At the end of the term, you should be able to demonstrate the following objectives:
Communication with the Instructor
I highly encourage you to contact me initially e-mail then by phone. Additionally, check your Midwestern State University Student E-mail regularly and answer promptly. Email from your instructor should be given priority. It may include additional information or instructions about your activities, assignments and presentations.
Because of the participatory nature of the course, your attendance is critical! Students should make every attempt to attend class. All absences must be reported to the instructor. Two absences from a 16 week course meeting 1 time per week is grounds for an administrative withdrawal from the course. Note: At 2 absences, your final grade in the course will be reduced by one grade letter. More than 2 absences may result in your withdrawal or failure of the course. Please consult the Midwestern State University Student Handbook or the instructor if you have questions regarding this policy. Missing a scheduled performance due to an absence is grounds for a zero for that presentation.
NOTE: Habitual tardiness is managed as excessive absenteeism—meaning habitual tardiness may lead to an administrative withdrawal from the course.
Class Conduct Statement
Incivility between class participants’ or between participants’ and the instructor will not be tolerated. Incivility includes--but is not limited to--discourteous, rude, or disrespectful communication. In addition, talking and/or incivility during lectures and presentations will not be tolerated. Infractions of this policy will result in no less than a 10-point reduction from the participation grade per incident. Repeated incidents of incivility may lead to a letter grade reduction for the final course grade may lead to an administrative withdrawal from the course.
During class, ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES are to be in the “off” position and stored in book bags/purses. Individual infractions of this policy will result in a reduction of the participation grade for the ENTIRE class. NO EXCEPTIONS! Repeated infractions of this policy may lead to a letter grade reduction for the final course grade and/or administrative withdrawal from the course.
Students are objectively evaluated based on four areas of emphasis: presentation quality, quantitative testing, preparation and self-evaluation, and in-class participation.
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% point deduction.
Three quantitative exams will be administered during the semester. All exams and the final must be taken in order to pass the course. Late assignments are not encouraged and will only be accepted in EXTREME circumstances.
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. You may be asked to complete brief papers, video viewings, and other related exercises during class hours. Failure to fully participate will result in a reduction in the participation grade for the course. Additionally, you must complete all assigned speeches in order to pass the course.
Reading assignments are to be completed by the day they are assigned on the course schedule. Be sure to read the book and take notes while reading, completing applications where specified by the instructor. Lectures are intended to complement (not duplicate) text information. Course examinations rely HEAVILY on the text.
All written assignments must be created in a Word document using a double-spaced 12-font format (preferably Times New Roman). Hand-written assignments will not be accepted. All deadlines for written assignments are noted in the course schedule.
NOTE: If you are a novice to technology, I suggest that you not wait to the very last minute to create and submit your assignments. In addition, technical difficulties (computer crashes, etc.) are not valid excuses for late submissions.
SPCH 1133 Public Speaking requires you to conduct outside reading and research in order to master the required course content. To aid you in your research efforts, you should use primary research references found either through the Midwestern State University Online Library Database. Merely “Googling” your research topics for this course is an unacceptable form of research. Additionally, plagiarism occurs when an individual fails to paraphrase and/or properly cite reference material when delivering information in either a written or oral format. If you have any doubt regarding what constitutes plagiarism, you should consult with the instructor prior to submission of the work. The potential penalty for plagiarism in SPCH 1133 is a grade of zero for the work submitted or failure of the course.
It is the policy of Midwestern State University that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program or activity at the University. The Director of the Counseling Center should be contacted concerning initial enrollment, scheduling, and other accommodative arrangements at (940) 397-4618, TTY at (940) 397-4515, or in Hardin South, Room 211.
Speech 1133 Grade Calculation Sheet
Midterm Exam (100 points possible) ______
Final Exam (100 points possible) ______
Exam Total ______
Personal Crest Outline (25 points possible) ______
Informative Speech Point Outline (25 points possible) ______
Persuasive Speech Point Outline (25 points possible) ______
Outline Total ______
Goal Statement and Performance Self-Evaluations
Informative Evaluation (25 points possible) ______
Persuasive Evaluation (25 points possible) ______
In-class Peer Evaluation (25 points possible) ______
Total Points ______
Point Spread: 1000-900, A; 899-800, B; 799-700, C; 699-600, D; 599-below, F