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Metropolitan Community CollegeCourse Syllabus 2010 Fall


Title:Public Speaking

Prefix/Section: SPCH 1110 1B

Credit Hours:4.5

Begins/Ends: 9-7-2010/ 11-18-2010

Meeting Day/Time:T/TH 10:00-11:55

Withdrawal Date: 11-3-2010

Class Location: EVC #120


Instructor Name:Cindy Stover

Office Location:EVC 156

Office Telephone:402-289-1357

Facsimile: 402-289-1423

Office Hours:T/TH 8-10AM 2-3PM


Academic Program Area:Humanities and Communications

Deans Office Telephone:Susann Suprenant 402-457-2287


Course Description:

This course provides both theoretical basis and practical instruction to speaking effectively in public. Areas covered include: topic selection, audience analysis, speech preparation and organization, supporting speeches with credible research, strategic and creative language use, effective listening skills, effective writing skills, effective delivery skills and common types of public speeches, followed up with peer and personal evaluations.

Course Prerequisites: ENGLISH 1010

Course Objective: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Define the role of the public speaker in relation to the audience, the content of the speech, the purpose of the speech and gain appreciation for the theoretical history of public speaking.

Describe and participate in the process of preparing a speech.

Identify and perform the skills necessary for effective public speaking and effective listening.

Demonstrate the importance of language, voice, gestures, and visual aids in an effective demonstration.

Illustrate through public speaking the ability to share information and increase understanding about a chosen topic.

Illustrate through public speaking the principles and skills of persuasive speaking.

Achieve increased awareness of public communication and its relationship with society from the roles of speaker and consumer.

Required & Supplemental Materials:

Stephan Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking (most current edition)

One package of 5x7 note cards

VHS videotape

Folders to hold writing assignments and quizzes

Course Structure:

Group discussion of readings, taped and live speeches and topics

Small group discussion/exercises

Active lecture

Constructive Critique-of fellow students and yourself

Testing over class and text information

All assignments including speech delivery, are due on the assigned dates. Late assignments will be docked one grade per day. Missed quizzes will not be made-up.


1. Types of Assessment/Assignments

a. Students will be quizzed over every assigned chapter. A comprehensive final will be administered at the end of the quarter.

b. Students are required to prepare and present 4 speeches.

#1 Narrative speech 4-6 minutes

#2-Visual Aid speech 6-8 minutes

#3-Informative Speech 8-10 minutes

#4 Persuasive Speech 8-10 minutes

c. No late assignments accepted without prior instructor approval.

2. Grading Policy


For a final grade I will apply your attendance and tardiness, your class participation, respectfulness, and your contributions to group projects and activities. You will receive a number grade on your speech outlines, presentations, and the written critiques. These will be added together at the end of the quarter and a letter grade will be assigned. Total assignments and associated points will look like this:

Narrative Speech 100 points

Outline/HC 25 points

Visual Aid Speech 100 Points

Outline/HC 25 Points

Informative Speech 100 Points

Outline/HC 25 Points

Persuasive Speech 100 Points

Outline/HC 25 Points

4 self-evaluations 40 Points

(@10 pts each)

6 Peer Evaluations 60 Points

(@10 Pts each)

Quizzes 160 Points

(16 @ 10 pts each)

Comprehensiveexam 140 Points

Learning Activities 100 Points

(10@10 Points Each)

Total Points 1000 Points

Grading Scale:

930 pts-1000 pts A

860pts-929pts B

780pts-859pts C

700pts-779pts D

Classroom procedures:

If you are a full participant in this class, you will be able to improve your public speaking skills and become a more effective communicator. Being a full participant means coming to class prepared and on time, actively participating in group exercises and discussions, and fulfilling the requirements for your grade. You are expected to be respectful to fellow students and your instructor. You are as much as active listener as you are a presenter. No cell phones allowed in the classroom please.


Before you present I need a typed preparation with your central idea/main points and sub-points identified.



Attendance in mandatory. Excessive tardies (more than 4, will result in one absence.) If you leave class early, you will be counted absent. If you leave class to answer a cell phone, you will be counted absent. If you are absent more than twice, your final letter grade will drop one complete grade.

After the first class meeting and through the Section Census Date, the instructor may disenroll (WX) students who have not attended any classes. The Section Census Date is listed under the Important Dates for the course in the official Class Schedule at There is no appeal for this disenrollment.

A student who fails to meet class attendance expectations may receive a final grade mark of FX, indicating an absence-related failure, or a failing (F) grade.


When you communicate with others in this course, you must follow the Student Code of Conduct (, which calls for responsible and cooperative behavior. Please think critically, ask questions, and challenge ideas, but also show respect for the opinions of others, respond to them politely, and maintain the confidentiality of thoughts expressed in the class. You may also wish to review information at


Students are reminded that materials they use as sources for class work may be subject to copyright protection. Additional information about copyright is provided on the library website at or by your instructor. In response to incidents of student dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, etc.), the College imposes specific actions that may include receiving a failing grade on a test, failure in the course, suspension from the College, or dismissal from the College. Disciplinary procedures are available in the Advising/Counseling Centers or at


If you cannot participate in and complete this course, you should officially withdraw by calling Central Registration at 402-457-5231 or 1-800-228-9553. Failure to officially withdraw will result in either an attendance-related failure (FX) or failing (F) grade. The last date to withdraw is noted in the CLASS IDENTIFICATION section of this syllabus.


MCC's Academic Resource Centers, Math Centers, and Writing Centers offer friendly, supportive learning environments that can help students achieve educational success. Staff members in these centers provide free drop-in assistance with basic computing, reading, math, and writing skills. Self-paced, computer-assisted instructional support in reading, vocabulary, typing, English as a Second Language, and online course orientation is also available.

Detailed information about the Academic Resource, Math, and Writing Centers is in the Student Handbook, College Catalog, and online at


If you have a disability that may substantially limit your ability to participate in this class, please contact a Disability Support Services Counselor located in the Student Services Office on each campus. Metropolitan Community College will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with documented qualifying disabilities. However, it is the students responsibility to request accommodations. For further information, please visit and/or contact Student Services.


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NOTICE: This syllabus sets forth a tentative schedule of class topics, learning activities, and expected learning outcomes. However, the instructor reserves the right to mod