Public Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Parsells Room 208

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Tuesday and Thursday  10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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SPCH-1315-005 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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Department Expectations

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


A Speaker's Guidebook Text and Reference, 7th edition by O'Hair, Stewart and Rubenstein




  • The custom textbook listed above
  • Adequate browser capabilities (Mozilla Firefox seems to work best with Blackboard)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Access to a reliable computer several times a week
  • Access to a printer
  • Notebook

Student Performance

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.

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

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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

Contact Information

Ann Shofner

Office - Parsells 208

email - or

phone - 806-584-0775 for emergency use only



Class Information


Cell phone use:  please do not text, message or answer calls during class.  If you have an emergency, notify me prior to class.  Cell phones should be placed on silent during class.  We may need to use them at times for research during class at instructor suggestion.


Missed class time:  If you miss a lecture, please check with another student for the notes and assignments.  Be in class on presentation days.

Grading Criteria




Letter grades will be assigned on the following basis:


Grade                                     Points             

A                                             900 to 1000 points

B                                             800 to 899 points

C                                             700 to 799 points

D                                             500 to 699 points

F                                              below 500



Participation grade


This grade will be given at the end of the semester.  This grade is for listening to speeches in class and participating in all discussions and speeches.  This means if you participate, do not talk, use your cell phone, sleep or work on your own speech while others are speaking, you will receive the complete points.  You either get the full points or none.  This is an easy grade so don't mess it up.


Grading Policy


Your final grade will be decided as follows


100 points         Getting to Know You speech

100 points          Informative speech

200 points          Persuasive speech

150 points          Discussion boards (3 times worth 50 points each)

100 points          Peer review ( worth 50 points each)

50 points             Self evaluation

100 points           Quizzes (w0rth 50 points each)

100 points           Participation

100 points           Final exam





Speech Presentations


Be ready on the assigned speech day.  We may take two days to present some speeches so you should be able to get your speech in.  You can only make up 1 speech and that is if you have contacted me before class time and we set up a time for the makeup speech.  If you do not contact me about your absence, you will receive a zero for the speech that you miss.


 You should understand that we will be busy these 8 weeks and speeches should be given when due.  If there isn’t any time for make-up speeches, then you will receive no points for that assignment. 



Speech Outlines  


Before giving the Informative and Persuasive speeches, you should turn in an outline.  Late outlines will cost you 5 points on the speech assignment.  If no outline is received, you will have 10 points deducted from the speech grade.



Online Discussion Boards

For Chapters 4, 6 and 23, you should participate in the online discussion boards.   These are worth 50 points each.  These discussions can negatively impact your average if you fail to participate.  There are no right or wrong answers; just simply your thoughts/opinions on the reading.  You will need to post your own response and then respond to three other posts in order to get credit.




Because this is a performance/communication course, regular attendance is essential.  

Perfect attendance means no absences or tardies, all speeches given on due date.  Perfect attendance = exemption from the Final Exam.  Please notify me by email if you are going to be absent, especially on speech days.  If you miss a lecture day, please get the notes from another student.


Covid ConcernsP

Please wear a mask to class.

If you suspect you may have covid, please do not come to class but notify me by email and contact the campus health number.





Class Schedule:
Instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as needed.    



August 24                                Loaded Questions

                                                  Getting to Know You assignment

                                                  Class guidelines & calendar

            26                                Getting to Know You presentations

                                                Read Ch. 4 on listening

                                                Complete discussion board by noon Aug. 30

            31                                Finish presentations

                                                Evaluate presentations

                                                Discuss speech topic choices (informative)

                                                Read Ch. 23 on Informative Speeches

                                                Discuss Topics for Informative speeches

                                                Discussion board due by noon Sept. 2

Sept.       2                              Discuss speech organization


               7                               Discuss using sources in speeches  

                                                Read Ch. 6 on audience analysis

                                                Discussion board due by noon Sept. 9

               9                               Discuss audience analysis

             14                               Informative speeches due

                                                Peer reviews

             16                               Finish informative speeches

                                                Peer reviews

                                                Read Ch. 24 on Persuasion

                                                Discussion board due by noon on Sept 20

             21                               Power of persuasion

                                                Assign persuasive project

             23                               Persuasive speech organization

             28                               In class work day for persuasive project


             30                               Work day on your own for projects

Oct.        5                               Persuasive projects

                                                Peer reviews

              7                                Finish projects

                                                Peer reviews

                                                Hand out final exam review

                                                Self-evaluations due by email to me no later than noon Oct. 11

                         12                               Final exam




Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/20/21 10:25 AM

Last Edited on:

08/23/21 1:07 PM