Public Speaking I > Syllabus (2023)

Public Speaking I > Syllabus (1)

Main Campus ·College of Fine Arts and Communications ·Communications

  • Spring 2023
  • Section 00
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/17/2023 to 03/07/2023
  • Modified 01/17/2023

Meeting Times

Online - Asynchronous

Please check the Announcements on our Blackboard page at least 2 times per week for the most up to date information.

Check syllabus for Zoom meeting times. Zoom meetings are not required; they are recommended as a helpful resource.

Contact Information

Professor: Stacey Wagers
Contact Information: [emailprotected]
This is my primary email. Please note that this is the primary way to contact me. Messages to any other email address will go unanswered.

Virtual Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 11am to NOON CST

Stacey Wagers's Personal Meeting Room. Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 755 035 0437 Passcode: 1315

***email me to schedule a one on one Zoom appt. @ [emailprotected]

Dept. of Communication and Media

PO Box 10050

Beaumont, TX 77710


Catalog Description

Principles and practice of public speaking. Majors should complete this course during their freshman year. Satisfies the Communication core curriculum requirement and transfers as TCCNS SPCH 1315.

Course Objectives

Communication:students will apply the basic tenets of good public speaking through the development and presentation of three individual speeches and a group presentation, this will include clearly implementing the parts of a speech, the creation of a clear message and appropriate delivery; visual communication skills will also be demonstrated through the creation of , and appropriate use of, visual aids; written communication skills will be demonstrated through the completion of the listener report.

Teamwork:students will practice teamwork skills while working together to create a group presentation. Students will also evaluate the success with which their teammates enact these same skills.

Critical Thinking:Students will also demonstrate an understanding of reasoning through the creation of their motivated sequence speeches as they explain the problem, determine its causes and select an appropriate solution. They will also demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking through a segment of the exam that deals with reasoning and tests of evidence.

Personal responsibility:students will demonstrate an understanding of personal responsibility through the development and presentation of a persuasive speech detailing a choice and its consequences as well as through a portion of the exam which assesses their knowledge of ethical issues including plagiarism and First Amendment issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • research information for inclusion in their speeches;
  • utilize appropriate outlining;
  • develop informative and persuasive speeches; and
  • employ appropriate delivery skills.

Course Materials

eBook: Lucas, S. (2019). The Art of Public Speaking (13th edition), Connect edition. McGraw Hill.

This is an ebook that is required. All assignments will be found in the interactive ebook.

Register here:

The Art of Public Speaking (13th edition), Connect edition

    Course Policies

    Guidelines for Online Comm 1315

    Each student must be able to meet the following criteria in order to take COMM 1315 as an online course. This is in addition to basic computer skills.

    Students must be able to record presentations.
    Students must obtain the required e-book.
    Students must have a basic knowledge of technology which includes how to: access the Internet, record presentations, save to pdf files, scan documents, download/upload documents in correct folders, access Blackboard, locate the Announcements on Blackboard, and email the instructor using the correct email address.

    Students must follow directions for each assignment in order to receive full credit.

    Speech Deductions:

    -100% If your full face/front of torso/eyes are not visible during the entire presentation

    -100% If there is no audio or if the audio is too difficult to hear/understand

    -100% If speaker is not standing in a professional, presentational stance

    Submission Policy

    Assignments not submitted to the correct assignment folder will not be graded. Please note that assignments will NOT be accepted via email.

    Grading Policy and Evaluation

    Each student must complete all required speeches and tests in order to pass this class. This in- cludes the Informative Speech, Persuasive Speech, and the Monroe’s Motivated Sequence Speech. This is a Comm Department policy. Unless otherwise noted, you can expect your speeches to be graded one week after the due date. In this online course, work is graded in the order that it is submitted.

    Make-up Work

    No late work is accepted. If there is an extraordinary event that you believe should receive consideration, contact me at least within 24 hours prior to the due date. If it is un- expected, contact me ASAP. The folders close after the due date passes. The folders will not be re-opened.

    Grading and Assignments


    Introduction Speech


    Informative Speech


    Problem-Solution Speech


    Monroe’s Motivated Sequence


    TESTS - 20%

    Exam 1


    Exam 2



    Informative Speech Development Worksheet


    Self-Evaluation of Informative Speech


    Chapter Discussion Questions


    Persuasive Speech Development Worksheet


    Self-Evaluation of Persuasive Speech


    Listening Report




    Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    1000- 900 = A

    899-800 = B

    799-700 = C

    699-600 = D

    599-0 = F

    Course Subject Outline

    Course Content and Assignments

    Week 1

    January 17 - January 24

    TO DO:

    Zoom Meeting/Videos:

    Topic: Welcome to Public Speaking - Comm 1315 2023

    Time: Jan 19, 2023 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Click to join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 770 2226 4861

    Passcode: 1315

    • Watch Connect Orientation videos (on McGraw-Hill Connect)
    • Watch GoReach Orientation videos (on McGraw-Hill Connect)
    • Read:
    • Syllabus (Blackboard)
    • Read Chapters 1, 19, 13, 2 on CONNECT (McGraw-Hill ebook)

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM CST Tuesday, January 24th

    • Register for CONNECT ebook: The Art of Public Speaking
    • Watch Connect Orientation videos (on McGraw-Hill Connect)
        • Watch GoReach Orientation videos (on McGraw-Hill Connect)
    • Answer Chapter questions in the interactive ebook on CONNECT
    • Record/Upload Introduction Speech - on CONNECT

    Week 2

    January 25 - January 31

    TO DO:

    Zoom Meeting/Video:

    • Video: Watch Week 2 Instructor Video


    • Read Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    • Review: Study Guide (for study only) Nothing has to be submitted
    • Read directions to the Informative Speech

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM Tuesday, January 31

    • Answer chapter questions in the interactive ebook
    • Complete Informative Development Worksheet
    • Take Exam 1 on CONNECT

    Week 3

    February 1 - February 7

    TO DO:

    Zoom Meeting:

    Topic: Week 3 Comm 1315 Informative Speech Discussion

    Time: Feb 1, 2023 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 785 1980 3396

    Passcode: 1315


    • Read: Chapters 9 , 10, 11, 15
    • Read directions to the Informative Speech
    • Watch example speech video

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM Tuesday, February 7

    • Answer chapter questions in ebook
    • Complete Informative Speech Outline (with APA reference page)
    • Record/Upload Informative Speech on CONNECT

    Week 4

    February 8 - February 14

    TO DO:

    Zoom Meeting/Video:

    • Watch Week 4 Instructor video


    • Read: Chapters 3, 12,16

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM Tuesday, February 14

    • Complete Informative Speech Self-Evaluation
    • Complete Persuasive Speech Development Worksheet
    • Answer Chapter questions in Connect
    • Write Listening Report

    Week 5

    February 15 - February 21

    TO DO:

    Zoom Meeting/Video:

    Topic: Week 5 Comm 1315

    Time: Feb 15, 2023 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 723 2783 0459

    Passcode: 1315


    • Read: Chapter 17

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM Tuesday, February 21

    • Complete Persuasive Speech Outline (with APA reference page)
    • Record/Upload Persuasive Speech (on Connect)

    Week 6

    February 22 - February 28

    Zoom Meeting/Video:

      • Zoom meeting: TBD if needed
      • Video: watch Instructor MMS video


      • Re-read about MMS in ebook

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM Tuesday, February 28th

      • Complete Self-Evaluation of the Persuasive Speech
      • Complete MMS Speech Outline (with APA reference page)
      • Record/Upload MMS Speech (on Connect)

    Week 7

    March 1 - March 7

    Zoom Meeting/Video:

    • None


    • Review Study Guide II

    Assignments: DUE 11:59 PM TUESDAY, March 7


    (Exam opens March 1 by 6pm)

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