COM 330: Grading
I regard this course as a workshop for developing professional speaking skills.
To that end I try to impose real-world standards on your work. In grading your
speeches I imagine that I am the department supervisor in a corporate environment
and you are an individual under my supervision.
Your grade on assignments will be a composite of ratings in four categories:
Topic and Purpose : Does the speech contain a clearly stated central idea and indicate an awareness of the audience?
Content and Form : Does the speech contain sufficient relevant details and reflect a clear structure that includes an obvious progression from one point to the next?
Written Support : Is the speech accompanied by a complete and professional preparation outline and speaker's notes?
Delivery : Is the delivery extemporaneous, and does it show evidence of substantial rehearsal time with attention to timing, body language, and eye contact? N.B.: COM 330 is a public speaking, not a public reading, course. If you read substantial parts of your speech, you will earn no more than a C.
The grading scale* I use is as follows:
A - I regard the speech as worthy of a corporate setting with minimal changes.
B - I regard the speech as competent but requiring one substantive revision before it can be delivered in a corporate setting.
C - I regard the speech as a poor reflection on the organization, and therefore not ready to deliver without significant revisions.
Below C level - I regard the speech as seriously flawed or late.
*I use “+” and “-“ to make finer distinctions between poor and poorer or competent and more competent.