Class Time: 10:00 MWF
Tuesday 8:30-9:30 11:00-12:30 2:00-2:30
Thursday 8:30-10:00 11:00-12:30
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.
F Below 60
Show and Tell Speech 5%
Demonstration Speech 10%
Informative Speech 20%
Persuasive Speech 20%
Daily Assignments/Outlines 25%
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.