Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315- Section: 05
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
Instructor Mary Dubois
Phone(409) 984-6341
Hours:T/Th 12-12:30, 3-3:30. By appointment with professor.
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 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.
Core Objectives * 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.
* 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.
PSLO ALPHA: 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 n/a
Textbooks A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, Fifth Edition O'Hair, Rubenstein, Stewart
ISBN 978-1-4576-7040-4
Additional Materials:
Notebook for writing and taking notes
2 Scantrons and a #2 Pencil
Materials for creating Visual Aids or access to Powerpoint.
Must have ability to print documents for class.
Must have access to Blackboard.
Lecture Topics
Lecture Topics for SPC 1315 Public Speaking
Speech Development
Analyzing the Audience
Starting, Finishing and Styling the Speech
Presentation Aids
Types of Speeches
Informative Speaking
Persuasive Speaking
Special Occasion Speaking
Communicating in Groups
Delivering Group Presentations
Major Assignments
Week 1 Course Intro
Week 2 Introduction to Communication, Public Speaking
Week 3 Ethics, Free Speech, Audience Analysis
Week 4 Introduction Speeches
Week 5 Preparing the Speech, Informative Speaking
Week 6 Crafting A Speech, Organizing, Developing Outlining
Week 7 Midterms
Week 8 Delivering A Speech, Presentation Aids
Week 9 Informative Speeches
Week 10 Principals of Persuasion
Week 11 Speaking on Special Occasions, Problem Solution, MMS
Week 12 Persuasive Speeches
Week 13 Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14 Communicating in Groups and Group Work
Week 15 Group Presentations Monroes Motivated Sequence
Week 16 Final Exams
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 12:00 PM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Grading Scale This course will be graded on a point scale. 1000-900 = A 899 - 800 = B
799-700=C 699 - 600 = D
599 or below = F

Speech Presentations: 125 each = 500 points
(speeches: Introduction, informative, persuasive, and group presentation)
Exams: (Midterm, Final)= 200 points
Written Assignments= 300 points
Determination of
Final Grade
Speeches 50%
Exams 20%
Written Assignments 30%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late work is not accepted.

All work must be typed using correct grammar and spelling.

Work not following directions provided for each assignment will not be graded and will receive a zero.

To present a speech, you must have a complete typed formal outline and works cited page. Outline and works cited will be part of your speech grade.

Plagiarism, written or oral, will result minimally in the failure of the assignment (1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense).

Appropriate dress is expected for speech days. This will be discussed in class.

Late Work Policy:
Students are specifically warned that all assignments must be turned in on or before the due date.
Absolutely no late written assignments or exams will be accepted. Warning, if a student misses
TWO of the major speeches this results in an automatic failure of the course.
You cannot make up the Group Speech.

For evaluated activities such as tests or presentations no absences will be allowed. Excuses will be considered only where
conditions are clearly beyond the student's control and must be documented.

Class attendance and participation is strongly encouraged. Attendance will be taken regularly. Your active participation in all class discussions and activities is very important to the success of this course and is expected. I measure class participation based on the following criteria: arriving to class on time; paying attention during short lectures; attentive watching and listening to screenings of films, songs, or other media; respectful listening when I or your peers are speaking; your ability to be fully engaged in your learning without texting, checking your phone or email, or participating in other digital distractions; your ability to stay awake, etc.

It is expected that students will display mature behavior in the classroom. Be responsible for your actions and treat your classmates, instructor and yourself with respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the classroom.

I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you need to discuss your grades, please come to my office or make an appointment to discuss in person.

Communicating with Professor Dubois:
My preferred method of contact is email.
•    Please email me at duboismr@lamarpa.edu I check email regularly. When you email, please include your first and last name and the class and section in which you are enrolled.
•    If you do not receive an email reply from me within 24 hours please email again. Occasionally emails do not come through or put in clutter file and I want to be certain I get your message!

The instructor will deal with non-compliance of above issues and other situations which may arise on a case-by- case basis.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Attendance is expected and on-time. You are allowed three absences for day section, one absence for evening section. Students are responsible for all information presented in the course regardless of attendance record.

Absences on scheduled presentation dates will result in a zero on the assignment. Late work is not accepted.
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 Blackboard: We will access and use Blackboard for this course. Various documents, videos, discussions and assignments will be uploaded into Blackboard. All grades will be kept in the Blackboard "grade book". Please check it frequently as I post messages, documents and assignments regularly.
For help with accessing Blackboard please call Contact the HelpDesk for assistance by E-mail HelpDesk@lamarpa.edu or by phone (409) 984-6150 during normal business
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.