Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Course Details

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Fall 2015
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Judy Jo Braddy (view Profile)

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Course Objectives


Speech Communication: Instructor: Judy Braddy :  2015

In a speech class

      You are placed on task and must adapt your everyday speaking to a more formal speaking for more formal occasions.  You must think before you speak. You must use language that is not slang, not regional, and develop a vocabulary that is descriptive and appropriate to your administrator, Boss and fellow office workers.   An example would be:  a boss that could change your life by hiring you, by placing you in an outstanding position in a company and by motivating you to go for the top position in a business just because you presented yourself well in dress and positive attitude and use correct speaking styles.  This course is to make and help you to be a better more complete person with the ability to express yourself with your eyes, facial expressions, body movement, confidence, and informative and persuasive words.

 Nature of the Course:  To improve formal and informal speaking skills: Is A Presentation of yourself to an Audience. These are written Extemporaneous speech given to the teacher before the speech and use 3x5 cards in outline form placed on the podium with you, to prompt your memory. You are to entertain the most important persons in the world during your speech, your Audience.  Therefore the words you use are: You, Your, Our, We, Were, and not I, Me, and my.  You will use this method in all speeches you give in your lifetime when you do the follow as your become a professional: Eulogy, A Group Interaction meeting for a project,  A Presentation Speech, An Acceptance Speech, A Dedication speech, A speech to introduce, A Nominating Speech, A Victory Speech, and many Toasts.  You will also learn how to give a Persuasive Speech and an Informative Speech.  No, you will not do all of these in this semester but you will in your life time.

Semester Hours of Classes: Office Hours: M, Tu, Wed, And Thurs from 11 to 2. E-mail

Classes :  Begin on August 24, Monday If you are not  here you are counted absent.

Give your classes a chance before you Drop them.  

Holiday:  Labor Day, Sept 7, Monday, Thanksgiving: November       

Last day to Drop:  4 p.m. Oct.26th.

Thanksgiving: Nov. 25 and back to school on Nove. 30th.

Finals Begin: December 5th.  Note: Finals and times are not at the same time as the class.  Make sure you tell your employers that you have to take a final with the dates and times out. 

Text Book Required: Name on the inside cover or show me you have it on line. Bring it daily. 

Textbook: (Must have this:  We use it daily) Building a Speech 8th Edition by Sheldon Metcalfe, Thomson/Wadsworth.  Library of congress #20011943458   ISB #13:978-1-111-34837-3   the books do not need to be new, you may use the 7th  Ed. 

       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 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.

Final Exam

12/08/2015 10:30

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



Other Policies


 Grading: At a college level the assignments are required and not ignored. If I assign a paper or speech know the due dates from the Calendar.

Keep track of your own points.

You’re Name_____________________________________________________                        

  4 pts. =A,  3 pts.= B,  2 pts. =C, 1 pts. =D and  0pts. =F.

Participation grade (Many times during the semester) if you are absent then the participation grade is a “0” Be here in class and think.

Attendance grade (sign in daily) I keep track of the days you miss and so should you


                                        2 Impromptu Speeches: 2 min          ____________

Group Discussion: 3 to 5 min each person:     the Group Ad                ____________

Introduction Speech: 2 min                        the written speech     ______________

                                                                          The 3x5 cards              ______________

                                                                          The Speech                   ______________

Informative Speech: 3 to 5  min                 written speech            ______________

                                                                          3x5 cards in outline      _____________

                                                                           For the Speech               _____________            

Persuasive Speech: 6 to 8 min.                   Written speech               _____________

                                                                           3x5 cards in outline      ____________

                                                                           The speech                 ________________

Mid Term Test over information learned                                                     _________________

Final Test and Toast:  2 min toast                                                      ______________

Extra Papers:                                                                                          ____________

                                                                                                                               Total points

Extra Credit evaluation from students 3 extra Credit for the semester.


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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