Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Summer II 2018 Course Syllabus

SPCH-1315-02 - Public Speaking

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Faculty Information
SemesterSummer II 2018
InstructorGengo, Damon Harbin
Phone(409) 984-6351
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Hours:MTWR 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre Center (PAC)
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Course Information
Course Number70193
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 students� speaking abilities, as well as ability to effectively evaluate oral presentations.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking by O'Hair, Rubenstein & Stewart, 5th edition
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. This is a participation oriented course. Therefore, ATTENDANCE IS VITAL! Only four hours of absence is allowed. Tardiness will count toward absences. Each hour of absence exceeding the four hours will result in a loss of two points from your final average. After a student has missed five or more hours, the instructor may drop the student from the class with the grade earned which could be an "F" (current points divided by the total number of assignments per semester). Students absent or unprepared on the day assigned for their speech performance will lose one letter grade for that speech. (Ex: "A" will fall to a "B"; "B" will fall to a "C", etc.) Tardiness and absence will hurt your grade. Leaving class early for any reason will constitute an absence. There are no excused absences. Dr. appointments, Dentist, work, etc. are not excused and should be scheduled outside of class scheduled time. There are no make-up days for deadlines or assignments. Speeches can only be "made up" if time allows. All make-up tests will be essay and can only be taken on the day that final exams are scheduled for that class. Special situations must be addressed with the instructor in advance. Cell phones must be visible and silent during class. Responding to a page, call, or text message will result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day's assignment including tests.
Course Grading Scale 90-100=A
Below 59=f
Determination of Final Grade I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK!

One mid-term exam, one final exam, and the four speeches are worth 200 points each.

One common assignment.

All other assignments (daily, written, class participation, informal presentations, and audience etiquette) are worth 100 points each.
Absences and tardiness will affect your grade as described above. Responding to a page, call, or text message can result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day's assignment including tests.
Final Exam Date August 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM   Through  August 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM
Major Assignments All written assignments must be on plain white paper. They must be black ink only, arial or new courier bold font, and 12-14pt size.

Common Assignment
As per instruction.

Time Limit    3 minute maximum
Grace        2 minute minimum
Also Due    1 manuscript
(1 Item)    
Time Limit    4 minutes
Grace         +/- 30 seconds
Also Due    1 General Purpose (GP)
(7 Items)    2 Specific Purpose (SP)
         3 Thesis Statement (TS)
         4 Preview of Main Ideas (PMI)
         5 Planning Outline (PO)
         6 Speaking Outline (SO)
7 Bibliography (Bib)
Time Limit    4 minutes
Grace         +/- 30 seconds
Also Due    1 General Purpose (GP)
(8 Items)    2 Specific Purpose (SP)
         3 Thesis Statement (TS)
         4 Preview of Main Ideas (PMI)
         5 Speaking Outline (SO)
         6 Bibliography (Bib)
7 Presentation Aid (Vis)
Time Limit.......TBD
Also Due..........TBD

Common Assignment
As per instruction.

All written assignments must be on plain white paper. They must be black ink only, arial or new courier bold font, and 12-14pt size.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates SPCH 1315 01 MR. GENGO SUMMER II 2018 M-R 10:10AM-12:10PM RM 130

All written assignments must be on plain white paper. They must be black ink only, arial or new courier bold font, and 12-14pt size.

T     7/10    GTKY Act. Div Bingo/class info/Pre-Test /SPCH #1 assign

W    7/11    SPCH #1 Presentations and Manuscripts / PART1: GETTING STARTED / C1
Becoming a Public Speaker p2/ C2 Overview of a Speech p8

R    7/12    PART3: ORGANIZATION / C11 Organizing the Body of the Speech p80 / C13
Outlining the Speech p95

M    7/16    PART3: ORGANIZATION / C11 Organizing the Body of the Speech p80 / C13
Outlining the Speech p95 / C12 Selecting an Organizational Pattern p 60 /
ASSIGN SPCH #2 / Common Assignment (new format) assigned.

T     7/17    PART2: DEVELOPMENT / C7 Selecting a Topic and Purpose p44 / C5
Listeners and Speakers p27

W    7/18    PART1: GETTING STARTED / C4 Ethical Public Speaking p20 / C3 Managing
Speech Anxiety p13.

R    7/19    PART7: TYPES OF SPEECHES / C22 Informative Speaking p156 / PART2:
DEVELOPMENT / C6 Analyzing the Audience p33 / C8 Developing
Supporting Material p54 / C9 Finding Credible Sources in Print and Online p60
/ C10 Citing Sources in your Speech p70


T     7/24    PART4: STARTING, FINISHING, & STYLING / C14 Developing the
Introduction and Conclusion p110 / C16 Methods of Delivery p126 / Mid-Term

W    7/25    SPCH #2 Performances: Assigned 1-13

R    7/26    SPCH #2 Performances: Assigned 14-25

M    7/30     Mid-Term Exam / PART5: DELIVERY C15 Using Language p117 / C18 Your
Body in Delivery p134 / C17 Your Voice in Delivery p129 / ASSIGN SPCH #3

T     7/31    Speech Reviews and Discussion / PART7: TYPES OF SPEECHES / C23
Principles of Persuasive Speaking p167 / C24 Constructing the Persuasive
Speech p174

W    8/1    PART7: TYPES OF SPEECHES / C24 Constructing the Persuasive Speech
p174 / Final Review / Assign SPCH #4

R    8/2    PART6: PRESENTATION AIDES / C19 Speaking with Presentation Aids p140 /
C20 Designing Presentation Aids p144/ C21 Using Presentation Software /

M    8/6    PART6: PRESENTATION AIDES / C19 Speaking with Presentation Aids p140 /
C20 Designing Presentation Aids p144/ DOMINO GAME

T     8/7    SPCH #3 PERFORMANCES: Assigned 1-13

W    8/8    SPCH #3 PERFORMANCES: Assigned 12-25


M    8/13    Speech Reviews and Discussion

T     8/14    FINAL EXAM
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

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; 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 ; 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 ; 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; Written Outlines or Speeches;Audience Ethics Statement 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 Statement 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; Written Outlines or Speeches
5. Demonstrate effective usage of technology when researching and/or presenting speeches.(PSLO 1 & 2) Measured by Oral Presentation Rubric; Written Outlines or Speeches
6. Identify how culture, ethnicity and gender influence communication.(PSLO 6 & Alpha) Measured by Audience Ethics Statement 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; 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.
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.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    All make-up tests will be essay and can only be taken on the day that final exams are scheduled for that class. Special situations must be addressed with the instructor in advance. Responding to a page, call, or text message can result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day's assignment including tests.
Additional Information I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.

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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations 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 Statement 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 programs.

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.
Privacy Notice 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.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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