SP-211: Public Speaking

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: SP-211 Public Speaking

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): None

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of contemporary forms of public speaking in the United States.   Selecting topics from current U.S. society and or American history, students will perform research and gather credible evidence from both primary and secondary U.S. sources to create both informative and persuasive speeches.  Students are also asked to employ methods taught in this course to analyze both historical and contemporary U.S. rhetoric for authenticity, organizational structure, target audiences and effectiveness as a means of persuasion or communication. Students may be required to complete independent lab hours as a part of the course in order to address proficiency issues in spoken English.  

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Management

A.A.S. Medical Assistant 

A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art History)

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Dance

A.S. Music

A.S. Theatre (Concentration: Acting)

A.S. Theatre (Concentration: Technical Theatre)

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies

QCC/Queens College Dual/Joint Degree Program for Childhood Education

A.S. Psychology

QCC/York College Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will read and listen to famous American speeches and will acquire the necessary theoretical skills to distinguish between information, persuasion and propaganda to create informative and persuasive speeches that adhere to the ethical guidelines for communication promulgated by the National Communication Association.
  2. Students will research political movements in U.S. History and formulate a thesis for a persuasive speech.
  3. Students will identify communication theories to critically analyze the informative, persuasive or propagandistic content of speeches of great American speeches from their textbook.
  4. Students will complete readings, submit written assignments and be able to identify how public speech and media campaigns in the United States are shaped by current trends and targeted to audiences as determined by race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic status.
  5. Students will apply fundamental principles of good communication in the creation and delivery of informative, persuasive and group speeches.
  6. Students will articulate a clear thesis statement and appropriately support their thesis with evidence garnered from both primary and secondary sources.
  7. Students will analyze local and national themes in selecting topics from American history presented through one informative speech, one persuasive speech and one group project.
  8. Students will gather, interpret and assess information from academic journals and databases found in the CUNY library system to compose and deliver one informative speech, one persuasive speech and one group project.
  9. During the process of writing a formal MLA speech outline, students will organize their research materials to construct well-reasoned arguments that will support their speech thesis and conclusions. Student then will orally present these arguments to their peers as modeled by great American speeches from their textbook.
  10. Students will reason quantitatively to analytically interpret and present statistical information as evidence for their speeches using charts and/or graphs.
  11. Students will listen thoughtfully and critically to others, offer constructive critique of peers speeches, and apply the knowledge gained through critique to their own speeches.

Program-specific outcomes

Use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processesUse historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

a. Speeches

b. Outlines

c. Exams

d. Group Project

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member’s discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender’s grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University’s policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.