House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

SPCH-1315-73 (Public Speaking)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 9-10, F 11-12, T-Th 9:30-12:30
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:140
Course Information
Course ID #10515
Course Subject-Number-SectionSPCH-1315-73
Course TitlePublic Speaking
Course Description Principles and practices of public speaking.
Course Prerequisites 1315 Public Speaking 3:3:0

Principles and practices of public speaking.

Prerequisite: Basic skills competency in reading and writing required.

Required Textbooks 2 Textbook Requirements:

* O’Hair, Dan. A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s , 2010. ISBN-10: 0-312-55404-4

*Working Guide to Communication Success. Dr. Laura Stafford, 9th A ed.

( Lecture packet on the WebCT)  

•         DVD Recording Mini Disc Rental of $4 (return disc-$ returned)

Need correct change by 2rd class day.

The lecture packet has all the required format guidelines and critique sheets that are necessary for each assignment. Print the packet as quickly as possible and put in a 3 –Ring binder! You need a hard copy to use in class each day.

Learning Objectives Course Objectives for Speech 1315 Public Speaking (Spring 2010+)

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 Types of Assignments:

Oral: There will be 4 opportunities for you to experience different public speaking situations including: special occasion/informative (100), informative group with visual support (200), persuasive (150), and persuasive to motivate to take action (200).

Typed analytical outlines will be required for all of the presentations and are due the 1st day of presentations (5) points will be deducted if the outline is not turned in on the 1st day of the round on 100pts projects and (10) points on the 200 point projects. Specific instructions will be given before each assignment.

Written: There will be 4 written exercises to be completed. These are designed to demonstrate your knowledge of listening skills and self-evaluation skills through critical thinking reflection. (20 pts. each) 2 Self-Critique Forms that are filled out when you observe your DVD and 2 outside of class Listening Observations Reports.

Exams: There will be 2 exams, a mid-term and a final. Both will be objective tests using Scantron Form 882-ES or taken on-line for hybrid class. It is a requirement to take both exams.

Copyright Statement for syllabi

Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or Youtube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties. Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact Peter Kaatrude, Dean of Library Services, at 984-6216.

Assessment Statement for syllabi

Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs. Periodically LSCPA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects. If you object to allowing LSCPA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSCPA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.

Class Agenda Calendar

Class Canceled

Discussion Topics none
Attendance Policy Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The oral or written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. Do not use other students’ outlines or observation reports, they are recognizable. Do not read internet articles as your speech. That earns a zero. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of zero for that exam.

Attendance & Make-Up Policy: Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Each student is allowed three hours of excused absence. To be excused requires a doctor’s excuse or return to work letter. Each absence in excess of this ration will result in the loss of points from this category for each day missed. Tardiness will have 2 points taken out of your Audience Etiquette points. After a student has missed 5 hours of class the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an “F”. This may affect your financial aid status and if this instructor initiated drop occurs after the first six weeks you can receive an “F” for insufficient work. Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor’s appointments, Or waking up feeling “under the weather”, so use your three hours of possible excused absence wisely. Course work is still due on assigned dates. There are 70 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette Attendance/Participation and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior in class you will lose points at the discretion of the Professor.

Determination of Final Grade In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving. There will be no make up exam given in class time, in extreme cases it may be possible to take the mid-term exam in the Student Learning Center, but that must be arranged with Dr. Stafford in advance.

There are NO RE-TESTS.

If you know in advance that you will miss a performance day then discuss arrangements with Dr. Stafford to fit your performance within the schedule. As a performance class it is vital that you are prepared to give your presentation on the 1st day of the assigned round. There are limited days for the completion of the performance and everyone must be ready to present on the 1st day of the round.

The order of presentation is up to the Professor so you must be in attendance and ready to perform on performance days. There is no guarantee that there will be any class time available to present a speech outside of the assigned days on the agenda calendar. It is your responsibility to follow the agenda calendar and be ready to present. All typed outlines are due on the 1st day of the round or a loss of points will occur on that assignment. No SHOW means NO SCORE!!!

If there is any student in this class who has need for test-taking accommodations, please feel free to come and discuss this with me.

Oral Assignments         650 point

900-1000 A         Written Assignments                 80 points

800-899 B         Exams                  200 points

700-799 C         Attendance / Participation         70 points

600-699 D 1000 points total

less than 600 F No Incompletes

Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
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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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