Public Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1315-007 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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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


O'Hair, D., Stewart, R., Rubenstein, H.  A Speaker's Guidebook: Text and Reference. 7th Edition.  Bedford/St. Martin's.  2015.  ISBN: 9781319059415



Student Performance


SPCH 1315: Public Speaking

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:

1.     Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational 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 nonverbal 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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Expected Student Behavior

  • The use of cell phones in class is strictly prohibited.  This includes phone calls, phones ringing, and text messaging in class.  Please feel free to take calls and texts in the hallway.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.  Social distance is required.
  • Speeches are delivered on assigned days.  If you know well in advance, other arrangements might be possible. Speeches given remotely will be done live via Zoom. No prerecorded and posted speeches allowed. 
  • Tests will be made up only in emergencies.  Prior approval must be obtained from the instructor.
  • No late papers accepted.
  • No substances or equipment in violation of Amarillo College’s Student Code of Life will permitted in speech communication courses.
  • Plagiarism is considered serious academic misconduct.  All speeches and papers presented should be the work of the student enrolled in the course.  Proper documentation should be made of materials cited from all sources.  If it is determined that a student has plagiarized a speech, paper, or exam, student will receive a grade of 0 and disciplinary proceedings against the student could ensue.
  • The instructor AND student will initiate administrative withdrawals.  If you need to withdraw from (drop) the class, you must contact your instructor, and then your instructor will approve the withdrawal with the Registrar’s Office.  If you stop attending class, but do not officially withdraw from the class, grades will be assigned based on the work required for the class, not just work completed. 
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Grading Criteria


Major Speeches –20 %

Mini Speeches – 30 %

Exams – 20 %

Outlines/Critiques – 15 %

Participation – 15 %



Schedule of Assignments - SPCH 315-007    Byrd 402     9:00-10:15    MTWR        
Professor Lesley Ingham          
Aug. 23 Overview of the course / Assign Brown Bag & email
24 Ch. 1 & 2: Basics of Public Speaking & Preparing Your First Speech/Read Sample Speech pg. 439-446      
25 Ch. 3: Managing Speech Anxiety/  Communication activity
26 Brown Bag Sharing / email due          
30 Ch. 4 & 5: Listening & Ethics
31  Ch. 6 & 7: Analyzing the Audience / Selecting a Topic /  Wildcard Speech assignment        
Sept. 1 Ch. 8, 9 & 10: Supporting Materials / Citing Sources
2 Ch. 11, 12, 13: Organizing the Speech / Outlining / Self Critique Due          
6 No class- Labor Day Holiday
7 *Informative Speech using presentation software
8 *Informative Speech using presentation software          
9 *Informative Speech using presentation software
13 Ch. 14, 15, 16: Introduction & Conclusion of a Speech / Using Language/Personal Experience Speech assignment  
14 Ch. 17,18,19,20,21,22: Delivery/Using Presentation Aids
15 True Colors/ Midterm Review          
16 Speech delivery
20 Midterm Exam online - no class          
21 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech *VIDEO
22 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech *VIDEO          
23 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech *VIDEO
27 Ch. 23, 24, 25, 26: Informative & Persuasive Speaking/Assign Persuasive Speech  *Self Critique due
28 Interviewing          
29 Persuasive Speech (in groups)
30 Final speech preparation time - class does not meet          
Oct. 4 Career or Demonstration speech overview
5 Career or Demonstration speech preparation                
6 Career or Demonstration Speech / Final Exam Review
7 Career or Demonstration Speech
11 Career or Demonstration Speech          
12 Ch. 27: Special Occasion Speeches/Ch. 28, 29, 30, 31 / TOASTS
13 Final Exam online          
*Record yourself for self critique    *Oct.5- last day to drop

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/20/21 1:05 PM

Last Edited on:

09/15/21 8:42 AM