Business and Professional Speaking Syllabus for 2021-2022
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T/R  12:00-12:30

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SPCH-1321-003 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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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

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).


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

  • 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.
  • Speeches are delivered on assigned days.  If you know well in advance, other arrangements might be possible. 
  • Tests will be made up only in emergencies.  Prior approval must be obtained from the instructor.
  • Late outlines do not get graded.  The purpose of the outline is to aid you during the speech.
  • 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. 
  • ADA Policy:  Amarillo College seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified persons with disabilities.  This college will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required affording equal educational opportunity.  It is the student’s responsibility to register with Disability Support Services.

Grading Criteria


Major Speeches –30 %

Mini Speeches – 20 %

Exams – 15 %

Outlines/Critiques – 15%

Participation – 20 %


Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. 

The course will require you to actively attend class. Actively attending class means being vocal in the class and being active in the class activities. Passive learning (ie., sitting quietly at your desk taking notes, texting your friend) will not work in this course. If for some reason, you are unable to complete this requirement and the coursework associated, please contact me immediately. 


Business & Professional Speaking Schedule of Assignments

Spring II 2022

March                   23                Overview of the course / Assign Brown Bag & email

                               24                Ch. 1 & 2: Basics of Public Speaking & Preparing Your First Speech/email due

                               28                Brown Bag Sharing 

                               29                Ch. 3: Managing Speech Anxiety / Ch. 4 & 5: Listening & Ethics               

                               30                 Ch. 6 & 7: Analyzing the Audience / Selecting a Topic / Ch. 8: Developing Support Materials / Assign Informative Speech  

                               31                 Ch. 9 & 10: Supporting Materials / Citing Sources/ Ch. 11-13:  Organizing/Outlining

April                        4                 Soft Skills Lesson 1

                                5                   Ch. 14, 15, 16: Introduction & Conclusion of a Speech / Using Language

                                6                   Ch. 20, 21, 22: Using Presentation Aids/Speech Introduction activity

                                7                   *Informative Speech w/Visual Aid

                               11                  *Informative Speech w/Visual Aid

                               12                  *Informative Speech w/Visual Aid

                               13                    Ch. 17, 18, 19: Speech Delivery/ Self Critique Due/  Midterm Review

                               14                    Midterm Exam online 

                               18                    Persuasion and the Persuasive Speech   

                               19                    Soft Skills lessons 2 & 3

                               20                    Ch. 27: Special Occasion Speeches/Ch. 28, 29, 30/ Assign Career or Demo Speech 

                               21                    Persuasive Speech group activity 

                               25                   Resume/Interviewing/Interviewing activity/Assign Personal Experience Speech

                               26                    Career or Demo Speech

                               27                    Career or Demo Speech

                               28                    Career or Demo Speech 

May                      2                     Personal Experience Speech preparation in groups                          

                         3                 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech/ Final exam review

                         4                 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech

                         5                 Personal Experience or Tribute Speech

                       9              Toasts!

                      10              FINAL EXAM ONLINE

*Should be recorded for the Self Critique.    

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

03/23/22 6:04 AM

Last Edited on:

04/18/22 12:25 PM