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Mt. San Antonio College



March 29, 2015



Effective Term:   20091 - Summer 2009

Course ID:



Public Speaking



Humanities and Social Sciences Division



Short Title:

Public Speaking


Course Status:


Maximum Class Size:




Method of Instruction:



 Work Experience, Occupational


 Work Experience, General

 Lecture and Laboratory

 Open Entry/Exit

 Independent Studies


 Distance Learning (Distance Education Delayed) for online courses

 Distance (Hybrid Online) for online supported courses





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Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

150600 - Speech Communication


SAM Priority Code: 



Courses offered to apprentices only.


Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.


Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.


Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.




Discipline Placement:

State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

Frequency Offered:





 On Demand

Earn Credit:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats


Transfer Status

Baccalaureate Status is granted by the Educational Design General Education and Baccalaureate Level Subcommittee.

 CSU Transferable         CSU Approval Date:                      (mm/dd/yyyy)                  

 UC Transferable             UC Approval Date:                      (mm/dd/yyyy)                 


Course Requisites


Eligibility for ENGL 68

Co requisite:



Course Special Designators

Course Description:

Study and apply rhetorical principles to research and analyze topics, organize sentence outlines, and deliver effective public speeches. Perform speaking and listening assignments that utilize effective verbal, vocal and physical communicative strategies, and critical/analytical techniques. Students may not receive credit for both SPCH 1A and SPCH 1AH.

Course Outline:

- Course standards and syllabus
- Assignment of required student speeches
- Definition and model of communication
- Speech anxiety and anxiety management techniques
- Listening
- Organizational patterns for speech
- Creating introductions, conclusions and transitions
- Effective language for public speaking
- Criteria for effectively creating and utilizing visual aids
- Types of speech delivery (manuscript, memorized, impromptu, extemporaneous)
- Vocal delivery
- Nonverbal delivery
- Principles of informative speaking
- Principles of impromptu speaking
- Fundamentals of persuasion theory
- Audience analysis
- Citing sources during speeches (verbal attribution)
- Evaluating the credibility of research sources
- Effective use of support as illustration and/or evidence
- Ethical aspects of public speaking
- Special occasion speaking
- Presentation of student speeches
- Final exam

Lab Outline:

Course Measurable Objectives:

The student will:
1. Create full-sentence outlines for the informative and persuasive speeches using appropriate, credible research sources and attribution
2. Utilize appropriate speech organization, including introductions, conclusions, previews, reviews, transition statements and clear, well-ordered main points.
3. Create and effectively utilize visual aids for at least one speech
4. Perform five speeches, one of each from the following categories: informative, persuasive, icebreaker, impromptu and an intermediate skill-building speech.
5. Critically evaluate student speeches (peer and/or self evaluation).
6. Apply a theoretical framework in the preparation of the persuasive speech.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in direct eye contact, appropriate speaking volume, and body control.
8. Speak extemporaneously (with minimal notes) for the required informative or persuasive speech assignment.

Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

- Two formal, full-sentence speech outlines incorporating mutiple research sources and an MLA bibliography
- A two-page self-evaluation of a class speech assignment
- A working outline for two major class speeches
- Five peer critiques, one paragraph each

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:

Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:

-Group problem-solving exercises

Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

- Icebreaker speech
- Impromptu Speech
- Persuasive Speech
- Informative Speech
- Skill-building speech

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

- Final examination including multiple choice, and/or true/false, short answer items, and/or short essay or practical items
- Quizzes including multiple choice, true/false, and/or short answer items

Sample Assignments:

1. Write and perform a researched persuasive speech at least five minutes in length. The speech should contain a minimum of five outside sources and reflect the principles of persuasion and argumentation theory discussed in class.
2. Construct a full sentence, formal outline for one or more of your classroom speeches. The outline will follow traditional formatting guidelines and contain a complete introduction, body, and conclusion. Source citations should be included and formatted according to MLA guidelines.
3. Prepare and deliver a five-minute presentation on a significant artifact from a culture of your choice. The speech should be organized according to organizational patterns discussed in class. A visual aid of the artifact is required.


Representative Text:

 Book 1:


  Reel, R., et al.


  From fright to might: A textbook/workbook for public speakers


  Day n' Nite

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 Book 2:







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 Book 3:







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