Course Syllabus

Fayetteville State University

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Performing and Fine Arts


Semester: Spring Year: 2003

Course No.: SPEE 200         Course Name: Intro to Speech Credit Hrs: 3

Day/Time Class Meets: MWF 9-9:50 & 11-11:50         Room, Bldg.: BU 237

Instructor: Dr. Jeanie Almeida

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

Office Hours: MW: 3-5, T: 11:00-3:00                 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 media


(1) Understand the differences that exist among people and their cultures and the ways in which these differences affect their 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 (Knowledge ) 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 (Reflection) The teacher is committed to reflection, assessment, and learning as an ongoing process.

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

INTASC #3 ( Diversity) 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 (Collaboration) 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.



Dyadic Interviews and Introductory Speeches 60 points

Class Participation 50 points


Informational Speech 120 points

Oral presentation 80 points

Outline 40 points

Persuasive Speech 140 points

Oral presentation 100 points

Outline 40 points

Small Group Presentation 150 points

Group presentation 100 points

Presentation write up 50 points

Midterm 100 points

Final Exam 100 points

Total Points 720


Date     Wk     Topic     Assignment

1/8 1 Overview of course; the process of communication Text, Ch. 1

1/10 Ethics and Public Speaking Text, Ch. 2


1/13 2 Listening & Analyzing the Audience Text, Ch. 3, 5

1/15 Dyadic Interviews & Intro Speeches

1/17 Finish Intro Speeches, review Chs 1,2,3,5.


1/20 3 Holiday

1/22 Informational Speaking Text, Ch. 14

1/24 Choosing Topics & Gathering Material Text, Ch.s 4, 6


1/27 4 Supporting Materials Text, Ch. 7

1/29 Organizing your speech Text, Ch. 8

1/31 Intros & Conclusions Text, Ch. 9


2/3 5 Outlining Text, Ch. 10

2/5 Sign up for informational speeches

2/7 Informational speeches


2/10 6 Informational Speeches

2/12 Informational Speeches

2/14 Informational Speeches


2/17 7 Informational Speeches

2/19 Informational speeches

2/21 Informational speeches


2/24 8 Review for Midterm

2/26 Midterm

2/28 Wrapup


3/3  9  Speaking to Persuade Text, Ch. 15

3/5 Methods of Persuasion Text, Ch. 16

3/7 Methods of Persuasion Text, Ch. 13 Sign-up for Persuasive Speeches


3/10-3/15 SPRING BREAK


3/17 10 Using Language Text, Ch. 11

3/19 Delivery Text, Ch. 12

3/21 Using Visual Aids Text, Ch. 13


3/24 11 Persuasive speeches

3/26 Persuasive speeches

3/28 Persuasive speeches


3/31 12 Persuasive speeches

4/2 Persuasive speeches

4/4 Persuasive speeches


4/7 13 Speaking in small groups Text, Ch. 18

4/9 Form Small groups

4/11 Small group work


4/14 14 Small group work

4/16 Small group work

4/18 Small group work


4/21 15 Small group presentations

4/23 Small group presentations

4/25 Small group presentations


4/28 16 Special Occasion Speaking Text, Ch. 17

4/30 Review for final exam


Final Exam week May 1-7.


Individual Speeches

Two formal five (5) minute presentations are required: an informational presentation and a persuasive presentation (both 5minutes timed). Detailed instructions for the preparation of each speech will be given during class. One short (1-2 minute) informal speech of introduction is required.

Written Assignments

Formal academic outlines are required for the two formal individual speeches. Instructions will be given for the construction of formal outlines. All outlines are to be typed.

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 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.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction Leaders will be available this semester to assist you in the preparation of your speeches and outlines. Alicia Snead and Mia Dawkins, advanced undergraduates with majors in Speech/Theatre, will be available 4-6 hours a week in my office, ext. 2031. Their office hours will be posted. You should attend their office hours or call to talk for the following:

(1) You have been trying to come up with a topic for your speech and you canít decide.

(2) You are uncertain how to organize your speech.

(3) You are having difficulty finding research material for your speech.

(4) You need help constructing your outline for the speech.

(5) You donít understand some part of the text.

(6) You donít understand some part of the lecture material.

(7) You missed class and want to know what you missed.

(8) You need help in studying for your exam.

(9) You are not getting along with a fellow student in your task group.

(10) You are having anxiety attacks about giving your speech.

Supplemental instruction has been utilized in approximately 900 colleges and has been found to consistently raise the grades of students who participated. Rather than stay in doubt, see your supplemental instructor and do well this semester.

Supplemental Instruction at FSU is supported by funds from Title III.

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. Attendance is mandatory on days when you have been assigned an oral presentation, on exam days, and group presentation week. You are allowed three excused absences (with documentation) per semester. Every absence over three will result in a 3 point drop from your final grade. 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%.


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 group project, and public communication in the three opportunities to communicate to the class audience as an individual speaker. Students also have the opportunity to work through the difficulties of learning the art of speaking in public by working with an older undergraduate who is a major in Speech as part of the Supplemental Instruction program.



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