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.  Meets A.A. 
oral communications requirement. Please note that the textbook 
requirement varies between online, hybrid, and face-to-face 
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: Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing 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. To that end, they 
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: 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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