Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Approval Form
1. Department or Program: Communication Studies
2. Course Number: 261
3. Semester Hours: 3
4. Frequency of Offering: Every Semester (@ 2 sections of 22 students)
5. Course Title: Public Speaking
6. Catalog Description: Selection and organization of materials and delivery of
common types of speeches; listening skills.
7. This is an existing course previously approved by A2C2: Yes
8. This is a new course proposal: No
9. University Studies Requirement this course would satisfy: Humanities, Arts and Sciences Core
10. Department Contact Person for this course: Daniel Lintin - 457-5531 (HYPERLINK
11. General Course Outcomes:
Students will increase their profeciency in public speaking beyond the skills taught in
Through the course content, students will be able to recognize public speaking as an art which
requires many skills in proficiency. From the moment we are born, we begin to create sounds
and symbolic behavior in order to get our desired responses. The only way to assert ourselves
as vital forces in our personal relationships and in our community is to spend time developing our
communication skills. This course serves to help students receive desired responses through oral
communication. This course on public speaking strives to make students aware of their current
skills as an oral communicator, empower students to become more effective, and help students
to become better listeners through the process of exposure to various peer speeches as well.
12. Course Outcomes:
Humanities Course Outcomes:
A. Identify and understand specific elements and assumptions of a particular Humanities discipline.
There are many aspects to focus on in the discipline of public speaking including
audience analysis, referencing and critical content analysis.
Delivery: Students will demonstrate their abilities to present speeches in the areas of
the four methods
of delivery; impromptu, memorized, extemporaneous, or manuscript. Students in CMST 261 are required
to present at least three major individually prepared speeches delivered in the various modes of delivery
listed above in order to gain confidence in different speaking formats. Faculty establishes specific criterion
to be fulfilled for each presentation and students have a chance to practice these criteria in various class
activities, thus helping students reach a reasonable level of competency. Also in the aspect of delivery,
every section of CMST 261 requires at least one advanced level informative and one persuasive individual
assignment.. Students learn to organize their presentations in the most effective manner to appeal to their
Listening: The importance of being ethical listeners and audience members is
continually reinforced through
various opportunities to listen to peer presentations. Growth is fostered by requiring students to critique
other presenters and form critical questions through content analysis. Further, students study strategies in
how to increase retention amidst their listeners through presentations.
Audience Analysis: Students are expected to employ the strategies learned in CSMT 191
appropriateness, gender-neutral language as well as language that is not offensive to specific audience
members. Rhetorical sensitivity continues to be assessed through both oral and written assignments
Referencing:Students are expected to back up their presentational claims. They are
critiqued on the
appropriateness and academic rigor of their sources. Students are required to utilize a variety of
different types of supporting measures from traditional resources (journals, newspapers, books, etc.)
to alternative supportive material (examples, stories, Internet pieces, comparisons and contrasts, etc.).
Students are taught to use specific rhetorical strategies to support their claims such as specific persuasive
appeals and argumentative reasoning. As the use of technology rises the opportunities for plagiarism and
insufficient supporting material increases. Therefore, it necessitates a clear understanding of the correct
and proper usage of supporting material.
Critical Content Analysis: Students are challenged to think critically about their own
topical content and
that of their peers. Further, students are challenged to provide constructive feedback to help other
students in their individual growth process. Through this process an emphasis is placed on taking
responsibility in learning and gaining a stronger sense of what is and is not effective.
B. Understand how historical context, cultural values, and gender influence perceptions and interpretations.
In order to understand the historical context of public speaking, students are exposed
to early rhetoricians
such as Aristotle and Socrates. Moreover, emphasis is placed on appropriate cultural values both current
and past to move beyond ethnocentrism. Gender and other influential elements are identified and discussed
as potential perceptual biases.
C. Understand the role of critical analysis (e.g. aesthetic, historical, literary,
philosophical, rhetorical) in
interpreting and evaluating expression of human experience.
To fully appreciate the human experience, there is a need for expression. Through
public speaking, students
learn to incorporate the aesthetic qualities of language with meaningful content. Students are encouraged to
go beyond general information and facts and utilize their sense of creativity that might otherwise go unexpressed.
SYLLABUS FOR: PUBLIC SPEAKING
Communication Studies 261
Instructor: Professional Staff
ATTENTION: THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS INFORMATION ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS
IN THIS CLASS. READ CAREFULLY. ASK POSING QUESTIONS. SAVE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
Office: Performing Arts Center
Office Phone: 457-xxxx
Home Phone: (Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.)
Office Hours: TBA
Note: If these hours do not work for you, we will arrange an appointment. You are not
"bothering" me. It is my
job to help you.
Text: The Art of Public Speaking, Stephen Lucas, 2001.
New Blank VHS Video Tape
Folder with your first, last name and class time printed in the upper right hand corner (portfolio)
To reduce communication apprehension through skills training and practice
To develop listening and evaluating abilities
To recognize public speaking as an art and set individual goals to grow in the process of rhetoric
Oral Assignments Approx. Points Possible Your Grade
*Informative Speech 60
*Persuasive Speech 60
Impromptu Speech 10
Stories Speeches 20
Object Speeches 10
Mic Night 10
Ethos, Pathos, Logos Presentations 10
Special Occasion Speeches 10
Total = 190
Other Assignments Approx. Points Possible Your Grade
*Quiz #1 25
*Quiz #2 50
*Quiz #3 25
Reflection Paper 10
Total = 150
90- 100% = A 80-89%= B 70-79% = C 60-69% = D 59�0% = F
This is not a �lecture hall� course. You will be urged to practice your communication
in class activities and discussions. There will be points offered for these each day which can not be made
up. Thus, attendance is mandatory and multiple absences will hurt your grade. Just as a "real job" allows
for so many sick days without pay penalty, you are allowed 3 absences without penalty. However, if you
miss more than three classes, there will be 5 points deducted from your grade upon each additional absence.
I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused unless it�s a university-sanctioned function. The nature
of the course requires you to attend regularly and be on time.
Note: If you are late to class, it is your responsibility to make sure (after class)
that you�ve been counted
present. Three tardies count as one absence.
LATE WORK POLICY
Do not expect points for late work. Assignments are due at the start of class with no
5:00 deadline. Just as
an employer sets a deadline and you either make it or perish, the same is true here. ONCE AGAIN, NO
POINTS FOR LATE WORK.
CONTACT POLICY FOR MAJOR SPEECHES AND QUIZES
If you are going to be absent the day a lecture is scheduled, contacting me ahead of
time is not necessary.
I would advise, however, making sure you are aware of what you missed that day. Speeches that are worth
10 or 20 points can not rescheduled. Failure to contact me BEFORE the class period begins in which you
are scheduled to give either of our two major speeches or take the quizzes will result in 0 points. Cases of
emergency are considered with discretion. This is a performance class. Disruptions to the schedule affect everyone.
Note: It is your responsibility to stop by my office or call me. E-mail is not acceptable in these specific instances.
Whether it is me speaking or your fellow classmates, I expect courtesy. Translation,
No eye rolling, negative comments, reading the newspaper, or doing other homework.
Failure to tell the truth with excuses, cheating on exams or plagiarizing other works
results in an absolute "0".
Documentation will be required in order to make any exceptions.
SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Since this is not a �lecture hall� course, you will have many chances to become
actively involved. It is my goal
to establish an atmosphere in which we get to know each other�s names and are constantly learning from each
other through voluntary interaction. With the right attitude, this class has the potential of being an open and
*While perhaps some of my policies are strict and rigid, there must be a clear layout
for what I view an A
student. It is evident that I view an A student as someone that is willing to work hard, communicate about
difficulties and sees learning as something of their own responsibility � not that of the instructor. If you are
unclear of any of the class policies and expectations, please stop by my office to discuss them in greater detail.
ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS must be completed to pass this course. They are indicated with an
Failure to do so will result in an incomplete. Blowing off the final results in a two-letter grade deduction for
SAMPLE COURSE SCHEDULE
*All assignments are to be completed prior to class
Readings for Today
Mon. Aug. 28
Wed. Aug. 30 (A)
Notes and work on speeches
Fri. Sept. 1 (A,C)
Mon. Sept. 4
Wed. Sept. 6 (A,B)
Listening and P.S.
Fri. Sept. 8 (A,B)
Mon. Sept. 11 (A, C)
Wed. Sept. 13 (B)
Fri. Sept. 15 (C)
Mon. Sept. 18
Ch. 1,3,12, Notes
Wed. Sept. 20 (A,C)
Fri. Sept. 22 ��
Mon. Sept. 25 ��
Stories & Vote
Wed. Sept. 27 (A,C)
Ch. 4 & 14
Fri. Sept. 29 (A)
Mon. Oct. 2 (A)
Ch. 8 & 9
Wed. Oct. 4 (A)
Research & Outlining
Fri. Oct. 6 (A,C)
Mon. Oct. 9
Wed. Oct. 11
Ch. 4,8,9,13,14, Notes
Fri. Oct. 13 (A)
Panel of professional speakers
Mon. Oct. 16 (A)
All outlines due
Wed. Oct. 18 (A)
Fri. Oct. 20 (A,B,C)
Informative Speeches (5)
Revised Outlines due speaking day
Mon. Oct. 23 ��
Wed. Oct. 25 ��
Fri. Oct. 27 ��
Mon. Oct. 30 (A,B)
Debrief with Papers
Wed. Nov. 1 (A)
Open Mic Night
Fri. Nov. 3 (C)
Ch. 15 & 16
Mon. Nov. 6
Wed. Nov. 8
Fri. Nov. 10
NO CLASS; Veteran�s Day
Mon. Nov. 13 (C)
Ethos, Pathos, Logos Presentations
Wed. Nov. 15 (C)
Fri. Nov. 17
Mon. Nov. 20 (A)
All outlines due
Wed. Nov. 22/
Fri. Nov. 24
NO CLASS � Thanksgiving
Mon. Nov. 27 (A)
Wed. Nov. 29 (A,B,C)
Persuasive Speeches (4) Q & A
Fri. Dec. 1 ��
Mon. Dec. 4 ��
Wed. Dec. 6 ��
Fri. Dec. 8 ��
(4) and talk final
I strongly advise keeping track of your points in order to remain an informed,
responsible student. Just as
you'd keep track of your paycheck for your job � keep up with your job as a student and your class status.