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Areas of Study | | SPCH102 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Public Speaking
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): C2 900

An introductory course which emphasizes the thoughtful preparation and practice of delivering speeches before a group. Students are expected to present both informative and persuasive speeches.

Place into ENGL101.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Communication Theory
    • Have a theoretical understanding of communication
    • Understand the relationships among self, message and others
    • Understand the process of effective listening
  • Communication Practice
    • Phrase clear, responsible and appropriate purpose statements
    • Develop specific, well-focused thesis statements
    • Analyze an audience and situation, and then adapt a message to those needs
    • Generate ideas and gather supporting material
    • Incorporate material from various appropriate sources, using proper verbal citations
    • Use evidence, reasoning and motivational appeals in persuasive speaking
    • Prepare and use visual aids that promote clarity and interest
    • Organize and outline an effective message
    • Use language that is appropriate to enhance understanding and affect the desired result
    • Establish credibility by demonstrating knowledge and analysis of topic
    • Use extemporaneous delivery with reasonable fluency, expressiveness and comfort
    • Cope effectively with the tensions involved in public speaking
    • Demonstrate acceptable ethical standards in research and presentation of materials
    • Listen to, analyze and critique oral communication

Based on the Simonds, Hunt, Simonds text, the course will cover the following topics in the following order:
  • Intro to Communication- benefits of communication, communication process & models of communication
  • Communication Confidence- causes, effects, and managing communication apprehension
  • Ethical Communication- ethical standards, and becoming producers of ethical information
  • Delivering the Presentation- delivery methods, verbal & nonverbal delivery
  • Choosing Topics- selecting topic, general & specific purpose, thesis statements
  • Integrating Support Material- information literacy, types of & evaluating supporting material
  • Organizing Ideas- organizing ideas clearly & strategically, incorporating transitions
  • Outlining The Presentation- developing preparation & speaking outlines
  • Beginning and Ending the Speech- introductions & conclusions
  • Analyzing Your Audience- identifying & understanding your audience, adapting your message
  • Using Appropriate Language-importance of language, oral & written style
  • Understanding Persuasive Principles-claims of fact, value, policy
  • Building Arguments- argument model, logos, ethos, pathos, evaluation fallacies of arguments
  • Designing Presentational Aids- types of presentational aids, display & design techniques
  • Listening- the importance, process, barriers to, and types of listening, improving your listening
  • Using Communication in the 21st Century- communicating in a democracy and for the common good

Speaker's Primer Author: Valenzano Edition: 2nd ISBN: 9781680363210.

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A point system will be used to determine the course grade. Although subject to change, grades will be computed on the following basis:
  1. 40% of the final grade is based on exams/quizzes, and the Internet assignments
  2. 60% of the final grade is based on speeches

Speech Assignment
  • Speech 1 (50 Points)
    • Four-five minutes in length. The subject of your speech is yourself
  • Speech 2 (50 Points)
    • This is a four-five minute special occasion speech (eulogy, wedding toast, acceptance...)
  • Speech 3 (175 Points)
    • Five and a half to six and a half minutes in length
    • This is an informative speech
    • You are informing your audience about a topic or subject that you feel is important and that you are interested in
    • You may select any topic that gets instructor approval
    • You will be required 5 sources for this speech (includes a research outline)
  • Reflection Paper (50 Points)
    • This is a critical skills assignment that requires students to do a complete analysis of their informative speech
    • This review includes a self-review, peer-review, instructor-review, and a plan of improvement
  • Speech 4 (100 Points)
    • Five-six minutes in length
    • This is a sales pitch
    • You will have a couple of options but the bottom line is you will be trying to "SELL" a product/invention to the class
    • This is a type of persuasive speech possibly working with (against) a partner
  • Speech 5 (175 Points)
    • This is a persuasive speech that will be seven-eight minutes long
    • You must pick a controversial topic and have an opponent to present the "other" side of the argument
    • You must have FIVE resources for this speech (includes a research outline)


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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