpuzzle videos 2.5%
Online Quiz 2.5%
TOTAL 100% (TEST Video 1% extra credit)


Students can refer to the specific assignment rubrics to ensure successful academic outcomes (embedded in Lesson tabs). Students can expect assignments to be graded and posted in Gradebook within one week of the assignment deadline. If an assignment deadline is to be missed, communication with the instructor is required before the deadline by email at or phone (732-232-4094), call or text. No communication + missed assignment = zero. Consideration will be applied for special circumstances.

A = 90–100
B+ = 87–89.9
B = 80–86.9
C+ = 77–79.9
C = 70–76.9
D = 60–69.9
F = below 60

Accomodations foe Students With Disabilities

Please follow the procedures outlined at Full policies and procedures are at

Course Schedule

Module One

NOTE: typical academic "work week" runs Monday - Sunday)

Course Overview and Welcome

  • Navigate Canvas course - including, not limited to: Syllabus, Course Information, Welcome + Course Expectations, and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Register for EDpuzzle, the website to access and complete video viewing assignments.
  • In EdPuzzle: Watch video, "Critical Thinking" and "The Science of Stage Fright"
  • In the CONNECT Register tab, view the video (via You Tube link) "ow to Register for your CONNECT Plus Course"
  • Register for CONNECT, online resource to upload video presentation assignments and view peer/fellow student videos for Peer Review assignments.
  • Complete the Week One Icebreaker Discussion Question/DQ - initial post deadline is Thursday, post/respond/engage until Sunday.

Module TwoModule

Speaking and Listening and Leadership

  • Speaking + Listening: Read Chapters 1–4 in Lucas text
  • Read Chapter 1 in Senge Text
  • Access CONNECT and complete LearnSmart Lucas chapter modules via "PRACTICE" tab in the Table of Contents (If you did not register yet, refer to Lesson One).
  • View 2 EDpuzzle videos on ethical speaking: Malala + Jonestown
  • Respond to Discussion Question: Ethics and Dialogue
  • Upload TEST video to CONNECT (Time = 30 seconds to one minute). NOTE: the deadline in CONNECT is 11:30 p.m.. Assignment details in this module, as well as by clicking "Modules" then "Course Home: Video Presentation Assignments."

Module Three

Leadership + Presentation

  • Read Chapter 2 and 4–7 in Senge text
  • Read Chapter 14 in Lucas text
  • Respond to Discussion Question: Learning Organization
  • View the following sample student videos in CONNECT thru Library, then Media: (1) "There's an APP for that" (2) "Tap, tap, tap" and (3) "Life is a Journey"
  • Complete CONNECT LearnSmart "Practice" modules
  • Upload video of Self Introduction with Object Describing Leadership to CONNECT (Time = 4 minutes)
    NOTE: the deadline in CONNECT is 11:30 p.m.. Assignment details in this module, as well as by clicking "Modules" then "Course Home: Video Presentation Assignments.".

Module Four

Speech Preparation – Getting Started

  • Read Chapters 5–8 in Lucas text
  • Respond to Discussion Question: Audience Analysis
  • Complete Online Quiz: Gathering Materials/Research
  • Access CONNECT and complete LearnSmart Lucas chapter modules
  • In the CONNECT Media Library, click on Speech Types, then Informative and view:
    1. Acupuncture: the New Uses for an Ancient Remedy
    2. Ramadan
    3. Securing Yourself Online
    (These videos are useful models to show you how to cite supporting materials.)

*These videos are great models to show you how to cite supporting materials.

Module Five

Speech Preparation – Organizing + Outlining and Speaking to Inform

  • Read Chapters 9, 10, 11 and 15 in Lucas text
  • Access CONNECT and complete LearnSmart Lucas chapter modules
  • Submit/upload Civic Engagement Prep (WORD doc). Template in module to ensure requisite elements are included.

Module Six

Speech Preparation

  • Read Chapters 12 + 13 in Lucas text
  • Access CONNECT and complete LearnSmart Lucas chapter modules
  • Discussion Question: Language + Delivery
  • Prepare for Civic Engagement video assignment – due next week.

Module Seven

Video Upload Due

  • Upload Video Presentation: Civic Engagement to CONNECT (Time = 6 minutes)
    Details in this module, as well as by clicking "Modules" then "Course Home: Video Presentation Assignments."

Module Eight

Peer Review Due

  • • Complete Peer Review for Civic Engagement Video. Students will be designated into groups, each student will view an average of 3–4 videos for Peer Review, not entire class.

Module Nine

Leadership + Peer Review

  • Read Senge Chapters 8–11
  • Discussion Question: Core Disciplines for Leadership + Advocacy

Module Ten

Speaking to Persuade

  • Read Chapters 16–17 in Lucas Text
  • Access CONNECT and complete LearnSmart Lucas chapter modules
  • Access and view EDpuzzle video on persuasion

Module Eleven

Speaking to Persuade

  • Respond to Discussion Question: Persuading Ethically
  • Submit/upload Persuasive/Monroe Video Prep (WORD Doc). Template in module to ensure requisite elements are included.

Module Twelve

Speech Preparation

  • In CONNECT, in MEDIA/Persuasive Speeches, watch, "Making a Difference Through the Special Olympics" using the Motivated Sequence and "Phony Pharmaceuticals," both examples of a persuasive speech on a question of policy.
  • Prepare and practice for Video Presentation (Persuasive): Advocating for Change – A Global Policy Issue

Module Thirteen

Video Presentation Due

  • Upload Video Presentation (Persuasive): Advocating for Change – A Global Policy Issue (Time = 8 minutes). Assignment details in this module, as well as by clicking "Modules" then ""Course Home: Video Presentation Assignments."

Module Fourteen

Peer Review + Speech Preparation

  • Complete Peer Review for Persuasive Video: Advocating for Change – A Global Policy
  • Read Chapter 18 in Lucas text
  • Access CONNECT and complete LearnSmart Lucas chapter module
  • NOTE: for the final video, you DO NOT need to complete a Video Prep Assignment; it is not required for the Commemorative Video.
  • Prepare for FINAL video, the Commemorative, an Inspirational Leader of Social Change

Module Fifteen

FINAL: Commemorative Presentation

  • Upload Video Presentation: Inspirational Leader of Social Change (Time = 4 minutes)

NOTE: There is NO Final Exam for this course. Online Final exam schedule:

Academic Integrity

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The principles of academic integrity require that a student:

  • properly acknowledge and cite all use of the ideas, results, or words of others.
  • properly acknowledge all contributors to a given piece of work.
  • make sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of impermissible materials or impermissible collaboration.
  • obtain all data or results by ethical means and report them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions.
  • treat all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference. This requires that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress.
  • uphold the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing.

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to ensure that

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments.
  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others.
  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered.
  • the reputation of the University for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced.

NOTE: Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Resubmitting your own work that has previously been evaluated in this class or any other class.
  • Copying text directly from websites and other sources without attributing the original source(s).
  • Copying the work of students in other sections (past or present) of this course.

Failure to uphold these principles of academic integrity threatens both the reputation of the University and the value of the degrees awarded to its students. Every member of the University community therefore bears a responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of academic integrity are upheld.

NOTE: To help protect you, and future students, from plagiarism, all essay assignments will be submitted through

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