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SAMPLE SYLLABUS:  this will change from semester-to-semester

Hillsborough Community College—Ybor CitySPC 1006—Speech Improvement      

 Hybrid Format - 7 weeks  YBOR 212 

Instructor Shelly K. Stein, Ph.D., Speech Communication

Office: YFAC 207

Phone: 813 253-7650

Email: sstein2@hccfl.edu 

Course Description:  1 CreditFocuses 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 

Course prerequisite: College level reading and writing. 

Course Objectives:

·        Students learn to use both verbal and non-verbal elements in successful speech delivery.

·        Students learn to research and organize oral presentations on topics of their choice.

·        They also adapt the presentation to the parameters of the assignment and the expectations of the audience in informative, persuasive and other types of presentations.

·        Students learn theories of effective persuasion and demonstrate understanding of those theories in a persuasive presentation.

 ·        Students understand and apply ethical practices in both research and actual presentations

·        Students learn to be effective listeners, identifying rhetorical patterns and critically evaluating quality of content and delivery techniques. 

·        Students learn principals of effective group communication through exercises and presentations.

·        Students incorporate 21st century technology, including visual aids, and multi-media, in their speech presentations.        

Policy Regarding SyllabusThis syllabus provides clear rules and guidelines for this course. It is a statement of understanding or 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 in your section. Each student is responsible for hand-outs and/or announcements given during their own absence from any class session 

Technology and Other Requirements:   This is a hybrid format course that is using the Blackboard 9.1 Learning Management System.  ·        It is the responsibility of the student to acquire and learn to use the learning management system for this class.·        Major speeches will be recorded in class and uploaded to an online site for viewing. Each student will 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 this requirement. 

Contact Information:  Office Phone: 813 253-7650.  I answer my phone or return calls during office hours.  My mailbox is in the mailroom – ground floor of the YADM or Administration Bldg. which is the old tan brick cigar factory across the street on Palm and 15th Ave.  Email: For regular class-related questions, we will use the internal MyHCC/Blackboard email system. My alternate email for emergencies is my faculty email address: sstein2@hccfl.edu. If you use my faculty email, please identify your section number or class time in the subject line.  We will NOT use the Campus Cruiser or Hawknet email system for this class. My policy is that I will try to respond to an email within 2 days or less. This is not a “guarantee”. I do not respond to emails on most weekends. I will usually only respond to an email if there is direct question or request that requires a response. For example, NO RESPONSE REQUIRED: “I am sick and will miss the speech”, RESPONSE REQUIRED: “I am sick and will miss the speech, what sort of written excuse must I provide?” Unless I see a question mark or a direct request, do not expect a response. If you want to be sure that I received your email, please use the “return receipt requested” on the email function or simply ask me to respond. Please use standard punctuation and spelling in your email messages as with all of our other online communication. In other words no texting please.   

Classroom Chat Room: We have a “classroom awareness” feature in the online classroom where we can tell who is online at the same time. If you see that I am online in our classroom and you have a question, feel free to initiate the “chat” feature. If you are working online, don’t be surprised if you get a Chat Invitation from me just to say “hi”. 

Classroom Etiquette:  Rules for college classes will be maintained and include: not missing class, not walking in late or leaving early, 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 3 points per occurrence if you fail to comply with simple common courtesy and proper social behaviors. Points will be deducted from your participation grade for that day OR for the online discussion in which it occurred. Additionally, should “repeat” inappropriate behaviors become an issue with your presence in the classroom; you will be directed to meet with Dean Herlocker (Ybor Dean of Student Services). You will not be allowed to return to class until you meet with the Dean and she clears you for readmission. Campus Security will remove you from the room if you attempt to attend prior to receiving clearance from the Dean. 

Office Hours:   These are typically my office hours.  Each semester, they change slightly so be sure to check the syllabus in our online classroom or look on my office door. 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
8:30 – 9:30 am  YFAC 207   8:30 – 9:30 am YFAC 207  
10:45-11:00 am  YBOR 212   10:45-11:00 am YBOR 212  
12:15-12:30 pm YBOR 212   12:15-12:30 pm YBOR 212  
1:45-2:45 pm  YFAC 207    1:45 – 2:45 pm  YFAC 207  
  Online 6-8:30 pm   Online 6–8:30 pm

My office is YFAC 207 in the YFAC or Faculty Building only steps away from our YBOR or Classroom Building;I am available to meet before and after class and at other times and places by appointment. 

Required Text:   DK Guide to Public Speaking by Lisa Ford-Brown.  Pearson Publishers, 2012.  ISBN:  978-1-2567-1048-6.  Ybor Bookstore price - $62.10 new; 46.60 used. 

This textbook is generally sold only at the Ybor campus bookstore. Reading assignments in the textbook are critical to your success in class and are covered in related online quizzes. You have the option of purchasing a regular textbook or an electronic book for this class.  You may use an older edition but check the chapters so that they correspond to the quizzes. HCC has an Online Bookstore where you can purchase the textbook: http://bookstore.hccfl.edu/home.aspx Otherwise, contact the campus for bookstore hours. To purchase the book online, you have several options that I am aware of. If you know of others, please let me know: Ecampus.com; Chegg.com; Half.com; booksprice.com Still waiting for Financial Aid? There are a couple of copies of the textbook in the “Reserve” section of the Ybor City library. This means that you can show a current student ID or library card to use the textbook for several hours in the library but you may not check the book out of the library.  If anyone knows of any other sources, please post this information in our classroom. The book is very popular so it may available used at other bookstores or at your local library. Policies Regarding Academic DishonestyAcademic dishonesty occurs when a student inappropriately collaborates with others on work to be presented as the work of that individual student, such as the writing of essays, the preparation of other assignments, or in taking quizzes or exams. Academic dishonesty is being aware of and failing to report knowledge of any student(s) being academically dishonest in her or his work is also considered a personal act of academic dishonesty.·        Academic dishonesty on your quizzes includes phoning-a-friend, texting or any other collaboration, when taking the exam.·        It also includes printing out exams and sharing with other students.·        Any other conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to a student’s academic performance is also considered academic dishonesty.·        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. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is clearly an act of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism occurs when a student submits work previously submitted or used in another course, without the prior approval of the instructor. Plagiarism occurs when a student submits work prepared or performed by someone other than the student whose name is on the work; this is plagiarism, as described below. According to Diana Hacker’s The Bedford Handbook, plagiarism is defined as “a serious academic offense” and “(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 words.”·        You may not deliver a “canned” speech or a speech that has been given before by yourself or another person for this class.·        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.·        You may not fabricate information or make false claims in your speeches. It is your responsibility to check your sources.·        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) and prescribes ways to document original source materials in written presentations to avoid committing plagiarism. Please read the Student Handbook section: Academic Dishonest Policy. This applies to this classroom and in short, a grade of “F” may be issued for plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty.   

Policies Regarding Attendance In Class Attendance: I keep attendance daily via a seating chart. The college requires us to keep attendance for two major reasons: (1) students who receive state or federal student loans/grants for a class may be required to pay back a percentage of their award money if they do not complete 60% of the class. The amount to be repaid is usually determined by the student’s last day of class attendance; (2) the college now gives a grade of “FX” to indicate “failure due to nonattendance” in a course. To award the “FX” grade, the last date of attendance must also be verified.  If you log in to the class to check your grade the last day of class, then I must record that day as your last day of attendance. Each week our class session counts for 10-20 participation points. If you miss class for any reason, you cannot “make up” these points.   

Online Attendance: For the online portion of the class, there are weekly quizzes and/or a discussion, exercise, or assignment due. To receive points for these activities, you must participate by the due date. If you are late submitting a quiz, homework, or discussion response for any reason, you will not receive credit. If you miss class, quizzes or discussions, there may be opportunities for extra credit in class, out of class, and online to earn more points. I will not accept any work that is due in class or online via email. An exception to this rule might be a system outage or another emergency where we have made prior arrangements.  Even so, you will be required to re-submit to the online classroom.  You should check in to our online classroom several times a week to for announcements, emails, and new discussion postings. 

Instructional Methods:  Methods of instruction in this course include but are not limited to, lecture, participation, electronic communication, electronic research, group work, essay and outline writing, blogs, wikis, guest speakers, virtual field trips, video analysis, observation, text book and otherwise required readings if chosen by instructor.  

Policy Regarding Unauthorized Video/Audio Recordings:  As stated in our Student Code of Conduct, a student shall not, without my express authorization, make or receive recordings of any class, any online material, or meeting with me. This includes, but is not limited to, audio and video recordings. Furthermore, you do not have my permission to post my class materials, quizzes, lectures, or student videos on the web. If I do give permission for recording, it may only be used for instructional purposes/in-class or homework viewing. Class Maintenance and Expectations·        Students are expected to begin working on their assignments immediately.·        You are expected to spend at least 3 hours per week working outside of class taking quizzes, responding to online discussions, and completing assignments. ·        Everything submitted in this class will be typed except for some peer evaluations.  ·        You are expected to log in to the online portion of the class at least 2-3 times each week to check on announcements and the discussion board.·        You must login to our online classroom no later than the 2nd week of the term. Computer problems are not an excuse for failing to visit the course site. Anyone who fails to attend class or to log in by this time will be automatically dropped from the course. ·        It is your responsibility to immediately contact the help desk or the instructor as soon as you encounter a problem with the online learning management system. I must receive notification of a problem within 48 hours of the due date or I will not provide an extension under any circumstances. The only exception is a system-wide outage.·        There is a computer lab on the 3rd floor of the YBOR building where you can seek help, print out limited copies of materials, and to take your quizzes.  There is another bank of computers available in the Learning Resource Center – the library.·        There are readings, online discussions, and quizzes due every week. For many weeks, there is a homework activity or major assignment due. Complete directions for assignments are distributed in class, described in instructor videos and posted in our online classroom. All written assignments except for outlines must be submitted as a typed document in the submission window or as an attachment in the proper Assignment Folder.·        Outlines will be submitted in class on the day you speak. You will always need 2 copies of your outline. One to speak from and the other to submit to the instructor BEFORE you speak. Late outlines or sources will receive feedback but are never accepted as part of the grade.·        All students must complete the informative speech and the persuasive speech assignments to beeligible to pass the course. The score earned on each speech does not have to be a C or above but the assignment MUST be completed.   Please note that all speeches are to be delivered in class. I will not accept late speeches unless we have made prior arrangements for a make-up speech. There will be a make-up day and time available mid-semester and the end of the term but it may not fall within our regular class time. If you miss the make-up days/times without a valid excuse you will fail the speech.·        You will receive written feedback from your teacher AND your classmates. You will hear differing opinions in this class. Respect the diversity.·        Appropriate use of the Discussion and the e-mail Tools online is important. Assigned discussion messages and those that concern the entire class should be posted to the “Ask a Question” discussion. Private messages and personal questions or requests to the instructor should be sent on the course e-mail. You may also use my campus (sstein2@hccfl.edu) e-mail address for emergencies. Assignments are not to be sent to the instructor via e-mail.·        Students must keep all of their returned assignments until the course ends. Students may keep track of their grade on our classroom website via MyGrades.·        You will have the option to work within a group this semester in preparing and delivering a major speech assignment. If you choose to do this, it is your group’s responsibility to negotiate this activity together. *************************************************************************************************************************************Accessing MyHCC (Log-in Information). Plea note that it is your responsibility to login to our online classroom to do the work. If you cannot login nor do the online work for any reason, you should drop this section and enroll in a speech course section without an online component.  Blackboard Website: https://hccfl.blackboard.com  Username: Your network ID which is the first part of your HCC email address (example: if your HCC email address is jsmith29@hawkmail.hccfl.edu; your network ID is jsmith29, which would be your username for accessing MyHCC) Password: Uppercase first initial, lowercase last initial, 7-digit student ID number (example: Js0123456).This system will allow up to 3 login attempts after which time it will “time-out” for 23 minutes. Do not guess at your login and password as this will create a major inconvenience for you. Browser Check and Pop-up Window:   Browser Check:  A browser check tool is on the My HCC tab (left column), once you log into Blackboard. We strongly recommend that you test your browser and make the necessary updates. This will avoid technical problems when using MyHCC. Note that Internet Explorer 7 and 8 are compatible with MyHCC, as well as Firefox 3.6. Google Chrome may not be compatible. See Blackboard’s compatibility page for more details.Pop-up WindowTo avoid an Internet Explorer pop-up window that says Do You Want to View Only the Webpage Content that Was Delivered Securely,Please do the following:1. Launch your Internet Explorer browser2. Click on Tools, Internet Options3. Go to Security tab4. Select Internet zone (default selection)5. Click on Custom level button under “Security level for this zone“section6. Under Miscellaneous branch, for Display mixed content parameter, select the radio button Enabled7. Click OK when done, and click Yes when prompted are you sure you want to change the settings for this zone. Technical Difficulties:  Please contact HCC Live (http://hcclive.hccfl.edu/) for all technology-related issues. Indicate to technical support that you are using MyHCC at https://hccfl.blackboard.com. Login Problems - Please verify your HCC account at
https://netid.hccfl.eduHCC Live Support Center
http://hcclive.hccfl.eduTraining for students is available at
http://ondemand.blackboard.com/students.htm   Questions Regarding The Course:  Please use the” Ask A Question” Discussion if you have questions about the course content and assignments. It is acceptable to ask a technical question here as well although you are not guaranteed a solution in this particular forum.  Anyone may answer in the Ask A Question forum.  This is the best and fastest place to find the answers to your questions. *              *              *              *              *              *              *              *              * Online Assignment Submission: Method #1: Easiest 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. Note: Avoid composing your work in the submission window as you might be “timed-out” and lose your work! Method #2:1. From the MyHCC, click the appropriate Assignment link on the left navigation pane.2. Click on the link for the Assignment you would like to upload.3. Under the “Submission” text box, click the button that says “Add Attachments”.4. Click the “My Computer” icon on the left side of the screen that appears.5. Click on Browse to change the location to where you have saved your file; find the file and click on it; the click the “Open” button.6. Once the file has been uploaded, you will see it above the “Add Attachments” button. If you have uploaded the wrong file you may remove it and upload the correct file.7. Repeat the steps 2-6 if you need to upload additional files for the assignment.8. If you want to check to make sure you submitted the correct file and the instructor will be able to open the file then click on the filename link.9. Once ALL files for the assignment are uploaded and you have verified the files are the correct file, click the “Submit” button at the bottom of your screen.Always double-check that you submitted or attached the correct file.  I only grade what is submitted.*********************************************************************************************************************************** Grading:  Grades are based on a point scale. There are a total of 1000 points possible. There may be other activities and assignments throughout the course that contribute to the final grade make-up. Be advised that each and every assignment listed below may not be required. Some are options to be assigned at instructor discretion.Speech grades are usually scored in class and returned the same day. You must keep your graded rubrics and outlines for the duration of the semester. The instructor must manually enter the scores which usually occur within two weeks. Any assignments submitted online take approximately one week to grade. The exceptions are quizzes which are graded automatically. Online Discussions and Self-Evaluations (300 points or 30% of your overall grade)Discussion participation is critical in hybrid classes. As such any work that you submit online 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. For most online discussions, you will be asked to respond to the question and then to at least 2 of your classmates. Your peer responses must also follow the same guidelines above. In addition to responding to discussion questions, you will also be required to view and evaluate the speeches of your classmates in the discussion forum. In addition to online discussions, you will also have self-evaluations to submit. Be sure to read the instructions for your self-evaluations thoroughly and answer all of the questions. If you fail to do so, you will not receive full credit for your self-evaluations.In-depth instructions for online discussion and self-evaluations are found in the Blackboard classroom. Participation and Attendance in Class (200 points or 20% of your overall grade)Participation in performance-based classes such as SPC 1006 is essential and is graded (see attendance policy above). Each day that we meet in class is worth between 10 and 20 participation points. If you miss class for any reason, you cannot make up these points. If you are late to class, I mark the time that you arrive.  I deduct 5 pts for each 5 minutes that you are late up to the total points the class is worth. Speeches & Typed outlines (400 points/40% of final grade)There will be graded speeches and outlines (outlines are generally worth 10% of the overall speech grade).Late outlines are not accepted.  

All speeches must be in the extemporaneous mode of delivery:  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.

 Speeches, including set-up and take-down of visual aids, are given a specific time limit:  you will receive point penalties for failing to meet the minimum or maximum time limits. The persuasive and informative speeches must be researched and you must provide a bibliography in the APA format.
Sample Required Speeches (these may change from semester-to-semester: *Introductions Exercise (2-3 minutes, 2 copies of basic outline required, 50 pointsOral Interpretation Activity in another room: (1-2 minutes, 2 copies of a manuscript, memorized delivery, no make-up speeches allowed after the speech day) 50 points, plus extra credit opportunity.*Final Briefing and Outline: submitted in class 3-5 minutes per speaker, visuals, 2 sources per group member, and 4 sources for an individual) 200 points *(Written peer and/or self-evaluations are required for these speeches) Quizzes: (100 points/10% of final grade) You will have the opportunity to take up to 18 online quizzes.The online quizzes are timed, open-book, online quizzes. These quizzes are designed to help you test your comprehension of the textbook and to encourage you to keep up with reading. You may take the quizzes with open book or notes. You may not collaborate with other students on the quizzes. The consequences of cheating or plagiarism are the receipt of a grade of “F”. Each quiz can be taken up to two or three times before the due date and your highest score is automatically recorded. Since you may take them early, I do not allow for make-up quizzes under any circumstances.  Quizzes are worth 20% of your overall grade so quiz points will be divided among the number of quizzes assigned.   Final Grades: Final grades will be posted in the online classroom. Scores will not be provided over the phone or via email.   Policy Regarding Grade Notification:  The national law regarding privacy of student records prohibits any type of grade posting or the distribution of grades via any unsecured telecommunication device. Therefore, posting will be restricted to the Blackboard 9.1 website on our homepage under My GradesGrading Scale:                                  Definition:100%-90%, 900-1000 points               A Exceptional Performance in All Rated Areas89%-80%, 800-899 points                   B Better than Average in Most Rated Areas79%-70%, 700-799 points                   C Meets Expectations69%-60%, 600-699 points                   D Below Average PerformanceBelow 60%, 599 and below                F Unacceptable *I follow criterion-based grading in this course. I do not grade on a “curve”. Below is a sample grading rubric that I use for each speech.   
Objective/Criteria Performance Indicators
Unacceptable Poor Below Average Average Above Average Good Work Exceptional
Topic: Appropriate to audience and occasion (0  -4 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(5 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(6 points)
Needs work
(7 points)
Met minimal requirements
(8 points)
Meets expectations
(9 points)
Good work
(10 points)
Great job
Introduction: Addressed audience, displayed confidence, purposeful opening Conclusion: clincher, eye contact, addressed audience at the end (0 - 4 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(5 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(6 points)
Needs work
(7 points)
Met minimal requirements
(8 points)
Meets expectations
(9 points)
Good work
(10 points)
Great job
Outline:  2 copies provided, Proper Source Citation (0 - 4 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(5 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(6 points)
Needs work
(7 points)
Met minimal requirements
(8 points)
Meets expectations
(9 points)
Good work
(10 points)
Very good work
Physical Delivery: Eye contact 70/30, Appropriate physical  characteristics appropriate stance and movement (0 - 4 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(5 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(6 points)
Needs work
(7 points)
Met minimal requirements
(8 points)
Meets expectations
(9 points)
Good work
(10 points)
Great job on your conclusion
Vocal Delivery: Good rate-does not rush, good articulation and enunciation, avoids filler words (0 - 4 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(5 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(6 points)
Needs work
(7 points)
Met minimal requirements
(8 points)
Meets expectations
(9 points)
Good work
(10 points)
Very good work on delivery
Other requirements: Time 3-5 minutes (-5 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(-4 points)
You need to make sure you understand the requirements before your next presentation
(-3 points)

(-2 points)
Indicates lack of practice and awareness of time.
(-1 point under or overtime)
Need to watch your time.
(-0  points)
Meets expectations
  out of 50