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Fundamentals of Speech

Course Details

Course Number
SPCH 1133
Section Number
SPCH 1133
Semester
Spring 2016
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
B114
Days & Times

Thursday

5:30-8:20

Professor
Mrs. Kory D. Dorman (view Profile)

Textbooks

Building a Speech
How to create and delive
Course Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate and explain the communication process.
  • Develop effective presentations based on audience analysis.
  • Select appropriate and effective topics for presentations.
  • Organize presentations in an effective manner.
  • Utilize supporting materials for effective presentations.
  • Present solid evidence and arguments to produce effective presentations.
  • Select and integrate appropriate visual aides for impact.
  • Effectively manage communication apprehension.

 

Grading Standards

Final grades will be based on the following:

 

A:    806-900 points

B:    805-716 points

C:    715-626 points

D:    625-536 points

F:    less than 536 points

 

 

Points Possible

Points Earned

Class participation and attendance

100

 

Group Chapter Presentation

100

 

Exam 1

100

 

Exam 2

100

 

Personal Speech Outline

25

 

Informative Presentation Outline

25

 

Persuasive Presentation Outline

25

 

Special Occasion Presentation Outline

25

 

Personal Presentation

100

 

Informative Presentation

100

 

Persuasive Presentation

100

 

Special Occasion Presentation

100

 

TOTAL

900

 

 

Final Exam 05/10/2016 3:30-5:30
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

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.

Attendance Requirements

Class participation and attendance

The class will be conducted using lecture, hands-on activities, group activities, and so on. The success of doing a variety of activities 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.  

 

Acceptable excuses from class include: the death of a family member, personal illness, required attendance at an official school function, and verifiable emergency. You must notify me when you miss a class, except when an emergency happens on the way to class.

 

If you fail to notify me when you are absent you may receive a reduced grade for work due and/or performed during that class unless it is a verifiable emergency.

 

When you are absent, 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 two weeks of when you return to class, or you may receive a reduced grade.

 

Chronic absences, tardies, or early dismissals may result in a lowered grade at instructor’s discretion. 

 

It is unacceptable to skip another class to work on a project for this class … and vice versa. Doing so may cause your participation grade to be lowered. Plan accordingly and be organized.

 

I reserve the right to determine what, exactly, constitutes an excused absence or when a late arrival is excusable.

 

Some additional guidelines:

  • You are responsible for all material presented in every class period, whether present or not.
  • If you miss a class period you should obtain the material presented from another classmate. 
Other Policies
  • No cell phones, headphones, music, computer games, nor texting/IMing/e-mail/camera devices of any description are to be used during class: ZERO TOLERANCE. This means all aforementioned devices (and presently unknown versions of such) are to be turned off and out of your sight and mind.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct as published in the Student Handbook. Students should refer to the current MSU student handbook and activities calendar for University policies and Student Honor Creed on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student’s rights, and activities.

a.      The main statement from the MSU Student Honor Creed should be a guiding principal for you: “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”

b.     I reserve the right to drop any student with an F if he/she engages in any form of academic dishonesty. 

c.      Students are also encouraged to consult the following sources for additional discussion of students’ rights and responsibilities regarding cheating, attendance and general conduct:

                                                              i.     The MSU Student Honor Creed

                                                            ii.     MSU Undergraduate Catalog

                                                          iii.     MSU Student Handbook

d.     In addition, the university requires faculty to provide this statement to all students: “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.”

  • Plagiarism: On the Internet, plagiarism is especially easy.  DO NOT give in to the temptation to copy-and-paste other people’s work! YOUR WORK MUST BE YOUR OWN. In this class, plagiarism will have dire consequences. All of the work you do in this class should be the work of you. Violation of this policy will result in the student and/or group receiving a failing grade for this course.  IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE…IF IN DOUBT-ASK! Students in this course should adhere to the MSU Student Honor Code.  
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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, 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 https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.