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Speech Communication

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2015
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
114 B
Judy Jo Braddy (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Nature of the Course:  To improve formal and informal speaking skills: A Presentation of yourself to an audience. These are Extemporaneous-memorized speech given to the teacher before the speech and you must have a retyped paper of your speech and use 3x5 cards in outline form placed on the podium with you to prompt your memory.

The Principles of Communication are to inform, to shape and to move others; we are equally informed, molded, and are moved by others.  Our success in these everyday situations often depends upon how effectively we are understood and how carefully we listen.

     In Fundamentals of Speech our focus is to Emphasis your ability in Preparing the speech as well as Understanding and Learning to tailor a speech Objectives and Purposes to real world settings. 

    Often students feel that if you can talk you can be a speaker.  Social talking is much different then speaking at a meeting, talking to a perspective boss for an interview, or giving a toast at a wedding, even preparing for a demonstration with fliers, or preparing a demo posters or a power point.  You must put on your façade or mask, like an actor, and adapt to each situation that will come to you in Life.

Speech Fundamentals Objectives:  

      The student speaker must speak clearly and audibly and must speak on the assigned topic.  If people keep saying “what did you say?” maybe you need to take the class called Voice and Diction or get a speech department at the College to help.     The Student speaker must know how to prepare, organize, write and rewrite a speech and must realize that written or oral speeches are revised and are edited before it is spoken.

                         Must know how to communicate, to individuals or of a small group.

Must know the many types of Introductions and Conclusions in a speech.

Must know where and how to use  a Thesis and Three reasons.

Must know what Transitions are and how to use them in between paragraphs.

must know how to find Sources.

Must know  how to place these sources in a speech.

must know you, the speaker, is not a credible source.   Never use “I believe”, “My thoughts are”.

must know how not to plagiarize a passage. Must know how to paraphrase a passage.

Must know how to move away from the podium.

Must know how to use their hands during a speech. Must know all Gestures are above the podium must know how to dress for a speech: dress as if you are at a job interview.

Must recognize the importance of the audience and to have eye contact with them.

must analyze and evaluate oral and written work.

 Must understand the process of Listening.

 Must know the speaking code of Ethics.

The Audience Member must: Sit still and listen.No Talking and No e-mail or taking pictures or checking your text messages during class.

Final Exam 05/11/2015 10:30 to 12:30
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

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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.

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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

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