Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Course Details

Course Number: SPCH 1133  Section Number: 271

Spring 2014

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B114

Days & Times:

Wednesday Evenings, 5:00PM-7:50PM

Course Attachments

SPCH 1133 Spring 2014 SyllabusSPCH 1133 Spring 2014 Syllabus   Spring_2014_SPCH 1311_Wednesday Evening Session-20140127-092259.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donnie Kirk   
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Course Objectives


Course Objectives:

At the end of the term, you should be able to demonstrate the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate and explain the communication process.
  2. Apply ethically sound principles in a variety of communication contexts.
  3. Apply effective listening habits in a variety of contexts
  4. Manage communication apprehension.
  5. Construct effective presentations based on astute audience analysis.
  6. Select relevant topics for assigned presentations/occasions.
  7. Organize presentations in a logical and effective manner.
  8. Acquire and apply appropriate research/evidence for effective presentations.
  9. Select and integrate appropriate visual aids into presentations for impact.
  10. Deliver effective individual and group presentations.

Course Expectations


Communication is the single most important tool we have to make sense of our world. Hence, the way in which we understand our own experiences and others is through the communication process. Speech 1315 will enable you to improve your theoretical knowledge of the communication process while providing you with practical public communication skills (speaking, listening, and critical thinking) to use both personally and professionally.

Grading Standards


Students are objectively evaluated based on four areas of emphasis: presentation quality, quantitative testing, preparation and self-evaluation, and in-class participation. 

Speech 1133 Grade Calculation Sheet

Name: __________________________________ ID# ____________________________
Exam One (100 points possible)            ______ 


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 ______


Personal Crest Presentation (100 points possible) ______
Informative Presentation (100 points possible)   ______
Persuasive Presentation (100 points possible)     ______
Impromptu Presentation (50 points)                  ______


Farewell Presentation (50 points possible)          ______


                                                                                                  Presentation Total  ______



Goal Statement and Performance Self-Evaluations 

SPCH 1133 Goal Statement (25 points total)     ______
Personal Crest Evaluation (25 points possible)   ______


Informative Evaluation (25 points possible)       ______


Persuasive Evaluation (25 points possible)         ______


In-class Peer Evaluation (25 points possible)      ______


                                                                             Goal Statement/Evaluation Total ______


Participation Points  (100 points possible)                                Participation Total  ______


     Total  Points ______


Point Spread: 1000-900, A; 899-800, B; 799-700, C; 699-600, D; 599-below, F



Submission Format Policy

All assignments are submitted and/or performed in class.

Note: 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.

Late Paper Policy

Late assignments are not accepted.

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


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.

Other Policies


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.

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.