Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Course Details

Course Number: 1113  Section Number: 105

Fall 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B105

Days & Times:

Class Time: 10:00 MWF


Office Hours:


Monday           8:30-10:00

Tuesday           8:30-9:30         11:00-12:30     2:00-2:30

Wednesday      8:30-10:00      

Thursday         8:30-10:00       11:00-12:30

Friday              8:30-10:00



Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
James A.  Gorham   
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Course Objectives


Course Description: Study of basic concepts of speech communication as applied to public speaking. Develops skills in research, preparation, delivery and critiques of oral speeches. Skills are demonstrated through classroom work.

Grading Standards

Grading Procedures:


A         90-100                        

B          80-89                          

C          70-79                          

D         60-69

F          Below 60


Grading Breakdown: 


Show and Tell Speech             5%

Demonstration Speech              10%   

Informative Speech                 20%

Persuasive Speech                               20%

Daily Assignments/Outlines     25%

Quizzes/Exams                                    20%


Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance/Course Conduct:


Your ability to improve as a public speaker can only occur if you are in class and on time. You function as a speaker and as the audience for this class. Consequently, you need to be here not only when you are speaking but when your peers are speaking as well.  Upon your fourth absence, you may be dropped from this course. Tardiness on two occasions is akin to one absence. If you will be unable to attend a class it is your duty to contact me before the class period begins.  Being late on a speech or test day will not be tolerated. DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE LEARNING OF OTHERS! Cell Phones, pagers, etc. are to be turned off before class begins. If your phone/pager, etc. goes off during another student’s speech, or you walk in late on their speech, I will reduce your grade for that speech by 20 points. Be considerate of others and of the professor. If you believe you have an extenuating circumstance which requires you to answer your phone/pager, talk to the professor before class.


Also, you will have at least one conference with me where we will discuss the preparation outline and bibliography for your topical speech. These must be completed before you come to meet with me. If you miss your conference you will not be allowed to do your informative and persuasive speeches. This will result in an “F” for the course. Please feel free to contact me, but if it is via email, please make sure your name is in the email address, e.g. your MSU email account.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.