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SPCH 1311

SPCH 1311

SPHC 1311 – Intro to Speech Communication
Judson Early College High School – Alamo Colleges – St. Phillip’s College
Dual Credit – Spring 2017
Class Times: Monday – Friday, 8:35am – 9:27am


Instructor: Mr. Pedro Cabrera
Masters of Arts in Communication Studies, Sam Houston University
Location: E213
Email: pcabrera@judsonisd.org
Phone Number: 210-945-1100 Ext. 19605
Conference: 3:25pm – 4:15pm



Students are not obligated to buy course materials from the St. Philip's Campus Bookstore. Please make sure you purchase the correct materials when purchasing from outside vendors. The campus bookstore will have an accurate list of textbooks required for courses offered by St. Philip's College.

Fraleigh, Douglas, Tuman, Joseph
Speak Up! An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking.
Publisher: Bedford, St. Martin’s
Edition: Third
ISBN: 978-1-4576-2394-3

Verderber, Kathleen; Sellnow, Deanna; Verderber, Rudolph
COMM4, Speech Communication
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Edition: Fourth
ISBN: 978-1305659582


Other Course Materials:

High Speed Internet
Microsoft Office


Course Description:

This course focuses on theories and practice of communication in interpersonal, small group and public speech. Students learn about communication theory, improve skills in communication with others, and make formal oral presentations. This course fulfills the additional Communication component area option of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility.



1. Apply the principles of human communication including: perception, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, listening, and audience analysis.
2. Demonstrate how to establish and maintain relationships through the use of interpersonal communication.
3. Apply small group communication skills including: problem solving, group roles, leadership styles, and cohesiveness.
4. Develop, research, organize, and deliver formal public speeches.
5. Recognize how to communicate within diverse environments.



The weight of each component will be determined by the instructor and stated in his/her course outline. The following scale will be used in assigning grades (unless stated otherwise):

A: 90% - 100%
B: 80% - 89%
C: 70% - 79%
D: 60% - 69%
F: Below 60%


Early Alert Progress:  The Early Alert Progress Report is used to identify students who are At-Risk for failing the course.  Your St. Philip’s College-based instructor will complete a report for all students enrolled in the class.  If you are at risk for failing, you will immediately receive an email from the instructor letting you know that you need to come set up an appointment to discuss your progress in the class, along with meeting with Ms. Cynthia Cortez.  Dual Credit and Early College Faculty at the high school locations will provide a report to that will be sent to the department chair and inform students of the alert and set up appointments with their At-Risk students.


Midterm Grade:  All students will receive a midterm grade for all Communications and Learning classes.  Midterm grades are posted during the middle of the term and are immediately available for view. 


Midterm: March 10th


Final Grades:  Final Grades are posted the Monday after the last day of final exams.  Students can view the final grade the Wednesday after finals week. 


Final Exams: TBA


Electronic Devices in the Classroom

Students are required to silence and store out of sight all electronic communication devices such as pagers, cellular phones, PDAs, tablets, notebook computer, and etc. when in classrooms, laboratories, libraries, or other areas where such devices would interfere with instruction and learning. Faculty members have the latitude to modify this policy in their syllabi.


Attendance Policy

Attendance has a significant impact on performance, and attendance during the first week is integral to success. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories is required.

Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting will be dropped. If you miss the first day of class, immediately contact your instructor and give the reason and set up a meeting to discussed missed instructions and assignments if the instructor allows you to remain in the class.


Absences and Tardiness

Both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for non-attendance.


Initiation of Academic Integrity Case

Faculty members are responsible for reporting academic integrity violations, but other college personnel and students also may report suspected violations. If a faculty member finds that a student is in violation of academic integrity standards, the faculty member shall document the act by completing the and submitting Academic Integrity Report Form at F.4.2.3.F with attaching relevant evidence to the Chief Academic Affairs Officer. If the violation was reported by College personnel or a student, the Chief Academic Affairs Officer or designee will be responsible for completing and submitting the Academic Integrity Report form and attaching the relevant evidence. The faculty member shall:

1. Contact the student within five (5) business days to notify the student of the violation and request a meeting on/at a designated date, time and to explain the procedures and possible sanctions and notify the student of the opportunity to explain the alleged violation.
2. At the meeting, the faculty member shall provide the student a copy of this procedure and Policy F.4.2, review the violation found with the student and allow the student to explain the incident. The Chair of the Department or designee shall be present at the meeting.


Administrative Disposition of Alleged Violation

After meeting with the student, the faculty member may, at his/her discretion, impose any of the following sanctions:

Dismiss the charge of a violation.
Issue a written warning to the student.
Reduce the grade on the assignment or test.
Reduce the final grade for the class.

If the charge is dismissed, the faculty member shall inform the Chief Academic Affairs Officer. The Chief Academic Affairs Officer or designee will give written notice within five (5) business days to the student of the dismissal of the charge.

Sanctions 2 – 4 above shall be accompanied by a completed and signed Academic Integrity Report Form. If the student agrees with the faculty member’s decision, the form shall be submitted electronically to the Chief Academic Affairs Officer and the paper copy shall be filed in the department office. 

If the student disagrees with or contests the decision of the faculty member, the faculty member submits the Academic Integrity form within five (5) business days to the Department Chair, or the respective Dean or Dean’s designee if the faculty member is also a Chair, for review of the decision and sanction(s). The student shall continue to attend all class sessions and meet all course requirements during the appeal process. Any reduced grade will not be recorded at this time.

The decision of the Chair shall occur within five (5) business days and be recorded on the academic Integrity form.

If the student agrees with the decision, the form shall be submitted electronically to the Chief Academic Affairs Officer, and the paper copy shall be filed with the department office. If the student disagrees with the decision of the Chair, the matter proceeds within five (5) business days to the Academic Integrity Panel. The electronic form shall be maintained by the Chief Academic Affairs Officer and a paper copy shall be filed with the department office.






A. Attendance:

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.


B. Early Alert and Intervention

Alamo College instructors care about students’ success in every course.  During the semester, students may receive alert emails through the ACES account regarding their progress and ultimate success in a course.  Upon receipt of the email, students are to contact the course instructor to discuss specific tasks or actions to improve success in this course.  In addition, students will also need to meet with their Certified Advisor.  Discussions with faculty and Certified Advisors allows the student to identify actions that will help to successfully complete course requirements at Alamo Colleges.


C. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.


1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.


2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges’ Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.


3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.


4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).


D.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.




While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.




St. Philip’s College Mission Statement 


St. Philip's College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through personal educational growth, ethical decision-making, career readiness, and community leadership. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St.Philip's College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of apopulation rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip's College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access.

The college fulfills its mission by offering:

1) General courses in arts and sciences leading to an associate degree.
2) Transfer education for students desiring to attend senior institutions.
3) Developmental courses that improve the basic skills of students whose academic foundations require strengthening.
4) Applied Science and technical programs leading to an associate degree or certificate designed to prepare students for employment and/or to update crucial skills.
5) Workforce and Career development training programs for business, industry and government.
6) Continuing education programs for occupational and educational enrichment or certification.
7) Counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their educational and professional goals.
8) Educational support services including library services, tutoring, open usecomputer labs and writing center.
9) Services and appropriate accommodations for special populations, to include adult literacy and distance education.
10) Quality social, cultural, and intellectual enrichment experiences for the community.
11) Opportunities for participation in community service and economic development projects.