Course Syllabus

Fayetteville State University

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Performing and Fine Arts



Semester: Spring Year: 2005

Course No.: SPEE 200-03, 04 Course Name: Intro to Speech Credit Hrs: 3

Day/Time Class Meets: TR 

Instructor: Dr. Jeanie Almeida

Office Location: 206 Telecom Center Office Phone: 672- 2031

Office Hours: MW: 1-4:15, TTh: 11:30-12:15 Email:




Introduction to Speech is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the development of language and speech. Study and practice are provided in the basic elements of speech applicable to daily life such as voice, articulation, bodily activity, habituation of good usage, and adaptation to the common types of speaking situations.



Lucas, S. E. (2001). The Art of Public Speaking. 7th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.



At the end of the course, the facilitator of learning will:


(1) Demonstrate an understanding of the field of communication, the different areas of study that comprise the field, and the vocational pursuits in which communication majors can specialize.

(2) Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of basic theories of communication processes.

(3) Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of effective communication in different communication contexts, in particular, interpersonal and public contexts, group contexts, organizational contexts, and mass communication contexts.

(4) The student will acquire facility in a variety of communication skills:

a) active listening as an audience member

b) person-to-person communication in in-class exercises

c) small group task communication as a discussion and team member

d) public communication as a presenter of short presentations

e) organizing and structuring ideas in written outlines


(1) Use a variety of formal and informal assessments aimed at meeting program goals and positive student learning including exams, class discussion, small group discussion, peer review, outlines and individual and group presentations.


(1) Reflect on and evaluate teaching and learning through class discussion, small group discussion, teamwork and teacher-student conference.


(1) Apply new technologies to teaching, learning and research including:

a) using a variety of media technology to enhance presentational ability;

b) using computer word processors to edit and revise speech outlines;

c) using the Web to enhance library searches in addition to texts and the mass



(1) Understand the differences that exist among people and their cultures and the ways in which these differences affect individuals’ view of the world, their values, and their interpretations of the events of their lives by:

a) listening and evaluating as a supportive member of a college audience to the

presentations of fellow students

b) adapting communication to a diverse audience.


(1) Collaborate with colleagues, parents, local schools, agencies and the community to support learning and achievement for all students.

                    (2) Collaborate in small group task team workshop.





INTASC #1 The teacher understands the major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry and ways of knowing that are central to the discipline he or she teaches.



INTASC #9.4 The teacher is committed to reflection, assessment, and learning as an ongoing process.



INTASC #6.13 NCDPI #6.4 The teacher knows how to use a variety of media communication tools, including audiovisual aids and computers, to enrich learning opportunities.



INTASC #3 The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.



INTASC #10.12, NCDPI #10 The teacher establishes respectful and productive relationships with diverse home and community situations, and seeks to develop cooperative partnerships in support of learning and well being.






Introductory Speech     40 points

Class Participation        60 points

Informational Speech  140 points

Oral presentation          80 points

Outline                           40 points

Audience Analysis         20 points

Persuasive Speech      140 points

Oral presentation        100 points

Outline                           40 points

Audience analysis         20 points


Small Group Presentation 140 points

Group presentation            100 points

Presentation write up           40 points

                    Midterm       100 points

                    Final Exam     80 points

Total Points  700 points




Date Wk Topic Assignment


1/6    Overview of course; the process of communication Text, Ch. 1


1/11  Ethics and Public Speaking Text, Ch. 2

         Listening Text, Ch. 3

1/13  Analyzing the Audience Text, Ch. 5

         Introductory Speeches


1/18  Introductory Speeches

1/20  Informational Speaking Text, Ch. 14


1/25  Choosing Topics & Gathering Material Text, Ch.s 4, 6

         Supporting Materials Text, Ch. 7

1/27  Outlining Text, Ch. 10

         Intros & Conclusions Text, Ch. 9



2/1  Organizing your speech Text, Ch. 8

2/3  Informational Speeches


2/8  Informational Speeches

2/10  Informational speeches


2/15 Informational Speeches

2/17 Review for Midterm


2/22 Midterm

2/24 Speaking to Persuade Text, Ch. 15




3/8  Methods of Persuasion Text, Ch. 16


3/10 Using Language and Delivery Text, Chs. 11 & 12

        Using Visual Aids Text, Ch. 13


3/15 Persuasive speeches

3/17 Persuasive speeches


3/22 Persuasive speeches


3/24 Persuasive speeches


3/29 Persuasive speeches

3/31 Speaking in small groups Text, Ch. 18

        Form Small groups


4/5  Small group work


4/7  Small group work


4/12 Small group work

4/14 Small group presentations

4/19 Small group presentations


4/21 Special Occasion Speeches (Optional) Text, Ch. 17

        Review for final exam

Final exam will be held during final exam week. .




Individual Speeches

Two formal five (5-7) minute presentations are required: an informational presentation and a persuasive presentation (both 5-7 minutes timed). One short (1-2 minute) informal speech of introduction is required. Detailed instructions for the preparation of each speech will be given during class. Condensed instructions are also available on my home page under Informational Speech and Persuasive Speech. To access my home page, use this procedure:

FSU Home Page


Faculty Home Page

Faculty Web Sites

Eugenie P. Almeida


Fall 2004

SPEE 200


Evaluation forms for the two major speeches are also available on the web site. Evaluation forms for the informational speech are listed as Informational Speech Evaluation Forms and the evaluation forms for the persuasive speech are listed as Persuasive Speech Evaluation Forms. Be sure and run off a copy of each evaluation form, fill out the heading (your name, title of speech and date) and bring this form with you on the day you give your speech along with your outline. The evaluation form gives you a good idea of how you will be evaluated for the speech as the point values for each section are indicated on the forms.


Written Assignments

Formal academic outlines are required for the two formal individual speeches. Instructions will be given for the construction of formal outlines. Detailed instructions for the outline will be given in class but these instructions are also summarized on my web site under Informational Speeches. The directions for accessing my web site are given above. All outlines are to be typed and handed in on the day you give your speech. Each outline is worth 40 points and therefore is an important grade worth achieving. Losing 40 points means losing more than half a grade.


Group Presentation

In the last quarter of the semester, students will form small groups for the purpose of designing and presenting a group presentation. The presentation will constitute the "task" of an organizational group. Presentation formats can vary, from a seminar format to a talk show format. The use of media can vary from a Power Point presentation (if we have a computer in the room) to a collage of photographs. Students will choose a topic of significance to a general audience on which they can assemble sufficient material.



There are two exams: a midterm and a final. The midterm will cover material in the first half of the course; the final covers material in the second half of the course. Exams are multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. Each exam is worth 75 points, the equivalent of one letter grade.


Attendance and Class Policies

Good class participation means good attendance, contributions to class discussion, effective listening behavior. In a speech class, good class participation is similar to being a "good audience."

You are required to attend class regularly and participate in class as a member of the audience or as a contributor. You are allowed three absences per semester and an additional 2 absences with documentation. Once you have reached five absences, any additional absences will result in a drop in your grade. Attendance is mandatory on days when you have been assigned an oral presentation, on exam days, and group presentation week. If you are sick on the day you are scheduled to give your presentation, you must bring documentation to earn a second chance to give your speech. This is very important, because in order to finish the required work, the class cannot fall behind on speeches. If an assignment, quiz, test, exercise, etc. is missed, makeup should occur by the next class period. All papers accepted after one week will be dropped 20%. After two weeks of the due date, late papers (or speeches) will not be accepted. Outlines that have been graded can be resubmitted to raise your grade.




A combination of learning techniques are used to involve students in the course: a lecture discussion approach which is less formal than a lecture approach; and an experiential approach wherein the students discover, through experience, some of the fundamental principles of effective communication. Students have opportunities to experience face-to-face communication in the dyadic interview and other in-class exercises, small group communication in the multimedia task group project, and public communication in the three opportunities to communicate to the class audience as an individual speaker.





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