Maui Community College
1. Course Title: SP 151
Personal and Public Speech
Number of Credits: Three (3)
Abbreviated Course Title: Pers/Public Speech
Date of Outline: March 20, 2004
2. Course Description: Introduces the major elements of speech. Develops
competence in two-person, small group, and public
3. Contact Hours per Week: Lecture/Discussion—Three (3)
4. Prerequisites: None
Recommended Preparation: Placement at ENG 100.
5. General Course Objectives
Development of oral communication skills vital in career and personal life. Focus
is on principles and skills of effective communication in personal interviews,
small group discussions, and public speeches.
Approved by ____________________________________ Date ___________________
6. Student Learning Outcomes:
For assessment purposes, these are linked to #7, Recommended Course Content.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
a. Demonstrate an understanding of the communication process, specifically
effective speaking and listening skills in personal and public speaking
b. Apply principles of effective verbal and nonverbal communication in
interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations.
c. Use skills of effective listening. Prepare and conduct informational
d. Prepare presentations suited to particular purposes and audiences.
e. Participate effectively in small group discussions.
f. Analyze audiences and adapt messages to listeners.
g. Research, organize, outline, and present informative and persuasive
h. Apply critical evaluation skills to public speaking presentations.
i. Recognize differences and similarities between written and spoken
j. Speak with greater self-confidence in personal and public situations.
k. Write clear and well-organized outlines for interviews, small group
presentations, and public speeches.
l. Write clear, specific and well-organized self-evaluation papers.
m. Understand the Problem Solving Format as it applies to group problem
7. Recommended Course Content and approximate time spent on each topic:
1 week Communication process (a)
2 weeks Interviewing process strategies.(b, c, f, k)
1 week Gathering materials – Research (f,g)
2 weeks Small group communication process strategies and techniques.
(b, c, e, j)
2 weeks Group Problem Solving techniques.(b, c, e, j, m)
3 weeks Speech preparation and outlining (b, c, f, g, h, i, k, l)
2 weeks Speech delivery strategies and techniques (b, f, g, h, i, k, l)
2 weeks Speech Presentation (a, b, d, f, h, j)
Throughout the course communication skills, organization skills, critical thinking
skills and writing skills are practiced and applied in an ongoing process that
builds upon each success.
8. Recommended Course Requirements:
Specific course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor at the time the
course is being offered. Suggested requirements might include, but are not
Attendance and participation
Writing and speaking assignments
Examinations – Oral and written
9. Text and Materials:
An appropriate text(s) and materials will be chosen at the time the course is to be
offered from those currently available in the field. Examples include:
Bebee, S.A., Bebee, S.J., Ivy, D.K. (2004). Communication Principles for a Lifetime (2nd
Handouts provided by the instructor, Video tapes, Internet sites, Other
10. Evaluation and Grading:
Factors for grading may include, but are not limited to the following:
Attendance and participation 5-10%
Speaking Assignments 20-30%
Speech Preparation 20-30%
In-class Activities 10-20%
11. Methods of Instruction:
Instructional methods vary considerably with instructors, and specific
instructional methods will be at the discretion of the instructor teaching the
course. Suggested techniques might include, but are not limited to:
Large group lecture
Small group activities
Audio, visual, or Internet presentations
Student class presentations
Group or individual projects