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Welcome to the class! Fall Semester 2008. SP 111 Public Speaking. Agenda. Welcome Syllabus Course Overview. Course Syllabus. Textbook: Grice, G. & Skinner, J. (2008) Mastering Public Speaking: The Handbook. ISBN # 10:0205547613 Textbook is on reserve in the library. BUYING SOURCE:

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  • Welcome
  • Syllabus
  • Course Overview
course syllabus
Course Syllabus
  • Textbook: Grice, G. & Skinner, J. (2008) Mastering Public Speaking: The Handbook. ISBN # 10:0205547613
  • Textbook is on reserve in the library.
    • Clackamas Bookstore and / or www.bestbookbuys.com
  • Other: Recordable DVD
  • Instructor: Dr. Kelly Brennan
  • Office: N139
  • Office Hours: TTH 12-1pm or by appointment.
  • Telephone: (503) 657-6958 x2726
  • Fax: 503-650-6669
  • Email: kellyb@clackamas.edu
course description
Course Description
  • Welcome to public speaking!  In this course, we will explore concepts and theories relating to communication, message design, and public speaking. 
  • This course will provide you with the opportunity to build upon textbook and classroom materials and to practice the skills and theories explored in class.
  • Through graded and un-graded classroom activities, you will develop your existing speaking and communication skills and gain new ones. 
  • In addition to giving speeches, you will practice being an effective audience member, evaluate speeches and learn the elements included in the communication process.  
course objectives
Course Objectives
  • This course is designed as an introduction to public speaking with an emphasis on enhancing communication ability through the study of public address theory and application of that theory through performance and analysis of a number of speeches. 
  • Practice will be applied in organization, research and delivery of a variety of speeches that is designed to use strategies that will increase the abilities for students to inform, persuade, and entertain their audience.
student learning outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Research speech topics, organize research into a variety of speech genres, and deliver speeches effectively.
  • 2. Understand their strengths and weaknesses in delivering speeches that will help them become more effective speakers.
  • 3. Become critical and effective audience members when listening to speeches by examining evidence to support claims made by speakers.
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Student Learning Outcomes:

4. Understand the differences between verbal and nonverbal communication and the impact of both on the communication process.

5. Qualify message by context: Identify how an audience's circumstances, background, values, interests and needs filter messages sent and received.

6. Express concepts, propositions and beliefs in coherent, concise and technically correct form.


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Student Learning Outcomes:

7. Choose and use communication medium (visual, written, graphic, audio) effectively.

8. Choose and use communication technologies (ranging from pencil & paper to cell phones and computers) effectively and intentionally.

9. Speak with apparent comfort in front of groups.


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Student Learning Outcomes:

10. Listen actively.

11. Follow social norms for individual and small group interactions.


course learning assumptions expectations
Course Learning Assumptions & Expectations:
  • 1. Success is your choice! If you choose to be successful, I will be happy to help you. If you do not choose to be successful, I will honor your choice.
  • Every student has the potential to succeed in this class.
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Course Learning Assumptions & Expectations:
  • 2. Respect is one of the foundations of an environment conducive to learning. In this class, I have a commitment to creating a positive and respectful learning environment. I expect all of us to contribute to a safe, productive and fun classroom environment, valuing each of our strengths and differences.
  • In class discussions, everyone should be courteous and respectful of others; no rude, sexist, racist, or other disrespectful comments or behavior will be acceptable.
course learning assumptions expectations2
Course Learning Assumptions & Expectations:
  • 3. One of the most important aspects of learning is being able to listen. As you listen to your classmates, you should be attentive and supportive. Everyone has something valuable to contribute to the class’ learning and to each individual’s success.
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Course Learning Assumptions & Expectations:
  • 4. Class discussion will build from the reading so it is necessary that you complete the reading before the assigned date. We will not be able to discuss everything covered in the readings, but you will be responsible for the content.
course learning assumptions expectations4
Course Learning Assumptions & Expectations:
  • 5. I am open to your feedback about how I can best meet your needs as a student. I will actively solicit your feedback a few times in the term through evaluations, but also welcome your comments at other times.
general education course
General Education Course
  • This class is designed to follow the GE guidelines and follows the University standards.
  • Requirements in Communication Proficiency [C] may be satisfied with this course. 
  • This course is designed to help each student develop speaking skills. In order to do so, an audience is required.
  • Attendance is vital to the success of the whole class, but more importantly, it is vital to the development and success of each student.
  • Therefore, attendance will be recorded.
attendance cont
Attendance Cont.
  • The policy in this class will be that students may miss one (1) class period for any reason. However, each additional absence will cost students 10 points off their final course grade.
  • Also 5 points will also be deducted for each tardy.
  • I will give 10 points of extra credit for perfect attendance. However, students must be present for the entire class.
  • I will do all I can to remind students of upcoming assignments and quizzes; however, it is the responsibility of each student to read and remember the assignments and quizzes listed in the class syllabus.
  • It is important that students understand that their success depends on themselves. Remember the dates.
  • It is vital that each student complete homework "on time."
  • All written assignments MUST BE TYPED and double spaced.
  • No hand written papers will be accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS.
assignments cont
Assignments Cont.
  • I understand computers fail, or perhaps one wasn't available when you needed it.
  • If this happens and I have been contacted, I will allow students to turn their papers in no later than the next scheduled class.
  • However, students will be penalized 10% off their total points for this option.
  • Students will have the opportunity to assign themselves a date to speak.
  • Therefore, students are to be prepared to give their speeches on their assigned day.
  • Students who fail to come to class on their assigned dates will receive a zero (0), NO EXCEPTIONS.
speeches cont
Speeches Cont.
  • Students who miss a speech due to lack of preparation will be allowed to make up the speech at a date given by the instructor for half credit if arrangements are made prior to the speech date.
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Speeches Cont.
  • If a student contacts the instructor before the day of her/his speech with an excused absence, the student will be allowed to make up the speech at a date given by the instructor for full credit.
  • Students who call on the day they are to give a speech (especially during class time) will not be given this courtesy.
speech topics
Speech Topics
  • Topics should be based upon speaker's interest.
  • I do suggest that you check with me on your topics due to certain topics being over done.
  • Two topics that are off limits in this class are politics and religion.
note cards
Note cards
  • I will allow note cards to aid the speaker during some speeches.
  • When using note cards do not read your speech! Note cards are for reference only.
time of speeches
Time of Speeches
  • There is a 30 second grace period on all speeches (under of over).
  • Students who violate the time parameter on a speech will lose the following points:
  • 01-60 seconds = 10% off total possible points.
  • 61-120 seconds = 20% off total possible points.
  • 121-180 seconds = 30% off total possible points.
  • See the pattern? 
  • Students must pass both the written (quizzes, outlines, etc.) and performance (speeches) sections to complete this course.
  • The grade of "C" means average. This means that if all assignments are completed and meet college standards and attendance requirements are met, students will receive a "C."
  • Higher grades of "A" and "B" are given as a measure of students who excel beyond the college average.
  • SPEECHES:Possible Points
  • Library Assignment….…….............................5
  • Introduction Speech (2 min.)…………..…....10
  • Impromptu Speech (3-5 min)……………..….30
  • Tribute Speech (4-5 min.)..............................40
  • Informative Speech w/Visual Aids

(5-6 min.)……………………………….….......80

Outline and Bibliography (30 points)

Delivery and Content (50 points)

homework cont
Homework Cont.
  • Persuasive Speech (6-8 min.).........................100

Outline (20 points – all or none law)

Content and Delivery (80 points)

  • QUIZZES: (4, each worth 25 points)……........100

(2-3 pages)……..…………………………...........35

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE...............400

  • A = 400-376 (100-94%)
  • A- = 375-360 (93.8-90%)
  • B+ = 359-348 (89.8-87%)
  • B = 347-332 (86.8-83%)
  • B- = 331-320 (82.8-80%)
  • C+ = 319-308 (79.8-77%)
  • C = 307-292 (76.8-73%)
  • C- = 291-280 (72-70%)
  • D+ = 279-268 (69.8-67%)
  • D = 267-252 (66.8-63%)
  • D- = 251-240 (62.8-60%)
  • F = 239 and below (59% or less)
Every effort will be made to grade and hand back tests, outlines, etc., within a week of their completion.
  • These materials should be retained by the student as a check list against the instructor's records.
  • Final grades can be accessed via MyClackamas at the end of the term.
grading rubric
Grading Rubric
  • Please look at the criteria that will be used for evaluating assignments:
  • Speeches
  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes and test
returning assignments
Returning assignments
  • Every effort will be made to grade and hand back tests, outlines, etc., within a week of their completion.
  • These materials should be retained by the student, as a check list against the instructor's records.
academic dishonesty and student conduct guidelines
  • Academic integrity is the cornerstone of the university and will be strongly enforced in this course. 
  • Any student found in violation of the academic integrity policy will be given an “F” for the course and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. 
  • For additional information about Clackamas College Academic Integrity policy/procedures refer to the student handbook.
academic dishonesty and student conduct guidelines1

Plagiarism is representing the work of others as one's own or paraphrasing closely from a source without giving proper attribution.

This would include text, figures, charts, graphs or other such material that is not properly cited.

The only exceptions to the requirement that sources be cited is when the information is common knowledge.


academic dishonesty and student conduct guidelines2
  • Cheating is the intentional attempt or use of unauthorized material to obtain a higher grade than is deserved.
  • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, communicating improperly with students during tests, copying from books, notes or "cheat sheets," having substitutes take an examination on one's behalf, and making copies of past or current examinations.
academic dishonesty and student conduct guidelines3
  • Anyone who disrupts the learning process in the classroom will be asked to leave.
  • Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
academic dishonesty and student conduct guidelines4
  • Talking while the professor is addressing the class.
  • Talking while students are making presentations.
  • Inappropriate non-verbal behavior which includes leaving the classroom before the class is finished
  • A student who uses profanity in the classroom will be asked to leave. Any presentation which includes profanity will receive a failing grade.
academic dishonesty and student conduct guidelines5
  • Please turn off cell phones before entering class and keep them off until the end of class.
  • If children need to be brought to class, bring them.
department written literacy policy
Department Written Literacy Policy
  • For a grade of ‘C’ of above the following standards must be met on all major papers:
    • A. Fewer than FOUR spelling errors.
    • B. Fewer than FOUR incomplete sentences.
    • C. Fewer than FOUR major punctuation errors (including proper use of capitalization, periods and commas.)
  • The Communication and Theater department believes basic writing skills are an essential part of this course. All major writing assignments must conform to the above guidelines. Those students exhibiting a deficiency in this area are encouraged to take advantage of the college’s resources for improving writings skills.
  • Students are responsible for withdrawing from the class if they do not wish to continue. Please check the school policy on withdrawals. Failure to act in accordance with school policy may result in a failing grade for the student.
  • The Academic Calendar is posted on MyClackamas.edu
disabled student services or accommodations
Disabled Student Services or Accommodations
  • If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible.
  • Accommodations may be available if you need them in order to fully participate in this class because of a disability.
  • Accommodations may take some time to implement so it is critical that you contact Disability Services as soon as possible. 
personal note
Personal Note:
  • If you would like me to look at an outline of your speech before your speaking date, please contact me. I do ask that you give me your outline at least two (2) class periods before you are to speak.
  • It is my goal to help each student to become the best speaker possible. I do not expect students to be speakers like Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Hillary Clinton, or Ronald Reagan, just do your best. I feel that as each student does the "best" she/he can do this course will be fun.
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Personal Note:

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welcome to sp 111 public speaking
Welcome to SP 111Public Speaking

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