SPCH-1315-10D - Public Speaking
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2018 Course Syllabus
SPCH-1315-10D - Public Speaking
|Instructor||Stafford, Laura Johnson|
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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 studentsďż˝ speaking abilities, as well as ability to effectively evaluate oral presentations.|
2 Textbook Requirements:
* Oâ€™Hair, Dan. A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martinâ€™s , 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4576-7040-4. (no access card)
*Working Guide to Communication Success. Dr. Laura Stafford, 14th ed. 2018.
( Lecture packet will be on the Lamarpa.edu Blackboard course site on Content Link) You will be able to print the packet at the Gates Library. The lecture packet has all the required format guidelines and critique sheets that are necessary for each assignment. Bring a 3 â€“Ring binder to put your Lecture packet pages in because you use in class each day and have it in front of you when listening to online lectures. Must bring it to class every day. If you lose pages you are responsible for replacing them.
|Attendance Policy||Attendance & Make-Up Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Each student is allowed 3 hours of excused absence. To be excused requires a doctorâ€™s excuse or return to work letter. Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of 2.5 points per day from this category for each day missed. Tardiness will count as an absence. After a student has missed 5 hours of unexcused class time the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an â€śFâ€ť. This may affect your financial aid status and if this instructor initiated drop occurs after the first two weeks you can receive an â€śFâ€ť for insufficient work. Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes school approved team activities (with prior notification, court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctorâ€™s appointments, Or waking up feeling â€śunder the weatherâ€ťor the Internet went down, so use your three hours of possible excused absence wisely. Course work is still due on assigned dates. If you miss a performance date â€“ no guaranteed make up available. No Show-No Points! (Use computers on campus or at local shops with WiFi service.) There are 90 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette Attendance Points and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior in class you will lose points at the discretion of the Professor. Attendance = 90 points of your total grade. 36 class days @ 2.5 points; Late to class you lose the points for that day; Participation Points: 5 discussion board Forums on Blackboard & 3 Quizzes on Blackboard= 50pts. Total A/P points =140.|
|Course Grading Scale||900-1000=A 800-899=B 700-799=C 600-699=D below 599=F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Types of Assignments:
Oral: There will be 4 major in class opportunities for you to experience different public speaking situations including: special occasion/informative (100), informative panel symposium with visual support (200), a group persuasive to motivate to take action (200), and an Informative (100). Typed analytical outlines will be required for all of the presentations and are due the 1st day of presentations (5) points will be deducted if the outline is not turned in on the 1st day of the round on 100pts projects and (10) points deducted on the 200 point projects. Specific instructions will be given before each assignment.
Written: There will be 4 written exercises to be completed. These are designed to demonstrate your knowledge of listening skills and self-evaluation skills through critical thinking reflection. (20 pts. each) 2 Self-Critique Forms that are filled out when you observe your recorded speeches and 1 outside of class Listening Observations Reports over live speaking events. An Ethics Analysis Essay is connected to the group persuasive speech S-3.
Exams: There will be 2 exams, a mid-term and a final. Both will be objective tests using Scantron Form 882-ES. It is a requirement to take both exams and all parts.
In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving. There will be no make-up exam given in class time, in extreme cases it may be possible to take the mid-term exam in the Student Success Center, but that must be arranged with Dr. Stafford in advance.
There are NO RE-TESTS.
If you know in advance that you will miss a performance day then discuss arrangements with Dr. Stafford to fit your performance within the schedule. As a performance class it is vital that you are prepared to give your presentation on the 1st day of the assigned round. There are limited days for the completion of the performance and everyone must be ready to present on the 1st day of the round.
The order of presentation is up to the Professor so you must be in attendance and ready to perform on performance days. There is no guarantee that there will be any class time available to present a speech outside of the assigned days on the agenda calendar. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present. All typed outlines are due on the 1st day of the round or a loss of points will occur on that assignment. No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!
If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please contact me with the appropriate documentation from the Disability Services Office (984- 6241)
Oral Assignments 600 points
900-1000 A Written Assignments 60 points
800-899 B Exams 200 points
700-799 C Attendance/Participation/Quiz 140 points
600-699 D 1000 points total
less than 600 F No Incompletes
|Final Exam Date||April 30, 2018 - 8:00 AM Through May 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM|
|Major Assignments||See Below for the details.|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||in progress|
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|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 ďż˝ 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 ďż˝ 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 ďż˝ 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 usage 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.|
|Additional Information||Check your Blackboard Class Announcements for messages from me about class materials. Check your MyLamarpa email often for campus updates. You must be able to access the Lamarpa.edu site and Blackboard to complete this course. You must have access to a printer to complete assignments. The Gates Library Computer Lab is available to all students with current ID cards.|
|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.|