Midwestern State University
Department of Speech Communication
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: Summer 2013
Office Hours: By Appointment
Office: Phone: 940.696.8752, ext. 3250
Facilitator: Ms. Annette Bever
M.A., Human Communications
Co-facilitators: Course Participants
Catalog Description: Fundamentals of Speech Communication is a study of basic concepts of speech communication as applied to public speaking. The student develops skills in research preparation, delivery, and critiques of oral speeches. Skills are DEMONSTRATED TROUGH CLASSROOM WORK.
Required Text: Pearson, J., Titsworth, S. iSpeak. McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., 2013.
Communication with the Instructor
If you have any problems or issues with the course material, I highly encourage you to contact me in person during posted office hours. I can also be contacted by telephone which has voicemail at the office. (696-8752, ext. 3250) If you have an emergency situation, phone contact is encouraged.
Attendance is very important. You are expected to be in class for the entire class meeting, so if you are more than 10 minutes late to class, or leave class for longer than 10 minutes, this will result in a 5 point deduction off your attendance grade. Each hour of class you miss, 10 points will be deducted from your attendance grade. So, since this course meets for 2 hours then 20 points will be deducted if an entire class time is missed.
If an absence occurs the class period a speech is to be given, I must be e-mailed or contacted by office phone within 24 hours. The speech may then be made up the next class time; however, one letter grade will be deducted. If the instructor is not contacted within 24 hours, the speech may be given the next class time with a two letter grade deduction. The speech must be prepared to be given when the student returns to the next class. All speeches must be presented in order to pass the course.
Tests may be made up the next attended class time either before or after class, but two letter grades will be deducted and the time of the make-up must be worked out ahead of time with instructor. All exams and the final exam must be taken in order to pass the course.
Emergencies will be dealt with on a case by case basis and are always up to the instructor’s discretion.
Please consult the Midwestern State University Catalog or the instructor if you have questions regarding this policy.
Class Conduct Statement
Communication is the vehicle through which we express ideas and attempt to acquire shared meaning with others. Hence, due to the participatory nature of this course, communication is encouraged on a multitude of levels. With this in mind, be aware that talking out of turn, cell phone use and/or incivility during lectures and presentations will not be tolerated. Infractions of this policy will result in a 10-point deduction from the final course grade per incident and student may be asked to leave the classroom.
During in-class meetings, ALL cell phones will be in the “off” position and stored in book bags, handbags, etc. Any exceptions must be approved by the instructor. Also, please do not enter the classroom during a speech. Use courtesy and either wait outside the door of the classroom to come in, or leave after a speech is completed if you have to leave the classroom.
Please be aware when choosing speech topics and visual aids that you should always be appropriate. If any material is questionable then it should be cleared with the instructor ahead of time. There is no need to add “shock value” to any presentation. Offensive material will not be tolerated.
Late assignments are not encouraged and will only be accepted in EXTREME circumstances. Make note of all assignment deadlines as not to miss any assignments. In the event assignments are accepted late, the work will automatically receive a 10% deduction.
In class, you are expected to fully participate in discussions, speech critiques, practice/impromptu speeches, and other related application activities. Additionally, you are expected to be a fully interactive participant during student presentations. Failure to fully participate will result in a reduction in the overall grade for the course. Additionally, you must complete all assigned speeches in order to pass the course.
Reading assignments are to be completed as each “class” requires. Be sure to read the book and take notes while reading, completing applications where specified by the instructor. Course meetings are intended to complement text information. Scheduled exams rely heavily on assigned readings.
SPCH 1133 Summer 2013 Tentative Schedule
Introduction to SPCH 1133
Get to know your classmates
All About Me answers and speech due
Paper Bag Speech and paper due
Read for Exam One
Finish Paper Bag speeches
EXAM ONE: Chapters 1-4
(bring scantron and pencil)
Lecture over Informative Topic/Outline
Assign Research Worksheets
Lecture over Informative Speech/Visual Aids
Assign Rough Outline
Informative Rough Outline Due by email through Desire to Learn or firstname.lastname@example.org
Study for Exam Two
Don’t forget to work on a visual aid, too!
EXAM TWO: Chapters 5, 6, 9 & 10
Preparation Outline Due
Lecture over Persuasive Speech
Finish Informative Speeches
Assign Persuasive Research and Rough Outline
Research Worksheets due
EXAM THREE: Chapters 7, 8, & 11
Persuasive Rough Outline due
Persuasive Speech Preparation Outline Due
Persuasive Speech for extra credit
Assign Listening Worksheet
Listening Evaluations Worksheet Due
SPCH 1133 Grade Calculation Sheet
Exam One (Ch. 1-4) (50 points possible) ______
Exam Two (Ch. 5, 6, 9 & 10) (50 points possible) ______
Exam Three (Ch. 7, 8 & 11) (50 points possible) ______
Final Exam(Ch. 1-11) (150 points possible) ______
Exam Total ______
Paper Bag Typed Speech (25 points possible) ______
Informative Speech Outline (25 points possible) ______
Persuasive Speech Outline (25 points possible) ______
Outline Total ______
Paper Bag Presentation (50 points possible) ______
Informative Presentation (100 points possible) ______
Persuasive Presentation (100 points possible) ______
Impromptu Presentation (50 points possible) ______
Demonstration Presentation (100 points possible) ______
Presentation Total ______
Assignments and Evaluations
All About Me Questions (25 points possible) ______
Library Research Worksheet for Informative (5 points possible) ______
Internet Research Worksheet for Informative (5 points possible) ______
Rough Outline for Informative (10 points possible) ______
Library Research Worksheet for Persuasive (5 points possible) ______
Internet Research Worksheet for Informative (5 points possible) ______
Rough Outline for Persuasive (10 points possible) ______
Paper Bag Self Evaluation (20 points possible) ______
Informative Self Evaluation (20 points possible) ______
Persuasive Self Evaluation (20 points possible) ______
Listening Evaluation Worksheet (25 points possible) ______
Assignments and Evaluations ______
Attendance/Participation (75 points possible) ______
Attendance Total ______
*Points will be deducted from your accumulated points for lack of attendance and/or participation in discussions postings*
TOTAL POINTS ______
1000-900 = A
899-800 = B
799-700 = C
699-600 = D
599-below = F