SPCH-1315-50 - Public Speaking
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
SPCH-1315-50 - Public Speaking
|Instructor||Davis, Michelle Lynn|
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|Course 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 studentsï¿½ speaking abilities, as well as ability to effectively evaluate oral presentations.|
A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, Fifth Edition
O'Hair, Rubenstein, Stewart
Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. You are allowed three absences for day section, 2 absences 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.
|Course 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
|Determination of Final Grade||
Speech Presentations (5 speeches including introduction, informative, persuasive, and group presentation) = 500 points
Exams (Midterm, Final) = 200 points
Written Assignments = 300 points
|Final Exam Date||May 3, 2018 - 6:00 PM|
|Major Assignments||See Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates section|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Welcome to the course, Pre-Test, Becoming a Public Speaker
Week 2: Introduction Speech, Overview of Speech, Communication Process, Speech Anxiety
Week 3: Free Speech, Listening, Plagiariasm, Selecting Topics
Week 4: Library Orientation, Support Material
Week 5: Citing Sources, Preparing a Speech. Test One
Week 6: Tribute Speech
Week 7: Speech Delivery, Informative Speech building
Week 8: Informative Speech
Week 9: Persuasive Speaking
Week 10: Special Occasion Speeches, Working in Groups
Week 11: !2 Angry Men
Week 12: Persuasive Speech
Week 13: Work in Groups, Classroom exercise
Week 14: Group Presentation, Common Assignment packet
Week 15: Final Exam
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
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.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills â€“ Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine the 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 the conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills â€“ 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 â€“ 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.
|Course Student 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/Critique; Written Outlines or Speeches; Audience Ethics Analysis 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 Analysis 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/Critique; Written Outlines or Speeches
5. Demonstrate effective use of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.(PSLO 1 & 2) Measured by Oral Presentation Rubric/Critique; Written Outlines or Speeches
6. Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.(PSLO 6 & Alpha) Measured by Audience Ethics Analysis 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/Critique; Written Outlines or Speeches; or Teamwork Rubric
|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.|
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. submitted prior to speaking.
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.
Attendance is expected daily and on time.
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.
|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.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to
attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot
divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|