Public Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Parcells Hall 204M

Office Hours

Spring II 2024 Office Hours:

These are student hours. I am in my office area (Parcells Hall, suite 204) available to you during these hours. Please feel free to stop by to ask me any questions you may have about the course, our schedule, your coursework, etc. I am in my office outside of these hours as well if you need me – just stop by to see if I’m in, but these are the times I am available to you unless otherwise noted in class or on my door.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 8:15 – 9:00 am

I will typically be in class from 9:00 to 10:15 am Tuesday through Thursday, and I have periodic afternoon speech meetings as well as college meetings; if the door is open, though, I am likely in and happy to help!

If you cannot meet during these hours but you need to speak with me, just email me and we will figure out a mutually agreeable day and time to meet, or we can handle things via email. You can message me through our course in Blackboard, or through my college email, which is jllewellyn@actx.edu. My office phone number is (806)371-5248 if you would like to reach me by phone or leave a voicemail.

Just as an additional side note, I generally have a candy bowl available for you to make selections from as well – I am happy to help you be successful in any way that I can!

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

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If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.
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The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

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Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.

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Course

SPCH-1315-DC002 Public Speaking

Prerequisites

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.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
mgraves24@actx.edu
806-371-5995
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.

Hours

(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

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

Supplies

  • The textbook listed above
  • Adequate browser capabilities 
  • Microsoft Word OR Google Docs for writing papers (you may access Google docs for free through your AC email account)
  • Any of the following visual aid software: Prezi (you can sign up for a free student account at www.prezi.com) OR Power Point OR Google Slides
  • Access to a reliable computer several times a week

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

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

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. Students will be required to dress appropriately for presentations. For example, do not deliver your speech in a baseball cap, chewing gum, or wearing your sweaty workout clothes.
  2. Students are expected to act respectfully to one another, meaning you need to give constructive and overall positive feedback to your classmate's on their speeches, in both your reflection papers and your comments on the discussion boards.
  3. This is a college course, and when you have a question or concern about the course, you should contact your Amarillo College instructor. Please do not have your High School teacher, your parent, or another classmate ask questions for you.

Grading Criteria

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

 

Presentations     

 Total of 400 points, or 40%

    

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

 

Written Assignments

Total of 200 points, or 20%

   

Resume / Cover Letter                  100 points
Reflection papers (2)                     100 points  (50 pts each)

 

Examinations 

Total of 300 points, or 30%

     

Weekly Quizzes (10)                     200 points  (20 pts each)

Final Exam                                    100 points

 

Participation,
 Discussion postings, Library Assignment (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

You will not be allowed to make up quizzes or postings. You have 7 days to complete them. Make sure you are aware of due dates as late work is not accepted. Please let me know if you are dealing with difficulties due to the pandemic, or technical issues. I cannot help you if I don't know about a problem, so please contact me via email anytime you need to discuss these or other issues. 

Attendance

You will need to log in to the course 3-4 times weekly at a minimum to participate in discussion board postings and take weekly exams.

If you have perfect attendance you will be exempt from the final. For an online course, this means that you must turn in every assignment and you must turn it in on time. If you do not want to take the final, all you have to do is make sure you get all the course work completed each week and either make it to campus for speech days or make alternative arrangements prior to the speech day. Again, PLEASE do NOT come to campus if you are sick, but you must make arrangements with me in advance of the scheduled time of class to ensure your exemption remains intact. Perfect attendance = NO missed assignments. 

Calendar

 

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

 

Activity/Assignment

Reading Assignment

Week One                       

8/30-9/5

Take the PRCA (Personal Report of Communication Apprehension)

Post on both discussion boards

Syllabus Quiz

Quiz #1

Chapter 1, 2, 3

Week Two          

9/6 - 9/12       

Post on the discussion board

Quiz

Chapter 17, 18, 19

Week Three      

9/13 - 9/19      

Quiz

Start working on your speech

Chapter 11, 12, 13

Read Introductory speech assignment

Week Four

9/20 - 9/26

Post on the discussion board

Quiz

Practice your speech for next week

Chapter 4, 5, 16

Week Five       

9/27 - 10/3              

1st speech due -   Speech of Introduction

Reflection paper due by 11:59 pm Sunday

Quiz

Discussion

Chapter 23, 6, 7

Read reflection paper assignment

Library assignment opens

Week Six   

10/4 - 10/10                  

Quiz

Chapter 8, 9, 10 and

Read Informative Speech assignment and Informative preparation worksheet (It is for your personal use, not to be turned in.)

Week Seven

10/11 - 10/17              

Library assignment due

Quiz

Create an attention getter and a visual aid for your speech

 

Read Chapters 14, 15

 

Fall Break at Amarillo College

10/18 - 10/24

 

No tests or discussions this week. Class will resume next week.

     

Week Eight     

10/25 - 10/31         

2nd speech due - Informative Speeches with visual aid

Reflection papers due midnight Sunday

 

Week Nine              

11/1 - 11/7

Post on the discussion board

Resume due by midnight Sunday; upload all components to dropbox

Resume Assignment

 

Week Ten

11/8 - 11/14                

2 discussion boards this week

Quiz

Work on persuasive speech

Read chapters 24, 25

Week Eleven

11/15 - 11/21                  

Post on the discussion board

Quiz

Use persuasive preparation worksheet to put your speech together (worksheet is not for a grade)

Chapter 26

 

Week Twelve

11/22 - 11/28            

Work on persuasive speeches - due next week

 

Week Thirteen           

 11/29 - 12/05

3rd speech due - Persuasive Speeches with visual aid

Post in the final discussion board

Those with perfect attendance (no zeros in the gradebook) are exempt from the final

 

Week Fourteen

12/6 - 12/12           

Final Exam

 

Additional Information

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Last Edited on:

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