House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

SPCH-1315-03 (Public Speaking)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorCockrell, Charles Keith
Phone(409) 984-6338
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 1:15-3:15, TR 11-1
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:157
Course Information
Course ID #10069
Course Subject-Number-SectionSPCH-1315-03
Course TitlePublic Speaking
Course Description Principles and practices of public speaking.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks A Pocket Guide to Pulbic Speaking. #rd Ed. O'Hair, Rubenstein & Stewart
Learning Objectives Course Goals

1: Effective oral and written communication, individual and in groups.

Effective oral and written communication by individual and in groups through appropriate modes of expression demonstrating writing and speaking processes by invention, organization, and presentation of ideas. Students will participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening and responding.

2: Analyze and interpret human experiences for understanding.

Analyze and interpret human experiences for understanding. To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices

3: Demonstrate skills in qualitative and quantitative problem solving.

Demonstrate skills in qualitative and quantitative problem solving. To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, reflective thinking, and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.

4: Use research tools and technology; documentation.

Use research tools and technology; documentation. To develop the ability to research and to give a documented oral presentation.

Outcomes/Objectives (Numbers inside parentheses show related goals.)

1: Knowledge of Communication Principles (G:1) Students will be able to demonstrate reading knowledge of communication principles including, but not limited to: identification of terms of the speech communication process, types of speech purposes, the selection of a topic, recognize and use patterns of organization, indentify the objectives of a speech introduction and conclusion, analyze the types of visual support available for use in a speech. Measured by: embedded Test questions, Presentation Rubrics

2: Application of Communication Process (G:1, 2, 3, 4)

The student will demonstrate satisfactory mastery of speech communication skills in classroom presentations including but not limited to: identification of audience analysis issues that impact presentation, constructing effective introductions and conclusions, using appropriate patterns of organization, using effective methods of vocal delivery in informative, persuasive and group settings and using visual supportive material when appropriate. The oral presentations will also include evidence of research through the use of internet, interviewing, and traditional resources.

Measured by: Presentation Rubrics. Written projects.(outlines)

3: Problem Solving and Analysis skills (G:1, 2, 3, 4) Students will demonstrate knowledge of analyzing a problem through critical thinking by working in groups situations, creating outlines of the speech projects, and developing the individual presentations from selection of topic, through research, developing the structure, practice and presentation. Students will observe speakers and give critical analysis of performance through qualitative or quantitative reports.

Major Assignments 1. Informative Speech

2. Informative Speech with a visual aid

3. Mid-term

4. Persuasive Speech

5. Persuasive Speech

6. Final

Discussion Topics 1. Getting Started on your Speech

2. Development of the Speech

3. Organization

4. Ethical Public Speaking

5. Starting and Finishing the Speech

6. Delivery of the Speech

7. Presentation Aids

8. Types of Speeches

9. Classroom Speaking and Other Speaking Situations

Attendance Policy . In a participation oriented course such as this, attendance becomes even more important than usual. Students are allowed no more than the equivalent of one week's absence as calculated in the long semester; in the MWF classes that is three absences, in the TR classes that is two absences, in a weekly course that is one absence. Each absence after that will result in 2 points being deducted from your final average, in a weekly course, 4 points. More importantly, students who are absent on the day assigned for a speech, or not ready to speak, will lose one letter grade, i.e., an A will automatically be lowered to a B, a B to a C, etc. In the case of special situations, arrangements must be made with the instructor in advance.
Determination of Final Grade Tests:1/3 Speeches:2/3. Students will be graded on two tests, four speeches, one or two brief, informal presentations, minor written assignments, and classroom participation. The tests will be a mid-term and a final. The final will emphasize material given since the mid-term. Each of these speech and test grades is exactly equal to each of the others. Any material turned in should be up to college standards, i.e., assignments should be neatly written or typed, with correct spelling and punctuation.
Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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