The discipline of communication focuses on how people use
messages to generate meaning within and across various contexts, cultures,
channels, and media. The discipline promotes the effective and ethical practice
of human communication. Public Speaking is the process of
planning and delivering a message to a large group of people in a structured
and deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, and/or entertain the
listeners. Compared to interpersonal and small group communication public
speaking is more rule-driven and planned because of contextual constraints,
mainly the number of people involved. To
understand public speaking, we will explore all types of communication in this
SPC 1006 Mon
72644, 72645, 72646 Fall 2015 YBOR 212
Instructor: Shelly Stein
YFAC 209 Sstein2@hccfl.edu
To be posted online and in class
…And By Appointment
Free Online Text: The Public
Speaking Project http://publicspeakingproject.org/psvirtualt
The quizzes are all taken online in our Canvas
classroom and are open-book.
60% of your course grade is based on work that is
conducted in our online classroom: https://hcc.instructure.com (Canvas).
For the semester, you should have access to a PC where
you can take quizzes, read, and submit assignments.
Free Computer Access:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Student Lounge 1st floor YFAC Bldg.
Resource Center (Library): Mon-Thurs -
8am-8pm; Fri - 8am-4:30pm.
Check all places for updated hours
In my classroom,
I will deliver education of the highest standards while fostering a safe
environment for students regardless of diversity issues, including gender,
race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality, gender identification and
socioeconomic status across cultures.
Policy Regarding Syllabus
syllabus provides clear rules and guidelines for this course. It is a contract
between the instructor and students to help guide behavior and to ensure
fairness. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus at any time.
Any change in the syllabus will be announced in class and online and the change
will apply to all students. Each student is responsible for handouts and/or
announcements given during any absence from any class session.
For Students with Disabilities
Any student whose disability falls within the American
Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations should contact the Office of
Services for Students with Disabilities within the first two weeks of class.
The office is located in the Student Services Building Room 109. You may also
reach the office by phone at (813) 253-7757/TDD: (813) 253-7788.
HCC Policy on Religious Observances
HCC will reasonably accommodate the religious
observances, practices, and beliefs of students in its admission, class
attendance, and the examination policies and in work assignments.
Students must notify instructors at least one week
prior to an absence due to religious observance.
In the event of a weather or public health
emergency, it may be necessary for HCC to suspend normal operations. During
this time, HCC may opt to communicate
through methods that include but are not
limited to: Canvas classroom, texting, and email messaging. It’s the
responsibility of the student to monitor these messages.
HCC offers counseling services free to any
registered student coping with issues ranging from academic frustrations to
more serious situations. All counseling
sessions are confidential. Call
1-877-736-2575 for assistance.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
HCC Campus Security
HCC Financial Aid Policies
Students who have received financial aid this semester
should not drop or withdraw from this class without first talking to someone in
the financial aid department. Dropping or withdrawing may require you to repay
the financial aid you received this class, including all federal and state aid,
both grants and loans.
Technology & Other Requirements
I will provide instructions a support during office
hours for using the Canvas Learning Management system. We will use this for emails, posting grades,
and for finding copies of your assignments.
It is the responsibility of the student to acquire and learn the basics
for how to use the learning management system for this class.
Rule? Although the Gordon Rule no
longer has a formal word count, you will still be
expected to write a minimum of 1500 words in this class, which you will easily
satisfy by writing the outlines and the texts of your manuscript speeches.
Remember, you must pass all Gordon Rule classes with a minimum grade of ―C to
avoid re-taking them.
Description 1 Credit
SPC 1006 focuses on the basic methods of speech presentation and critical
listening. For those students that began prior to the fall term 2002 and have
had continuous enrollment, this meets the speech component of the general
education communication requirements.
This course is non-transferrable.
College level reading and writing.
Upon completion of the course:
Students will demonstrate the ability to manage
communication apprehension by delivering a variety of extemporaneous speeches
using verbal and nonverbal behaviors designed to engage the listener.
Students will provide evidence and reasoning to
support the purpose and central idea of a speech.
Students will prepare and present oral
presentations using established rhetorical patterns adapting them to the
established needs of the audience.
Students will adapt the oral presentations to
fulfill any additional assignment requirements related to structure, purpose,
Students will apply ethical practices in
developing and presenting speeches.
Students will conduct self and peer evaluations
to demonstrate effective listening skills, to identify rhetorical patterns, and
to critically evaluate the quality of content and delivery techniques.
Policies and Responsibilities
The entire group’s success depends on
each member’s professionalism and contribution. Everyone has a responsibility
to contribute to a productive and positive classroom culture. To ensure our
success, here are a few guidelines:
Attendance and Make-up Policy
Your consistent participation in this course
is crucial both to your individual learning and your classmates’ benefit. Attendance is mandatory for every
student. As this is a skills based
course, any class that you miss will have an impact on your grade. Any classes that are missed where a speech is due and is allowed to be made up must be accompanied by a
sanctioned excuse, like a doctor’s note or a funeral program for a death in the
immediate family, in order to make up the speech. Regardless of the excuse other than
illness/hospitalization, I require that you turn in your outline on the day that
it is due—otherwise you will receive no points for your outline.
issues or an inflexible work schedule do not constitute an excuse under any
circumstances other than those resulting in hospitalization.
If you are absent, it’s your responsibility
to collect any notes, handouts, or materials. Each absence incurs point
deductions of approximately 50 points.
You will be penalized 10 points for each 10 minutes you
are late to class. If you want to see if
you were counted late, please see me after class and refer to the seating
As a college student, I expect that you will come to
class fully prepared for the day’s lesson.
This includes all reading that should have been done in advance, any written
work that is due and well-rehearsed presentations. Failure to prepare adequately will result in
a deduction in your participation grade.
Good Classroom Citizenship
Every member of the class has important contributions to make.
Everyone brings unique and useful perspectives and experiences to our group dynamic. So let’s make the most of this opportunity to learn from one another.
For those who may be tempted to hold back, please don’t. For those who tend to
be eager to share, remember that good communication
means listening as much as talking.
While everyone may not
agree on a topic of discussion, you will not talk over or use any type of
bullying to deny your classmates or instructor an opportunity to discuss their
views. No discrimination will be
tolerated based upon age, sex, ethnicity, national origin, ability, sexuality,
or gender identification.
Use of Technology in Class
The use of cell phones, laptops, and other
devices is prohibited unless you receive express permission from the instructor
No grades are discussed through email. No
grades or other classroom matters will be discussed with anyone other than the
student unless express permission has been granted through the appropriate
I hold a 24/7 grade policy. This means that a student must read through
their speech grade, ask appropriate questions and then wait 24 hours before
approaching me with a grade grievance.
After those 24 hours are over, a student may seek a scheduled meeting
with me within no more than seven days to discuss the grade.
I have found that most students do average
work. With that in mind, each student
will start this class with an average grade of C. It is up to you to improve on that grade. Exceptional students will be rewarded. Exceptional students are defined as those who
go beyond the surface of the assignment and become more engaged in the deeper
conversation. Just doing the basics of
the assignments and turning in your first draft of work will guarantee your
average grade or possibly less.
Grades are calculated
according to the following scale:
900-1000 = A: Superior Performance - work goes above and
beyond what is required to produce truly exceptional results.
800-899 = B: Very
good performance, better than the average.
700-799 = C: Average
performance, producing what was expected.
600-699 = D: Work is below average.
599 or below = F:
Failed to meet the minimum requirements for passing. TIP:
main reasons students fail – poor attendance, failure to complete
online work, failure to complete each speech.
It is possible to receive an F on a speech and still pass the
Alternative Grades (I, W, WN)
The instructor will not assign the grade of
"I," representing a failure to complete all the work in the course,
unless at least 75% of the coursework has been completed by the end of the
course and prior arrangements have been made.
The instructor will not assign a grade of
The "W" represents that a student is
Withdrawing from the course, and it is the student's responsibility to withdraw
from the class. It is the student's
responsibility to check the college calendar for that date. This calendar
appears in the class schedules published by the college, on the college web
site, and in this syllabus. /current-students/academic-calendars.aspx
The instructor will only assign a WN to students
who have never attended class.
All written work turned in during class
(outlines and sources) must be typed.
Correct spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation absolutely
counts. Written work that does not meet these standards will not be accepted. Unless given express consent, I will not
accept work that is emailed to me. If
you must hand in work outside of class for any reason, please have it placed in
my mailbox, which is located in the Admin building first floor in the mailroom.
Since you can turn in any of your online
work early, you may only earn up to ½ credit for online work that is turned in
late. There are a few exceptions to
this rule such as when the college servers are down for more than a few hours
I do not accept make up speeches that have
not been verified with valid notation.
You may only make up certain speeches on a day that has been approved by
me—usually the last day of the semester.
If you miss the make-up speech day for any reason, there will not be
another opportunity to complete the work.
Any form of cheating or plagiarism on assignments
constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty.
Plagiarism, according to Diana Hacker’s The Bedford Handbook, is (1) failing to cite
quotations and borrowed ideas, (2) failing to enclose borrowed language in
quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own
For additional information, refer to the Student Handbook section: Academic Dishonesty Policy. This applies to this classroom and a grade of
F may be issued for Plagiarism or Cheating.
Your speeches should be original and written by you.
Any other conduct aimed at making false
representation with respect to a student’s academic performance is also
considered academic dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty online includes phoning-a-friend, texting or any other
collaboration, when taking an exam.
The exceptions are when such collaboration is
inherent to the assignment, as in group activities, or when encouraged, as for
example when students work together in study groups in preparation for exams or
when helping each other in the practice of presentations.
Speech Assignments: You may not deliver a canned speech or
a speech that has been given before by yourself or another person for this
In addition, you may not read a manuscript or a
full-sentence outline speech in class. Reading from a manuscript whether it is
your own or another’s will result in a grade of ―F‖ for the assignment. If
there is evidence of plagiarism, you will receive an F for the assignment and
probably the course. Presenting false or
fabricated information will result in an F for the speech. Depending on the
severity, it may result in an F for the course.
The course textbook describes ways to
appropriately document original source materials in oral presentations to avoid
committing plagiarism. In our class, we will use the APA style format. A link
to the APA handbook is found in our class LibGuide (Library Guide) http://libguides.hccfl.edu/stein1006
And prescribes ways to document original source
materials in written presentations to avoid committing plagiarism. I will not,
circumstances, accept late sources or bibliographies.
Notice of Unauthorized Recordings
All unauthorized recordings of class are
prohibited. The redistribution of other class materials such as quizzes, exams,
and general notes are prohibited as well.
Rules for college classes will be maintained and include: not missing
class, not walking in late or leaving early, not walking in during student speeches, no slamming of doors
or other materials, cleaning up after yourself, no noise from (or use of)
electronic devices such as cell phones, no wandering in/out of the room for any
reason, (no taking smoke breaks),no sleeping or keeping your head down on your
desk, no inappropriate conversations, and no expressions of disrespectful attitude,
speech, or behaviors may be exhibited toward your instructor or peers.
You will be penalized
participation points for each occurrence if you fail to comply with these
rules. Additionally, should ―repeat‖ inappropriate behaviors become an issue
with your presence in the classroom; you will be directed to meet with the Ybor
Dean of Student Services. You will not be allowed to return to class until you
meet with the Dean you are cleared for readmission.
Students will wear professionally casual, neat dress
on presentation days (avoiding faded or torn jeans, T-shirts, shorts, tank
tops, cut-offs, sneakers, flip-flops, bare midriffs or shoulders or revealing
wear). Students may also be asked to remove distracting facial and/or
body/tongue piercings prior to their speeches. No one will be allowed to give a
presentation while wearing a hat or sunglasses unless it is used as a visual
aid. Please dress professionally to maximize your success.
The Use of Wikipedia and other Encyclopedic
Since college-level reading and writing are
requirements for this course, I assume that
each of you have learned basic research and citing methods. In SPC 1608, we have an in depth library
workshop where you review how to do research and how to acquire academic
sources for your speech assignments.
At no time & under
no conditions is the online encyclopedia WIKIPEDIA ever to be used as a cited
resource for any assignment in this class. Additionally, general encyclopedic
sources (Ask.com, About.com) are never to be used as a source in this class.
Anyone using or citing WIKIPEDIA or any other online encyclopedia in any
assignment will receive significant a letter grade deduction on that assignment.
I will respond to all emails in a timely
manner except on weekends or those sent the morning of class. For speediest feedback, use email@example.com. If you don’t hear from me in 24 hours try
again. All emails will be professional
in tone and construction whether they are sent to me or to your
Texting language is not appropriate.
You should learn to think critically
about information presented to you and be able to blend research with personal
introspection, so there will
be reflection and research
assignments that are due throughout the semester, which will constitute your
total grade. The assignments will be
mostly oral presentations done in front of the class. There will also be homework learning modules
which are similar to quizzes given to test your understanding of the material.
Speeches 300 points (30% of overall
Formal Interview Speech & outline: 100 pts; Time: 2-3 minutes Make-up
penalty 20 points:
The objectives of this speech
To get to know you better by preparing and
To craft an interesting speech, with appropriate
self-disclosure, with 2-3 main points, and an introduction and conclusion.
Informative Briefing Speech & outline: 100 pts, Time: 3-5-minutes, Make-up penalty
The objectives of this speech
To utilize the knowledge and skills learned in this
educate the class on your chosen field of study
3. To use at least two sources with proper citation.
demonstrate your capabilities with visual aids and audience analysis.
Speech (no outline, visual, no make-ups, 100 pts; Time: 1-2
You will be assigned a classmate to whom you will
create and present an award (No exceptions).
The objectives of this speech include:
To think creatively on a subject that you may not know
To choose a mode of delivery that works best for your
To choose appropriate style elements for your immediate
To deliver an extemporaneous award and an impromptu
acceptance speech, meeting all listed criteria.
Major speeches may
be recorded in class and uploaded to an online site for viewing. Each
student may review their own speeches as well as that of other students in
their class. There are no exceptions to this requirement. All speeches must be
delivered in class with an audience in attendance. There are no exceptions to
deliver all speeches in order to pass the course!
Extemporaneous Mode of Delivery
Unless indicated otherwise, all speeches must be
delivered conversationally with an outline only.
A “read” or manuscript speech will result in an F for the speech. You
are allowed to use notes and visual aids in
addition to an outline while
speaking. You must
turn in a typed copy of your outline along with your speech. No late
outlines, visual aids, references and so forth, are accepted.
Participation: 200 points (20%)
Each absence, whether excused or unexcused, will
result in the loss of your participation points. Absences will result in a loss of at least 30
points per occurrence; being tardy is a loss of 10 points for every 10 minutes
so try hard not to be late!
Quizzes & Online Homework assignments: 400
You will have the opportunity to
complete 19 online quizzes. The online quizzes are open book. They are designed to help you test your
comprehension of the textbook and to encourage you to keep up with reading. You
may not collaborate with other students on the quizzes. Since you may take them early, I do not allow for make-up work on the
quizzes for full credit. If you need to take the quizzes in the testing
center instead of online, or have an accommodation for more testing time, you
must make arrangements with me the first week of class. Each quiz is worth approximately 2% of your
overall grade or 10 points and is in the true/false or fill-in-the-blank
Your writing skills are critical in college classes.
As such any work that you submit will be graded on a scale based on use of
appropriate grammar and style (no texting), the level of detail, application of
course concepts, depth of thought, and thoroughness of your response.
You will also have at least one self-evaluation to
submit and some other work that may be turned in during class or online. Be
sure to read the instructions for all assignments and check the due dates.
Easiest and generally most foolproof, but you may lose formatting: Compose your
work in a word processing program and then copy and paste the document in the
submission window of the assignment folder. Be sure to check the formatting
from a campus computer before the due date.
Note: Avoid composing your work in
the submission window as you might be “timed-out” and lose your work!
Method #2: Upload an
Regardless of the computer you are using, only submit a
.doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file or I will not be able to open it. If I cannot open your document when I begin
grading, I will consider your assignment to be late. Be sure to check your attachment on a campus
computer before the due date.
Always double-check that you submitted or attached
the correct file AND that your file was accepted. I can only grade what is submitted.
Grades: Other than what is posted in the online classroom, no Final
Grades will be given in advance of posting with the registrar. If you would like help in figuring your
grade, come to my office hours. Since I
use a point scale, it is fairly easy to keep track of your grade.
Accessing MyHCC (Log-in
Please note that it is your
responsibility to login to our online classroom at least twice a week to do your work and to check
announcements. Classroom Website:
and password: If you have not already establish your Net ID.
Browser Check: A
browser check tool is on the My HCC tab (left column), once you log into our
online classroom (Canvas). You should
test your browser and make the necessary updates. This will avoid technical
problems when using MyHCC. See Canvas’
compatibility page for more details.
Difficulties: Please contact
HCC Live Help (http://hcclive.hccfl.edu/) for all technology-related issues.
Indicate to technical support that you are using Canvas at HCC. The Canvas toll-free support line is
Like the students in this class, I am expected to demonstrate
personal accountability throughout the course.
For this reason, you can expect me to be:
Supportive: I will do all that I can to see you excel
in this class. In short, I want
each of you to succeed.
Challenging: I will challenge each and
every one of you with rigorous yet fair expectations and criteria. I will expect your best work at all times and
will do my best to provide you with the necessary tools to meet this
Respectful: I will communicate respectfully with
you. As the instructor, I will do my
best to ensure each of you feel valued both in and outside of this classroom by
listening mindfully to your comments and/or concerns and paraphrasing both
meaning and intent in the hopes of creating shared understanding.
will start and end class on time.
There will be some speech days where we run a little over time so if
you have a class after ours, be sure to speak 1st! Some speech days may run late but you may
leave at the end of the class if you have already spoken), grade and return all
work within a reasonable time
frame. I will require a 24-hour turn-around time,
however, on all
correspondence that requires more
than a brief answer. If I ever have to cancel class,
I will try my best to post an
I will come to class prepared and
knowledgeable about assigned readings and upcoming assignments.
I will organize class time effectively, and I
will accommodate multiple learning preferences by using varying techniques such
as: Class discussion, presentation aids, & activities. In addition, I will provide clear
instructions and criteria for all assignments.