Public Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1315-009 Public Speaking


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.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Syllabus Information


A Speaker’s Guidebook, 7th edition, by O’hair, Stewart and Rubenstein


  • You will need access to a reliable computer so you can log in to the class several times a week. Have a plan “B” prepared just in case your computer or internet is not working. (Computer labs on campus, Public library, friends house, Starbucks, etc)
  • Adequate browser capabilities. Mozilla Firefox works best with this course
  • Microsoft Word for typing papers and turning in the dropbox
  •  A free program called Prezi for creating presentations. You can create an account at
  • A general idea of how to navigate online courses, upload assignments, etc. If you are new to AC online classes, please take the online orientation.

Student Performance

Application of cummunication 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.

Learning Outcomes: After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program.

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundation 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 non verbal 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).


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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  1. If you arrive late to class, do not enter while someone is giving a speech. Wait outside the classroom door until you are sure the speech is finished before you enter.
  2. Please turn off cell phone ringers before entering the classroom.  
  3. Students will be required to dress appropriately on presentation days. For example, do not show up in a baseball cap, chewing gum, or wearing your sweaty workout clothes if you are presenting a speech. No hats to be worn during your own presentation.
  4. Students are expected to act respectfully to one another, meaning you need to pay attention to the presenter rather than doing other homework, or looking out the window.
  5. Students are expected to be good listeners while others are giving speeches.
  6. Do not come in and expect to give your speech and leave. I will take off participation points if you leave before class is officially over. I take roll at the beginning and ending of each meeting.  
  7. Know where the classroom is located, come to campus a little early on presentation days and bring all required documents, etc. Being well prepared will alleviate a lot of anxiety on presentation days. 

Grading Criteria

Grading Policies:
There will be a total of 1000 points possible in this course.  They are distributed as follows:



 Total of 400 points, or 40%


Speech of Introduction                         100 points
Informative Speech w/ Visual Aid       150 points
Persuasive Speech                               150 points


Written Assignments

Total of 100 points, or 10%


Reflection papers (2)                    100 points  (50 pts each)



Total of 400 points, or 40%


Weekly Quizzes                     300 points  (30 pts each)
Final Exam                                    100 points

*Library Assignment will count as a quiz grade also


 Discussion postings (10)  

Total of 100 points, or 10%

Letter Grades:
            For Speeches, Tests, and Major Assignments          For the Final Grade
                        A = 90 - 100                                       A = 900 - 1000
                        B = 80 - 89                                         B = 800 - 899
                        C = 70 - 79                                         C = 700 - 799
                        D = 60 - 69                                         D = 600- 699
                        F =  0-59                                             F = 0-599

Each student will be allowed to make up one speech if and only if you contact me before the start of class by phone or email and make arrangements with me. If you do not show up for the assigned presentation time and you do not contact me before the absence you will receive a zero on the speech and reflection paper assignment. This could result in a drop of 2 letter grades for missing one speech.

You will not be allowed to make up coursework. You have 7 full days to complete them by the due dates.

Students who attend all three class meetings, and complete all coursework, meaning you have no zeroes in the grade book, will not have to take the final exam. If you meet these requirements at the end of the semester, your exam will be exempted in the grade book. 



You will need to log in to the course 3-4 times weekly to participate in discussion board postings and take weekly exams, and you will be required to attend three mandatory meetings on campus where you will present speeches in front of your classmates.




6/13 Week One assignments due including syllabus quiz

6/20 Week Two assignments due and we meet in class Tuesday, 6/15 6-9pm in PH 213

6/27 Week Three assignments due, Library Assignment available to begin working on

7/4 Week Four assignments due, and Library Assignment due. 

7/11 Week Five assignments due and we meet in class Tuesday, 7/6 at 6-9pm in PH213

7/18 Week Six assignments due 

7/25 Week Seven assignments and final exam due. We meet in class Tuesday, 7/20 6-9pm in PH213

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

05/10/21 7:42 PM

Last Edited on:

05/10/21 7:48 PM