You will study basic principles/methods 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. These will help you communicate with others in your future careers.
After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
The goal of this course is to focus your ability to prepare the speech, understand how to tailor the content for a specific audience for real world applications. Many people think that because the talk to their friends that they can effectively give a speech. The rules for social communication are quite different from formal speeches or presentations. The training for delivering a speech at a meeting, a job interview, presenting a demonstration, or a power point presentation takes time and planning. This course will introduce you to the pre-planning that has to be done for it to be effective.
The student speaker must learn to:
Write the speech before giving it and have it approved by the instructor.
Correctly outline a speech on 3x5 cards and how to use them at the lectern.
Speak extemporaneously and how to introduce another speaker.
Give an Informal Speech, A Persuasive Speech, Lead a small discussion group.
Know the types of speech Introductions and Conclusions.
How and where to use A Thesis and Three Reasons, and/or Transitions.
Find Sources that go with your premise and where to use them in a speech.
Know the right to paraphrase something and when its plagiarizing.
Construct a Poster, Power Point Slideshow or Overhead Slides.
How to let go of the podium, what to do with your hands and how to dress.
Establish eye contact with the audience, listing to the audience and know the speaking code of ethics.
The Student As An Audience Member:
Sit still, listen, no talking, no emailing, no texting, and no cell phone pictures.
When to take notes on the speech.
Know how to evaluate the speaker and the subject matter
The Personal Crest Presentation
For your introductory performance, the “Personal Crest” presentation, you will formally introduce yourself to the class via a visual aid that you construct. Your “crest,” or banner, should represent the “unique you!”
For this assignment, you are initially encouraged to conduct a self-awareness inventory. The self-awareness inventory is a great way of discovering unique and exciting information about you. Some questions you may want to ponder as you conduct your self-evaluation (do not attempt to answer all of the questions in your presentation!):
Next, construct the informative portion of your presentation by using the “introduction-body-conclusion” format. How is the banner a reflection of you? What have you learned about yourself? You will need to turn in a brief yet thorough outline for this presentation reflecting your organization. The outline must be submitted to the instructor the day you are assigned to speak. No outline = no presentation. BRING TWO COPIES OF THE OUTLINE TO CLASS. Use the outline template given to you in class as a guide for your outline.
After pondering the information you have gained from the self-inventory, construct a visual aid that represents the information that you have garnered about yourself. Your “crest” should be about the size of a full piece of poster board – that is – large enough for the entire class to see. Use your creative license in the construction of your banner!
Finally, practice your presentation! You will have 5-7 minutes to enlighten the class about yourself! This assignment is worth 100 points. Good luck!
The Informative Presentation
The informative presentation is a bit more in depth than the introductory presentation. This assignment requires you to research a topic of which you are passionately interested and relates well to your audience (the class). Remember, your guiding question for any presentation: Why should my audience care about this topic/issue/problem? What are some timely topics that might appeal to the audience? The following guidelines will assist you in completing this presentation.
This assignment is worth 100 points. Good luck!
The Persuasive Group Presentation
Working in groups of four, you are to devise a persuasive presentation that urges your audience to make a choice. Examples include:
Remember, your guiding question for any presentation: Why should my audience care about this topic/issue/problem? The following guidelines will assist you in completing this presentation:
Note: The persuasive presentation must be presented in a practiced, polished, and cooperative fashion. Although this assignment is a group effort, you should reflect on the aspects of your previous individual presentations that require improvement. What can you do to assure a stellar individual performance within the group?
This presentation is worth 100 points! Good luck!
The Farewell Presentation
For the farewell presentation, you are to reflect on the personal goals for public speaking you set for yourself at the beginning of the term. For this brief presentation, you should address the following:
This presentation is worth 100 points. Good luck!
Outlines are a very important aspect of this course. You are required to complete four formal outlines during this course: one for the personal crest presentation; one for the informative presentation; one for the persuasive presentation, and one for the farewell performance. All outlines must be created as a Word document and submitted the day you are assigned to speak. Late outlines will not be accepted. No outline, no presentation!
Personal Crest Performance Outline (25 points possible)
Informative Performance Outline (25 points possible)
Persuasive Performance Outline (25 points possible)
Farewell Performance Outline (25 points possible)
Beginning any new task requires a solid goal statement. The same rings true for Speech 1133: Fundamentals of Speech Communication as you embark on the challenging yet rewarding experience!
Using your textbook, conduct some brief research regarding the art of public speaking, and write an essay. Identify your strengths as a public speaker! Next, identify aspects of public speaking you feel are a personal weakness. Then set three specific public speaking goals you want to achieve during the term. Specifically discuss why these goals may prove rewarding for you both professionally (career-related) and personally (not career-related).
Finally, discuss how you expect this communication course will help you accomplish your goals. What is it about the planned activities for this course that will help you accomplish your goals. Your goal statement should be approximately 2-3 pages in length, 12 point font, double spaced, with 1” margins in a Word document and should be submitted to the instructor by the due date. Be prepared to informally discuss your goal statement on the due date. The goal statement assignment is worth 50 points.
Critiques are a vital part of learning. You can learn a lot from reviewing the work of others and evaluating their presentation’s strengths and weaknesses. Critiques also provide an additional opportunity to put concepts to words, and to help you learn how to speak intelligently and knowledgeably. This exercise will provide you and your classmates with fresh insights and perspectives.
At the beginning of the semester you will sign up for your day to present and critique a presentation. Your selection and critique should reflect concepts we are learning in class at that time. The length of the sample presentation should be 1-5 minutes long. You must bring your presentation on a CD before the class period you are assigned and you must come to class five minutes early on your assigned day to load your presentation so it is ready to play once class begins. You must introduce the presentation, play the presentation, then provide your prepared commentary.
Final Caveat: I reserve the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason. This includes changing or deleting assignments. Sufficient notice will be given to you if changes to the syllabus are necessary.
By accepting this syllabus and staying enrolled in this course, you are indicating that you understand and accept the terms of this syllabus.
Final grades will be based on the following:
A: 900-1000 points
B: 800-899 points
C: 700-799 points
D: 600-699 points
F: less than 600 points
Class participation and attendance (also called professionalism)
Sample presentation and critique
Personal Crest Outline
Informative Presentation Outline
Persuasive Presentation Outline
Farewell Presentation Outline
Personal Crest Presentation
Personal Crest Presentation Feedback
Informative Presentation Feedback
More about Grading
Because abundant lecturing tends to be counterproductive for both the students and the instructor, I try to include activities that are more interesting than straight lecture, such as discussions, critiques, hand-on application of what we are learning, etc. The success of this format depends on your willingness to actively participate in class discussions and other activities.
Attendance and participation are critical to your success. You are expected to arrive on time, be prepared, actively participate, and stay for the full class period. If you miss class, you miss the chance to participate in your education and the education of others in class. If you miss class without an acceptable excuse you get a zero for that day’s participation and class work and any work that is due.
The acceptable excuses are: the death of a family member, personal illness, required attendance at an official school function, and verifiable emergency. You must notify me before you miss a class, except when an emergency happens on the way to class. If an emergency happens on the way to class, you must notify me on the same day. If I cannot be reached, leave me an email.
If you fail to notify me before missing a class you will receive a zero for work due and/or performed during that class unless it is a verifiable emergency.
Your illness must be serious to be excused. Thus, you must see a medical practitioner and get a signed note on official stationary from your doctor or the student health clinic.
For an official school function, you must present a signed note before missing class. The note must be on official school stationary, and it must be signed by the appropriate university official. If you do not have a signed note on official school stationary, you will receive a zero for the work due or that you missed.
For a death in the family, you must notify the instructor before missing class. When you return, you must give the instructor a copy of the program for the funeral. If you do not have a copy of the program, you will receive a zero for the work due or that you missed.
If you have an emergency, you must provide documentation to me, such as an accident report or towing bill. If you do not have documentation, you will receive a zero for the work due or that you missed.
When you have an acceptable excuse, you are responsible for finding out what you missed and arranging to make it up with the instructor. Missed work must be made up within one week of when your return to class, or you will receive a zero.
If you miss more than three classes, or if you are habitually late or leave early, your final grade may be lowered by 1/3 letter grade for each instance beyond three absences. Three tardies = one absence. Five minutes or more late = one tardy. Twenty minutes or more late = one absence. Leaving before class is dismissed = one absence. If you have difficulty with the attendance and participation (professionalism) requirement, you may be dropped from the class.
I reserve the right to determine what, exactly, constitutes an excused absence or when a late arrival is excusable.
Some additional guidelines:
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Please do not have them call me. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (EURECA) is a program that provides opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in high-quality research and creative activities with faculty. EURECA provides incentives and funding through a system that supports faculty and students in a cooperative research process. For more information contact the Office of Undergraduate Research, (940) 397-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and resources are available at www.mwsu.edu/eureca.
The schedule listed below is TENTATIVE and lists topics and assignments by week. The specific days will be given to you in class. MSU academic calendar dates are in bold. Quiz dates will be announced in class.
Topic – Activity
SPRING BREAK 3/16-3/23
EASTER BREAK 4/17-4/20
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.