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Course : Fundamentals of Speech

Course Number
SPCH 1133
Section Number
180
Semester
Fall 2019
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center, B114
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:00 am

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.

 

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

100

 

Quizzes

100

 

Exam 1

100

 

Exam 2

100

 

Personal Presentation 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

 

 

More about Grading

  • Assignments must be completed on time in the format specified.
  • Reading assignments are to be completed by the day they are assigned.  
  • You must complete all assigned speeches in order to pass the course.

Class participation and attendance

The lecture portion of the class will be conducted online … videos, readings, discussion, etc.

Participation is critical to your success.  You are expected to actively participate and keep up with assignments.  For discussions posted online, students should write one original comment as well as reply to at least 1 other posting (unless otherwise noted in the instructions for the discussion).  Modules will be open from 12:01 AM Thursday to 11:59 PM the following Thursday.

All speeches will be presented in D202 of the Fine Arts Building.  Acceptable excuses for being absent from a presentation 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 are going to miss a presentation, except when an emergency happens on the way to class (notify me ASAP).

 

If you fail to notify me when you are absent, you may receive a reduced grade for the presentation unless it is a verifiable emergency.

                                                      

I reserve the right to determine what, exactly, constitutes an excused absence.

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 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.

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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.

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