Department of Literature and Languages
SPC 1315/ 1321 Section 01H Fundamentals of Communication
Course Instructor: Stephen A. Furlich, Ph.D.
Office: PAC 120
Office Hours: (Tues/Thurs. 9:30-12:00; W. 2:00-3:00).
E-Mail: Stephen.furlich@tamuc.edu
Class Time: Tues./ Thurs. 8:00-9:15 Room: BA 257
Materials – Textbooks, Readings, Supplementary Readings
Textbook Required:
Textbook and resource materials: Sprague, J., Stuart, D., & Bodary, D. (2013). (10th ed.) The
Speaker’s Handbook. Boston: Wadsworth.
ISBN-13: 978-0-495-56747-9 ISBN-10: 0-0-495-56747-7
(Electronic copy information purchased at bookstore)
University Course Catalogue Description
Basic course in organizing and developing effective oral communication. Particular stress is
placed on voice and diction, and general public speaking.
Additional Course description: Theories and related skills for planning, organizing,
rehearsing, presenting and evaluating a variety of types of speeches. Includes a survey of
rhetorical traditions, principles, and strategies used in informative, persuasive, and ceremonial
speeches. Emphasis on student performance and evaluation of oral and written models of
classical and contemporary speeches. Recommended for students pursuing careers in
teaching, law, the ministry, politics, or other professions involving making public presentations.
May be taken to meet the general education communication requirement.
Course outcome competencies:
Student Learning Outcomes:
This course explores theory and principles of effective public speaking while providing an
emphasis on skills development. Specific attention is given to the preparation, delivery, and
evaluation of public speeches. General student learning outcomes include the following:
1. Students will understand theory and practice in public speaking.
2. Students will learn and develop various fundamentals and tools of effective speech delivery.
3. Students will be able to critically analyze the content, organization, and delivery of their own
and the speeches of others.
4. Students will become competent and confident public speakers.
5. Students will synergize theories and principles of communication into the successful
preparation and delivery.
Prerequisites: None
At a minimum, you must have Microsoft Office 2013, 2010, 2007 or Open Office. Microsoft
Office is the standard office productivity software utilized by faculty, students, and staff.
Microsoft Word is the standard word processing software, and Microsoft PowerPoint is the
standard presentation software. Copying and pasting, along with attaching/uploading
documents for assignment submission, will also be required. If you do not have Microsoft
Office, you can check with the bookstore to see if they have any student copies.
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CWID or have forgotten your password, contact Technology Services at 903.468.6000 or
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then select the “Browser Test” link under Support Services.
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If at any time you experience technical problems (e.g., you can't log in to the course, you can't
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side of the screen inside the course. You will then be able to get assistance via online chat,
email or by phone by calling the Help Desk number noted below.
Note: Personal computer problems do not excuse the requirement to complete all course work
in a timely and satisfactory manner. Each student needs to have a backup method to deal with
these inevitable problems. These methods might include the availability of a backup PC at
home or work, the temporary use of a computer at a friend's home, the local library, office
service companies, an Internet cafe, or a bookstore, such as Barnes & Noble, etc.
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3. Once a helpdesk ticket number is in your possession, students should email me to
advise me of the problem and to provide me with the helpdesk ticket number
4. At that time, I will call the helpdesk to confirm your problem and follow up with you
PLEASE NOTE: Your personal computer/access problems are not a legitimate excuse for filing
a ticket with the Pearson Learning Studio Help Desk. You are strongly encouraged to check for
compatibility of your browser BEFORE the course begins and to take the Pearson Learning
Studio tutorial offered for students who may require some extra assistance in navigating the
Pearson Learning Studio platform. ONLY Pearson Learning Studio based problems are
Internet Access
An Internet connection is necessary to submit assignments, view grades, and receive feedback
from your professor. View the requirements as outlined in Technology Requirements above for
more information.
myLeo Support
Your myLeo email address is required to send and receive all student correspondence. Please
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myLeo email account. You may also access information at https://leo.tamuc.edu.
Learner Support
Go to the following link One Stop Shop- created to serve you by attempting to provide as many
resources as possible in one location.
Go to the following link Academic Success Center- focused on providing academic resources to
help you achieve academic success.
Please Label All Submitted Assignments with your Name, Section, & Assignment Number.
Examples: Smith, 201-01W Paper 2. Please also use these labels in e-mails, such as in subject
lines. Both Paper assignments are submitted in the proper envelop in Learning Studio
(ECollege) in DocSharing.
Required: 3 GREEN Scan Trans
Attendance - Punctual attendance is expected at all class sessions, especially on presentation
and test days. Excessive absences are defined by the instructor as more than one day,
excused or unexcused. If you participate in University sponsored activities (e.g., intercollegiate
sports) you must check with the instructor with appropriate documentation before you are
absent. Students are responsible for all missed work.
Course Assignments/Assessments: The department of Literature and Languages supports
university policies of academic excellence as noted in the student handbook. Interpretation of
grades should be considered within the university framework: A=excellent, B=good; C=average;
D=inferior; and F=failure. Final grades in this course will be based on:
A = 100%-90%
B = 89%-80%
C = 79%-70%
D = 69%-60%
F= 59% or Below
Tests = 70%; Speech: 1 = 10%, Speech 2 = 10%, Speech 3 = 10% = total 30%
* Tests - (70%)
20% Test 1
25% Test 2
25% Test 3
*Please only submit written assignments as attachments in WORD in DocSharing. Other
files such as PDF files are too difficult to grade.
* Presentations - (30%) Note: Encyclopedias and dictionaries do not count as sources.
10% Presentation 1: Informative - Emphasis on Content and Structure with Library Sources.
10% Presentation 2: Persuasive - With Library Sources
10% Presentation 3: Group Presentation with interview and library sources (Individual=10%)
Presentation 1: Each student will deliver an informative speech of 4:30-5:30 minutes. The
purpose is to inform the audience and not persuade them. The presentation will consist of
gathering at least 3 credible outside sources for your presentation. Internet web-site
sources will not count as part of the required 3 sources. Using books and journal articles
are encouraged to be cited during your presentation. Each student will turn in an outline and
a reference page of sources. Points will be deducted for not abiding to the time limit.
Presentation 2: Each student will deliver a persuasive speech of 4:30-5:30 minutes. The
purpose is to persuade the audience to accept the speaker’s ideas about a particular issue. It
is imperative for the speaker to demonstrate why his or her side of an issue is superior to the
opposing one. The presentation will consist of gathering at least 3 credible outside sources
for your presentation. Internet web-site sources will not count as part of the required 3
sources. Using books and journal articles are encouraged to be cited during your
presentation. A visual aid is also required for the presentation. Each student will turn in an
outline and a reference page of sources. Be sure topics are appropriate for the class.
Points will be deducted for not abiding to the time limit. A list of Unacceptable speech
topics is in ECollege.
Presentation 3: This presentation entails groups of 4-5 students working together. Each group
will choose a particular topic related to communication NOT covered in class. It is essential for
the topic to be different from the topics covered in class about communication. Each member
of the group will present one aspect of the project to the class in a 5 minute presentation for
each group member’s speech. Points will be deducted if it is not between 4:30-5:30
minutes long. Hence, if you have 5 group members each group member will speak for 5
minutes and have 3 sources. Hence, there will be 5 different speeches, outlines, and 3
sources for each speech. The focus of the presentation is to support each presentation from 3
credible sources. Internet web-site sources will not count as part of the required 3
sources. Using books and journal articles are encouraged. The key is to synthesize the
material together as a group presentation. Each presentation can build upon, compare
contrast, etc. with the other topics for the group. Each student will present their presentation
based upon how that area is related to the other areas and also uniquely contributes to
the overall topic. Each student will receive a grade based upon their individual presentation.
A visual aid is also required for each presentation. Each student will turn in an outline and
reference page of their 3 credible sources.
Note: Point deductions will be given to students who do not fully participate with their group
members throughout the entire process. Hence, it is imperative for students to show up to
group meetings.
* Activities - (+2%)
A number of activities will be assigned to demonstrate or apply content from the text and class
discussions. You cannot get credit for activities that are done on days you are absent,
you leave early, or come in 10 minutes late. Late activities will not be accepted. You are
expected to keep up with your own grades. You should know your standing in the course at
any time during the semester. Students will receive 2% additional points to their final grade if
they miss no more than 1 day. Students may lose 10% of their final grade or will be
dropped from the class for any class that they are disrespectful the first time. This
includes but is not limited to any cell phone activity, doing work for other classes, talking out
of turn in a disruptive manner, sleeping, etc.
Course Procedures
Course Procedures
Assignments - Assignments must be completed on time. Late work will result in loss of points.
Academic integrity is expected on all course assignments and activities. Violations of academic
integrity (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, etc.) are serious offenses and will be dealt with according to
university policy.
Late Work, Make-Up Assignments and Examinations - If you miss a deadline, it must be for one
of the following types of documentable reasons: death in the family, severe personal illness,
university sponsored activities, etc. If you have an unexcused absence, you cannot make up
that assignment or test. Additionally, because of time constraints, the instructor may elect not
to grant make-up work for any reason. In order to take a make-up examination you must submit
verifiable and official documentation to your instructor (e.g., a doctor’s note for the specific day
missed). If your request is approved, you may take a make-up test on the appointed day. All
make-up exams must be given for qualified persons within 1 week of the missed test.
Observance of a Religious Holy Day – Texas House Bill 256 requires institutions of higher
education to excuse a student from attending classes or other required activities, including
examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day. The student shall also be excused for
time necessary to travel. An institution may not penalize the student for the absence and allows
for the student to take an exam or complete an assignment from which the student is excused.
No prior notification of the instructor is required.
Extra Credit - Extra credit can be earned for participation in departmental research conducted in
or outside of class, if the opportunity arises. Extra credit points awarded will be determined by
the nature of the project.
Student Conduct
All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and
acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. (See Code of Student
Conduct from Student Guide Handbook). Students should also consult the Rules of Netiquette
for more information regarding how to interact with students in an online forum:
Texas A&M University-Commerce will comply in the classroom, and in online courses, with all
federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination and related retaliation on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status. Further,
an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or
gender expression will be maintained.
ADA Statement
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 have a disability requiring an
accommodation, please contact:
Office of Student Disability Resources and Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
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Fax (903) 468-8148
Students who have concerns regarding their courses should first address those concerns with
the assigned instructor in order to reach a resolution. Students who are unsatisfied with the
outcome of that conversation or have not been able to meet individually with their instructor,
whether in-person, by email, by telephone, or by another communication medium, should then
schedule an appointment with the Department Head or Assistant Department Head by
completing a Student Grievance Form (available in the main office, HL 141). In the event that
the instructor is the Department Head, the student should schedule a meeting with the Dean of
the College of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities after following the steps outlined above; if the
instructor is the Assistant Department Head, students should schedule a meeting with the
Department Head. Where applicable, students should also consult University Procedure
13.99.99.R0.05 (“Student Appeal of Instructor Evaluation”).
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Course Schedule
Please note that this is a tentative schedule for topics that will be explored this semester.
Slight changes may be made as the semester progresses.
Always bring your syllabus with you to class to record any changes.
An important reminder:
All speeches and exams are in bold. Notice how these are only weeks apart.
Therefore, it is imperative for you to plan ahead and prepare in advance so you don’t fall
Keeping up with the readings and coming to class are the best ways to stay afloat in this class.
Honors Fundamentals Course Schedule – Fall 2015
Sept. 1, Syll., Intro. Pre-Test
Sept. 3, ch. 1 (Public Speaking
rationale & Definitions,)
Sept. 8, ch. 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Outlining)
Sept. 10, ch. 6
(Audience Analysis) ch. 7, 28, 30
(Topic Selection, 5, 21 Informative
Sept. 15, Test 1
Sarah Northam, Head of Research &
Instruction Services
ch. 8, 15, 16, 27
(Support Material), ch. 9 (credibility)
Sept. 22, Practice Speech (2-2.5)
Sept. 24, Watch Informative Speech
Groups Chosen for Speech 3
Sept. 29 (Guest Lecture stress
Oct. 1, Ch. 4 (Anxiety), ch. 2
Oct. 6, History , ch. 32 (business comm)
Oct. 8, Speech 1
Oct. 13, Speech 1
Oct. 15, (Organizational Patterns)
&(Verbal) ch. 17
Oct. 20, Impromptu 1
Oct. 22 ch. 23, 25, 26 (Delivery.)
Oct. 27, Test 2
Oct. 29, ch. 3, (ethics) ch.
31(Classroom comm.)
Nov. 3, ch. 22 (Persuasion) (Different
Nov. 5, Impromptu 2
Nov. 10, Monroe’s Motivated Sequence,
Watch Persuasive Speeches
Nov. 12 , Speech 2
Nov. 17, Speech 2
Nov. 19, Nonverbal Communication
Nov. 24, Interviewing, Deception
Lecture, videos, Group Project update
Dec. 1, (Groups Lecture) ch. 33, 34, 35
Dec. 3, Perception
ch. 20, Environment from Nonverbal
Dec. 8, Speech 3
Dec. 10, Speech 3
Dec. 15, Tues. 8:00 AM Test 3
I’m looking forward to getting to know each one of you!
Have a great semester!
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