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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

SPCH     1A

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Public Speaking

3. Division:

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

4. Department:

Communication Department

5. Subject:


6. Short Course Title:

Public Speaking

7. Proposed Effective Term:

201410 - Summer 2014

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:


b. Class Size Approval Date:



2. Method of Instruction:


 Work Experience, Occupational


 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory


 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning



3. Contact Hours for a Term:






         72.00 To


To be arranged:








Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:







To be arranged:







Total Hours:    


              72 To


To be arranged:





4. Credit Units:

  4.00 To


5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

150600 - Speech Communication

     b.  Course Control Number:    


6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]



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.





7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:

Communication Studies - Speech Communications

8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:


f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:



9. Course Preparation

a.   Prerequisite

Eligibility for ENGL 68

b.   Co requisite

c.   Advisories

d.   None


10. Course Special Designators:

11. Course Program Status:

 Program Applicable


 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds



SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status


SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.



Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAA1 - Oral Communications
ASA1 - Oral Communications

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSA1 - Oral Communications

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG1C - Oral Communication (CSU Requirement)



SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

Study and apply rhetorical principles to research and analyze topics, write basic and advanced speech 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.

b. Class Schedule Description:



Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

Study and apply rhetorical principles to research, write outlines, and deliver speeches. Credit for either SPCH 1A or SPCH 1AH.

2. Course Outline Information

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

- Definition and model of communication
- Function and impact of public address in the United States
- Speech anxiety and anxiety management techniques
- Listening techniques
- Organizational patterns for speech
- Effective written introductions, conclusions and transitions
- Types of speaking outlines
- Fundamentals of outlining: the introduction, body and conclusion
- Intermediate outlining: principles of subordinancy and simplicity
- Organization of main points/logical progression of ideas
- Modern Language Association (MLA) bibliographic citation for public speaking outlines
- Principles of informative speaking
- Special occasion speaking guidelines
- Principles of impromptu speaking
- Fundamentals of persuasion theory and rhetorical address
- Use of a rhetorical framework for persuasive argumentation
- Effective language for public speaking
- Source citation during speeches: verbal attribution
- Criteria for effectively creating and utilizing visual aids/media-based support
- Research using electronic databases and reference sources
- Search strategies for database and online research
- Use of interviewing as primary research
- Credibility of research sources, including the internet
- Review, selection and synthesis multiple research sources in a single topic area
- Evidence and supporting materials within research sources
- Effective use of support as illustration and/or evidence within speeches
- Speech delivery modes: manuscript, memorized, impromptu, extemporaneous
- Vocal attributes of public speaking
- Nonverbal attributes of public speaking
- Audience analysis
- Ethical aspects of public speaking
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

3. Course Measurable Objectives:

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Write working (draft) and formal full-sentence outlines for the informative and persuasive speeches using appropriate, credible research sources and attribution, including MLA bibliographic citation.
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 or other multimedia support 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.
9. Apply anxiety reduction techniques for public speaking situations.
10. Formulate effective search strategies for conducting research.
11. Evaluate the reliability of research sources for public speaking.
12. Synthesize evidence from multiple research sources on a single topic.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Two formal, full-sentence speech outlines incorporating multiple research sources and an MLA bibliography
A rough draft formal speech outline incorporating multiple 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:


Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:

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

Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Quizzes and exams final examination including multiple choice, and/or true/false, short answer items, and/or short essay or practical items on listening, audience analysis, delivery, persuasion, informative etc.

5. Sample Assignments:

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Write and perform a researched persuasive speech at least seven minutes in length. The speech should contain a minimum of six verbal source citations 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. Six or more source citations should be included and accurately presented in an MLA works cited page.
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 and utilize a minimum of six current, credible research sources with appropriate verbal attribution. A visual aid of the artifact is required.
4. Analyze a news article, highlight evidence, and create written statements of support as they would be verbalized in a speech, include the use of paraphrasing and reinterpretation of all statistics for general audiences.
5. Create a research packet of six reliable sources on a current topic. The following five types of sources must be included among the ten: newspaper article, referred journal article, special encyclopedia article, government publication, and an image.


6. Representative Text:

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:





  Reel, R., et al.


  From Fright to Might: A textbook/workbook for public speakers


  Day n' Nite

Date of Publication:




b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:










Date of Publication:




c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:










Date of Publication: