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SPC 1006 Online - 1 Credit.

Please note that SPC 1608 (3-credits) substitutes for SPC 1006 in your program of study AND fulfills the graduation requirement for HCC AA programs and for most programs at US colleges and universities.  

YES!  You can learn this online!

However, this class online requires almost twice the effort because of the video/technology requirement.  

The discipline of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings 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. For this class, you will record speeches that you perform in front of your live audience.   This class is very similar to SPC 1608 but you do not have a group or persuasive speech requirement.  

Instructor:  Dr. Shelly Stein


(813) 253-7324

Office Hours: DHUM 329

M-W 7:45 am – 9:30 am

Online – 7pm -9:30 pm 

Course Materials

Free Online Text:  The Public Speaking Project http://publicspeakingproject.org/psvirtualt ext.html

The quizzes are all taken online in our Canvas classroom and are open-book.  

100% of your course grade is based on work that is conducted in our online classroom:  https://hcc.instructure.com  (Canvas).

Canvas Student Guide:


For the semester, you should have access to a PC where you can take quizzes, read, and submit assignments. 

Free Computer Access:

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Monday - Thursday   8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The SGA Student Lounge 1st floor YFAC Bldg.

Learning Resource Center (Library):  Mon-Thurs - 8am-8pm; Fri - 8am-4:30pm.

SPC 1006 Library Guide:



Your Local Library:


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HCC requires students enrolled in this class to participate actively, so students need to know how to overcome potential access issues.  If your computer is down, use these resources for alternative computer and online access

Teaching Philosophy

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

This 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 and the change will apply to all students. Each student is responsible for announcements given during any time during the week.


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 a planned absence for religious observance. 


Emergency Operations

 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.

Important Resources

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.


Additional Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 


National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

HCC Campus Security

813- 253-7911


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

This course is offered in the online format meaning that 100% of your grade is earned online. 

Canvas:  I will provide instructions and support during office hours for using the Canvas Learning Management system if needed.  We will use the Canvas learning management system for every aspect of the class.  It is the responsibility of the student to acquire and learn the basics for how to use the learning management system as for this class.    

YouTube or Vimeo:  You are required to record and upload your speeches onto either YouTube or Vimeo and place the video on a setting where only the class can view your videos.

Gordon 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.


Course 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.

Course prerequisite: College level reading and writing.    

Course Outcomes: 

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, or audience.
  • 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 success of our entire class 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:

Deadlines and Late Work Policy:

Important Information: I believe that stating my expectations at the beginning of the semester is VERY important. I adhere to deadlines and word count expectations so that I can be fair to all students.  You may exceed the word count requirement of an assignment, but you should not submit less than the requirement. All assignments are to be submitted by their due dates according to EST.  Any late discussion or assignment will incur point penalties.   At the conclusion of the course, any work including the required speeches will not be accepted late.

Speech Assignments:  Speech assignments will be accepted after the due date, with up to a 20% deduction for the first 7 days.  The only exception is if you present a valid and verifiable excuse (such as a note regarding extended treatment from a physician or jury duty where you are sequestered or something along those lines).  After one week with no excuse, the penalty doubles.  After 2 weeks, I will not accept late speech assignments.  

Never ask if you can turn in a late speech assignment because waiting for a response simply delays the grading process.  You should always turn it in and then email me to let me know to look for it.  An assignment is also considered late if it is edited after the due date.

Discussions: If you miss the Wednesday post date, you will incur a late penalty of up to 50%.

You will not be able to submit anything in the weekly discussion after midnight on Sunday so if you miss a week’s discussion, your grade will be a 0% regardless of excuse.  The discussion is like a participation grade:  You are either there to do it, or not. 

Quizzes and Written Assignments:   Not accepted late unless you have a valid and verifiable excuse. 


Class Preparation

As a college student, I expect that you will work according to each week's schedule.  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 poor grades.

The use of Technology!

 Accessing MyHCC (Log-in Information)

Please note that it is your responsibility to login to our online classroom at least 2-3 times a week to do your work and to check emails and announcements.

Canvas Website: https://hcc. instructure.com

Username and password:  ask me for username if you don’t know it.  Follow NetID instructions for login information Browser Check:  A browser check tool is on the My HCC tab (left column), once you log into Canvas.  You should test your browser and make the necessary updates. This will avoid technical problems when using MyHCC.  See Canvas’s compatibility page for more details.

Technical Difficulties:  Please immediately contact HCC Live (http://hcclive.hccfl.edu/) for all technology-related issues.  Indicate to technical support that you are using MyHCC Canvas.  The toll-free Canvas help line is 844 408-6462. Always seek help here first and document any issues that are submitted and resolved. 

Computer and Internet service provider access issues: 

Local Libraries:  http://hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/

Access to campus computers:


Several common problems might cause you to have trouble accessing the classroom folders. I'd like to address each of the most common problems now.
I'm taking a business trip (or a weekend with my family or a family vacation) and won't have access to my computer.
Travelling can be stressful.  Lucky for you, the college provides access to virtual classrooms through the Internet. You can log on from any computer with Internet access.  Public access to computers is widely available through libraries, Internet cafes, hotels, motels and other establishments, so web access should not be an issue. You will not be able to take a vacation from this course, so do not plan on it and please don’t ask for it.

I emailed my work to you so that should count:

Well, that depends.  If there is a technical issue and you emailed your work before the due date to show that you submitted, that is fine.  HOWEVER, you will still need to upload your work in the correct Assignment Folder to receive your grade.   In addition, you are required to submit a copy of your Help Desk ticket to verify that there was a problem and that is has been addressed.  I will never submit a grade for an assignment that is not in the correct Assignment Folder. 
My hard drive crashed, and I lost all of my work.
That is unfortunate.  I sure do hope that you saved all your important files on a flash drive or some external media. You can post this saved material using web access as described above.
My Internet Service Provider (ISP) is down.

This can happen. There are numerous free ISPs that will take you to our Canvas Classroom. These providers have local numbers in most areas where you can call for support and work well as a backup to your regular ISP. Of course, when you need a backup ISP it may be too late to set one up, so you may want to do so now. After all, insufficient planning is at the root of most "bad luck."
There is a huge thunderstorm and I'm afraid my computer will get "zapped."
This might be a problem. Because we live in an area susceptible to thunderstorms, we have all been in this situation. The threat of thunderstorms makes a strong case against procrastination.  Reduce your risk of being held hostage by the weather by posting your assignments, discussion responses and replies as early as you can.  Look at weather.com and if thunderstorms in your area are predicted for the night of the deadline, get your work in earlier.  Also make sure you have adequate surge protection if you live in an area prone to thunderstorms.  If your area or the college has been hit all week by severe weather and major institutions have been closed, I will consider an exception.  But remember, in this class, lightning can only strike once.

The HCC server was down. 
This can happen and is easy to verify when it does. I will adjust assignment due dates as necessary when server problems persist for more than a few hours. A little advice here:  Don't wait until the last minute to submit your assignments!  If you can’t logon via the HCC Website, you can always use:  https://hcc.instructure.com/
My computer has a virus.
This IS a problem. You will be asked to stop posting to the classroom folders until your system is clean.  Use an alternative computer.  Lost participation during this time cannot be made up. Updated anti-virus software is a must.
I'm working with support services right now.
Good work!  Please copy me on all of your correspondence with the Help Desk personnel and have them e-mail me as verification, also.
The due dates were not showing up in my dashboard so I didn’t know that the assignment was due: 

This sometimes happens on the first week of class.  Look at the course schedule for due dates.  Some due dates shown on the Canvas system, such as discussions, can misleading because there are actually TWO due dates and the first one is not shown.  You should look to the course schedule (posted with the syllabus) and print it out to see what is due when.  I will also post weekly announcements.  When in doubt, ask.

Discussion responses are due on Wednesdays by midnight Eastern Standard time and everything else is due at midnight (11:59:59 p.m.) Sundays EST.



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.  


Grading Philosophy

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. A good example of this is delivering a speech without adequate preparation and practice.

Grading Scale

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: 3 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 class. 


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 "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. http://www.hccfl.edu/current-students/academic-calendars.aspx

  • The instructor will only assign a WN to students who have never attended class.


Written Work

All written work submitted (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.  


Late Policy

Since you can turn in any of your online work early, I do not accept late quizzes or discussions.  If you submit a speech late, there is a 20% penalty up until the next due date after which there will be a 50% penalty. 

There are a few exceptions to this rule such as when the college servers are down for more than a few hours unexpectedly.  

I do not accept late speeches and outlines without a penalty that have not been verified with valid notation. 


 Academic Dishonesty

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 words. 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 class.

  • In addition, you may not read a screen, manuscript or a full-sentence outline speech in class. Reading from a script in any form whether it is your own or another’s will result in a grade of F for the assignment.
  • If you do not make eye contact with the audience or do not show the audience, you will receive an 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, under any 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 speech videos, quizzes, exams, and general notes are prohibited as well.


Online Etiquette

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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 Sources 

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 sstein2@hccfl.edu.  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 classmates. 

Texting language is not appropriate.  



The Assignments

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 a combination of video-recorded oral presentations done in front of an audience, online homework which consists of written assignments and quizzes.  


Speeches 500 points (50% of overall grade)

Sample Video:  1 minute, 50 pts. 

The objective of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to create a video in the appropriate environment showing where you plan to record your video, and where the audience will be seated, and upload it onto a video-streaming site such as YouTube or Vimeo.

No make-ups allowed.

Formal Interview Speech & outline:
 200 pts; Time:  2-3 minutes Make-up penalty 20 points:

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To get to know you better by preparing and interview-worthy introduction
  2. To craft an interesting speech, with appropriate self-disclosure, with 2-3 main points, and an introduction and conclusion.

Informative Briefing Speech & outline:  200 pts, Time: 3-5-minutes, Make-up penalty 20 points:

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To utilize the knowledge and skills learned in this course.
  2. To educate the class on your chosen field of study
  3. To use at least two sources with proper citation.
  4. To demonstrate your capabilities with visual aids and audience analysis.


Award/acceptance Speech (no outline, visual, no make-ups, 50 pts; Time: 1-2 minutes           

You will be assigned a classmate to whom you will create and present an award (No exceptions). 

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To think creatively on a subject that you may not know much about.
  2. To choose a mode of delivery that works best for your speaking style.
  3. To choose appropriate style elements for your immediate audience.
  4. To deliver an extemporaneous award and an impromptu acceptance speech, meeting all listed criteria.


Each student will review their own speeches as well as that of other students in their class in online Discussions. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

All speeches must be delivered with an audience in attendance except for the final awards presentation. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

You must deliver the Formal Interview Speech and the Informative Briefing 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. 

Quizzes & Online Homework assignments including online discussions:  500 points (50%) 

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 format.   You will have one try.


Written Assignments

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. Be sure to read the instructions for all assignments and check the due dates.    

Online Assignment Submission:  

Method #1: 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 attachment. 

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.  

Final 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.


Instructor Pledge:

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.

Appropriately Challenging: I will challenge each and every one of you with rigorous yet fair expectations and criteria.  I will expect your best effort at all times and will do my best to provide you with the necessary tools to meet this expectation.     

Respectful: I will communicate respectfully with you.  As the instructor, I will do my best to ensure each of you feel valued in our classroom by listening mindfully to your comments and/or concerns and paraphrasing both meaning and intent in the hopes of creating shared understanding.

Timely: I will grade and return all work within a week of the due date unless you have a late submission.   I will require a 24-hour turn-around time on all correspondence that requires more than a brief answer.  I will provide a clear schedule and post weekly announcements in



I will be prepared and knowledgeable about assigned readings assignments.


I will organize the class effectively, and I will accommodate multiple learning preferences by using varying techniques such as: Class discussion, presentation aids, & other activities.  In addition, I will provide clear instructions and criteria for all assignments.