Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315- Section: 72
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kristyn Cathey
Phone(409) 984-6341
Hours:By appointment only
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational models of communication.
2.    Apply elements of audience analysis.
3.    Demonstrate ethical speaking and listening skills by analyzing presentations for evidence and logic.
4.    Research, develop and deliver extemporaneous speeches with effective verbal and nonverbal techniques.

5.    Demonstrate effective usage of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.
6.    Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.
7.    Develop proficiency in presenting a variety of speeches as an individual or group (e.g. narrative, informative or persuasive).
Core Objectives •    Critical Thinking: Students will use creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
•    Communication: Students will demonstrate effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
•    Teamwork: Students will show the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
•    Personal Responsibility: Students will integrate choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
- Reading Skills: Demonstrates comprehension of the content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks "A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking," 5th Edition. Dan O'Hair. Hannah Rubenstein, and Rob Stewart.
ISBN: 978-1-4576-7040-4
Lecture Topics
Part I - Getting Started
Part II - Development
Part III - Organization
Part IV - Stating, Finishing and Styling
Part V - Delivery
Part VI - Presentation Aids
Part VII - Types of Speeches
Part VIII - Online, Group and Business Contexts
Major Assignments
Class/Assignment Schedule (subject to change with or without notice)

Date    Reading Assignments due dates/Assignment due dates    Points/Percentage
Week of August 27-31    1. Introduction to the course, syllabus review

2. Self-Introduction Speech due by the end of the day on 8/31

3. Pre-test due by the end of the day on 8/31
    100 pts

Week of September 3-7    Read the following chapters:

1 – Becoming a Public Speaker
2 – From A to Z: Overview of a Speech
3 – Managing Speech Anxiety     
Week of September 10-14    Read the following chapters:

4 – Ethical Public Speaking
5 - Listeners and Speakers
6 – Analyzing the Audience     
Week of September 17-20    Read the following chapters:

7 – Selecting a Topic and Purpose
8 – Developing Supporting Material
9 – Finding Credible Sources in Print and Online    
Week of September 24-28    -Read the following chapters:

10 – Citing Sources in Your Speech
11 – Organizing the Body of the Speech
12 – Selecting an Organizational Pattern
13 – Outlining the Speech

-Library assignment due by the end of the day on 9/28    100 pts
Week of October 1-5    Read the following chapters:

14 – Developing the Intro and Conclusion
15 –Using Language
22 – Informative Speaking
Week of October 8-12    Mid-term

Test will open on 10/8 at 8 a.m. and will close the following Monday by 8 a.m.

The test will cover chapters 1-15.
    100 pts
Week of October 15-19    Tribute Speech due by the end of the day on 10/19    100 pts
Week of October 22-26    Read the following chapters:

16 – Methods of Delivery
17 – Your Voice in Delivery
18 – Your Body in Delivery     
Week of October 29-November 2    Read the following chapters:

19 – Speaking with Presentation Aids
20 – Designing Presentation Aids
21 – Using Presentation Software

Informative Speech Draft outline due    
Week of November 5-9    Informative Speech due by the end of the day on 11/9    100 pts
Week of November 12-16    Read the following chapters:

23 – Principles of Persuasive Speaking
24 – Constructing the Persuasive Speech
25 – Speaking on Special Occasions

Submit self-evaluation by the end of the day by 11/16    50 pts
Week of November 19-23     Persuasive Speech due by the end of the day on 11/23    150 pts
Week of November 26-30    Read the following chapters:

27 – Communicating in Groups
28 – Delivering Group Presentations

Self-evaluation and post-test due by the end of the day on 11/30    50 pts
Week of December 3-7 (Final Week of Class)    Group Presentation-Monroe’s Motivated Sequence due by the end of the day on 12/7
    150 pts
FINAL    Final Exam open on December 3 and will close on December 10 by 8 a.m.    100 pts

Final Exam Date December 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 10, 2018 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale 900-1000 = A
899-800 = B
799-700 = C
699-600 = D
599-below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Speeches - 70%
Tests - 20%
Homework assignments - 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will discuss your grades over phone or via email only during the hours of 7:30-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.
Attendance Policy This is an online course, so there is no attendance policy. Students are expected to visit Blackboard at least once a day as well as their campus email.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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.
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Other I will discuss your grades over phone or via email only during the hours of 7:30-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.