Lamar State College - Port Arthur

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Fall 2016 Course Syllabus

SPCH-1315-73 - Public Speaking

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Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2016
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:(8-10 email )10-11am &1:30-3:30pm MWF, and 8-9am TR or by appointment
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number90788
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 Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks
2 Textbook Requirements:
* O’Hair, Dan. A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s , 2016. ISBN: 978-1-319-055349 with Launchpad code.
It has an access code that will be used in class. Don’t buy a used book with an invalid code.

*Working Guide to Communication Success. Dr. Laura Stafford, 13th ed. 2016.
(The Lecture packet pages will be on the Blackboard course site in each weekly Learning Module. Some pages are modified for the online class.)
The lecture packet has all the required lecture notes that will be tested in the Midterm Exam and the format guidelines and critique sheets that are necessary for each assignment.
Print the pages weekly and put in a 3 –Ring binder! You need a hard copy to have in front of you when listening to online lectures that have you expand the written notes. I recommend you have both a pen and highlighters available when taking notes from the audio lectures.
Attendance Policy Online students must log in activity at least once a week. If you do not log in for 3 weeks I recommend you drop the class because you will have missed too much to succeed.

Attendance & Make-Up Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Online students must log in activity at least once a week. Multiple assignments are due each week. If you do not log in for 3 weeks I recommend you drop the class because you will have missed too much to succeed. After a student has missed the submission of 2 speech videos or more than 4 written assignments 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. Online 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. Course work is still due on assigned dates (Use computers on campus or at local shops with WiFi service. There are 90 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. Attendance / Participation = 90 points of your total grade. class days @ 20 points; 3 Quizzes total 20 points; ID speech Video worth 10; S-5 worth 10 points (both of these speeches are video uploads onto LaunchPad): and 2 Surveys on LaunchPad 6pts. Participatory points from participation on 6 discussion board Forums are worth 24 points.
Course Grading Scale 900-1000=A 800-899=B 700-799=C 600-699=D below 599=F
Determination of Final Grade 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). You must provide your own audience members to be present when you record your speech projects. All speech videos are uploaded onto LaunchPad for grading.
Typed analytical outlines will be required for all of the presentations and are due on the day of presentation submission. Late outline submission will not be accepted. Specific instructions will be given before each assignment and the specific points are as follows: special occasion/informative (100- 85 oral, 15 outline), informative group with visual support (200- 130 oral, 20 outline, group analysis & Teamwork rubric 50), persuasive (150-100 oral, 40 outline, 10 Ethics Analysis Essay), and persuasive to motivate to take action /debate (200- 100 oral, 100 outline).
Written: There will be 3 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 recorded speeches and 1 outside of class Listening Observations Reports over live speeches not recorded events. A 2nd Listening Report is Optional Bonus (10pts)
Exams: There will be 2 exams, a mid-term and a final. Both will be objective tests questions taken on-line. It is a requirement to take both exams. The midterm has two parts: Part I is over the Lecture material (audio lectures and Lecture Packet pages 3-43) and Part II is over the textbook material covered in the Pre-Test (Use Pre-Post Test Textbook Review Sheet to study and prepare). The Final Exam has three parts and you are required to take all three parts. 2 parts Textbook and 1 part last Lecture material.
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. You’re My Grades in Blackboard will show you a total of your acquired scores.
There are NO RE-TESTS or Re-taking of quizzes or exams.
As a performance class it is vital that you are prepared to submit your presentation on the day of the assigned round. You are responsible for filming your presentations and successfully uploading & submitting the video file into the Assignment box on our Launchpad textbook website which is a safe and secure site where I will grade the speech performance with both comments and a grading rubric. Allow time to upload files.
All Written Assignments (Typed Outlines, Self-Critiques, Listening Reports, Audience Participation Forms, Peer Rating Rubrics) will be submitted through Blackboard Assignments as word documents doc or docx and not wordpad, apple note, notepad, or rtf files.
If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please contact me with the appropriate documentation from the Special Populations Office (984- 6241).
Oral Assignments      650 points
900-1000 A Written Assignments      60 points
800-899 B Exams                200 points
700-799 C Attendance / Participation/Quiz 90 points
600-699 D           1000 points total
less than 600 F No Incompletes
12th Day Rolls: You must be on a class roll and paid for the class before the 12th class day of the semester. No one can be added to a roll after the 12th day roll is printed.
Do not upload any student video of in-class speeches on any outside server (Public YouTube or Facebook for example). You will lose Audience Etiquette points if this policy is violated. Do not submit assignments through email; they must be submitted within Blackboard for typed assignments and within Launchpad for video submissions.
Last but not least, 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.
Final Exam Date December 1, 2016 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 2, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Major Assignments See Below
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Dr. Laura Stafford: Fall 2016 Detailed Agenda
(PG/PS5) Public Speaking 1315-73 On-Line Lecture/Assignments
(Each week is designated on the Blackboard Learn Menu. Only the first week is on the “Getting Started Week 1” link and the rest are in the Weekly Learning Modules Week 2 on link. )
It is your responsibility to complete the material and submit required papers and videos on the due dates & times listed below (Texas Central Time). Losing Internet connect is not an excuse. Go to a Library, Campus Computer Lab, or WiFi Coffee shop to complete your online assignments.     
    As an online class you must be able to access your MyLamarpa account. Must print your lecture packet pages to follow the Audio lectures to make notes for the test and projects. You must complete the entire Online Assignment before the next week. TB = Textbook; LP = Lecture Packet; BB = Blackboard Learn. Must have access code to textbook website LaunchPad to submit your speech videos. Remember to arrange for your 5 adult audience members in enough time to submit the project on time. You should have a Gmail account to access You Tube to compress your speech videos to upload to the textbook Launchpad site and create a Google Hangout for group discussion.
On Campus, August 24th Wednesday at 5:30 pm ONLINE ORIENTATION at Gates Memorial Library Computer Lab. Bring Ear buds if you come, so you can get most of the Getting Started Week 1 items done this day. Must have valid LSCPA ID.
I recommend that you set aside a specific time each week to work on your assignments and spend 60 to 75 minutes per session at least 3 times a week. I cover 2-3 lecture packet pages per on campus class period. This is just the lecture audio portion of the course. Reading the textbook and finding the answers to the review questions would take additional time. Preparing your speeches and practice time would take 1-2 hours. Remember you have to gather your 5 audience members and film your presentation and allow for time to upload the film all before the due dates. Structure your week accordingly (5-6 hours per week) and keep in mind that last minute issues may come up, but due dates are set. This is not a self-paced class. In the business world when you miss a sales appointment that is money down the drain; here those are points lost.
No Color on this copy. In blackboard there is the color copy!!!!
KEY: Yellow Highlight indicates Submit work. Green Letters indicates Listen to Audio Lectures from the Lecture Packet. Blue Letters indicates the pages to Print. Red Letters indicates Quiz, Discussion, Task, or Exam.
Keep this document in the front of your binder to keep you on track!! 
Week 1    Getting Started!!    (Read TB Chapters 1 & 2 )
Aug. 22 through Aug. 28 (Assignments may be submitted early but all are due by Aug. 28 at 11:59pm)
You can always submit earlier in the week of the Assignment!!!
Don’t wait to the last minute!!!
Log into BB – left hand menu select the link Video Requirements -read about your video files formats. Next:
•    Read Greeting Message, Then select “Start Here Week 1” – Read and follow the instructions on each page to complete the week’s tasks.
o    Take the Pre- Test Quiz (very short you are not supposed to know answers, low score is ok.)
o    Print & Read the Syllabus, then take the Syllabus Quiz (participatory points 1)
o    Read, Print & Sign Netiquette Statement, then submit the scanned & signed document. (1)
o    Listen to Audio Questionnaire Instructions & Submit the assignment by Sunday. (2)
o    Open Register on the textbook website LaunchPad– 73 Online Fall Folder; using the code that came with your textbook. There are 2 Assignments to complete on Launchpad:
    Watch the Example Identification Video from Dr. Stafford
    Read how to upload your videos for LaunchPad; upload & submit by Sunday your Identification Video on the Assignment through You Tube account instructions. (10)
    On LaunchPad> Read “Classical Roots” from TB Chapter 1: Return to BB Discussions>Complete the Chapter 1: Classical Roots Top 2 Forum – Create a Thread of 5 sentences & Reply to another Student with at least 3 sentences for full points. (2 pts) Submit by Sunday. Don’t wait till the last minute, people need your thread to make their responses.
o    On BB>Open the Unit 1 Folder Communication Theory
    Listen to the Instructions for Audio Lecture Files
    Print the Lecture Packet –LP p. 1-4 (Start your 3 ring binder of Lecture Notes which will be the material for your midterm exam.)
    Listen to all the sections (7 audio lectures) covering the notes on LP p. 3-4.
o    Open Textbook Reading & Review Questions Folder
    Print the Pre/Post Test Questions and Review Questions for each Chapter for Final Exam.
    For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to questions for Chapters 1&2.
Each week I will open the Next Week by Friday. You will find all of the rest of the weekly Units on the Menu in our course Blackboard in the link Weekly Learning Module Week 2 on. Each week work through each page in the unit. You will find the submissions, discussion board, quizzes pages within the Weekly Module.
Each week of the semester goes from Monday to Sunday. Check any comments from last week's assignments. Each week go in and see the grade and comments on assignments so you can improve. If submitted on Sunday, I try to comment by Wednesday.
Week 2        Weekly Learning Modules Week 2 on (Read TB Chapters 3, 5, & 26 )
Aug. 29 through Sept. 4 (All tasks are due complete by Sunday 11:59pm)
This week's To Do List includes: (Submit 3 Discussion Board Assignments & 2 documents)
1. on BB> LaunchPad link>2 Surveys to complete: PRPSA and PRCA. Once completed copy your score page; paste into a Word document and Submit by Sunday within this Weekly module on BB. Attach the document to the submission page using the Browse my computer button.
2. Back on BB >this week>Submit Discussion Board link > click on the forum: Lecture Packet Pages 3 & 4.
Create a Thread identifying what are the Top 3 concepts or ideas that stood out to you from these notes and how each one will help you in your communication with others. (5 sentences in Thread & at least 3 sentences in the Reply to one other Student) (4pts)
3. Read TB Chapter 3 > on Bb> Submit Discussions link > Complete Managing Speech Anxiety Top 3 Forum –Thread of 5 sentences and Reply to another Student with at least 3 sentences for full points. (4 pts)
4. Open Unit 2 - Listening and Print the Lecture Packet pages document. It will include LP p. 5 - 11. These
are lecture pages and Listening Observation Report pages. Put them in your binder to have them ready for when you listen to the audio lectures.
5. Listen to the Audio Lectures covering notes on LP p. 5 & 6 for midterm exam and quiz 1 preparation. Next page to Submit on the Discussion Board "Discussion on Listening habits" by creating a thread & reply (4pts).
All 3 Discussion Boards (DB) due Sunday of this week by 11:59. (4 pts). Do them early in the week to complete!!! And you should see the yellow circle with the ! in the center when you are complete.
6. Listen to the Audio Instructions about the Listening Observation Reports. LP p. 8 & 9 (20 pts) are for the
first Observation report and LP p. 10 &11 are to be used for the second one which is an optional BONUS (10).
You will observe someone speaking in the "real world". This can be a pastor or priest's message, a sales presentation, at work - staff meeting or training. It cannot be from TV or Internet. The goal is to listen to someone communicating live. First one is due next week in Week 3.
7. Textbook Reading & Review Questions Folder -- For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers
    to questions for Chapters 3, 5, & 25 for the Final Exam.
Special Video page on our LSCPA website with Reading Strategies for you to watch to improve your reading of chapter material. Episodes 5 & 6 are very helpful. Use the URL to access the training videos if you want to improve your reading and studying strategies.
Week 3        (Read TB Chapters 7, 16, 17, &18)
Sept. 5 (Labor Day only Monday, through Sept. 11 (A variety of Due Dates this Week- ATTENTION! 5 Assignments due this week.)    
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Submit first Listening Observation Report LP p. 8 & 9. (20 points)
2. Print the Lecture Packet pages document which will include Unit 3 Preparation for Special Occasion Spc 1. These pages will include LP p. 12 - 14, which will help you collect the data you need to prepare your introductory speech on a member of your participation group. LP p. 16 -17 samples of correct outline format and LP p. 18 for you write down your observations from the other speeches in your group. The packet also includes Self-Critique LP p. 22 & 23 which you will use after you submit your Spc. 1 video.
3. I will divide the total class into groups of 6-10 members and by Tuesday of this week assign you a particular person to interview. That person is the subject of your special occasion speech (1-2 minutes in length). You will need at least 5 adults in your audience when you film yourself performing the speech. Plan now for whom and where you will film. Follow all guidelines in Netiquitte Statement & Instructions on Assignments in LaunchPad. Watch my video: Camera & Audience Positions before filming your own.
4. Listen to the audio lectures on LP p. 12-13 as to how to conduct the interview. This is where you can use your Google Hangouts account to connect with your partner. Set up a time that you can ask your questions and that they in turn can ask you those questions. You can email them within BB Email Select Single User. Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the exchange of information. If you need to set up two different times to complete it that is ok. Best to be able to see and hear the responses. If Google Hangouts doesn't work for you do it by regular phone. Interview: Due complete by Thursday of this Week 11:59.
5. Listen to the Audio Lecture on LP p. 14 for S-1 Outline Instructions. You will create & submit an analytic outline as a Word Document (not rtf file or word pad file) by Sunday 11:59pm. You will scan and submit your completed interview data LP p. 12-13 as a 2nd document attachment in the same Assignment Box by Sunday. (15 points) View grading rubrics before filming.
6. Gather your 5 adult audience members to film your speech between Friday and Sunday of this week. You will upload & Submit your Spc 1 performance on the Assignment Box of LaunchPad by Sunday at 11:59pm. (85 points) An email is sent to you when it is successfully uploaded but then you must submit it on the box (Submit a previous upload) select the correct file and click on the blue Submit button.
7. Textbook Reading & Review Questions -- For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to questions for Chapters 7, 16, 17,& 18).
Week 4        (Read TB Chapters 6, 8, 13 & 114)
Sept. 12 through Sept. 18 (Assignments may be submitted early 4 assignments due this week.)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. View your own video of Spc. 1 Special Occasion Introduction and type in your responses on the Self-
Critique 1 on LP p. 22-23. Save the pages as a single document with your name in the title and Submit as an Assignment attachment in BB by Sunday. (20points)
2. View all the other members in you’re My Group Spc. 1 Special Occasion Introductions and fill out the
data collection sheet LP p. 18. Scan the page and submit as an Assignment attachment in BB by Sunday. Participatory points.(1)
3. Open Unit 4 Folder Part I and Print the Lecture Packet p. 27- 42 to put in your #3 Ring Binder of Notes.
4. Listen to the Audio Lectures for LP page 28 & 29 (Modes of Communication & General and Specific Purposes), taking notes to prepare for Quiz 1 & Midterm.
5. Listen to the Audio Lecture for LP page 27 Topic Selection and follow the instructions to submit your
3 choices for the informative 2-3 min. speech with visual support that will be part of your panel symposium project. Due by Sunday 11:59pm. Participatory points (1)
6. Take Audio Quiz 1 which covers lecture material on LP p. 5, 6, 28, & 29. It is a 10 point quiz in the participatory category. Found in Unit 4 Folder. Available Wednesday to Sunday 11:59 pm.
7. Textbook Reading & Review Questions – For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to
questions for Chapters 6, 8, 13 & 14.
Week 5     (Read TB Chapters 11, 12, 15, &22)
Sept. 19 through Sept. 25     (3 Assignment submissions this week - A variety of Due Dates this Week)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Listen to the Audio Lectures for Unit 4 Part II - LP p. 30 (Audience Analysis); p. 31 (Support Materials); p.
32 (Motivational Sequence) & p. 34 (Beginnings & Endings)
Submit your scanned notes from LP p. 34 by Sunday 11:59pm.
2. Listen to the Audio Lectures LP p. 38 (Use of Visual Support)
Watch my video: Visual Samples and How to use Visual Support with Audience Position.
3. You will receive an email identifying your informative topic and what members within cohort from you’re
My Group will be part of your panel symposium by Wednesday of this week.
You can then email by Thursday, your panel members to first, to confirm what your individual topic is and what the discussion points will be for your speech and second, what day and time will be good for you to participate in a group discussion on Google Hangouts to make decisions next week. Dr. Stafford needs to be included in the email and the group meeting.
By Sunday, submit the date & time for your Panel meeting in the Assignment Box. Participatory points (1).
4. Listen to the Audio Instructions about the Panel Symposium in Unit 5 which covers LP p. 40(Instructions
for Spc. 2 Informative with Visual Support Analysis Outline) and p. 41-42 (Examples of Student Analysis Outlines) You do not need Bibliographic Sources on this speech because it should be your personal knowledge and experience.
•    Watch my video: Creating Speaker Notes (to see how to make effective speaker notes from your analytical outline).
5. Print LP p. 46-49 in Unit 5. Listen to the Audio Lectures on LP p. 46 Instructions for Group Discussion
Task Sheet; LP p. 47 Panel Symposium Job Scripts; LP p. 48 the Panel Symposium 3 part Performance Grading Rubric, and LP p. 49 is the S-2 Outline Grading Rubric you can look at to see how the points are distributed.
6. Textbook Reading & Review Questions – For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to
questions for Chapters 11, 12, 15, & 22)
First Drop Date is by Sept. 28th , if you are thinking of dropping this course read what you need to do for an official drop in this week.
Week 6        (Read TB Chapters 19, 20, &21) and TB P. 263+ on Q/A issues
Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 (Sept. 28th is the Drop Date with a Q) ( Activity this week -5 submissions)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Print LP p. 50-51 (Instructions for Group Analysis); LP p. 51a Teamwork Rubric; 3 pdf Group Roles
Charts and the Teamwork Rubric Chart and LP p. 52-56 Audience Question Sheet for Panel Symposium S-2 in Unit 5 Part II.
2. Watch 3 of my videos: Panel Symposium Audience Question Sheet Instructions; Panel Format 1 and Panel
Format 2 in Unit 5 Part II: Have LP p. 52 in front of you while viewing 1st video; have LP p. 47 while viewing 2nd video. Listen to Audio over LP p. 50-51 Instructions for Group Analysis of Discussion and LP p. 51a Teamwork Rubric Instructions to be completed after your panel discussion board meeting. Listen to LP p. 52-53 Audience Questions Instructions.
3. Meet with your Panel group on Google Hangouts this week (include me) and discuss the elements of LP p. 46, remember all members of the panel must agree upon the answers and each one will type the responses to the discussion on their own LP p. 46. Once you have completed the Google Hangout discussion time & filled in your own LP p. 46 remember to Submit summary post about Group Discussion in this unit; Discussion board activity earns up to 5 Participatory points.
4. Complete Group Meeting and fill out your individual LP p. 46 and submit by Sunday of this week. Participatory points (5)
5. Listen to the Audio Lectures in Unit 4 Part III for LP p. 33(Organizational Patterns); p. 37 (Language) and p. 39 (Factors of Re-Focus).
6. Submit LP p. 50-51 Group Analysis of the Panel Discussion Board Meeting and Submit the completed
Teamwork Rubric Chart by Sunday of this week in the same Assignment Box as 2 separate attachments. Together these documents count for 50 points.
7. Arrange for your 5 Adult Audience members to be available for filming your part of the Panel Symposium next week.
8. Take Audio Quiz 2 (5pts.) found in Unit 4 Part III over LP p. 33, 37, & 39. It is a 5 point quiz and available from Wednesday to Sunday.
9. Textbook Reading & Review Questions – For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to
question for Chapters 19, 20, & 21 and Read the section P. 263+ about handling Question & Answer Sessions.
Week 7     (Read TB Chapters 27 & 28)
Oct. 3 through Oct. 9 (Preparation week for major assignment – 1 submission)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Rehearse your Panel Symposium S-2 presentation before you film it with the audience.
2. Before you film, give your Audience members the 1 page Panel Symposium Audience Questions sheet. Each
audience member needs to fill out their own. After the presentation you will scan these 5 sheets into one document file and submit the day you up load your video – Due by Wednesday of next week. (5 pts)
3. You have until Wednesday of next week to film your part of the Panel Symposium and up load it to
     LaunchPad on the AssignmentBox.
4. Listen to the Audio Lectures in Unit 4 Part IV for LP p. 35-36 (Delivery Terms) and LP p. 43 (Review of
    Lecture Packet pages for Part I of Midterm Exam)
5. Listen to the Audio review for Midterm Exam Part II: covers the textbook questions used as the Pre-test.
6. View on LaunchPad Student Sample Video Collection Box: Kim, The Nonmonetary Uses of Gold.
    Respond on the Discussions link on the Blackboard Menu to the Forum: Uses of Gold for participatory
    points (2) submit by Sunday at 11:59 on Blackboard.
7. Textbook Reading & Review Questions – For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to
    questions for Chapters 27 & 28.
Week 8 ( Read TB Chapters 29, 9 & 10)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16
(5 Major Assignments Due this Week!!!!!! Wed. and Sun. Due Dates)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Upload & Submit your portion of the S-2 Panel Symposium Informative Speech with Visual Support by
Wednesday of this week. Video is up loaded in the Assignment Box of LaunchPad website after you follow the instructions to save your video through You Tube as Unlisted.
Check it to make sure it plays before leaving LaunchPad.
2. Submit your Analytic Outline in Assignment Box on Blackboard as a Word Document (not rtf file or word
pad file) . Due by Wednesday.
3.     Submit the Panel Symposium Audience Questions with your name in the title in the Assignment box by
Wednesday of this week.
4. Take Midterm Exam Part I – Lecture questions and Take Midterm Exam Part II- Textbook questions. Both of these exams are in the Midterm Exam Folder and will be made available from Wednesday to Sunday of this week only. Do Not Wait to the last minute. These are not open book tests and they are timed so study in advance.
5. Textbook Reading & Review Questions – For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to
    questions for Chapters 29, 9, & 10.
Week 9    (Read TB Chapter 4 & 23 and P. 256+ MLA Citations)    
Oct. 17- Oct. 23 (This is a prep week)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Print Unit 6: Preparing the Persuasive Speech LP p. 57-65. Includes lecture pages, outline format guide,
    sample speeches, Ethics Analysis Instructions, Audience Response forms.
2. Read TB Chapter 4 > on Bb> Discussions > Complete Ethical Public Speaking Top 3 Forum –Thread of
5 sentences and Reply to another Student with at least 3 sentences for full points. (4 pts) Submit by Sunday! Try to do it early in the week so you can reply to someone before Sunday.
2. Listen to the Audio Instructions for S-3 Persuasive Speech Requirements. Choose your topic this week.
3. You will need your Textbook open to TB p. 256+ while you Watch my video: Bibliographic Instructions.
Print the Interview Data Collection Response Form, LP p. 84-86 which can be your document of proof if you choose to interview a person as one of your Bibliographic resources. Listen to the Audio Instructions LP p. 84-86.
4. Listen to the Audio Lecture on Oral Citations LP p. 57 & from the Textbook TB p. 70. Listen to the
     Audio Lecture LP p. 58-59 (Ways to Persuade).
5. Optional BONUS: Arrange to observe someone speaking in the "real world" for your 2nd Observation
Listening Report LP p. 10 & 11. This can be a pastor or priest's message, a sales presentation, at work - staff meeting or training. It cannot be from TV or Internet. The goal is to listen to someone communicating live. The pages should be in your Binder. This will be submitted next week.
6. Textbook Reading & Review Questions – For this week focus on Reading and finding the answers to
    questions for Chapters 4 & 23.
Week 10    (Re-Read TB p. 22-29 about Ethics)        
Oct 24 – Oct. 30                 (2 assignment submitted this week)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Submit Optional BONUS Observation Listening Report #2 by Sunday of this week. (10 points)
2. Listen to Audio Lectures for LP p. 60, 61, & 62. (Motivational Appeals & analysis terms) Preparation for
S-3 Persuasive Speech.
3. Print LP p. 66-67 Ethics Analysis Essay Instructions and LP p. 68-73. Audience Response Forms.
4. Listen to Audio Lecture from Textbook TB p. 22-29 about Ethics before you Watch my video: Ethics
    Analysis Instructions. Have LP p. 66-67 in front of you to take notes when watching the video.
5. Listen to Audio Lectures on LP p. 63 (Visualization step) and p. 64 & 65 (Sample Analytic Outlines) and
    LP p. 68-72 on Audience Response Forms.
6. Arrange for your 5 Adult audience members, practice your S-3 Persuasive speech, your video will be due
by Wednesday of next week.
7. View 2 speeches on LaunchPad Student Sample Video Collection Box: Kruchenberg & Matinez Forums
and Respond on Discussions Link on Blackboard main Menu for participatory points (4) by Submit by Sunday at 11:59 on Blackboard.
8. Last Chance to Drop Course with Grade Earned next week Nov. 2nd : Instructions for Official Drop from an
    Online Course.
Week 11      Last day to drop with grade earned Nov. 2nd
Oct 31 – Nov. 8         (6 assignments submitted this week – Wednesday and Sunday due dates)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Upload & Submit your S-3 Persuasive Speech (4-5 min.) video to LaunchPad Video Assignment box by
Wednesday of this week. Video is up loaded on the Assignment Box of LaunchPad website after you follow the instructions to save your video through You Tube as Unlisted. Check it to make sure it plays before leaving LaunchPad. (100 points)
2. Submit your Typed Analytic Outline for S-3 in the Assignment box on Blackboard as a Word Document
(not rtf file or word pad file) by Wednesday of this week. Scan and submit your 2 Bibliographic resources (at least 1 internet article and one other type) as one Word Document (not rtf file or word pad file) in the same Assignment Box as your Analytical Outline submission. (40 points)
3. Scan & Submit your Ethics Analysis Essay Blackboard as a Word Document (not rtf file or word pad file)
by Wednesday of this week in its own Assignment box. You have to scan it because it needs your signature on it. (10 points)
4. Submit your 5 Audience Response Documents as a single scanned document by Wednesday of this week.
    Make sure your name is in the title of the document. (5 points)
5. Listen to the Audio Lecture on Self Critique Instructions LP p. 24-25 (already printed and in your Binder)
Watch your S-3 performance on LaunchPad and complete your Self Critique 2 and submit the typed document by Sunday of this week in the Assignment Box. (20 points)
Week 12    ( Review Questions for Textbook Chapters should be completed
Nov. 7 – 13        (2 Assignments Due this Week – look at Due Dates!)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Print the Student Persuasive Response Form LP p. 73 and Listen to the Audio Instructions.
Watch 4 other S-3 Persuasive Speeches from within your Peer Review Group on LaunchPad.
2. Complete the Student Persuasive Response Form LP p. 73 and submit it by Sunday of this week for
    participatory points. (2pts)
3. Print the Lecture Packet pages in Unit 7- Part I: LP p. 74-77 and place in your Binder of Notes.
4. Listen to Audio Lecture on LP p. 74 (Refutation)
5. Choose your Actuative/Debate Speech Topic (Can promote: a company, product, activity, recipe, place,
organization or can compare between 2: companies, products, activities, recipes, places, organizations) Must have some object, flyer, business card, or sample of product or recipe for audience to pick up. You don’t hand it out to them. You tell them it is available to pick up at the end of the presentation.
6. Listen to Audio Lecture LP p. 75 (Instructions for the S-5 Actuative/Debate Speech Outline- changes in
the Need Step, Satisfaction, and new Action Step ); LP p. 76 & 77 Explanation of sample student speech outlines.
7. Take Audio Quiz 3 (5pts.) after listening to LP p. 58-59, 74. (Available Wed. to Sun. only)
Week 13    (Prepare for final exam: 1st 20 questions of Pre-Test /50questions from rest of Review questions TB Chapter by Chapter/ Last Lecture Packet pages 58, 59, 74)        
Nov. 14-20 ( Practice Peer Review & prep your Debate Speech) (1 Assignment to Submit –Wed.)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Print from Unit 7 – Part II: LP p. 82 (Peer Review Critique Sheet) and LP p. 83 & 84 (Audience Rating
Rubric & Rating Form)
2. Watch my video: Peer Review Process (S-4). You must have LP p. 82 and 83 in front of you while you
watch the video so you can peer critique my presentation. Scan and Submit p. 82 in the Assignment Box by Wednesday of this week. (2 points)
3. Rate my speech on LP p. 83 but do not submit until you have viewed the all the other speeches from your
    peer review group on LaunchPad.
4. Arrange for your 5 Adult audience members, practice your S-4 Actuative/Debate speech (5 -7 min), your
video will be due by Wednesday of next week. It is to your advantage to record your speech this weekend and submit it early.
5. Look on the Video Box on LaunchPad and read the instructions for your Exit Speech S-5. You may
want to actually record it before S-4 ( Very easy project – NO typed outline and NO audience members!!) It is due by next Sunday.
Week 14    Hard Week-Hang in There; Almost Over!!!!
Nov. 21- Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Holiday is only Thursday and Friday) (3 Assignments & start Activity)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Submit your Analytical Outline for S-4 as a Word Document (not rtf file or word pad file) in the Blackboard Assignment Box by Wednesday of this week. (100 points)
2. Upload and Submit your S-4 Debate Speech Video on the Assignment Box of LaunchPad website by
Wednesday of this week after you follow the instructions to save your video through You Tube as Unlisted. Check it to make sure it plays before leaving LaunchPad. (100 points)
3. Upload and Submit your S-5 Exit Speech Video on the Assignment Box of LaunchPad website by Sunday of this week after you follow the instructions to save your video through You Tube as Unlisted Check it to make sure it plays before leaving LaunchPad. (10 pt)
4. View and Rate using LP p. 83 all the S-4 Student Speeches in your Peer Group on LaunchPad and scan and submit that document in the Assignment Box in Blackboard by next Wednesday.
Week 15______(Monday to Wednesday only. Wednesday is the Last Class Day!)________
Nov. 28 – Nov. 30 (Pay attention to Due Date Times – It is different this week!) (4 Assignments Due)
This week’s To Do List includes:
1. Scan & Submit LP p. 83 with the names of peer speeches and the rating scores for each as a document in the Assignment Box on Blackboard by Wednesday of this week (last class day). (5 points)
Final Exams Dec. 1-2nd.
2. Take the 3 parts of the Final Exam. Open the Final Exam Folder to access the 3 separate tests. This folder will be open from 12am Thursday to 5pm Friday of this week ONLY. (100 points)
This course ends at 5pm on Friday of this week!!!
Grades will be posted by Dec. 6th.
* If you forget your LSCPA log on information call Kenneth Lisby at 984-6150.
*1-800-936-6899 for tech support with LaunchPad the textbook website for uploading or submitting video assignments.
* If you have any computer problems with Blackboard Learn access call Darren McIntire at 984-6141. Email him at (only 8-5pm week days)
For Library Research information contact 984-6224.
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 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 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.

    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.

    You will also need a Gmail account to use Google Hangouts and have a You Tube account to compress your speech videos before uploading to our textbook website for grading. Use either Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox as the browser only. You will need the current Flash Player to hear and see lectures.

    You will be speaking in front of an AUDIENCE!

    For each speech you will need to have no less than 5 adults over the age of 17 in your audience. Video instructions will be provided with each assignment. A speech will NOT be graded if the required number of audience members is not present in the video. You should plan ahead to secure your audience members for each speech project well in advance of due dates. You may want an additional audience member to operate the video camera so it is steady. Choose your audience members wisely. Any disruption of the speech from audience members will cause a loss of points on the assignment.
Additional Information Gather no less than 5 adults (17 or older) as your audience in the same room with you; one may be the camera operator. As you record your speech with camcorder, webcam, or phone be sure to follow these guidelines:
1.    The speaker must face the camera and audience at ALL times. (slight angle ok)
2.    The audience must be on camera at ALL times. (place camera at the side or show their backs, but must see the speakers face clearly.)
3.    The camera must be stationary during the entire presentation.
4.    There must be enough light to see and hear the speaker’s face throughout the entire presentation. (If not clear –delivery points will be lost)
5.    NO background noise or audience voices throughout the presentation. (unless in question & answer session for panel symposium)
6.    Time requirements must be met for full points. (Audience member can give time signals)
7.    Video must be submitted on or before the due date. (It takes time to upload)
8.    Nothing vulgar, obnoxious or obscene should be included (seen or heard) during the recording of the presentation. Be Professional at ALL times.
9.    Upload the video within the Launchpad-(your section #) site following the instructions or call 1-800-936-6899 for tech support.
If you forget your password or have log in problems call Kenneth Lisbey at 409-984-6150. (8-5pm week days only)
Blackboard problems with seeing or hearing course materials, submitting assignments call or email Darren McIntire at 409-984-6141 or (9-5pm week days only)
Launchpad is the textbook website lab for our class and it has a great tech support hotline. Call 1-800-936-6899 if you have any difficulty uploading your videos. Video files accepted are: avi, flv, mov, mpeg, mpg, mp4, mv4, qt (quicktime), wmv, 3gp. (Very friendly people who can explain things well.)
(They do not fix Blackboard problems only Launchpad problems)
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 materials 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 Shakespeares 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 wont use your data.

Whats the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PAs 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 Registrars 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 Registrars 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-PAs 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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