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Course : Fundamentals of Speech

Course Number
SPCH 1133
Section Number
Fall 2023
Fain Fine Arts Center, D202
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

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.


Extensive use of the MSU D2L program is a part of this course as it is a hybrid with the majority of the work occurring online. Each student is expected to be familiar with this program as it provides a primary source of communication regarding assignments, examination materials, and general course information. You can log into D2L through the MSU Homepage. If you experience difficulties, please contact the technicians listed for the program or contact your instructor.

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Office of Student Conduct.

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


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 Pres Outline 25

Personal Presentation 100

Informative Presentation 100

Persuasive Presentation 100

Special Occasion Pres 100




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). Due date are noted in the syllabus and in D2L. 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 in advance 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 exactly what constitutes an excused absence.

Late work, make-up work/tests are accepted at the instructor’s discretion on an individual basis.

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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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.

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