Public Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1315-DC001 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)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


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


  • 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 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 .

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:



 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)



Total of 300 points, or 30%


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

Final Exam                                    100 points


 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. 


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. 



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



Reading Assignment

Week One                       


Take the PRCA (Personal Report of Communication Apprehension)

Post on both discussion boards

Syllabus Quiz

Quiz #1

Chapter 1, 2, 3

Week Two          


Post on the discussion board


Chapter 17, 18, 19

Week Three      



Start working on your speech

Chapter 11, 12, 13

Read Introductory speech assignment

Week Four


Post on the discussion board


Practice your speech for next week

Chapter 4, 5, 16

Week Five       


1st speech due -   Speech of Introduction

Reflection paper due by 11:59 pm Sunday



Chapter 23, 6, 7

Read reflection paper assignment

Library assignment opens

Week Six   



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


Library assignment due


Create an attention getter and a visual aid for your speech


Read Chapters 14, 15


Spring Break at Amarillo College



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


Week Eight     


2nd speech due - Informative Speeches with visual aid

Reflection papers due midnight Sunday


Week Nine              


Post on the discussion board

Resume due by midnight Sunday; upload all components to dropbox

Resume Assignment


Week Ten


2 discussion boards this week


Work on persuasive speech

Read chapters 24, 25

Week Eleven


Post on the discussion board


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

Chapter 26


Week Twelve


3rd speech due - Persuasive Speeches with visual aid


Week Thirteen           


Post in the final discussion board

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


Week Fourteen


Final Exam


Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

01/18/22 12:35 PM

Last Edited on:

01/21/22 1:11 PM