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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. 

Online SPC 1608

Spring 2017


Accessing MyHCC (Log-in Information)

Please note that it is your responsibility to login to our online classroom at least 3-4 times a week to do your work and to check emails and announcements.

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

Username and password:  Follow NetID instructions for login information



Instructor:  Dr. Shelly Stein,

Sstein2@hccfl.edu   (813) 253-7324

Office Hours:  DHUM 329

M-W 7:45 am – 9:30 am

Online:  T/Th 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Last day to drop this class with refund: 1/13/17

Last day to withdraw from this class: 2/13/17


Course Materials

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. $84.00 ISBN-9781323449042 


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


The table of contents for the 8th edition is posted under the Start Here tab in our classroom.  If you buy the 8th edition, it is your responsibility to keep up with chapter differences.

There is at least one copy of the book on Reserve in each campus library AND the first two chapters are posted in our online classroom under Start Here. 

It is not required that you have the Pearson access code but many students find it to be helpful. The reason why the book comes with a publisher code is that this was the cheapest option we could negotiate with Pearson.  It was actually MORE expensive to purchase the book without the online access code. 

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 speeches.


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.    





Teaching Philosophy

In my classroom, I will deliver education of the highest standards while fostering a safe environment for students regardless of diversity, 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 in class (online) and the change will apply to all students. Each student is responsible for weekly announcements and emails.


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.

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 if you know that you will miss class for a 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, 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


Have you Witnessed Concerning Behavior?

Submit a Care Report:



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. This is especially true for Bright Futures and Pell Grants recipients.


Technology and Other Requirements

I will provide instructions for how to use the Canvas system.  However, it is the responsibility of the student to acquire and learn to use the learning management system for this class.  


This Course is a Gordon Rule Course 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

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

SPC 1608 focuses on the basic methods of speech presentation and critical listening.  There is a strong emphasis on research and developing critical thinking skills.  SPC 1608 meets speech component of General Education Communication Requirements. This is a 3 credit hour course.


Course prerequisite:  College level reading and writing


Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to use both verbal and non-verbal elements in successful speech delivery.
  • Students will learn to research and organize oral presentations on topics of their choice, adapting the presentation to the parameters of the assignment and the expectations of the audience in both informative and persuasive presentations.
  • Students will learn theories of effective persuasion and demonstrate understanding of those theories in a persuasive presentation.
  • Students will learn to be effective listeners, identifying rhetorical patterns and critically evaluating quality of content and delivery techniques.
  • Students will learn principals of effective group communication through exercises and presentations.


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 is 50%.  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 in the appropriate Assignment folder.  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%It is always better to submit them late than never.

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. 

On Handling Technical Issues: 

First of all, you should perform the system checks and online tutorials for using our learning management system within the first few days of class.  You will see these in the first Module. 

Secondly, you will need to master the use of your recording device, preferably a digital camcorder, and successfully upload your video files onto YouTube, Vimeo, or another video streaming site.

I find that students who are most successful in class are self-motivated learners and/or have a strong support system of family/friends/colleagues who can serve as audience members and to help with recording. 

Here are some commonly encountered problems:

I don’t have an audience for my speeches:  This is an unacceptable excuse for late submissions:  Here is why:

  1. HCC and all of the other Florida colleges and universities have Academic Success Centers where you can make a request to present in front of a tutor or group of tutors. 
  2. You use the facilities of a public library and work with other students in class – refer to the Audience Hook-up discussion.
  3. Toastmasters International will have a group near you where you can arrange to present: https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club
  4. Whether or not you have an audience, you are still required to present your speeches.   If you are missing audience members, you will, however, incur point penalties –20-30% of the assignment grade.  If you have NO audience members, there is an automatic 50% deduction on any speech other than the informative and persuasive speeches where there is an automatic 0.


I don’t know how to take a video or upload it onto a video-streaming site. 

The first week’s Sample Video assignment is designed to make sure that you figure it out.  If you are unsuccessful with this assignment, you should consider dropping or withdrawing from the course.

I do not want the public to view my videos.

This should not be an issue because you are required to use settings where the video can only be seen by those with the url.  This limits viewing to class members only.

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:  Our online learning environment is dependent on this technology -- sort of like those taking a face-to-face class needing a car or some other means of transportation (or mobility) to get to class. Having said that, I must also say that humans control technology and we can expect to be able to work through system glitches and failures quickly.
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:

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.

Unless otherwise indicated, 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.




No grades or other classroom matters will be discussed with anyone other than the student unless express permission has been granted through the appropriate authorities.


I hold a 24/7 grade policy.  This means that a student must wait 24 hours after receiving a graded assignment before approaching me with a grade grievance.  After those 24 hours are over, a student may seek a scheduled meeting with me within no more than seven days to discuss the grade. 


Other than what is posted in Canvas, no Final Grades will be given in advance of posting.             

Grading Philosophy

I have found that most students have the potential to do A+ work but tend to do average work unless I have high expectations 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:

90-100%  = A: An “A” means “superior” performance. “A” work goes above and beyond what is required to produce truly exceptional results.

80-89% = B: A “B” means “very good” performance. “B” work is better than the average.

70-79% = C: A “C” means “average” performance, producing what was expected.

60-69% = D: A “D” means work is below average.

59% or less = F: An “F” means you have failed to meet the minimum requirements for passing.


Alternative Grades (I, W, WN)

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


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/outline that has been given before by yourself or another person for this class.

  • In addition, you may not read a manuscript, a teleprompter, or a full-sentence outline speech in class. Reading from a manuscript whether it is your own or another’s will result in a grade of “F” for the assignment. If there is evidence of plagiarism, you will receive an F for the assignment and probably the course. Presenting false or fabricated information will result in an “F” for the speech. Depending on the severity, it may result in an F for the course.
  • The course textbook describes ways to appropriately document original source materials in oral presentations to avoid committing plagiarism. In our class, we will use the APA style format. A link to the APA handbook is found in our class LibGuide (Library Guide) 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 any part of the class are prohibited. The redistribution of other class materials such as quizzes, exams, video urls and general notes are prohibited as well.


Civility Statement

At all times respect will be given to your fellow students, your instructor, and yourself.  Come to class prepared and focused on the day’s lesson.  Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is unacceptable. While everyone may not agree on a topic of discussion, you will not talk over or use any type of bullying to deny your classmates or instructor an opportunity to discuss their views.  No discrimination will be tolerated based upon age, sex, ethnicity, national origin, ability, sexuality, or gender identification.

Classroom Etiquette

Rules for college classes will be maintained and include: no inappropriate conversations, and no expressions of disrespectful attitude, speech, or behaviors may be exhibited toward your instructor or peers.  Any threats or attacks on a person’s character in or outside the classroom (email, class discussion, or social media) will not be tolerated.  If anyone notices this happening, please draw my attention to the problem as soon as possible.


You will be penalized 20 participation points for each occurrence if you fail to comply with these rules.  Additionally, should “repeat” inappropriate behaviors become an issue with your presence in the online classroom, you will be denied access to the class and directed to meet with the Dean of Student Services. You will not be allowed to return to class until you meet with the Dean and you are cleared for readmission.



Students will wear professionally casual, neat dress on presentation days including shoes.  Avoid: hats or fashion head coverings, pajamas, promotional T-shirts, shorts, tank tops, cut-offs, sneakers, flip-flops, bare midriffs or shoulders or revealing wear. Students may be asked to remove hats, sunglasses, hoods, or distracting facial and/or body/tongue piercings for their speeches.  No one will be allowed to give a presentation while wearing a hood, sunglasses, or a hat. Please dress professionally to maximize your success.  Failure to comply with the dress code will result in a 10% penalty for the assignment.


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 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 or any other wiki 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 non-credible source in any assignment may receive significant a grade deduction on that assignment.




  • I will respond to all emails in a timely manner (usually the same working day) 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, it is your responsibility to try again.   Never assume that I have received your email unless I respond and never assume that a request is granted if there is no response. Don’t be surprised if I instruct you to consult the syllabus, an assignment sheet, or the schedule if you have a question that can be easily answered there.


  • Use the Ask the Professor discussion for general class-related questions.  If you looked and cannot find the information, be sure to say so in your email and quote what was said in the instructions/syllabus/schedule.


  • All emails will be professional in tone and construction whether they are sent to me or to your classmates. 
  • You must use standard academic language in your emails.  I do not tolerate texting language or gross mistakes in grammar or punctuation.  An error here or there is acceptable.   In addition, think about all of your questions and spend the time to clearly say, in complete sentences, what you intend.  I will not engage in back and forth texting-type emails and if I have to ask you more than 3 questions to clarify what you meant in an email, I consider this to be a problem that must be discussed over the phone or in person.    
  • If you want to chat online, we can do it in the classroom Chat area or speak on the phone. 


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 mostly oral presentations done in front of the class. 


       Speeches 550 points (55% of overall grade)

Sample Video showing the room and audience set-up:  50 pts- Time:  about one minute.  No audience required.

The objectives of this speech include:

  1.  To demonstrate your understanding of the room set-up and recording requirements.
  2. To ensure that you have the proper video recording equipment snd know how to use it - to upload a video file onto a video streaming site for viewing by classmates.


    Formal Introduction Speech & outline (required speech): 100 points; Time: 2-3 minutes.  At least one adult audience member.   

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To prepare an introduction as if you are in an interview setting.
  2. To craft an interesting speech, with appropriate self-disclosure, with 2-5 main points, and an introduction and conclusion, with content and language appropriate to an interview setting. 
  3. Dress for Success! Stand.


Oral Interpretation Exercise & Manuscript; (make-ups can only receive partial credit) 50 points.  At least one adult audience member.  Time: 1- 2 minutes 

The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To develop oral presentation skills using a manuscript and memorization.
  2. To practice eye contact through a largely memorized presentation (80% or more memorized).
  3. Dress appropriately, stand.


Informative Briefing, Outline and Sources (required speech): 100 points; Time: 3-5 minutes, 6 adult audience members


The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To inform, explain, or describe a topic as assigned. 
  2. To utilize a visual aid.
  3. To deliver a creative introduction & conclusion.
  4. To use at least two sources with proper citation.
  5. To practice your research and public speaking skills.


Persuasive Action Speech, Outline, and Sources (required speech):  150 points Time:  5-7 minutes.  This is NOT a problem-solution speech or a speech to convince.The objectives of this speech include:

  1. To utilize the knowledge and skills learned in this course.
  2. To persuade the audience to see your point of view AND take action.
  3. To use at least four sources with proper citation.
  4. To demonstrate your capabilities with visual aids and audience participation.


Award/acceptance Speech (manuscript may be required): 50 points 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 and the occasion.
  3. To choose appropriate style elements for your immediate audience.
  4. To deliver an extemporaneous award and an acceptance speech, meeting all listed criteria.


Except for the first (sample video) and last (awards), all speeches must be delivered with an audience in attendance.


You must deliver the Informative and Persuasive Speeches in order to pass the course (even if you have a C or above average at the end of 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. These are the requirements for each speech:

  1. You must submit a video url (web-address) from YouTube or Vimeo in the proper assignment folder, with an outline and sources if required) by the due date.   Unless indicated otherwise, each speech assignment is due on a Sunday by midnight Eastern Standard Time. 
  2. You will then submit this video url along with a self-evaluation in the next week’s discussion by or before Wednesday to receive peer feedback. 
  3. I will not accept .wmv, .mov, .mp4, or any other file as a submission.  If you submit the wrong file or submit a video url that is not available or is not working for any reason, the assignment will be considered late and will incur late penalties.
  4. You must stand and be seen from at least the knees up on the recording.  You must have adequate lighting and sound.  You must control for distractions during the recording.  You will receive point penalties if we cannot adequately see or hear you in your recording.
  5. You must have an audience if required.  The audience must be seen during the speech.  You must look one another in the eyes during the duration of the speech (80% or more).
  6. The recording may not be edited in any way.  No stopping and starting the recording, no titles, etc. 
  7. You must have an outline with the requirements listed in the assignment.  Each outline should have a clear introduction, body including main points and at least 3 levels of subordination or detail using proper labels (I., A., 1., a. and so on) a list of references (if required) on the outline in APA citation format, submitted in the assignment folder on the due date.  Consult the book or the sample outlines provided.  To be safe, you should submit what is described in the book as the preparation outline.  I want to see where you plan to present visual aids, examples - everything that you plan to say and do.   I will not, however, accept manuscripts except for the Oral Interpretation where it is required.
  8. After you submit your speech video url and outline in the appropriate Speech Assignment Folder, you will then submit the SAME speech url into the following week's discussion along with a self-evaluation by the Wednesday due date.  In your self-evaluation, you must answer all of the questions thoroughly in a minimum of a 300 word evaluation not including the questions.
  9. Lastly, you will watch the videos of at least two of your classmates and provide detailed written feedback per the discussion instructions.


Online Quizzes: 200 points (20%)

You will have the opportunity to complete up to 7 online quizzes which will be timed at 40 minutes each and 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 quizzes or any other written assignment.


Since you may complete them early, I do not allow for make-up work under any circumstances


You have 2 tries for each quiz.  This is to take into account technical issues.  So, you should do your best at each attempt.  If you experience technical issues, I strongly suggest that you resolve them before your next attempt at the quiz.   Each quiz is worth approximately 3% of your overall grade and is in the multiple choice, true/false format.


If you use a cell phone or tablet to do your online work, there may be glitches and mistakes that will result in point penalties.  Never walk away from your computer while taking a quiz as you will be “timed out”


Online Written Assignments and Discussions: 250 pts. (25%)

Online participation is critical in this class. 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 are also required to evaluate the speeches of your classmates in the discussion forum.  


You will have several other written assignments  to submit. Be sure to read the instructions for all online assignments thoroughly and answer all of the questions.  If you fail to do so, you will not receive full credit.  I do not allow you to re-submit edited written work for a grade.  The only exception to this rule are outlines that are emailed to me for feedback in advance of a speech assignment.


In-depth instructions for online discussion and self-evaluations are found in the Canvas classroom.


Online Assignment Submission:

Method #1: Required for Discussions!   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. 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: OK for Assignments OTHER than discussions.  Upload an attachment.  Regardless of the computer you are using, you may only submit a .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf file.  Please no .odt files!  Be sure to check your attachment on a campus computer before the due date.   If you can’t see it, I can’t see it!


Always double-check that you submitted or attached the correct file AND that your file was accepted.  I only grade what is submitted. No submission=0.

















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:



I will do all that I can to see you excel in this class.  In short, I want each of you to succeed.




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



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






I will grade and return all work within a reasonable time frame.   If I am ever unavailable online, I will post an announcement in MyHCC. 



I will be prepared and knowledgeable about assigned readings and upcoming assignments.



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