Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Fall 2014 Course Syllabus

SPCH-1315-04 - Public Speaking

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2014
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 8-10am (QEP) 10-11am Office;1:30-3:30pm (Office) TR 1:30-2:30pm (Office) (Online office time: 4- 5pm each day, but will not respond to contact after 9pm until next day.)
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre Center (PAC)
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Course Information
Course Number90073
Course Description Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context, with emphasis on audience analysis, speaker delivery, ethics of communication, cultural diversity, and speech organizational techniques to develop students’ speaking abilities, as well as ability to effectively evaluate oral presentations.
Course Prerequisites 1315 Public Speaking 3:3:0

Principles and practices of public speaking.

Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.

You must have the ability to video your speeches with a webcam or phone video that supports one the following file types. Video files accepted are: avi, flv, mov, mpeg, mpg, mp4, mv4, qt (quicktime), wmv, 3gp.

All students, be sure you have a current Flash Player and Quicktime program so you can see and hear lectures.

Required Textbooks 2 Textbook Requirements:

O’Hair, Dan. A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. 4th ed. With Access Card / Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. ISBN-1-4576-6635-9

*Working Guide to Communication Success. Dr. Laura Stafford, 11th REV.ed.( Lecture packet on the Lamarpa Blackboard Learn courses site under Content; first item)  

The lecture packet has all the required format guidelines and critique sheets that are necessary for each assignment. Print the packet as quickly as possible and put in a 3 –Ring binder! You need a hard copy to use in class each day. We will print it in the Library first Friday.
Attendance Policy Attendance Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Each student is allowed three hours of excused absence. To be excused requires a doctor’s excuse or return to work letter. Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of points from this category for each day missed.

Tardiness will have 1 points taken out of your Audience Etiquette points. After a student has missed 5 hours of class the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an “F”. This may affect your financial aid status and if this instructor initiated drop occurs after the first six weeks you can receive an “F” for insufficient work.

Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor’s appointments, Or waking up feeling “under the weather”or the Internet went down, so use your three hours of possible excused absence wisely. Course work is still due on assigned dates. (Use computers on campus or at local shops with WiFi service.)

There are 70 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette Attendance/Participation and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior in class you will lose points at the discretion of the Professor. There are 3 quizes, viewing sample speeches with discussion board posts, final exit speech video that contribute to this category of points as well.
Course Grading Scale 900-1000 = A 800-899 = B 700-799 = C 600-699 = D Below 599 = F
Determination of Final Grade 650 points Oral Assignments

80 points Written Assignments

200 points Exams

70 points Attendance/Participation in class and on SpeechClassSolo lab site/Quizzes

1000 points total.

In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving. There will be no make up exam given in class time, in extreme cases it may be possible to take the mid-term exam in the Student Learning Center, but that must be arranged with Dr. Stafford in advance.

There are NO RE-TESTS.

If you know in advance that you will miss a performance day then discuss arrangements with Dr. Stafford to fit your performance within the schedule. As a performance class it is vital that you are prepared to give your presentation on the 1st day of the assigned round. There are limited days for the completion of the performance and everyone must be ready to present on the 1st day of the round.

The order of presentation is up to the Professor so you must be in attendance and ready to perform on performance days. There is no guarantee that there will be any class time available to present a speech outside of the assigned days on the agenda calendar. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present. All typed outlines are due on the 1st day of the round or a loss of points will occur on that assignment. No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!

If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please contact me with the appropriate documentation from Andrea Rodriquez (ex. 6241 or

Final Exam Date December 8, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments Types of Assignments:

Oral: There will be 4 opportunities for you to experience different public speaking situations including: special occasion/informative (100), informative group with visual support (200), persuasive (150), and persuasive to motivate to take action (200).

Typed analytical outlines will be required for all of the presentations and are due the 1st day of presentations (5) points will be deducted if the outline is not turned in on the 1st day of the round on 100pts projects and (10) points on the 200 point projects. Specific instructions will be given before each assignment.

Written: There will be 4 written exercises to be completed. These are designed to demonstrate your knowledge of listening skills and self-evaluation skills through critical thinking reflection. (20 pts. each) 2 Self-Critique Forms that are filled out when you observe your video (located in the Student Folders on Blackboard) and 2 outside of class Listening Observations Reports.

Exams: There will be 2 exams, a mid-term and a final. Both will be objective tests using Scantron Form 882-ES or taken on-line for hybrid class. It is a requirement to take both exams.

Major Assisgnments by Week

Week 1 Introduction/PreTest/ Unit 1 Communication Concepts/Online Orientation Gates Library computer Lab

Week 2: /dyadic interviews /Outline S-1/ Unit 2 Listening

Week 3: /S-1 Special Occasion Due/Self-Critique & Listening Reports Assinged / Complete Unit 3 / Take Audio Quiz 1 online

Week 4: Start Unit 4 Informative outlines S-2/Self-critique due

Week 5:Panel Symposium instructions/Group Meeting/Listening Report 1Due

Week 6: Visual Support Use/ Walk thru Panel/SpeechClassSolo Viewing of #4 Kim; Nonmonetary Uses of Gold & Discussion Board Points/Take Audio Quiz 2 online/ Midterm Review online1st Drop Date Oct 3rd.

Week 7: Unit 5 S-2 Informative Panel syposiums Due /online lecture Delivery Terms

Week 8: S-2 cont./Complete Unit 4/ Midterm Exam - online

Week 9: Bibliography Instructions /Start Unit 6 Persuasion /Listening Report 2 Due

Week 10: Unit 6 Ethics Analysis Instructions/ sample speeches

Week 11: S-3 persuasive speech Due / complete Unit 6 lectures/ Nov. 10 final drop date with grade earned/ View on SpeechClassSolo 2 student speeches on the Assignment Tab: Child Slavery and the Production of Chocolate & Extra Credit You Can Live Without – respond on the discussion board for participatory points.

Week 12: Start Unit 7 Actuative-Debate S-4 Outline changes -Need step changes/ Self-Critique 2 Due/Take Audio Quiz 3 after completing Unit 7 online

Week 13:Practice Peer Review of S-4 /S-4 Actuative/Debate Speech Due /Week 14: S-4 cont. /Thanksgiving (off Thursday & Friday only) /Submit S-5 Exit Speech Video on SpeechClassSolo on Video Tab by Sunday at 11:55pm.

Week 15: Last class day for S-4 and

Week 16: Final Exam on Dec 8th at 10am.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Speech 1315 –04 (11:00-11:50) MWF with On-Line Lecture/Assignment Homework

(Yes, We stay for the whole time and Test material is covered in class. It is your responsibility to get material you miss from other students and turn in required papers on the due dates listed below.) Doctor’s appointments are not excused absences, make appointments outside of class time.

This class is enhanced with some online work required; you must be able to access your MyLamarpa account. Online: Must have lecture packet to follow the Audio lecture to make notes for the test and projects. You must complete the entire Online Assignment before the next class period. I will NOT re-teach what is covered on the Online Lectures in class. TB = Textbook; LP = Lecture Packet; Bb = Blackboard Learn. DB=Discussion Board. Must have access code to textbook website SpeechClassSolo.

Week 1        (Read TB Chapters 1, 2 & 3) [PRINT PAGES 5-86 OF Lecture Packet at Library]

Aug. 25        Intro. / Syllabus / Pre Test / Online Must have access to Bb. (ex.6150 password) (ex. 6141 blackboard problems)

        27        Unit 1: Communication Concepts/        I will handout LP p. 3-4.        

        29        Mandatory Meeting in the Computer Lab of the Gates Library- Be on time!

Bring EAR BUDS !!! Due! Practice Syllabus Quiz Bb; Due Online Initial Bonus Questionnaire-Content Link in Bb; Due Class Etiquette Page printed from Information link on Bb / Access SpeechClassSolo and on assignment tab complete the 3 tasks listed. (These are done in class

Upload ID video speech on SpeechClassSolo by Wednesday 10:55, part of participatory points.

Finish Listening to the Rest of Unit 1 - LP p. 3 &4 over weekend then return to Main Menu on Blackboard, Open the Discussion Board link on menu, click on the first forum: Lecture Packet Pages 3 & 4. Be sure to put your name in your response. After listening to the audio lectures for Lecture Packet pages 3 & 4 what are the Top 3 concepts or ideas that stood out to you and how will each one help you in your communication with others. You may start a new thread or reply to an existing one. Discussion Board due Sept. 3rd 11:59.

Week 2                (Read TB Chapters 5, 4 & 25)

Sept.        1         Labor Day - off

        3        dyadic interviews (LP p. 12-13) /S-1 outline instructions (LP p. 14) DB due!

        5        Start Unit 2 – LP p. 5 & 6 The Listening Process & bring S-1 outlines for check

Online: Complete listening to all of LP p. 5 &6 and in Unit 3 - instructions for listening reports (LP p.8-9) and Unit 2 instructions for self-critique for Spc. 1 (LP p.22-23)

Week 3                (Read TB Chapters 7, 17, & 23)

*        8        S-1 Special Occasion( 1-2 min.) & Typed Outline Due or 5pts off!        

        10        S-1 cont.

*        12        Online: Unit 4 LP - Topic selection for S-2 (LP p.27) Modes of Communication (LP p.28)/General & Specific Purpose (LP p.29) Watch your film in Student Folders Bb.

        If you do this at the Library or Student Success Center you must bring your own ear buds. Take Audio Quiz 1 in Unit 4 (10pts) covers LP p. 5, 6, 28, 29. Open Fri-Monday till 11:59.

Week 4                (Read TB Chapters 6, 8, 9, 15) Print & Read Group Charts & Teamwork Rubric in Unit 5 before Group Meeting

* 15         Audience analysis LP p. 30 / Topic choices due LP p. 27

*        17        Group selection- / Self-critique Due. LP p. 22-23 / Motivational Sequence Outline lec p. 30

        19        Unit 4 - LP -Support Material (p.31)/

Online: Listen to Unit 4 LP Beginning & Endings (p.34) be ready to show me your notes Monday. Listening Report #1 LP p. 8-9 due Monday!!!!!

Week 5         (Read TB Chapters 14, 34, 35 ) and TB P. 292+ on Q/A

*        22        Listening Report #1 Due! LP p. 8-9/ Show notes on LP p. 34/ Outline LP p.40; 41-42

*        24        Panel instructions / Group Meeting Day (must be in class to earn the 50pt analysis)

26         Use of Visual Support Lec./ Midterm Review from textbook given 1st day

Online: Listen to Unit 4 – LP Organizational patterns (p. 33) / Factors of Attention (p.39) / Language LP (p.37)

Week 6                (Read TB Chapters 35, 20, & 21, 22) (drop date Q no grade) OCT. 3rd

*         29         Visuals cont. /show notes LP p. 39/                

Oct.          1         check outlines/Run through panel pattern

         3        Creating speaker note cards Lecture

Online Homework: 1) View on SpeechClassSolo Assignment Tab: Kim, Nonmonetary Uses of Gold- Open Wed. Respond in Discussion Board for participatory points by Monday, Oct. 6th at 11:59. Online: 2) In Unit 4 Take Audio Quiz 2 (5pts.) over LP p. 33, 37, 39. Open Fri. – Mon. 11:59

Week 7         (Read TB Chapters 12, 13, 16)

         6        S-2 Group ( 2-3 min. ind. – total 15-20 min. for group) with Visual Support;All Typed Outlines, Group Analysis Sheets Due TODAY or 10pts. off                                

         8        S-2 Group cont.        

        10        S-2 Group cont.

Online: Unit 4 - LP Delivery Terms (p.35-36) Review for Midterm Lecture Exam LP p. 43-44) Textbook Quiz review given in class on first day (pink sheet).

Week 8 ( Read TB Chapters 18, 19)

*        13        S-2 Group cont.

*        15         S-2 Group cont.

*         17        Bring Textbook: Persuasive Topics & Oral Citations

(Online Homework: Midterm Exam (over Lecture notes 3-43) Pink sheet from Textbook Review is Textbook Quiz Part of Midterm– NOT AN OPEN BOOK TEST! STUDY! Take both tests! Will be available from Wednesday to Sunday so if you need to take it in the Library Lab or Student Success Center you can. Don’t wait till Sunday night – the power may go off. NO RESETS.

Week 9        (Read TB Chapter 10, 11, 24 and P. 284+ MLA Citations) Bring Text Book!!!        

*        20        Bibliography instructions / Listening Report #2 Due / Need Text book.

        22         Motivational Appeals (LP p. 60-62)

        24         Visualization Step        

Week 10                        

        27         S-3 outline instructions / samples outlines

        29         Unit 6 – Ethics Analysis Instructions (Video at the end of Content on Bb) Check outlines

        31        Unit 6 – LP Ways to Persuade (LP p.58-59)

(Online Homework: Watch Ethics Analysis Instructions Video – found in Video Collection at the bottom of the Content page on Bb.        

Week 11                           Last day to drop with grade earned Nov. 10

* Nov. 3        S-3 Persuasion (4-5 min.) DVD s, All Typed Outlines Due TODAY or lose 10 pts.!

        5        S-3 cont.

        7        S-3 cont.

(Online Homework: Unit 6 instructions for self-critique for S-3 (p.24-25) & View on SpeechClassSolo 2 student speeches on the Assignment Tab: Child Slavery and the Production of Chocolate & Extra Credit You Can Live Without – Open Wed. Nov. 5th & respond on the discussion board for participatory points by Monday at 11:59 on Blackboard with 2 posts for each video.

Week 12        (Read TB Chapter 26)                

*         10        Unit 7 - LP Refutation (LP p. 74) Lecture for S-4 / Satisfaction step changes

        12        Action step Speech Outline (LP p.75) cont.

*        14        Need Step Development / Self-critique #2 Due!

Online: Take Audio Quiz 3 (5pts.) after listening to LP p. 58-59, 74. (open Wed. to Sun. only)

Week 13                        

        17        Unit 7 - LP sample outlines for S-4 p. 76-77 bring draft outline

        19        Practice speech to peer review / rating rubric

        21         S-4 Speech to Actuate ( 5-7min.) –All Typed Outlines Due Today or lose 10 pts.!

Week 14                        

*        24         S-4 cont.

        26        S-4 cont. (Protect your grade: perform today!!!)

        28        Thanksgiving Holiday (Thurs. & Friday)

(Online Homework: Submit S-5 Exit Speech Video on SpeechClassSolo on Video Tab by Monday at 10:55pm. Perfect opportunity if you have family visiting to use them as your 3 audience members- no typed outline required. It is part of your participatory points.)

Week 15

Dec.         1        Last Day for Speech 4 or any other written work to be turned in.        

        3        Grade check

Week 16

Final Exam Review Questions given out on the First Day of Class with the Pre Test.

Final Exam: Monday Dec. 8th at 10am. Be on time!!!!

Attendance is worth 70 pts (3pts per day) – Audience Etiquette/Participation – disrupting a speaker can lose your points and it can go into the negative numbers. !!!!! Tardy to class lose 1 pt from A/P! Submission of discussion board posts, viewing of sample videos and other SpeechClassSolo assignments are all part of this category (15 ).Quizzes total 20 & Exit speech (10) points in this category.

All speakers must be ready to perform on the First Day of the assigned round.!!!!!!

If you are absent the day an outline is due, send it on to campus as an attachment to the email message that day or with someone else, or lose points!!!


Supplies:         1 Scantron Forms #882 for the Final Exam. The lecture packet: A Working Guide to Communication Success 11th ed, comes to class every day and bring a highlighter pen and ink pen.

For Library information contact Chad Clark at 984-6224.

Technical Support Information:

First of all, I (Dr. Stafford) am not your technical support. If your home computer goes down make other arrangements to complete your assignments. (Try public libraries, coming to computer labs on campus, or get with a friend and use their machine). If your Internet goes down try web connected coffee shops or businesses (some are open 24/7). It is your responsibility to maintain computer connections.

If you forget your password or have log in problems call Kenneth Lisbey at 409-984-6150. M-F 8am-5pm.

Blackboard problems with seeing or hearing course materials, submitting assignments, call or email Darren McIntire at 409-984-6141 or M-F 8am-5pm. You need a steady internet connection to take quizzes.

SpeechClassSolo the textbook website lab for our class has a great tech support hotline. Call 1-800-936-6899 if you have any difficulty uploading your videos or viewing sample student speech assignments. Video files accepted are: avi, flv, mov, mpeg, mpg, mp4, mv4, qt (quicktime), wmv, 3gp. (Your S-5 Exit video must be in one of these listed) Follow instructions on how to upload video attached to this agenda.

Tech support is on Eastern Standard Time:

9am to 3am Monday through Thursday; 9am to 11pm on Friday; 11:30am to 8:00pm Saturday;

11:30am to 11pm on Sunday
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Spc. 1315 Public Speaking (2012+) Associate of Arts Degree PSLO

PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.

Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
Course Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational models of communication.(PSLO Alpha) Measured by embedded test questions; Pre-test/post test

2. Apply elements of audience analysis.(PSLO 2 & 6) Measured by Oral Presentation Rubric; Written Outlines or Speeches;Audience Ethics Statement on Written Outline or Speeches

3. Demonstrate ethical speaking and listening skills by analyzing presentations for evidence and logic.(PSLO 1,2, & 6) Measured by Audience Ethics Statement on Written Outline or Speeches

4. Research, develop and deliver extemporaneous speeches with effective verbal and nonverbal techniques.(PSLO 1,2) Measured by Oral Presentation Rubric; Written Outlines or Speeches

5. Demonstrate effective usage of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.(PSLO 1 & 2) Measured by Oral Presentation Rubric; Written Outlines or Speeches

6. Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.(PSLO 6 & Alpha) Measured by Audience Ethics Statement on Written Outline or Speeches; Pre-test / Post- Test

7. Develop proficiency in presenting a variety of speeches as an individual or group (e.g. narrative, informative or persuasive).(PSLO 1,2, & 4) Measured by Measures: Oral Presentation Rubric; Written Outlines or Speeches;or Teamwork Rubric
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information * Check your Lamar email for messages from me about class materials. There is an On line element of this face to face class on Blackboard Learn Bb.

* My cell number is 409-550-8945

* Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The oral or written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. Do not use other students’ outlines or observation reports, they are recognizable. Do not read internet articles as your speech. That earns a zero. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of zero for that exam.

* Cell Phones & IPODS: Turn off all communication devices that make noise during class. No Texting or Listening to Music during class. No doing other subjects homework during class. No Laptops during lecture.Do not upload any student video of inclass speeches on any outside server (YouTube or Facebook for example) You will lose Audience Etiquette points if this policy is violated.

* Student ID Cards: It is required for this class that you have a current Lamar State College Port Arthur Student ID card and an Internet Password to enable you to use the library and internet on campus for research purposes. The ID card can be obtained with a copy of your receipt on the 2nd floor of the student center and the Internet Password is given out at the Library. Library Hours: Call (409) 984-6222.

* If you have any computer problems with Blackboard Learn access call Darren McIntire at 984-6141.

* If you forget your log on information call Kenneth Lisby at 984-6150.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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