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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Speech - SPCH

Business and Professional Speaking

  • Summer II 2021
  • Section N02 CRN-40831
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/12/2021 to 08/09/2021
  • Modified 07/10/2021

Meeting Times

Because this is an online class, there are no face-to-face meetings. Interaction between and among the instructor and students occurs in ecampus.

Contact Information

Instructor: Mark Bohlman

Email: [email protected]
Office: On-line only, 6-6:30pm, Thursday Central Time
Phone: 253-226-1897


I will respond to emails within 24 hours; if needed, text or call me and I will reply upon receipt.


Study and application of communication within the business and professional context.  Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats.


Prerequisites:  None

Corequisites:  None

Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


1. Demonstrate communication competence and critical thinking through an understanding of the foundational communication models.

2. Demonstrate essential public speaking skills in professional presentations.

3. Demonstrate written and oral competencies as it relates to employment (including job searches, interviews, interpersonal interaction, conflict management, leadership and performance appraisals).

4. Apply essential dyadic and small group processes as they relate to the workplace.

5. Utilize various technologies as they relate to competent communication.

6. Demonstrate effective cross-cultural communication.


Public Speaking: The Virtual Text  
Found at

Video recording device is needed to successfully complete speeches; a computer with a camera, a cell phone, a digital camera, or some other piece of technology that will allow the student to create a speech video and UPLOAD that video to the Internet via Youtube or Vimeo.  I DON'T ACCEPT MOVIES!!!

How to upload a speech to YouTube

How to upload a speech to Vimeo

Course Requirements

Students must present a minimum of four speeches (with a total minimum speaking time of 20 minutes) with various purposes that address technical issues in a specific field. Each speech must include an outline and a Bibliography/Works Cited page. Students will participate in question and answer sessions following speeches. Self and peer evaluations of speeches will be completed. Student participation will be evaluated. Additionally, students will complete at least two other major assignments, one being a comprehensive final exam. Other major assignments may be written assignments and research projects.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes





Midterm Exam

100 points

Ch 1-10


Final Exam

100 points

Ch 11-18


Informative speech

150 points

Public speaking


Persuasive speech

175 points

Public speaking




Weekly assignments


Group project

100 points

Group Behaviors


Resume/Cover letter/References

50 points

Professional develop.


Interview project

50 points

Interview Skills


Discussion Board Posts and

Class Participation

200 points

Weekly assignments

Discussion board points are based on 30 points per discussion










900-1000 points



800-899 points



700-799 points



600-699 points



599 points (or below)


Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the May Minimester, Summer I, and Summer II semesters: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies

Please read: May Minimester, Summer I, and Summer II 2021 General Classroom Procedures.

Class Attendance:  Be aware that missing the following assignments will be considered an absence in the course: discussion boards, exams, quizzes, and speech recordings.  Having 1 week of absences (1 missed assignment) means you will receive a warning.  Two weeks of absences (2 missed assignments) means you are dropped from the course. You have 12 hours to contact me if you incur two absences, after that time, the absences will be entered without further warning to you and you will not be reinstated in the course.  

Proctoring Statement

Proctoring Requirements


In order to maintain high academic standards, the following assessments are required to be proctored:  


Assessment to be proctored

Type of Proctoring

All speeches

Speech recordings


Students will be required to submit photo identification (such as your Blinn ID or an official photo ID) the first week of the course to verify identity; your name must be visible. Students are encouraged to cover confidential information (such as the driver license number, address, etc.) See the course orientation module for more details and directions regarding submission of your photo ID. Failure to provide this identification will result in a ten percent deduction from your grade on assignments that require proctoring. 

The first week of the class, please take a photo of your ID and upload it to the dropbox for me; for every speech that you present, I will expect to see your note-cards and your ID at the start of your video.


Audience Requirement

Due to COVID-19, the audience requirement for the course has been suspended.


Make--up/Late Work Policy

No late work is allowed on speeches; however, written assignments and quizzes/tests may be allocated an extension with a provided doctor's note.  Reach out to the instructor via email or phone if such a situation arises.



Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week 1
Topic: Embarking on Public Speaking

Readings:  Chapters 1-6



  1. Intro Discussion by 7/12
  2. Interview Project by 7/14
  3. Resume/Cover Letter/References, draft by 7/15, final by 7/17
  4. Self-Introduction speech by 7/17 midnight.


Contact Hours: 12

Week 2
Topic: Sources, Outlines, and Audience Analysis

Readings:  Chapter 9-12



  1. Quiz 1 by 7/18
  2. Informative Speech by 7/21
  3. Informative Speech Reflection Discussion by 7/24
  4. Midterm Exam by 7/24


Contact Hours: 12

Week 3
Topic: Visual aids, Persuasive techniques, Voice and Body

Readings:  Chapter 13-15



  1. Discussion #3 by 7/27
  2. Discussion #4 by 7/30
  3. Quiz #2 by 7/30
  4. Persuasive Speech by 7/31


Contact Hours: 12

Week 4
Topic: Speaking to Groups, Business Comm, and Final Exam

Readings:  Chapters 16-18


  1. Persuasive Speech Reflection Discussion Board by 8/3
  2. Group Speech by 8/4
  3. Group Speech Reflection Discussion Board by 8/7
  4. Quiz 3 by 8/7

Contact Hours: 10

Week 5
Final Exam

Please complete the final exam by 8/9 midnight.


Contact hours:  2


Total Contact Hours: 48