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SAMPLE SYLLABUS (this will change from semester-to-semester) 

Hillsborough Community College—Ybor City

SPC 1608—Public Speaking Online

 

Instructor:  Shelly K. Stein,  Ph.D

 

Phone:   813.253.7650   

                                              

Email:       sstein2@hccfl.edu and online in the classroom. 

                                               

Office Information:      My office is in the YFAC or Faculty Building in YFAC 209; 

I am available to meet for Summer I by appointment.  For this online class, I will be online on Mondays – Thursdays at hours posted in the Week 1 announcement using BlackBoard  IM.  These are good times to reach me or to email a number where I can reach you. 

 

Required Text:    Beebe, S., and Beebe, S (2105).  Public Speaking:  An Audience Centered Approach (9th Edition).   Custom Edition for HCC.  Pearson Education.  This comes three-hole punched, shrink-wrapped, with a code to access Pearson's online website and the e-book.  Approx. $77.00 before tax. ISBN-13: 09781269871761  

 

Option 2: Beebe Mycommunicationlab with e-book Standalone Access Code
ISBN: 0205955126  Approximate cost - $65.00


Option 3: 
Buy an older edition of the textbook and then purchase the Beebe Mycommunicationlab code - Standalone Access Code
ISBN: 0205955096.  Approx. cost $40.00

It is not required that you have the access code but many students will find it to be helpful.

Reading assignments in the textbook are critical to your success in class and are covered in related in the online quizzes and are needed to succeed in your speech.

 HCC has an Online Bookstore where you can purchase the textbook:  http://distancelearningbookstore.hccfl.edu/SiteText.aspx?id=4874

Otherwise, contact the campus for bookstore hours.    Another option is to purchase the book used on a discounted online site.  

 

Still waiting for Financial Aid?  There are multiple copies of the textbook in the “Reserve” section of the HCC YBOR, Dale Mabry, and Southshore libraries.  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.  

 

Course Description and Prerequisite:

  • Focuses on the basic methods of speech presentation and critical listening.  Also, there is a strong focus on research and developing critical thinking skills.  Special attention to presentation and practice. Meets speech component of General Education Communication or Graduation Requirements.  Course prerequisite:  College level reading and writing.
  • 3.0 Credit Hours

 

 

Course Objectives:

 

  • To recognize speech anxiety as a normal reaction to public speaking and to give practical instruction to control and reduce apprehension
  • To understand basic principles of giving speeches
  • To understand basic components of a demonstrative, informative, and a persuasive speech and to practice leadership in groups
  • To practice effective listening and critical thinking skills
  • To utilize visual aids and electronic media effectively
  • To utilize recording equipment to record and upload speech files for class viewing
  • To practice research methods and develop organizational skills
  • To utilize an outline and note cards for delivery in an extemporaneous style
  • To gain confidence, self-esteem and have fun

 
 

Participation Policy: Participation in a performance-based class such as SPCH 1608 is vital.  Each week has a discussion, exercise, and or assignment due that is worth a significant portion of your grade.  To receive points for these activities, be active in your participation.  If you are late for a discussion, or fail to respond in a meaningful way to your peers, you may fail to receive full credit for the discussion.  Likewise, if you miss an activity, you will fail to earn these points.  You may not “Make-up” discussions or turn in late homework or other group-based activities. 

 

Academic Dishonesty Policy: Academic dishonesty on exams is using texts, notes, or other outside resource, such as phone-a-friend or conversation, when taking any exam, either in-class or online. Academic 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.

  • Any other conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to a student’s academic performance is also considered academic dishonesty.
  • You may not deliver a “canned” speech in class.  In addition, you may not read a manuscript or a full-sentence outline speech in class.  If you do, you will receive an “F’ for the assignment and for the course if there is evidence of plagiarism.
  •  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 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.” 

 The course textbook describes ways to appropriately document original source materials in oral presentations to avoid committing plagiarism.   A writing style manual such as The Bedford Handbook, or an MLA or APA style sheet, prescribes ways to document original source materials in written presentations to avoid committing plagiarism.  The APA style guide is what is required for this class.  There are online resources to access these guides.

 


 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.  

 

Class Maintenance and Expectations:

 

·         Students are expected to login within the first 3 days of class and begin working on their assignments immediately.  You are expected to spend 3 hours working online in class per week and additional hours off-line completing assignments.  You are expected to log in at least 2-3 times each week to check on announcements and the discussion board.

 

·         If you cannot login, immediately contact the instructor with any issues that you may have.  Computer problems are generally not an excuse for late assignments.  Blackboard outages and regional power failures are an excuse and I will change the due dates accordingly for all students. 

 

·         Except for a posted holiday, there are readings, discussions, and quizzes due every week.  For many weeks, there is a homework, activity or major assignment due.   Complete directions for assignments are described in instructor videos and are posted in our online classroom.  All written assignments including outlines must be submitted via the submission folder as a .doc, .docx. .rtf. or .pdf file.   Any other file formats must be approved by me before the submission due date.    

    

·         All students must complete the Interview and Persuasive Speaking assignments to be eligible 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 online via YouTube or another public access site that all students can access.   I will not accept late speeches without an excuse.  Late penalties may apply.  Speeches may not be delivered live in class, via CD, email or any other means. 

 

·         You will receive appropriate written feedback from your teacher AND your classmates.  You will also provide written feedback to your classmates.  You will hear differing criticisms and opinions in this class.  Follow the guidelines for effective feedback.  Most feedback will be positive and supportive but there will also be critical feedback on areas that need improvement.  Respect the diversity of viewpoints and opinions and realize that no one (including yourself) is perfect.   

 

·         Laptops are not to be used for speaking notes while recording your speeches.  If you read from a manuscript or from text from your laptop, you will receive at least a 20% penalty on your speech. 

 

§  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 on the Discussion Tool. 

 

§  Private messages and questions to the instructor should be sent on the course e-mail.  You may also use my campus (sstein2@hccfl.edu) e-mail address if you cannot access the online classroom. 

 

§  Assignments should be submitted to the appropriate assignment folder.  They are not to be sent to the instructor as attachments to e-mail, unless you are directed to do so.

 

·         Students may keep track of their grade on our online classroom website via Student Desk, MyGrades.

 

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, guest speakers, online field trips, video analysis, text book and otherwise required readings if chosen by instructor.

 

Online communication expectations:

·         Our classroom communication will generally take place online in our classroom website.   I will always call you back if you leave a number. 

·         I generally check the online classroom and my email messages in the mornings from Monday to Friday.   I consider my work-week to run from Monday to Friday.  I usually check my email messages once a day on weekends but this is the exception and not the rule.   

·         I generally respond to emails within 24 hours but I don’t make this a policy.  If you do not have a specific request requiring a reply (such as a direct question) I may not reply at all.  If I am diagnosing a technical issue, it may take longer.

·         I return graded assignments within one week.  Again, this is a norm and not a policy.  If you turn in an assignment late, it may take longer. 

·         Students are expected to check the course E-mail, Announcements and Discussion Messages at the beginning and end of each week, (2-3 times a week) on Blackboard.

·         Once the semester begins, it is important that you use our classroom email system unless you are not able to log on for some reason.  If you email me at the sstein2@hccfl.edu address, you need to include your course section number in the subject line of the message so I know which section you are in.

·         I have strict policies regarding late assignments to be fair to those who work hard to turn things in on time.  An email message is appreciated but does not comprise an automatic excuse. If you are late on an assignment, please contact me ASAP with a reason and also the date/time when you plan to submit.  Don’t wait for a response from me – just turn it in with or without a penalty.  The longer you wait to turn in the assignment, the higher the penalty.

 

o   If you notice a typo, a link that is not working in the online classroom, or if something seems amiss in the classroom, please drop me a quick email or post a note in the FYI Question discussion/blog so I can repair the problem as soon as possible. 

 

o   To access the online classroom, please go to: https://hccfl.blackboard.com/webapps/login/.  To log into MyHCC please follow the instructions located there. 

 

·         Help with MyHCC:  For 24/7 assistance, click on this link http://hcclive.hccfl.edu/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8283 or dial toll-free (877) 736-2575. Here you can determine if you have the necessary technical requirements for accessing our SPC 1608 class Online from your home computer.  Browser check is extremely important.    You may need a new version of Java and updates throughout the semester.  The #1 problem students have with the system is that they failed to adequately disable their security’s “pop-up” blockers”.  You may always use a campus computer to access our online classroom.

 

Online Assignment Submission using a PC:  

 

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 can only grade what is submitted.  


Computer Requirements:   You can now use READI, a free online assessment tool to help you determine your READINESS for taking Distance Learning courses at HCC.  I encourage all students to take this assessment prior to registering for a Distance Learning course.   READI will give you an estimate of your strengths in different components.  READI measures reading speed and comprehension, technical competency, academic attributes, personal interests and learning styles. https://www.hccfl.edu/distance-learning/readi.aspx

If you are in a pinch and have access to an HCC campus, you can use the computers in the libraries or computer labs. 

Ideally, you will have a computer at home to use since you will need to login several times a week in order to complete your assignments. 

Video recorder requirements:

You will be required to record a series of presentations and upload them onto YouTube, Vimeo or some other video streaming site.  I do not accept .wmv, .avi, .mov files posted in the classroom or anything posted on DropBox.  You will need a digital video recorder and the software and computer cables necessary for uploading digital files. YouTube allows you to keep videos marked as “private” but you are required to submit your URL to the instructor and to your classmates for peer review.  YouTube provides a number of tutorials for how to properly record and upload your videos.  You may use another service but the video must be accessible to all of your classmates for viewing. 

I strongly encourage you to make a sample video, and upload it onto YouTube or Vimeo for viewing so you clearly understand the procedure and how long it takes. 

Video Quality:  Students often ask if they can use a webcam or some other recording device.  This depends on the quality and portability of the webcam or other device.  The recording you make must have adequate lighting, be stable (use a tripod) and have clear and consistent sound quality.  External light sources such as lamps, overhead lights are a necessity.  In addition, external microphones provide sound quality superior to the built-in microphones on most webcams smaller devices.   Tripods are often necessary.  For your presentations, you must be standing and showing a view of yourself from AT LEAST the waist up.  You may not edit your videos in any way.  This includes starting and stopping the camera and adding any titles or other text.   

Audience Requirements: 

You will be required to have a live audience for some presentations.  The number of audience members will vary from speech to speech.  Make sure that you have enough friends, family, roommates, co-workers, and neighbors to rely on for your audience. Children and animals do not count as audience members.   Your audience will introduce themselves on the camera and you will then proceed directly into your speech.   You should speak to the AUDIENCE and not the camera.  Your audience must remain present for the entirety of the presentation, they may not interrupt or disrupt the speech in any way, and may not watch TV or partake in any other distracting activities during your speech. 

TIP: It is typical that speakers will record several “takes” of their final speech.  I look upon these as great practice sessions.  Be aware that your audience will get very bored if they are present during more than 2-3 final takes.  So, practice BEFORE they arrive for the final recording! 

TIP: Consider recording more than one speech assignment at a time while you have your audience gathered.  For example, the Formal Interview Speech and Oral Interpretation could be done in one sitting or the Persuasive Action Speech and Awards could be in one sitting. 

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. Quiz scores are instantaneously graded through the McGraw-Hill site.  Speech grades are usually scored within a week. Discussions grades are graded bi-weekly. 

Online Discussions and Self-Evaluations (300 points or 20% of your overall grade) Discussion participation is critical in online 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 3 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. 

Speeches & Typed outlines (400 points/40% of final grade )There will be graded speeches and outlines (outlines are generally worth 20% of the overall speech grade). Late outlines and sources are not accepted.  

All speeches must be in the extemporaneous mode of delivery:  A “read” or manuscript speech will result in an F for delivery of 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 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.

 

Required Speeches  (40% of the grade or 400 pts):

Title

Time

Audience

Outline (Sources)

Visuals

Pts

Make-up Policy

Informal Introductions

1-2 min

No

None

None

50

Late: 5 pts for each day past the due date. 

Formal Interview

2-4 min

1

Yes

No

100

Late:  5 pts for each day past the due date

Oral Interpretation

1-2 min

2

Yes (one source)

No

50

Late:  5 pts each day

Group Project

3-5 minutes

No

Yes (2 sources)

Yes

50

Late:  5 pts each day

Persuasive Speech

4-6 min

6

Yes (4 sources)

Yes

100

Late: 5 pts each day

Awards

1-2

No

No

Yes

50

Late:  No late assignments accepted

All speeches are extemporaneous delivery unless otherwise specified.

Informal Introductions Activity: 1-2 minutes, 50 pts, audience optional, [late speeches will incur point penalties]

Formal Interview Speech and Outline: 2-4 minutes, outline required, 100 pts, at least 1 audience member required. [late speeches will incur point penalties]

Oral Interpretation Delivery Activity: 1-2 minutes, copies of a manuscript, memorized delivery (75 points), plus extra credit opportunity, 2 audience members required.  [late speeches will incur point penalties]

Group Project & Outline:  3-5 minutes, outline required, 50 points.  No audience required.  Groups are assigned a topic and are tasked to narrow the topic into appropriate subtopics and find unique sources of information.  Each group member individually develops and delivers their topic.  Students provide feedback to their group members.  [late speeches will incur point penalties]. 

Persuasive Action Speech & Outline  4-6 minutes, visuals, 4 sources, 6 audience members required,100 points. [late speeches will incur point penalties]

Awards Presentation [instructor will assign classmate awardees] 1-2 minutes, manuscript delivery acceptable, visual aid, no late speeches allowed.  75 points 

Quizzes: (300 points/30% of final grade) You will have the opportunity to take up to 20 online quizzes. The online quizzes are un-timed, open-book, online quizzes with due dates.  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 as many times up to the due date and your cumulative score is recorded.

Since you may take them early, I do not allow for make-up quizzes under any circumstances.  Each is worth approximately 1.7% of your overall grade or 17 points each and has a series of multiple choice items.

Final Grades: Final grades will be posted in the online classroom. Scores will not be provided over the phone or via email.

Grading Scale:                                 

 Definition:

100%-90%, 900-1000 points               A  = Exceptional Performance in All Rated Areas

89%-80%, 800-899 points                   B  = Better than Average in Most Rated Areas

79%-70%, 700-799 points                   C  = Meets Expectations

69%-60%, 600-699 points                   D  = Below Average Performance

Below 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  

         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 cannot assign a grade of "W”. 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.  The instructor will only assign a WN to students who have never attended class or have missed 2 consecutive weeks of class by the third week of class.

 

Gordon Rule: Please see the 2011-2012 HCC Catalogue for a full explanation of the state requirement known as the “Gordon Rule” in full detail. For SPC1608 the written word requirement is more than 1500 words. This requirement will be fulfilled with your self-evaluation, peer-evaluations, outlines, and audience analysis assignments. 

 

Request for Accommodation: If, to participate in this course, you require an accommodation due to a physical or learning impairment, you must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in the YFAC (Faculty Building). Coordinator Jeanette Starks, jstarks2@hccfl.edu, (813) 253-7757 (voice line); (813) 253-7785 (TTD). Important Dates:  See the last day to drop with a refund, and last day to withdraw without a grade as listed in the course schedule and college handbook. (See handbook for details) It is your responsibility to drop the course. 

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.