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Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

SPCH-1315-08 (Public Speaking)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorGengo, Damon Harbin
Phone(409) 984-6351
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 2:30-3:30/ TR 12:30-4:45
Room #:155
Course Information
Course ID #10075
Course Subject-Number-SectionSPCH-1315-08
Course TitlePublic Speaking
Course Description Principles and practices of public speaking.
Course Prerequisites PREREQUISITES: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.
Required Textbooks A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, 3rd edition, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.
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.

Measured by: Presentation Rubrics, Written projects

Major Assignments Five speech assignments with documentation, one mid-term exam, one final exam.
Discussion Topics PART 1: GETTING STARTED        1

I.        Becoming a public speaker        2

A.        Gain a Vital Life Skill

1.        Learn Practical and Transferable Knowledge

2.        Find New opportunities for Engagement

3.        Build on familiar skills

4.        Develop an effective oral style

5.        Become an Inclusive Speaker

B.        Public Speaking as a Form of Communication        5

1.        Shared Elements in All Communication Events

C.        The Classical Roots of Public Speaking        7


II.        From A to Z: Overview of a Speech        8

A.        Select a Topic

B.        Analyze the Audience

C.        Review the Topic in Light of Audience Analysis

D.        Determine the Speech Purpose

E.        Compose a Thesis Statement

F.        Develop the Main Points

G.        Gather Supporting Materials

H.        Separate the Speech into Its Major Parts

I.        Outline the Speech

J.        Consider Presentation Aids

K.        Practice Delivering the Speech

1.        Vocal Delivery

2.        Nonverbal Delivery

III.        Managing Speech Anxiety        14

A.        Identify What Makes You Anxious

1.        Lack of Positive Experience

2.        Feeling Different

3.        Being the Center of Attention

B.        Pinpoint the Onset of Nervousness

1.        Pre-preparation Anxiety

2.        Preparation Anxiety

3.        Pre-performance Anxiety

4.        Performance Anxiety

C.        Use Proven Strategies to Boost Your Confidence

1.        Prepare and Practice

2.        Modify Thoughts and Attitudes

3.        Visualize Success

D.        Activate the Relaxation Response

1.        Briefly Meditate

2.        Use Stress-Control Breathing

a.        Stage one

b.        Stage two

E.        Use Movement to Minimize Anxiety

1.        Practice Natural Gestures

2.        Move as you Speak

F.        Learn from Feedback

IV.        Ethical Public Speaking        23

A.        Earn Your Listener’s Trust

B.        Respect Audience Values

C.        Use your Rights of Free Speech Responsibly

D.        Contribute to Positive Public Discourse

E.        Observe Ethical Ground Rules

F.        Avoid Offensive Speech

G.        Avoid Plagiarism

1.        Orally acknowledge your sources

2.        Citing quotations, paraphrases, and summaries

H.        Fair Use, Copyright , and Ethical Speaking

I.        Avoiding Internet Plagiarism

V.        Listeners and Speakers        30

A.        recognize that we Listen Selectively

B.        Listen Responsibly

C.        Strive for the Open Exchange of Ideas

D.        Anticipate the common Obstacles to Listening

1.        Minimize External and Internal Distraction

2.        Guard against Scriptwriting and defensive Listening

3.        Beware of Laziness and Overconfidence

4.        Work to Overcome Cultural Barriers

E.        Practice Active Listening

F.        Evaluate Evidence and Reasoning

G.        Offer Constructive and Compassionate Feedback

PART 2: DEVELOPMENT                36

I.        Analyzing the Audience        37

II.        Selecting a Topic and Purpose        49

III.        Developing Supporting Material        57

IV.        Locating Supporting Material        64

V.        Doing Effective Internet Research        73

VI.        Citing Sources in your Speech        83


I.        Organizing the Speech        93

II.        Selecting an Organizational Pattern                103

III.        Outlining the Speech        110


I.        Developing the Introduction and Conclusion                123

II.        Using Language        131

PART 5: DELIVERY        139

I.        Choosing a Method of Delivery        140

II.        Controlling the Voice        144

III.        Using the Body        148


I.        Types of Presentation Aids        155

II.        Designing Presentation Aids                161

III.        A Brief Guide to Microsoft PowerPoint        164


I.        Informative Speeches        175

II.        Persuasive Speeches        188

III.        Speaking on Special Occasions        217

PART 8: THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND                230

I.        Typical Classroom Presentation Formats        231

II.        Science and Mathematics Courses        236

III.        Technical Courses        240

IV.        Social Science Courses        243

V.        Arts and Humanities Courses        251

VI.        Education Courses        248

VII.        Nursing and Allied Health Courses        251

VIII.        Business Courses and Business Presentations        253

IX.        Presenting in Teams        258

X.        Communicating in Groups        262

APPENDICES        267

A.        Citation Guidelines        268

B.        Question-and-Answer Sessions        282

C.        Preparing for Mediated Communication                284

D.        Tips for Non-Native Speakers of English                286

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. This is a participation oriented course. Therefore, ATTENDANCE IS VITAL! Only four hours of absence is allowed. Tardiness will count toward absences. Each hour of absence exceeding the four hours will result in a loss of two points from your final average. After a student has missed five or more hours, the instructor may drop the student from the class with the grade earned which could be an “F” (current points divided by the total number of assignments per semester). Students absent or unprepared on the day assigned for their speech performance will lose one letter grade for that speech. (Ex: “A” will fall to a “B”; “B” will fall to a “C”, etc.) Tardiness and absence will hurt your grade. Leaving class early for any reason will constitute an absence. There are no excused absences. Dr. appointments, Dentist, work, etc. are not excused and should be scheduled outside of class scheduled time. There are no make-up days for deadlines or assignments. Speeches can only be “made up” if time allows. All make-up tests will be essay and can only be taken on the day that final exams are scheduled for that class. Special situations must be addressed with the instructor in advance.
Determination of Final Grade One mid-term exam, one final exam, and the five speeches are worth 200 points each. All other assignments (daily, written, class participation, informal presentations, and audience etiquette) are worth 100 points each. Absences and tardiness will affect your grade as described above. Cell phones must not be visible during class and responding to a page, call, or text message will result in an absence for that day and loss of grade for that day’s assignment including tests.
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

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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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