Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315 (Section: 03, CRN: 92577)
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
Instructor Desiree Pete
Email mayfielddn@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6305
Office Education I - Room: 114
Office Hours Monday/Wednesday: noon- 2 p.m.; Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 

Thursday: 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.; Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m., Noon- 1 p.m.; excludes holidays/weekends

Additional Contact Information N/A
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.
Required 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.

For this course we will use an OER Digital Textbook (which means it is free, you don't have to buy a textbook for this class). Available on the first day within the course.

ETextbook Title: Exploring Public Speaking: The Open Educational Resource College Public Speaking Textbook Version 4.1 (2020)

Additional Materials/Resources Additional Materials Needed: 
  • Must have access to computer, equipment (cellular phone, tablet, computer {laptop or desktop}, video equipment).
  • Notebook for writing and taking notes.
  • 1 pack of 3"x5" white note cards (lined or unlined)
  • Materials for creating Visual Aids or access to Powerpoint. 
  • Students must have ability to print documents for class. 
  • Must have access to Blackboard.
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • research information for inclusion in their speeches
  • utilize appropriate outlining
  • develop informative, persuasive, group, and special occasion speeches
  • employ appropriate delivery skills
Core Objectives

* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or 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.

Lecture Topics Outline

Lecture Topics:

  1. The Basics of Public Speaking & Speech Communication

  2. Audience Analysis & Listening

  3. Ethics in Public Speaking & Cultural Diversity

  4. Developing Topics for Your Speech

  5. Researching Your Speeches

  6. Organizing and Outlining Your Speech

  7. Supporting Your Speech Ideas

  8. Introductions & Conclusions

  9. Presentation Aids in Speaking

  10. Language

  11. Delivery

  12. Informative Speaking

  13. Persuasive Speaking

  14. Logical Reasoning

  15. Group Speech Communication

  16. Special Occasion Speaking

Major Assignments Schedule SPCH_1315_03_202390_P00137221.pdf
Final Exam Date December 14, 2023 - 9:30 AM
Grading Scale

1000 – 900     A

899 – 800       B

799 – 700       C

699 – 600       D

599 – 500       F

Determination of
Final Grade
Speeches= 50%
Tests= 20%
Discussion boards and chapter summaries= 20%
Quizzes= 5%
Participation= 5%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies

Communication between students and the instructor is essential for success. You are required to check your LSCPA email every 24 hours.  Questions or concerns about assignments must be addressed with the instructor via email prior to the due date.  Students must use their Lamar PA email account when sending emails to the instructor.  Please allow 24 hours for a response to emails during the week; weekend emails will be replied to on Mondays.

Cell phones, headphones, AirPods, earbuds, etc. are prohibited while in class.  If you have an emergency, you may step out into the hallway to take or make a call.  Otherwise, phones should be put away. Recording yourself or others in class is strictly prohibited and will result in removal from the classroom.

All written work must be typed using correct grammar and spelling and submitted as specified in the assignment instructions.  Student assignments are accepted solely on Blackboard. Work will not be accepted via email or in person. It is the student’s responsibility to learn to use Blackboard appropriately. Blackboard training is offered to students at no cost.

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 classmates’ speeches.

Plagiarism, written or oral, will result in a zero on the assignment (1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense). If a student plagiarizes an assignment, the instructor will regrade all previously submitted assignments.

Speech requirements are listed below. Failure to comply with all requirements on a speech assignment will result in a zero grade for that speech. You must include all four items for each speech. Students must meet all four requirements below to avoid receiving a zero. 

  1. Outlines (turned in via Blackboard before speech presentation)
  2. Works cited page (turned in with outline)
  3. Visual aids (used during speeches)
  4. You should dress professionally for your speeches.  Business casual dress is required.

Students are required to complete a group project which requires students to communicate and collaborate outside of class.  For student safety, it is recommended that you not share your personal contact information with group members.  Please use the Blackboard email function or a text app (i.e. WhatsApp, GroupMe, etc.).

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Attendance and being on time are expected. Attendance will be taken at the start of class.  Students who are 5 minutes or more late will be considered absent.  You are allowed three absences. 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.

Additional Information Please see attached syllabus.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431