Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Course Details

Course Number: SPCH 1133  Section Number: 170

Fall 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: 114

Days & Times:

Mondays 5-7:50 p.m.

Course Attachments

SPCH 1133 Syllabus  Syllabi for Mon night SPCH 1133 Fall 13 at MSU-20130910-113738.pdf


The Art of Public Speaking
11 ed
MSU Faculty Member
Annette Bever   
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Course Objectives

You will study of basic concepts of speech communication as applied to public speaking. You will develop skills in research, preparation, delivery, and critique of oral speeches. Skills will be demonstrated through classroom work.


  1. An introduction to the communication process
  2. Audience analysis as a component of the speech preparation process
  3. Topic selection and idea formulation based on speech assignments
  4. Speech organization
  5. Topic research strategies
  6. Speech delivery techniques
  7. Listening strategies
  8. Use of visual aids
  9. Managing speech anxiety

Course Expectations

By the end of this course each student should be able to:


  1. Demonstrate and explain the communication process
  2. Construct effective presentations based on astute audience analysis
  3. Select appropriate and effective topics for assigned presentations
  4. Organize presentations in a unified and effective manner
  5. Logically and passionately seek, acquire and utilize supporting materials for effective presentations
  6. Demonstrate effective and appropriate delivery methods
  7. Sharpen listening skills through audience participation
  8. Select and integrate appropriate visual aids into presentations for impact
  9. Effectively manage speech anxiety

Grading Standards

Speech 1133 Grade Calculation Sheet


Name: _____________________________________



Exam One:   Chapters 1-3, 5 & 6 -- (take in testing center)  (50 points)       ______

Exam Two:  Chapters 7-11, 14 & 15 -- (take in testing center)        (50 points)       ______

Exam Three:  Chapters 12, 13 & 16-- (take in testing center)          (50 points)       ______

Final Exam:   Comprehensive from previous exams-                        (150 points)     ______

                        (will be taken in class NOT in testing center)

                                                                                                                                    Exam Total      ______


Paper Bag Typed Speech                                                         (25 points)       ______

Informative Speech Outline                                                     (25 points)       ______

Persuasive Speech Outline                                                       (25 points)       ______


                                                                                                                                    Outline Total    ______


Paper Bag Presentation                                                                        (50 points)       ______

Informative Presentation                                                          (100 points)     ______

Persuasive Presentation                                                                        (100 points)     ______

Impromptu Presentation                                                                       (50 points)       ______

Demonstration Presentation                                                     (100 points)     ______


                                                                                                                        Presentation Total        ______


Assignments and Evaluations

All About Me Questions                                                          (25 points)       ______

Internet Research Worksheet for Informative                         (5 points)         ______

Virtual Library Research Worksheet for Informative               (5 points)         ______

Rough Outline for Informative                                                            (10 points)       ______

Internet Research Worksheet for Persuasive                            (5 points)         ______

Virtual Library Research Worksheet for Persuasive                 (5 points)         ______

Rough Outline for Persuasive                                                  (10 points)        ______

Paper Bag Self Evaluation                                                       (20 points)       ______

Informative Self Evaluation                                                     (20 points)       ______

Persuasive Self Evaluation                                                       (20 points)       ______

Listening Evaluation Worksheet                                              (25 points)       ______                                                                                                           

                                                                                                            Assignments and Evaluations  ______


Attendance/Participation Points

*Attendance/Participation/Discussion Board                           (75 points possible)     ______


                                                                                                            Attendance/Participation Total ______


*Points will be deducted from your accumulated points for lack of attendance and/or participation in discussions postings*


                                                                                                                  TOTAL POINTS      ______

Grading Scale

1000-900   = A

 899-800    = B

 799-700    = C

 699-600    = D

599-below = F

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.

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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.

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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

Absence Policy

Because of the participatory nature of the course, your 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 10 point deduction off your attendance grade. 


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 me. All exams and the final exam must be taken in order to pass the course.


Each hour of class you miss, 20 points will be deducted from your attendance grade. So, since this course meets only ONE night per week then 60 points will be deducted if an entire class time is missed.


Emergencies will be dealt with on a case by case basis and are always up to the instructor’s discretion whether it is a valid excused absence.  Excused absences will make allowances for late work, but the 60 points off attendance will always be deducted for each absence.


Please consult the Midwestern State University Catalog or the instructor if you have questions regarding this policy.

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.