CA103 Public Speaking

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 CA103—Public Speaking

Park University

Fall, 2005-Section A-Tuesdays-Thursdays


Instructor: Steven Youngblood 

741-2000 ext. 6321

Copley 205

Office Hours:

M-F-9-10; 11-12; T-Th-10-11; Other times by appointment


Course website:

Class meets: T-Th 8:45

No Prerequisites

3 Credit hours



The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.


Public Speaking, on its face, is about effective communication. Effective public speaking incorporates critical thinking in a number of areas.


Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.



This course is designed to help you increase your skill and confidence in public speaking, and to learn to give audience-appropriate speeches. Public Speaking is an introductory-level class designed to prepare you for speeches you will be called upon to deliver in future academic and vocational settings.



I believe learning should be hands-on process, and that teaching should be done using a variety of tools and approaches.



1.      You will demonstrate, though speeches of your own and critiques of others’ speeches, a mastery of the ability to assess the effectiveness of speeches. (#4, 8, 9,.10)

2.      You will demonstrate the ability to deliver a professionally-competent speech to a number of audiences. (Criteria for a professionally-competent speech are spelled out on the speech evaluation form that each of you will receive.) (#1-12)



The Art of Public Speaking, Lucas—7th Edition. This text comes with a CD rom.


ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”


PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

In Public Speaking, this means taking special care to verbally credit your sources while you are speaking. (“As John F. Kennedy said, ‘Ask not….).  Never borrow someone else’s words without attribution.


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.



With regard to written work: I will not accept late work!. This applies to all daily work, papers, and so on. The only exception to this is if there is some extenuating circumstance, and you contact me IN ADVANCE to get an extension. If you have a problem that precludes you from turning a work in on time, call or e-mail me IN ADVANCE of the due date, let me know what’s going on, and we can make arrangements.


With regard to make-up speeches…Class time is very precious, and there will be no time for make up speeches. You must be prepared to speak on the scheduled day of your speech. If you are called on to speak, and are not prepared, you will receive a zero for the speech. If you have some extremely good excuse why you cannot attend on the day you are to speak, you must contact me IN ADVANCE to let me know why you cannot be there. If you can then PROVE that there is some good extenuating circumstance, you may be allowed to give your speech (time permitting) at my discretion. But, again, if you do not contact me IN ADVANCE and do not show up on the day of your speech, you will receive a zero.


DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:



Your grade will be based on a number of short speeches. Improvement matters, and I will favorably consider students whose speeches improve over the semester.  See details of grading plan in last section.



Subject to change. In fact, count on it!!




1. Introduction/impromptu speeches/good speeches in general

*2. Organizing and outlining; Speech critiques

3. More outlining; diction and enunciation

4. Audience; pronunciation

5. Introduction speeches

6. Research; intro to informative speeches; impromptu speeches

7. Informative topics; delivery

8. Informative speeches

9. More delivery; introduce commemorative/eulogy speeches

*10. More about commemorative speeches and eulogies; visual aids

11. Commemorative or eulogy speeches

12. Intro to persuasive speeches; rhetorical devices; impromptus

13. Persuasive topics/techniques/argumentation and logic

14. Persuasive speeches

15. Speaking to small groups; begin preparing for final speech; impromptus

16. Other types of speeches; loose ends; impromptu speeches

*NOTES: On week 2, I will be in Brazil teaching and setting up a service project for my students. On week 10, I will be accompanying Park U. students to the Model UN conference in New York. Further instructions regarding class will be given in the weeks prior to those dates.




A.     Introduction speech—10%

B.     Informative speech—15%

C.     Commemorative speech or eulogy—15%

D.     Persuasive speech—15%

E.      Quizzes-from book/class notes—10%

F.      Impromptu speeches—10%

G.     Final project-choice of speeches—15%

H.     Attendance and participation-10%



Speech classes at Park University are taught using the competencies developed at the University of Colorado public speaking assessment program, and adapted at Samford University. These competencies, which are consistent with National Communication Association guidelines, are:


1. Express ideas clearly

2. Organize messages for understanding

3. Express ideas concisely

4. Express and defend point of view with evidence

5. Use speaking voice effectively

6. Eliminate (or control) speech apprehension/anxiety

7. Listen effectively

8. Demonstrate social skills

9. Ask effective questions

10. Give complete and appropriate answwers to questions

11. Use language accurately and appropriately

12. Use appropriate nonverbal communication


Assessment tools: Your speeches will be assessed (evaluated) using guidelines from the National Communication Association. Those guidelines include:


1. Assessment of oral communication should be based in part on atomistic/analytic data collected and on a holistic impression.

2. Assessment of oral communication for all students should include assessment of both verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication and should consider competence in more than one communication setting. As a minimum assessment should occur in the one-to-many setting (e.g. public speaking, practical small group discussion) and in the one-to-one setting (e.g., interviews, interper­sonal relations).

3. Speaking and listening skills must be assessed through actual performance in social settings (speaking before an audience, undergoing an interview, participating in a group discussion, etc.) appropriate to the skill(s) being assessed.