SRJC Course Outlines

6/22/2024 10:09:27 AMSPCH 1A Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  SPCH 1ATitle:  INTRO TO PUBLIC SPEAKING  
Full Title:  Introduction to Public Speaking
Last Reviewed:3/11/2024

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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The study of public speaking. Improves the student's ability to prepare and deliver a public speech.  Improves the student's ability to critically evaluate various forms of communication.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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The study of public speaking. Improves the student's ability to prepare and deliver a public speech.  Improves the student's ability to critically evaluate various forms of communication.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Communication and Analytical Thinking
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 A1Oral CommunicationFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 1COral CommunicationFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: COMM 110 Public Speaking SRJC Equivalent Course(s): COMM1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Identify the elements of a communication situation.
2.  Conduct audience analysis.
3.  Select appropriate subject matter.
4.  Gather, select and orally cite qualified supporting materials.
5.  Organize material into effective structural patterns for oral presentations.
6.  Choose appropriate verbal and nonverbal messages.
7.  Rehearse the oral presentation of speeches.
8.  Present speech(es) in person to a live audience.
9.  Actively listen to and evaluate oral presentations.
10. Incorporate presentational aids into a speech.
11. Exhibit an understanding of the use of modern presentation technology.
12. Manage nervousness related to public speaking.
13. Recognize persuasive appeals.
14. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic terminology, concepts, and
     theories of communication.
15. Critically listen to, analyze and incorporate into future presentations written and oral
    feedback provided by the instructor and fellow students.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Public Speaking as a Communication Process
    A. Elements of the communication process
    B. Managing communication apprehension
II. Types of Public Speaking
    A. Informative
    B. Persuasive
    C. Entertainment
    D. Other (e.g. special occasion)
III. Speech Preparation Skills
    A. Audience analysis
    B. Research skills
         1. library and electronic research techniques
         2. evaluation of supporting materials
    C. Speech organization
    D. Style
    E. Modes of delivery
IV. Presentation Skills  
     A. Practice skills
    B. Delivery
        1. vocal qualities
        2. body language
    C. Presentational aids
    D. Oral citation of sources
V. Critical Listening to and Evaluation of Live, In-Class Student Presentations and Various
    Other Forms of Communication (e.g. famous public speeches, political rhetoric and
   A. Evaluation of source credibility
   B. Evaluation of emotional appeals
   C. Evaluation of logical appeals

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I. A minimum of five public speaking assignments of varied difficulty, which must include extemporaneous delivery of an informative speech and a persuasive speech, as well as three or more from the  following options:
    A. An "icebreaker" speech
    B. Narrative speech
    C. Demonstration speech
    D. Informative speech
    E. Philosophical/point of view speech
    F. Impromptu speech
    G. Persuasive speech
    H. Interview question speech
    I.  Ceremonial speech
    J. Speech to entertain
II. Assigned reading will consist of an average of 20-35 pages/week.
III. Written work will include 1,500-2,000 words:
    A. Written assignments will include 2-5 speech outlines.
    B. Written assignments may include:
         1. critiques
         2. written reports and response papers on selected topics
IV. Exams (2 - 20)
V.  Other assignments may include:
    A. Observing presentations of appropriate audio visual material
    B. Experiential exercises
    C. Oral critiques
    D. Oral interpretation of literature

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 30%
Speech outlines, speech evaluations, written reports, response papers, topic papers.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
45 - 60%
Public speeches, oral presentations, presentation critiques.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 35%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay exams.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Class participation, experiential exercises, attendance.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Public Speaking: Strategies for Success. 8th ed. Zarefsky. David. Pearson. 2016
The Art of Public Speaking, Media Enhanced Edition. 12th ed. Lucas, Stephen. McGraw-Hill. 2014
A Concise Public Speaking Handbook. 4th ed. Beebe, Steven and Beebe, Susan. Pearson. 2014
Speak Up!: An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking. 3rd ed. Fraleigh, Douglas and Tuman, Joseph. Bedford/St. Martins. 2014
Inviting Transformation: Presentational Speaking for a Changing World. 3rd ed. Foss, Sonja and Foss, Karen. Waveland Press. 2011 (classic)

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