Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315- Section: 71
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kristyn Cathey
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Education Annex - Room: 131
Hours:By appointment only
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. 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 None
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational models of communication.
2.    Apply elements of audience analysis.
3.    Demonstrate ethical speaking and listening skills by analyzing presentations for evidence and logic.
4.    Research, develop and deliver extemporaneous speeches with effective verbal and nonverbal techniques.

5.    Demonstrate effective usage of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.
6.    Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.
7.    Develop proficiency in presenting a variety of speeches as an individual or group (e.g. narrative, informative or persuasive).
Core Objectives     Critical Thinking: Students will use creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
    Communication: Students will demonstrate effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
    Teamwork: Students will show the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
    Personal Responsibility: Students will integrate choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
- 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Textbooks "A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking," 5th Edition. Dan O'Hair. Hannah Rubenstein, and Rob Stewart.
ISBN: 978-1-4576-7040-4
Lecture Topics
Part I - Getting Started
Part II - Development
Part III - Organization
Part IV - Stating, Finishing and Styling
Part V - Delivery
Part VI - Presentation Aids
Part VII - Types of Speeches
Part VIII - Online, Group and Business Contexts
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 6, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 13, 2019 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Speeches - 70%
Tests - 20%
Homework assignments - 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will discuss your grades over phone or via email only during the hours of 7:30-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.
Attendance Policy This is an online course, so there is no attendance policy. Students are expected to visit Blackboard at least once a day as well as their campus email.
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 discuss your grades over phone or via email only during the hours of 7:30-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.