Professional Presentations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: SPE 140

       Course Name: Professional Presentations

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course will introduce students to the rhetorical principles and strategies required to produce and present multimedia material.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Develop, organize, and communicate key elements of various professional presentations.
  2. Learn and execute emerging business technologies, including Web and presentation software.
  3. Incorporate multimedia into a variety of professional presentations and documents.
  4. Learn and execute effective aspects of group dynamics.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Content Areas:
    1. Introduction of multimedia tools
    2. Combination and interaction of speaking skills and multimedia tools
    3. Architecture of idea argumentation
    4. Ethical issues in interactive multimedia professional presentation
    5. Investigation of research strategies and support materials

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture/discussion
  2. Instructor examples
  3. Student presentations
    Presentation #1: Samples of Ethical/Unethical Multimedia Professional Presentation
    Presentation #2: Nonfictional Informative Multimedia Presentation
    Presentation #3: Nonfictional Persuasive Multimedia Presentation
    Presentation #4: Group Multimedia Presentation
    Presentation #5: Impromptu Multimedia Presentation
  4. Feedback on/evaluation of speeches
    1. video-taping/self evaluation
    2. instructor/audience comments
  5. Guest visits from various professionals (public relations, marketing, advertising, etc.)

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Typed presentation outlines/typed response papers
  2. Oral Presentations
  3. Structured peer evaluations
  4. Attendance (see XI)

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Required text to be selected from most recent editions of representative texts, such as:
Slideology: The Art of Science of Creating Great Presentations, Duarte, Nancy, 2008.
Say It With Presentations, Zelazny, Gene, 2006
Advance Presentation by Design: Creating Communication that Drives Action, Abela, Andrew, 2009

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Feedback (instructor, self, audience) on speeches
  2. Quizzes on information from lecture, texts
  3. Mid-term exam and final exam

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance is required in this class.  The Speech Department maintains a formal attendance policy.  Rationale: Speech 125 is a performance course, which requires a prepared, responsive audience to be effective.  Hence, you must participate in this course in three areas 1) at the podium as a speaker, 2) in the audience for each speaker, 3) in class activities.  You will be held responsible for your attendance; the grade will be affected negatively for absences in access of those allowed.


  1. You are allowed 3 absences with no penalty.  “Arriving late” to and “leaving early” from class sessions will be taken into account when attendance is tabulated.
  2. Three late arrivals and/or leaving class early will be counted as 1 absence.  Each absence in excess of the allowed number (3) will result in a reduction of the final grade by one full grade.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.