Business and Professional Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
Return to Syllabus List

Instructor Information

Office Location

Moore County Campus, Rm. 150

Office Hours

On campus: Thursday@11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Also, 30 minutes before class in the Blackboard Classroom.

Video conference available by appointment

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

Recording Policy

Disability Statement

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
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.

Amarillo College Web Accessibility Policy Statement

Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.

If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.

Statement for Mental Health and Advocacy & Resource Center:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is

Amarillo College Tutoring for Success Policy:

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

Student Withdrawal Procedures

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

NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.

Privacy Statement

The Amarillo College Privacy Policy is found at , and applies to all Amarillo College students.  If you have questions about this privacy statement or you believe that your personal information has been released without your consent, send email to .


SPCH-1321-021 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.

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
Make appointment at

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.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Dan O'Hair, Rob Stewart & Hannah Rubenstein. (2018}. A Speaker's Guidebook: Text & Reference. Seventh Edition:Boston/New York


Textbook, USB, notebook, pens, pencils. Access to AC Connect and Blackboard ( if you are using a Mac laptop, make sure your the extension to saving your work is compatible to Blackboard) in order to complete assignments, discussions and participation. Computer, is mandatory to complete content requirements for successful completion of this course.

Student Performance

This course is an exploration of the purposes and processes in the visual and performing arts (such as music, painting, architecture, drama, and dance) and the ways in which they express the values of cultures and human experience.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will:

   1. Employ formal elements and principles to critically analyze various works of the visual and performing arts.

   2. Articulate the creative process of artistic works as expressions of human experience and cultural values.

   3. Demonstrate an understanding of the esthetic principles that guide the creation of, and response to, the arts.

   4. Describe the relationship of the arts to everyday life.

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

Academic Honesty:All matters of academic dishonesty including plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, cheating etc. will result in a failing grade for the assignment in question. All violations will be forwarded to the proper college authorities for review. Any form of disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Any material copied and pasted from a web source into assignments, analyses, and essays without proper citation or documentation will be considered plagiarism or stealing and will receive a failing grade.

Online Student Behavior: All students are expected to be polite and considerate when posting opinions and thoughts in the Discussion Forum. The Online class is not a location where students may post aggressive, insulting, or inappropriate use of language. Any student who violates the required Student Behavior (as stated and in the AC Student Handbook) will result in a failing grade for the course.

Cameras on: During class students must have camera's turned on and have a working microphone.

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria: It is the student’s responsibility to complete all assigned tasks by the specified due date. Individual assignments are evaluated by the instructor. Students are expected to complete all requirements with no less than 75% accuracy. Incomplete assignments, analyses, participation attendance concerns will be reported to specific department chairs, division chairs, and Associate Vice President of Instruction.

The grade you will receive will be determined by your completion of the Journals, Projects, Critiwues and Discussion Forums.

Your final grade will be calculated as follows:














59 and below

Letter grades will be assigned on the following basis:


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance is CRITICAL to your success in this course. Please note that Amarillo College allows only 2 absences for any reason, with the consequences of missing additional classes to be determined at the discretion of the instructor. If student is not present by or logged into Blackboard course by census date, they will be purged from the course roster.

  • STUDENTS WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for signing their own name on the attendance sheet in class.  (The instructor is not responsible for students’ failure to sign the class attendance sheet!)
  • Students are responsible for keeping up with their own absence totals. Upon request, and outside of class time, students may inquire as to the number of absences they have.
  • Late arrivals and early departures may be counted as absences
  • If you have extenuating circumstances that impact your ability to attend class, please contact me ASAP.

It is the student’s responsibility to access the course online and complete all Content: Assignments, Critiques, Discussions Forums, Participation questions and Journals, according to the course calendar. Students are expected to access the online course every day to complete all requirements.

Census Date: 03/28/2022

Withdrawal Deadline Date: 05/03/2022


Week Month Day Reading Chapter  Reading
1 MARCH 23 Course Introduction/Objectives , Syllabus,  1 Becoming a Public Speaker
Discussion 1 Preparing Your First Speech
2 30 Birthday News Broadcast Presentations 3 Managing Speech Anxiety 
SPEECH CRITQUE 1 4 Listeners and Speakers
VOCABULARAY EXAMS 5 Ethical Public Speaking
6 Analyzing the Audience
3 APRIL 6 Lecture/Activity/Participation 7 Selecting a Topic and Purpose 
SPEECH ASSIGNMENT 2: INFORMATIVE 8 Developing Supporting Material 
VOCABULARAY EXAMS 9 Finding Credible Print and Online Materials
Discussion 2 10 Citing Sources in Your Speech
11 Organizing the Body of the Speech
4 13 Informative Speech Presentations 12 Types of Organizational Arrangements
SPEECH CRITQUE 3 13 Outlining the Speech
VOCABULARAY EXAMS 14 Developing the Introduction
15 Developing the Conclusion
5 20 SPEECH ASSIGNMENT 3: PERSUASIVE 16 Using Language to Style the Speech
Lecture/Activity/Participation 17 Methods of Delivery
VOCABULARAY EXAMS 18 The Voice in Delivery
Discussion 3 19 The Body in Delivery
20 Speaking with Presentation Aids
6 27 Persuasive Speech, Presentations 21 Designing Presentation Aids
Lecture/Activity/Participation 22 Using Presentation Software
VOCABULARAY EXAMS 23 The Informative Speech
SPEECH CRITQUE 4 24  The Persuasive Speech
25 Developing Arguments for the Persuasive Speech
MAY 3 Last Day to Drop 26 Organizing the Persuasive Speech
7 MAY 4 Speech 4: Storytelling Festival 27 Special Occasion Speeches
VOCABULARAY EXAMS 28 Preparing Online Presentations
Discussion 4  29 Collaborating and Presenting in Groups
30 Business and Professional Presentations
31 Speaking in Other College Courses

Additional Information

Accessing AC Connect: It is the responsibility of the student to check email messages, announcements and the course using AC Connect. Students will submit all assignments and analyses using AC Connect unless noted on the assignment or by the instructor.

The Online course will be in AC Connect (Blackboard) There is a tutorial and information to help you navigate the new Blackboard system on the AC Connect Homepage. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the information in order to adapt to the new system for completing assignments and discussions. There are new terms for posting work; for example to post a discussion you will have to create a "thread".

Please contact the AC Tech Help Desk for all problems you may have using the new system.

Syllabus Created on:

01/07/22 3:01 PM

Last Edited on:

03/22/22 2:32 PM