Community College—Ybor City
K. Stein, Ph.D
Email: email@example.com Please identify section number in your email
unless you are emailing through the online classroom.
Office Information: My office is in the YFAC
or Faculty Building -- next to the YBOR or Classroom Building in YFAC 209;
I am available
to meet during posted office hours (posted online by the first week) and at
other times and places by appointment.
For this online class, I will
post times when I will be parked in front of my computer at your service. These are good times to reach me or to email
a number where I can reach you.
Chat Room: We have a “classroom awareness” feature in the online
classroom where we can tell
who is online at the same time. I generally work
online during office hours Monday - Thursday.
see I am online in our classroom and you have a
question, feel free to initiate the “chat” feature. Don’t be
surprised if you get a Chat Invitation from me just to
Required Text: Stephen
Lucas. The Art of Public Speaking (11th Edition,
2012). McGraw Hill Publishers.
ISBN #: LearnSmart Code only (free 3 week trial): 9780077767044, $35 - Only use this code from inside of the Blackboard classroom!
ISBN for the book/ebook and Learnsmart code: 9780077920586
It is acceptable to buy a used older edition and then purchase the Learnsmart code if you don't complete your quizzes past the third week.
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
HCC has an Online Bookstore
where you can purchase the textbook:
Otherwise, contact the campus
for bookstore hours. Another option is to purchase the book used
on a discounted online site.
To purchase the book new
online, you can go to CourseSmart.
Still waiting for Financial Aid? You will have
free access to the e-book and course modules through our online classroom for
FREE for 3 weeks. There are multiple copies
of the textbook in the “Reserve” section of the HCC YBOR 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.
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 Requirements. Course
prerequisite: College level reading
- 3.0 Credit Hours
- To recognize speech anxiety as a normal reaction
to public speaking and to give practical instruction to control and reduce
- 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
- To utilize visual aids and electronic media
- To utilize recording equipment to record and
upload speech files for class viewing
- To practice research methods and develop
- To utilize an outline and note cards for delivery
in an extemporaneous style
- To gain confidence, self-esteem and have fun
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
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.
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
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
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
Class Maintenance and
expected to attend the first 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
- For your success in this class, you must also
login to the online component of the course no later than the 2nd
week of the term. Computer problems
are not an excuse for not visiting the course site.
- 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 as a typed document.
All students must
complete the Public 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. I will
not accept late speeches, speeches delivered in class or via CD, email or any
other means. .
You will receive written criticism from your
teacher AND your classmates. You will
also provide written criticism to your classmates. You will hear differing opinions in this
class. Respect the diversity.
Laptops are not to be used for speaking
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 are
to should be sent on the course e-mail.
You may also use my
campus (firstname.lastname@example.org) e-mail address if you cannot access the online
classroom. Assignments are not to be sent to the instructor as
attachments to e-mail, unless you are directed to do so.
- Students need to keep all of their returned
assignments until the course ends. 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
Our classroom communication will take place online in our classroom
I generally check the online classroom and my email messages once a day
from Monday to Friday. I consider my
work-week to run from Monday to Friday.
I generally 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. 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 generally return graded assignments within one week.
If you turn in an assignment late, it may take up to 2 weeks to receive
Check the course
E-mail, Announcements and Discussion Messages at the beginning and end of each
week, at the Communications Tools icon 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 email@example.com address, you need to include your course section number in the subject
line of the message.
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
If you notice that a link is not working in the online classroom, or if
something seems amiss in the classroom, please drop me a quick email so I can
repair the problem as soon as possible.
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.