Business and Professional Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Parcells Hall 204M

Office Hours

Office Hours: 

Tuesday – Thursday

8:00 – 9:00 am; 12:00 – 12:30 pm

I will be in class from 9-10:15, then 10:30 – 11:45 am Tuesday-Thursday, but I am in my office on campus before and after class unless otherwise noted on my door/through class email. If the door is open, I am likely in and happy to help!

If you cannot meet during office hours, just email me and we will figure out a mutually agreeable day and time to meet. My email is My office phone number is (806)371-5248.

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SPCH-1321-006 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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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:

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


A Speaker’s Guidebook 7th Edition  [Text and Reference]

By O’Hair; Stewart; Rubenstein


You will need a computer that has internet access, or to be able to use the computers in the Underground/Ware Student Commons Building.

There will be weekly chapter quizzes over the readings as well as visual aid requirements throughout the term. You have access to Google Slides through your AC email account, or you may use Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi, since those are accessible on the college computers.

There will be written assignments throughout the semester as well which are required to be typed and submitted online through a dropbox, so you will need access to your Google Docs or Microsoft Word. All written assignments should be submitted as PDFs to ensure they are accessible.

It is recommended you bring notetaking materials to class as well as your textbook.

Student Performance

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.

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 communication competence and critical thinking through an understanding of the foundational communication models.

2. Demonstrate essential public speaking skills in professional presentations.

3. Demonstrate written and oral competencies as it relates to employment (including job searches, interviews, interpersonal interaction, conflict management, leadership and performance appraisals).

4. Apply essential dyadic and small group processes as they relate to the workplace.

5. Utilize various technologies as they relate to competent communication.

6. Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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


In addition every student will also be required to comply with the policies as published in the “Students Rights & Responsibilities” booklet. This publication may be acquired through the office of the Dean of Student Services.

Grading Criteria



Introductory Speech - 100 points - 10%

Reflection Paper 1 - 50 points - 5%

Informative Speech - 100 points - 10%

Reflection Paper 2 - 50 points - 5%

Resume Assignment - 100 points - 10%

Persuasive Speech Individual Grade - 100 points - 10%

Persuasive Speech Group Grade - 100 points - 10%

Quizzes - 240 points - 24%

Participation and Attendance - 60 points - 6%

Final Exam - 100 points - 10%


TOTAL - 1000 POINTS - 100%




89.5 -      100 -      A

79.5 -     89.5        B

69.5 -     79.5        C

59.5 -     69.5        D

     0 -     59.5        F

There is a firm no late work policy in this course. All due dates are set prior to the start date of the course and you generally have a full week - 2 weeks to complete them, as noted in the calendar below. If you experience extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing an assignment on time, you must contact me for arrangements - otherwise, all assignments that miss the due date will receive a grade of 0. It is crucial in the 8-week format that you stay on top of your deadlines, that is why this policy is in place.


ATTENDANCE:  Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class.  This course requires participation and attendance since many activities cannot be duplicated.  Additionally, much of what we learn about public and professional speaking is gained by listening to other speakers.  It is the student’s responsibility to be an active and valuable member of the audience as classmates make presentations.  Excuses for absences are not necessary.  An absence for any reason is a loss in the learning process.  However, if an assignment is missed then a valid excuse for the absence is necessary in order to make up the assignment. The following criteria will determine the grade for attendance:    


    No more than 2 absences = 100

    3 absences - 80

    4 absences – 70

    5 absences –  60

    6 absences – 50

    7 absences - 40

    8 absences - 30

    9 absences - 20

    10 absences - 10

    11 absences or more - 0

    An absence on a speech day, whether it is your day to speak or not, will be counted as 2 absences unless there is a state of emergency or illness.


  • *An important side note during a pandemic - DO NOT come to class if you are ill, if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID, if you are in quarantine, etc. I will NOT penalize you for missing class due to these circumstances - but you MUST contact me via email in advance of a missed class for it to be excused.*


Week One (October 25-31): Chapters 1-3; 17-19; BB Speech 

Week Two (November 1-7): Speech 1; Chapters 23, 29, 30; Reflection 1

Week Three (November 8-14): Resume Assignment; Chapters 11-13; 8-10

Week Four (November 15-21): Chapters 14-15; Workshop Informative Speeches

Week Five (November 22-28): Chapters 4, 5, 16; Informative Speeches, Second Reflection Paper, NO CLASS NOVEMBER 25th - CAMPUS IS CLOSED - THANKSGIVING

Week Six (November 29-December 5): Chapters 24-26; Persuasive Speech Assignment

Week Seven (December 6-12): Persuasive Speeches,  DECEMBER 8TH IS THE LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW  

Week Eight (December 13-15): Makeup Speeches as necessary, Your final exam is available to you ONLINE from Thursday, December 9 (12:00 AM) - Wednesday, December 15 (11:59 PM)


This schedule is subject to change at any given time.

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

10/20/21 12:09 PM

Last Edited on:

10/20/21 3:02 PM