District Syllabus
Public Speaking

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
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. General 

Education, Communications.               



Required Materials:
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: The student evaluates the validity of ideas, 
developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions. 

II. Communication: The student effectively communicates knowledge 

VI. Information Literacy: The student effectively locates, 

and applies information from a variety of sources.








Course Learning Outcomes:
1.       Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

plan, structure, research, outline, and successfully deliver at

least one informative, one persuasive, and one other speech to a

particular audience by demonstrating improved physical and oral 

communication skills as measured by the written and spoken 


2. Students will demonstrate effective 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.             

Methods of Evaluation:
Students will perform at least one informative, one persuasive, and

one other speech.  Assignments may include, but are not limited to,

individual speeches, group discussions and/or presentations, written

assignments, listening assignments, and tests. 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: 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.

Equity Statement: Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its educational programs, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding Title IX and the college’s nondiscrimination policies, contact the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity/Title IX Officer at (850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.