Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: SPCH-1315- Section: 50
Public Speaking
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Michelle Davis
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Educational I - Room: 133
Hours:Office hours are from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm on Tuesday, and also by appointment. I am in my office Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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, 6th Edition O'Hair, Rubenstein, Stewart
This course is part of the First Day program with electronic access available on the first day of classes.

Additional Materials:
- Notebook,
- Materials for creating Visual Aids and access to Powerpoint.
- Must have the ability to print documents for class.
- Must be proficient in Blackboard.
Lecture Topics
Getting started in Public Speaking
Speech Anxiety
Types of Speeches
Development of speeches
Analyzing the audience
Choosing topics
Support Material
Organization of speeches
Delivering speeches
Using Presentation Aids
Working in Groups
Major Assignments

Jan. 19th Welcome! Introductions, Review of Syllabus
Jan. 26th Introduction Speech/Self Evaluation, Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Feb. 2nd Chapters 4 - 10
Feb. 9th Chapters 11-15, Proposed Topics (in class)
Feb. 16th Library Assignment Due, Chapters 16-18, Review outlines
Feb. 23rd Tribute Speech/Self Evaluation
Mar. 2nd Mid-Term Exam, Chapter 22
Mar. 9th Chapters 19-21
Mar. 16th Spring Break- No Class
Mar. 23rd Informative Speech/Self Evaluation
Mar 30th Chapters 23-25
Apr. 6th Listening Report, Audience Analysis
Apr. 13th Persuasive Speech #1/ Self Evaluation 7
Apr. 20th Chapters 27-29
Apr. 27th Persuasive Speech #2/ Self Evaluation
May 4th Final Exam
May 11th Group Presentation/Teamwork Rubric/Personal Ethics
Final Exam Date May 11, 2021 - 5:30 PM   Through  May 11, 2021 - 8:15 PM
Grading Scale 900- 1000 = A
800- 899 = B
700-799 = C
600-699 = D
0- 599 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Speech Preparation, Presentation, & Critiques =.400 points 40%
Group Presentation = 200 points 20%
Exams. = 200 points 20%
Written Assignments, Homework. =. 200 points 20%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Work Policy: I do not accept late work. All work is due at 5:30pm unless otherwise stated in class.

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.

Students will have a complete, typed, formal outline and works cited page prepared before presenting speeches. The outline and works cited page are part of your speech grade.

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.

Missing TWO speeches will result in an automatic failure of the course. Make-up speeches are allowed only with documented extreme circumstances. Students must email me prior to missing the class for consideration of those circumstances.

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

Phones and other technology are prohibited unless approved by the instructor or through accommodations.

My preferred method of contact is email. I will check emails Monday-Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend class, arriving on time and ready to participate.

You are responsible for information missed because of being tardy or absent. This includes assignment details, lecture notes, and picking up graded assignments.
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 or by email. If you want to discuss grades, please set up an appointment.

All grades will be posted on Blackboard for your convenience. Please check Blackboard regularly for announcements, content, etc.

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. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the classroom.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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.