Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315- Section: 03
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
Instructor Damon Gengo
Phone(409) 984-6338
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 157
Hours:MF 10:00am - 1:00pm, TR 9:30am - 11:00am, W 10:00am - 11:00am
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 Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
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
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.

* 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.
Textbooks A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking by O'Hair, Rubenstein & Stewart, 5th edition
Lecture Topics
SPCH 1315 03 MR. GENGO FALL 2018 TR 8:00AM PAC RM 130

All written assignments must be on plain white paper. They must be black ink only, arial
or new courier bold font, and 12-14pt size.

T    28-Aug    GTKY Activity "Diversity Bingo" / Class Information & Overview /SPCH #1 Assigned
R    30-Aug    SPCH #1 Presentations and Manuscripts/ Pre-Test: Bring a Scantron and Pencil / FROM PART
1: GETTING STARTED / C1 Becoming a Public Speaker p2/ C2 Overview of a Speech p8
T    4-Sep    FROM PART 1: GETTING STARTED / C2 Overview of a Speech p8 FROM PART 5:
DELIVERY / C16 Methods of Delivery p126
R    6-Sep    PART3: ORGANIZATION / C11 Organizing the Body of the Speech p80 / C13 Outlining the
Speech p95
T    11-Sep    FROM PART3: ORGANIZATION / C13 Outlining the Speech p95
R    13-Sep    FROM PART3: ORGANIZATION / C12 Selecting an Organizational Pattern p89 / ASSIGN
T    18-Sep    FROM PART4: STARTING, FINISHING, & STYLING / C14 Developing the Introduction and
Conclusion p110
R    20-Sep    FROM PART2: DEVELOPMENT / C6 Analyzing the Audience p33
R    27-Sep    FROM PART 7: TYPES OF SPEECHES /C22 Informative Speaking p156
T    2-Oct    C8 Developing Supporting Material p54 / C9 Finding Credible Sources in Print and Online p60 /
C10 Citing Sources in your Speech p70 / BIBLIOGRAPHY HANDOUT
R    4-Oct    PART2: DEVELOPMENT / C7 Selecting a Topic and Purpose p44 / MID-TERM REVIEW
Listeners and Speakers p27
R    11-Oct    FROM PART 1: GETTING STARTED /C3 Managing Speech Anxiety p13 / C4 Ethical Public
Speaking p20
T    16-Oct    C4 Ethical Public Speaking p20
R    18-Oct    SPCH #2 Performances
T    23-Oct    SPCH #2 Performances
R    25-Oct    SPCH #2 Performances
T    30-Oct    Speech Reviews and Discussion
R    1-Nov    FROM PART 7: TYPES OF SPEECHES / C23 Principles of Persuasive Speaking p167 / C24
Constructing the Persuasive Speech p174 / ASSIGN SPEECH #3
T    6-Nov    FROM PART 6: PRESENTATION AIDS / C19 Speaking with Presentation Aids p140/C20
Designing Presentation Aids p144 / C21 Using Presentation Software p148
T    13-Nov    SPCH #3 Performances
R    15-Nov    SPCH #3 Performances
T    20-Nov    SPCH #3 Performances
T    27-Nov    FROM PART 5: DELIVERY / C15 Using Language p117 / C17 Your Voice in Delivery p129
R    29-Nov    C18 Your Body in Delivery p134 / COMMON ASSIGNMENT PRESENTATIONS / ASSIGN
Major Assignments
All writing assignments must be on plain white paper. They must be black ink only, arial or new courier bold font, and 12-14pt size.

     SPEECH #1
Time Limit    3 minute maximum
Grace        2 minute minimum
Also Due     1 manuscript
(1 Item)    
    SPEECH #2
Time Limit    4 minutes
Grace         +/- 30 seconds
Also Due    1 General Purpose (GP)
(6 Items)    2 Specific Purpose (SP)
         3 Thesis Statement (TS)
         4 Preview of Main Ideas (PMI)
         5 Planning Outline (PO)
         6 Speaking Outline (SO)
7 Bibliography (Bib)
Time Limit    9 minutes
Grace     +/- 30 seconds
Also Due     1 general purpose
(8 items) 2 specific purpose
     3 thesis statement
     4 Planning Outline
     5 speaking outline
     6 bibliography
     7 motivated sequence
     8 Visual Aids

As per instruction.

Time Limit    TBD
Grace        TBD
Also Due     TBD

All writing assignments must be on plain white paper. They must be black ink only, arial or new courier bold font, and 12-14pt size.
Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 6, 2018 - 10:30 AM
Grading Scale 90-100=A
Below 59=f
Determination of
Final Grade
One mid-term exam and one final exam worth 300 points each. The five speech performances are worth 200 points each. All other assignments (daily, written, class participation, informal presentations, and audience etiquette) are worth 100 points each. Absences and tardiness will affect your grade as described above. Responding to a page, call, or text message can result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day's assignment including tests.

Speech performance = 26%
Tests = 16%
Daily grades = 58%
Attendance can affect your grade.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. This is a participation oriented course. Therefore, ATTENDANCE IS VITAL! Only four hours of absence is allowed. Tardiness will count toward absences. Each hour of absence exceeding the four hours will result in a loss of two points from your final average. After a student has missed five or more hours, the instructor may drop the student from the class with the grade earned which could be an "F" (current points divided by the total number of assignments per semester). Students absent or unprepared on the day assigned for their speech performance will lose one letter grade for that speech. (Ex: "A" will fall to a "B"; "B" will fall to a "C", etc.) Tardiness and absence will hurt your grade. Leaving class early for any reason will constitute an absence. There are no excused absences. Dr. appointments, Dentist, work, etc. are not excused and should be scheduled outside of class scheduled time. THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP DAYS FOR DEADLINES OR ASSIGNMENTS. All make-up tests will be essay and can only be taken on the day that final exams are scheduled for that class. Special situations must be addressed with the instructor in advance. CELL PHONES MUST BE VISIBLE AND SILENT DURING CLASS. Responding to a page, call, or text message will result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day's assignment including tests.
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 You are responsible for printing your own assignments before class begins.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.