District Syllabus
Basic Speaking And Listening Skills

Credit Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 2
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
An introductory course to provide the speaking and listening skills.
Meets A.A. oral communications 
Required Materials: Books:
  • For Face-to-Face Sections:
    Beebe, Steven A. and Susan J..
    A Concise Public Speaking Handbook
    , 4th ed.,
    Pearson, Copyright 2015, 2015. ISBN: 9780205897216
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Students IN ONLINE SECTIONS ONLY must 1. present to and interact with an audience of at least four people who are 13 years old or older. 2. have the equipment and the skills to record and upload presentations.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes
I. Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing the results into the creative process. 
II. Communication: Students will develop effective reading, writing, 
speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
nonverbally on literal and figurative levels.     
VI. Social Skills: Students will develop and use skills and 
attitudes that integrate individuals into society. 
Major Learning Outcomes:  Through satisfactory performance of at 
least one informative and one persuasive speaking assignment, active 
participation in group discussions, and satisfactory completion of 
written examinations and assignments, students will demonstrate 
competency in:
1. Public speaking skills, and
2. Listening with critical comprehension.
Students will:
1. Demonstrate required speaking competencies through
satisfactory performance of three assigned speeches, active 
participation in group discussions, and passing grades on written 
2. Demonstrate competency in listening with critical comprehension.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Successful students will be able to:
1. Listen with literal comprehension of a speaker's main idea and 
supporting details.
2. Listen with critical comprehension of a speaker's purpose, 
audience, organizational style, and voice.
3. Craft a spoken message reflective of a specific audience and 
purpose, including an introduction with a clear thesis, body 
paragraphs with appropriate organizational style and effective 
transitions, and a conclusion.
4. Deliver the message using clear articulation, vocal variety 
appropriate to audience, and nonverbal behavior which supports the 
5. Produce oral and written materials using correct standard 
American English grammar and mechanics and appropriately attributed 
supporting research.          
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student achievement of course materials is the 
responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the 
college.  Detailed grading specifics are included in the expanded 
syllabus developed by the particular instructor.              
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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