Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315- Section: 74
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
Instructor Casi Rekieta
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Educational I - Room: 131
Hours:Monday & Wednesday 8:30-11:00 & 12:00-1:30 / Friday 8:30-11:00
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
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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:

- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational models of communication.

- Apply elements of audience analysis.

- Demonstrate ethical speaking and listening skills by analyzing presentations for evidence and logic.

- Research, develop and deliver extemporaneous speeches with effective verbal and nonverbal techniques.

- Demonstrate effective usage of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.

- Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.

- Develop proficiency in presenting a variety of speeches as an individual or group (e.g. narrative, informative or persuasive).
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
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, 5th Edition O'Hair, Rubenstein, Stewart
ISBN 978-1-319-01977-8

Additional Materials:
- Notebook for writing and taking notes.
- Must have materials for creating Visual Aids or access to Powerpoint.
- Must have materials needed to record and submit speech presentations.
- Must have USB drive.
- Must have the ability to print documents for class.
- Must be able to access Blackboard.
Lecture Topics
Introduction to 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
Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 8, 2020 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale 900- 1000 = A
800- 899 = B
700-799 = C
600-699 = D
0- 599 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
40% - Speech Presentations
20% - Group Project/Presentation
20% - Tests
20% - Written Assignments/Participation
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Communication between student and instructor is essential for student success. You are required to check your LSCPA email every 24 hours.

Students will complete 4 individual speeches and one group speech. The group speech will be completed through virtual platforms. Students are required to record speeches in front of a small audience, upload the speech to YouTube, and submit the YouTube link to the instructor through blackboard.

Students are required to work with classmates to complete a group project/presentation. The project will be completed using various virtual platforms. Students are expected to use professional communication when working with their peers and are expected to interact as a professional. Students who do not act and speak professionally will be removed from their group and will be required to complete the project as an individual with a 50% point deduction.

The instructor will not conference with students regarding assignment 48 hours before the due date, unless you have an appointment.

The instructor's records will be the final determination of grades. Contact your instructor for grade discrepancies during designated office hours or by appointment within 48 hours of grades being made available. DO NOT wait until the end of the semester to review your grades. Grade discrepancies will not be changed after week 14.

Missed exams, presentations, quizzes, and class activities will result in deduction of the maximum point value per assignment. Makeup assignments will NOT be allowed unless: (1) the student receives prior approval from the instructor, (2) has a documented medical emergency (3), or is at a school-sponsored event. Make-up assignments are determined at the instructor's discretion.

All written work must be typed using correct grammar and spelling.

Participation is a critical portion of your final grade. Participation includes participating in class activities, discussions, as well as being an active and respectful audience member during face-to-face meetings.

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.

Students must use their Lamar PA email account when sending email to the instructor.

Please allow 24 hours for a response to emails during the week and 48 hours over the weekend.

Please turn off ringers before class begins. If you have a special need to keep your phone active during class, talk to me ahead of time.

Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend class, arriving on time and ready to participate. Attendance will be taken each class.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other I will not discuss your grades over the phone. If you want to discuss grades, please contact me through email.

All grades will be posted on Blackboard for your convenience. Please check Blackboard regularly for announcements, content, etc.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.