Public Speaking


  2. A. Course Title: Public Speaking
    B. Course Number: SE 123 - 30143
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Hughes, Jennifer
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 8:00:00 PM-10:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This class is an introductory study in the theory and practice of oral discourse, including the preparation, presentation, and evaluation of public speeches. Students will present speeches intended to emphasize particular elements of rhetorical theory and fundamental skill areas for informative, persuasive, and extemporaneous speaking. This is a three credit hour course.


    This class is an introductory study in the theory and practice of oral discourse, including the preparation, presentation, and evaluation of public speeches. Students will present speeches intended to emphasize particular elements of rhetorical theory and fundamental skill areas for informative, persuasive, and extemporaneous speaking. This is a three credit hour course.

    The ability to verbally articulate one's thoughts and ideas effectively is an important and fundamental skill to an educated person in today's world. It can affect a student's ability to lead a successful career in almost any profession, and influences the decision making process which determines the course of our society. This class gives student speakers a basis in communication theory, which has been proven effective for more than two thousand years and an opportunity to apply those principles in public speeches presented for a peer audience. As such, this course requires students to analyze and improve their own methods of communication by comparing and contrasting their methods to the approaches used by other public speakers. The spoken word is the most powerful tool (or weapon) known to human beings; it is therefore, essential that human beings learn to use it effectively, wisely, and ethically. This course meets transferability requirements for similar introductory Public Speaking classes taught at other colleges and universities in New Mexico.



    The following book is required for this course, and is available for purchase at the NMJC bookstore:
    The Art of Public Speaking (Loose Leaf), Stephen Lucas, 13th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1260412932



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Course Requirements and Evaluation of Students/Grading.

    1. Exams: There will be a mid-term exam, final exam, and 5 quizzes. All of these exams account for 30% of your final grade.

    2. Class Participation: Online course discussions and quizzes make up 30% of your final course grade.

    4. Speeches and Speech Outlines: You will submit three speeches during this course: an introductory speech, an informative speech, a persuasive speech, and a speech of your choice. During week 1, you will also submitted an ungraded 30-second speech. Your performance on all speeches, speech outlines, and the speech critique make up 40% of your final grade.

    Speech One – Introductory Speech:

    Speech Two - Informative Speech:
    Speech Three - Persuasive Speech:

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    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College, in the area(s) of human and speech communication, endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all communication courses have been placed in Area I Courses under Communications. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students be directed to:
    A. Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation,
    audience, purpose, aesthetics, and adverse points of view.
    B. Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting
    points logically and convincingly.
    C. Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage others.
    D. Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating,
    organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using
    correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.
    E. Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the
    primary purpose of communication.
    F. Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among
    opinions, facts, and inferences.


    After completing the course, the successful student should be able to,
    * prepare a distinct outline for the informative and persuasive speech formats;
    * conduct detailed research in support of public speaking;
    * participate appropriately in discourse when opposite points-of-view are expressed;
    * analyze and critically evaluate speeches made by others;
    * argue for and against diverse issues or advocate for or against a subject/topic;
    * recognize and practice the elements of critical thinking through public speaking preparation and delivery;
    * analyze an audience in preparation for a public speech; and
    * continue to develop the ability to deliver more advanced speeches/speak with greater confidence with others in public forums and social settings.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Response Time Frames: The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for assignments will be posted within 10 business days of the due date.

    Time zone: It is important to note that this course operates on Mountain Standard Time. Students are responsible for adjusting due dates to their time zone.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Please note that all assignments are due on midnight MT on the dates listed below. Thank you!

    Reading Chapters 1-4,
    Take Quiz 1 8/26/18 (over chapters 1-4)
    Submit Discussion 1/video posts 8/25/19

    MODULE 2 - WEEK 2
    Reading: Chapters 5-8, 15
    Submit Discussion 2 posts 9/3/2019

    MODULE 3 - WEEK 3
    Speech 1 Due 9/8/19
    Submit Discussion 3 posts 9/8/19
    Take Quiz 2 9/8/19 (over chapters 5-8, 15)

    MODULE 4 - WEEK 4
    Reading: Chapters 9-11
    Submit Discussion 4 posts 9/15/19

    MODULE 5 - WEEK 5
    Reading: Chapters 12-14
    Submit Discussion 5 posts 9/22/19
    Submit Speech 2 Outline 9/22/19

    MODULE 6 - WEEK 6
    Submit Discussion 6 posts 9/29/19
    Take Quiz 3 9/29/19 (over chapters 9-14)
    Individual Communications with Dr. Hughes regarding Speech 2

    MODULE 7 - WEEK 7
    Submit Discussion 7 posts 10/6/19
    Individual Communications with Dr. Hughes regarding Speech 2

    MODULE 8 - WEEK 8
    Reading: Chapter 16
    Submit Discussion 8 posts 10/13/19
    Take Mid-Term Exam 10/13/19 (over chapters 1-15)

    MODULE 9 - WEEK 9
    Reading: Chapter 17
    Submit Discussion 9 posts 10/20/19
    Submit Speech 2 10/20/19

    Take Quiz 4 10/20/19 (over chapters 16, 17)

    MODULE 10 - WEEK 10
    Submit Discussion 10 posts 10/27/19
    Submit Speech Critique Assignment 10/27/19

    MODULE 11 - WEEK 11
    Reading: Chapters 18, 19
    Submit Discussion 11 posts 11/3/19
    Submit Speech 3 Outline 11/3/19

    MODULE 12 - WEEK 12
    Take Quiz 5 11/10/19 (over chapters 18, 19)
    Submit Discussion 12 posts 11/10/19
    Individual Communications with Dr. Hughes regarding Speech 3

    MODULE 13 - WEEK 13
    Submit Discussion 13 posts 11/17/19

    MODULE 14 - WEEK 14
    Submit Speech 3 11/24/19

    MODULE 15 - WEEK 15
    Submit Discussion 15 posts 12/6/19
    Final Exam is due 12/9/19 (cumulative final exam)