There are no prerequisites for this course.
There are no corequisites for this course.
||This rhetoric-based course examines the concepts of speech
communication via lecture, discussion, and practical experiences in
public speaking, small group discussion and problem solving, and
comprehensive and critical listening. This is a speaking-intensive
course, and participation may include original research, writing, and
delivery of several types of formal speeches, panel discussions, and
critical analysis and evaluation of other speakers. Meets A.A. oral
communications requirement. Please note that the textbook requirement
varies between online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats.
- For face-to-face students ONLY: Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe. Concise Public Speaking Handbook, 3rd ed., Pearson, 2012. ISBN: 9780205753703
- For online and hybrid students ONLY: Beebe, Steven and Susan. Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 8th ed., Pearson, 2012. ISBN: 9780205784622
||1. Students taking hybrid sections of this course must have access to
a computer with reliable Internet access and may need access to a
camera capable of uploading video online.
2. Students taking online sections of this course must:
A. Have reliable computer and Internet access throughout the
B. Have access to a reliable camcorder for presentation recording.
C. Have access to an audience of at least four people who are at
least 13 years old for live interaction during the presentation
D. Have the ability to upload the recorded video to YouTube.
E. Be prepared to spend approximately nine hours per week on this
course for spring and fall terms. Sections offered during summer and
express terms require a higher number of coursework hours per week.
|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 results into the creative process. To that end, they
A. Systematically research, analyze, organize, and acknowledge
materials from a variety of sources, assessing bias and
distinguishing among facts, inferences, opinions, and
judgments, and presenting findings in speeches and in
B. Define and analyze problems, and create solutions for a
variety of issues.
II. Communication: Students will develop effective reading, writing,
speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and
on literal and figurative levels. To that end, they will:
A. Listen actively and demonstrate comprehension of
information and materials in speeches and in writing.
B. Deliver audience-centered speeches and presentations,
adapting speaking and writing to the requirements of the
assignment and audience.
C. Paraphrase and directly quote ideas and sources in speeches
and in writing.
VI. Social Skills: Students will develop and use skills and
attitudes that integrate individuals into society. To that end, they
A. Use appropriate language and listening during discussion of
a variety of topics, and participate in civil dialogue that
demonstrates respect for others’ opinions.
C. Recognize unethical behavior and avoid plagiarism in
preparation and presentation of all assignments.
D. Work effectively alone and with others to achieve goals.
Major Learning Outcomes:
1. Composition of public speeches including audience analysis,
research, outlining, and practice.
2. Public speaking delivery skills including:
A. Proper use of standard American English.
B. Correct articulation and pronunciation.
C. Correct volume and vocal intonations.
D. Correct emphasis and vocal variety.
E. Suitable and effective body language.
3. Active listening skills through analysis of other student
speeches and additional exercises in literal and critical listening.
4. Knowledge of the speech communication process in class
discussions, outlines, and tests.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking,
communication, and social skills through various written and oral
2. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to plan,
structure, research, outline, and successfully deliver a speech to a
particular audience by demonstrating improved physical and oral
communication skills as measured by the written and spoken
3. These assignments may include, but are not limited to individual
speeches, groups discussions and/or presentations, written
assignments, listening assignments, and tests.
|Methods of Evaluation:
||Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: Unforseen circumstances may limit coverage of course
objectives. Hence, requirements are subject to change. When
possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the American
Disability Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the
Student Resource Center for ADA Servuces 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.
|| 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.
|| 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.