Business and Professional Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1321-002 Business and Professional Speaking


Course Description

Study and application of communication within the business and professional context. Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

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 and Google Chrome works best with this course
  • Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple Pages for typing papers.  Please save your documents to either a Word or PDF for turning in the dropbox.
  •  You can use Power Point, Slides Presentation or Prezi for slide shows.  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).


Students Rights and Responsibilities

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.
  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.   

Grading Criteria

Grading Policies:
There will be a total of 1200 points possible in this course.  They are distributed as follows:




Speech of Introduction                           50 points
Informative Speech w/ Visual Aid         200 points
Persuasive Group Speech                        250 points

Written Assignments


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



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


Participation in class                                     100 points

*Group Critique will be counted as a discussion also


Letter Grades:
            For Speeches, Tests, and Major Assignments          For the Final Grade
                        A = 90 - 100                                       A = 920 - 1200
                        B = 80 - 89                                         B = 830 - 919
                        C = 70 - 79                                         C = 750 - 829
                        D = 60 - 69                                         D = 670- 749
                        F =  0-59                                             F = 0-669

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.




We will meet Monday - Thursday  from 12:30 - 1:45 PM.  I will take attendance.  In addition you will need to log in to the course weekly to participate in assignments and take weekly exams.   




Business and Professional Speaking

This schedule may be changed at the instructor’s discretion 

Schedule of Assignments

Week one           Overview, Syllabus, Attendance 

                             Chapter 1 - 3 Comm. Model, 1st Speech, Stage Fright

                             Assign Brown Bag, True Color Quiz

                             Ch. 4 Listening

                             Quiz 1-3 


Week Two         True Colors

                            Brown Bag Sharing

                            Ch. 8 - 10 Support Material Ch. 6 & 7 Audience, Topic / Purpose

                            Reflection Paper #1 - turned in online

                            Quiz 8-10, 23, 6,7

                            Library resource assignment

Week Three      Ch. 11 - 13 Organization / Outline

                           Ch. 14 - 16 Introduction, Conclusion

                           Informative Outline Group Work

                           Quizzes 11-13, 14, 15


  Week Four     Ch. 17 - 19 Delivery Ch. 20 - 22 Visual Aids                 

                           Informative Outline Group Work

                           Quiz 17, 18, 19

                           Resume assignment


Week Five         Informative Speech w/ Visual Aids

                           Reflection Paper #2 - turned in online


Week Six            Ch. 24 - 26 Persuasive Group Work

                            Quiz 24 - 26

                             Special Occasion/Resume Due

Week Seven      Persuasive Group Presentation and Make up day

                            Persuasive Group Presentation and Make up day – No late work after today. 

                            Ch, 27 Special Occasion Speeches

Week Eight                   Final exam

Additional Information

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Last Edited on:

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