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Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Course Details

Course Number
SPCH 1133
Section Number
SPCH 1133
Summer I 2013
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Annette Bever (view Profile)
Course Objectives

Midwestern State University

Department of Speech Communication

Fundamentals of Speech Communication: Summer 2013

Office Hours: By Appointment

Office: Phone: 940.696.8752, ext. 3250




Facilitator:                  Ms. Annette Bever

                        M.A., Human Communications


Co-facilitators:           Course Participants


Catalog Description: Fundamentals of Speech Communication is a study of basic concepts of speech communication as applied to public speaking. The student develops skills in research preparation, delivery, and critiques of oral speeches. Skills are DEMONSTRATED TROUGH CLASSROOM WORK.


Required Text:                       Pearson, J., Titsworth, S. iSpeak. McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., 2013.



Course Policies


Communication with the Instructor

If you have any problems or issues with the course material, I highly encourage you to contact me in person during posted office hours.  I can also be contacted by telephone which has voicemail at the office. (696-8752, ext. 3250)  If you have an emergency situation, phone contact is encouraged. 


Absence Policy

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 5 point deduction off your attendance grade.  Each hour of class you miss, 10 points will be deducted from your attendance grade. So, since this course meets for 2 hours then 20 points will be deducted if an entire class time is missed.


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


Emergencies will be dealt with on a case by case basis and are always up to the instructor’s discretion.


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








Class Conduct Statement

Communication is the vehicle through which we express ideas and attempt to acquire shared meaning with others.  Hence, due to the participatory nature of this course, communication is encouraged on a multitude of levels.  With this in mind, be aware that talking out of turn, cell phone use and/or incivility during lectures and presentations will not be tolerated.  Infractions of this policy will result in a 10-point deduction from the final course grade per incident and student may be asked to leave the classroom.



During in-class meetings, ALL cell phones will be in the “off” position and stored in book bags, handbags, etc.  Any exceptions must be approved by the instructor.  Also, please do not enter the classroom during a speech.  Use courtesy and either wait outside the door of the classroom to come in, or leave after a speech is completed if you have to leave the classroom.



            Please be aware when choosing speech topics and visual aids that you should always be appropriate.  If any             material is questionable then it should be cleared with the instructor ahead of time.  There is no need to add             “shock value” to any presentation.  Offensive material will not be tolerated.


Make-up Policy

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% deduction.



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.  Failure to fully participate will result in a reduction in the overall grade for the course.  Additionally, you must complete all assigned speeches in order to pass the course.


Textbook Reading

Reading assignments are to be completed as each “class” requires.  Be sure to read the book and take notes while reading, completing applications where specified by the instructor.  Course meetings are intended to complement text information.  Scheduled exams rely heavily on assigned readings.






















SPCH 1133 Summer 2013 Tentative Schedule






June 3


Introduction to SPCH 1133

Interview Assignment


Get to know your classmates


June 4

All About Me answers and speech due



June 5

Paper Bag Speech and paper due


Read for Exam One

June 6

Finish Paper Bag speeches


June 10

EXAM ONE: Chapters 1-4

(bring scantron and pencil)


June 11

Lecture over Informative Topic/Outline

Assign Research Worksheets


June 12

Lecture over Informative Speech/Visual Aids

Assign Rough Outline


June 13

Informative Rough Outline Due by email through Desire to Learn or

Study for Exam Two

Don’t forget to work on a visual aid, too!

June 17

EXAM TWO: Chapters 5, 6, 9 & 10


June 18

Preparation Outline Due


Polish Presentation!


June 19

Informative Speech

Lecture  over Persuasive Speech



June 20

Finish Informative Speeches

Assign Persuasive Research and Rough Outline


June 24

Impromptu Speech

Research Worksheets due


June 25

EXAM THREE: Chapters 7, 8, & 11

Persuasive Rough Outline due



June 26

Persuasive Speech Preparation Outline Due

Persuasive Speech for extra credit

Assign Listening Worksheet


June 27

Persuasive Speech


July 1

Demonstration Speech

Listening Evaluations Worksheet Due


July 2

Demonstration Speech


July 3

Final Exam





SPCH 1133 Grade Calculation Sheet



Exam One (Ch. 1-4)                                        (50 points possible)     ______

Exam Two (Ch. 5, 6, 9 & 10)                          (50 points possible)     ______

Exam Three (Ch. 7, 8 & 11)                            (50 points possible)     ______

Final Exam(Ch. 1-11)                                      (150 points possible)   ______


                                                                                                                                    Exam Total      ______


Paper Bag Typed Speech                                 (25 points possible)     ______

Informative Speech Outline                             (25 points possible)     ______

Persuasive Speech Outline                               (25 points possible)     ______


                                                                                                                                    Outline Total    ______


Paper Bag Presentation                                                (50 points possible)     ______

Informative Presentation                                  (100 points possible)   ______

Persuasive Presentation                                                (100 points possible)   ______

Impromptu Presentation                                               (50 points possible)     ______

Demonstration Presentation                             (100 points possible)   ______


                                                                                                                        Presentation Total        ______


Assignments and Evaluations

All About Me Questions                                  (25 points possible)     ______

Library Research Worksheet for Informative  (5 points possible)       ______

Internet Research Worksheet for Informative  (5 points possible)       ______

Rough Outline for Informative                                    (10 points possible)     ______

Library Research Worksheet for Persuasive    (5 points possible)       ______

Internet Research Worksheet for Informative (5 points possible)       ______

Rough Outline for Persuasive                          (10 points possible)     ______

Paper Bag Self Evaluation                               (20 points possible)     ______

Informative Self Evaluation                             (20 points possible)     ______

Persuasive Self Evaluation                               (20 points possible)     ______

Listening Evaluation Worksheet                                  (25 points possible)     ______


                                                                                                            Assignments and Evaluations  ______


Attendance/Participation                               (75 points possible)     ______


                                                                                                            Attendance 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 Policy 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.
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, (940) 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.

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 the 6 hours of Communication Core and 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.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at