INTC 220 - Public Speaking

Summer 2012


Dr. Daniel Makagon                          

Office: 14 E Jackson, #1828

Office Hours: TH 9-10 PM

Phone: (312) 362-7979                                  




Course Description


Course Description:


The purpose of this course is to impart the value of public speaking as an essential skill for citizen participation in a democratic society. The course has both a theoretical as well as practical component through the analysis of public discourse and the development of skills necessary for effective public speech. The emphasis of the course will be on the research, preparation, and presentation of informative and persuasive speeches that focus on topics of political and social importance.


This course is included in the Self Society and Modern World (SSMW) Learning Domain.



Learning Objectives


(1) Students will develop an ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of the concepts and practices associated with public communication (through essays, the preparation of presentation evaluations, and in-class assignments).

(2) Students will develop an ability to prepare and deliver presentations in accordance with the principles of communication as presented in lectures and reading materials.

(3) Students will develop an ability to create an audience-centered speech that accounts for life in a multi-cultural society.

(4) Students will be able to develop and assess a relationship between ethical public speaking and effective public speaking.

(5) Students will further develop research and writing skills through the preparation of speeches and the critical examination of speeches delivered by others (both classmates and members of the public).



Required Materials


All course readings and assignment descriptions are available on-line. Download and print the files.



Course Assignments


**Credit/No Credit Assignments                    10%                             ____(pts.) X .10 = ______


2 Self Evaluation Papers (2-3 pages each)      10%                            ____(pts.) X .10 = ______


Introduction Speech (2-4 minutes)                  10%                             ____(pts.) X .10 = ______


Informative Speech (4-6 minutes)                   30%                             ____(pts.) X .30 = ______


Persuasive Speech (5-7 minutes)                      40%                             ____(pts.) X .40 = ______



                                                                                                            Final Grade= ____________


** Credit/no credit speaking and written assignments and class exercises will be counted toward a total grade in the course. Students will earn a percentage grade equal to the percentage of credit/no credit assignments they complete in a satisfactory manner.

Course Policies


Promptness is expected as a general rule. If you are consistently late to class, your grade will be negatively affected.


Attendance and Active Participation are expected and required. You are allowed one (1) absence in this class. If the absence is excused (e.g., documented medical illness/emergency, documented family illness/emergency, required by a court of law, a religious holiday, or university business) you would be able to make up missed work. If the absence is unexcused, which would be any other absence other than what is described above then you would not be able to make up missed work. If you miss more than one class session, you will receive an "F' in the class (even if the absences are excused). Missing this many class sessions (20% of the term) undermines the integrity of the classroom experience. If you miss this much class because of illness or a family emergency, you should meet with the Dean of Students to discuss withdrawal options.


All assignments are due on assigned days. There will be NO MAKE UPS. Documented illnesses or documented emergencies are the only exception to this policy. Changes in work schedules, personal celebrations (e.g., birthdays), or vacations are NOT considered to be legitimate reasons for missing assignment deadlines or class meetings. If you miss a speech and have documentation for your absence then you will deliver the speech the next date you attend class. Similarly, if you have an excused absence for a class session when you would turn in a paper then you can give me the paper on the next date you attend class.


I do not accept electronic copies of papers or speech outlines. Hard copies of papers and speech outlines must be turned in when the class session begins. Speeches must be presented during allotted speech times.


Students with disabilities should provide documentation from the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) #370, Student Center, LPC or call (773) 325-1677.


Cellular Phones: If you have a cellular phone or pager, turn it off or set it to vibrate, and keep it in your backpack or purse. All cell phones must be put away during the class session. I will confiscate cellular phones for the remainder of the class session if you are sending or reading text messages or using your phone to check email/surf the Internet.


Constructive feedback to other speakers is a responsibility of all class members. This entails being honest and helpful in evaluations, using descriptive rather than prescriptive language, and accompanying negative comments with ways to improve.


E-mail: I often send e-mail announcements to the class. You need to (1) make sure your preferred email address in Campus Connect is the address you check regularly so messages do not bounce back and (2) make sure my email address will pass through your spam filter.





I have often found that plagiarism becomes tempting if students are feeling pressured. Remember, when in doubt quote. If you are quoting someone else in your speech, you need to clearly identify the information as a quote and the source. Similarly, when paraphrasing, you should clearly identify your source. If you are quoting somebody directly in your paper then you need to list the information within quotation marks and cite a page number. If you are paraphrasing then you need to cite the person and a page number. Never copy and paste entire documents into your paper and do not quote others to the point where your ideas become indistinguishable from your source's ideas. There is no reason to plagiarize given the resources available to you (e.g., opportunities to meet with me; coaches in the writing center; my handout on writing for the class; and DePaul’s policy on academic integrity, which can be found at If you do plagiarize, you will automatically receive a grade of “F” in this class. Moreover, the Academic Affairs office will be contacted.


Grade Scale: A = 93-100, A- = 90-92, B+ = 88-89, B = 83-87, B- = 80-82, C+ = 78-79, C = 73-77, C- = 70-72, D = 60-69, F = 0-59 (I do not assign incompletes)


Tentative Course Schedule


DATE             CONTENT                  


7/17                Course Introduction  

                        Discuss Introductory Speech


7/19                Outlines: Speech topics, purposes, theses (Required Reading)

                       Speech Delivery and Communication Apprehension                                  


7/24                 Introductory Speeches


7/26                 Discuss Informative Speech (Print assignment sheet)

                        Audience Analysis (Recommended Reading in folder)    


                        Paper #1 Due                       


7/31                 Connectives     (Required Reading)                                               

                        Support Material (Recommended Reading in folder)                                                      


8/2                  Informative Speeches


8/7                   Discuss Persuasive Speech (Print assignment sheet)

                        Persuasive Speaking/Reasoning/Ethics

                        Visual Aids      (Recommended Reading in folder)

                        Paper #2 Due      


8/9                   Optional conferences to discuss Persuasive Speech/Course Progress                             


8/14                 Persuasive Speeches


8/16                 Persuasive Speeches