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Satya P. Tandon, Associate Professor, Humanities Department

Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive Utica, NY 13501









EN150: Effective Speech| Syllabus







           Fall Semester 2007



Instructor:      Prof. S. P. Tandon

       Office: Payne Hall 311

       Telephone: 792-5543

      E-mail: standon@mvcc.edu


Office Hours:   MWF   2:00 - 3:00;

      TH   12:20-1:30;

      other hours by appointment.


Text:        Osborn, Michael, and Suzanne Osborn. Public Speaking . New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.



I.   Course Description:

This course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting and delivering the speech. The course consists of readings, lectures, in class assignments and collaborative exercises and discussions. The reading assignments include topic selection, audience analysis, outlining, gathering supporting material, organization, use of visual support, and study of informative and persuasive strategies. Informative, demonstrative and persuasive speeches are prepared and delivered.









                       Rev. August, 2007


II.   Student Learning Outcomes:


At the completion of the course, the student will:


  1.   Prepare, organize, support, and deliver speeches based on factual material.


•  Analyze audience and select appropriate topics.


•  Distinguish fact from opinion.


•  Demonstrate basic elements of interpersonal communication, such as non-verbal communication and the use of audio-visual aids.


•  Demonstrate proper techniques of logic and persuasion.


•  Show self confidence in the public speaking situation.


•  Identify and use credible sources of information.



III.   Course Administration:


A.    Attendance Policy :   State University of New York regulations require evidence of pursuit of prescribed course work (Student Handbook 26). Therefore, attendance will be recorded at the beginning of each class meeting. If you come in after I have taken the attendance, it is your responsibility to notify me at the end of class. In cases of excessive lateness, your attendance will be affected. If you have to leave class early, please let me know ahead of time.


Because of the important role you will have as a speaker and a listener/critic, regular class attendance is of prime importance to observe and to evaluate the speaking of others, and to profit from their experience and the comments of the instructor. Your regular attendance is required to:


  * Develop speaking skills.

  * Improve listening skills.

  * Provide audience for speakers.

* Develop ability to critique speakers’ performance.   


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B.    Speaking Dates: You will be assigned dates for each speech. Failure to speak on the scheduled day will result in a zero for that speech. In the case of a documented emergency, rescheduling may be possible. However, due to time constraints, it will not be possible to make up the missed speeches. Make-up speeches will result in an automatic 10-point deduction from the grade for that speech. There will be no make-ups for the in-class tests.


C.   You will be permitted one week of excused absences. For each absence in excess, points will be deducted from the final grade.


Please note that your final grade will be adversely affected by poor attendance as explained below:


     Number of Absences      Highest Possible Final Grade



    One week           A

    One to two weeks         B

    Two to three weeks         C

    Three to four weeks         D

    More than four weeks       F



IV.   Evaluation and Determination of Final Grade:


Speeches will be evaluated based on the information covered in the textbook and by the general guidelines that will be provided to you for all speeches. Overall , the speeches should look well prepared and rehearsed. You will be expected to acquire and improve organizational and delivery skills necessary for effective presentation of extemporaneous speeches.


The final grade will be determined by calculating grades from various assignments, speeches, attendance, tests, etc. as explained below:



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  1. Autobiographical Speech         10 points

  2. Demonstrative Speech           15 points

  3. Informative Speech           20 points

•  Persuasive Speech 1           15points

  5.  Persuasive Speech 2           20 points

  6. Tests/quizzes/chapter summaries       20 points


   TOTAL           100 Points



•  Rules and Policies:


1. Delivery:

All speeches must be presented extemporaneously. No credit will be given for reading a speech, delivered from a prepared text. The number of note cards for all speeches should not exceed six (6).


  2. Outlines and Note Cards:

An outline is due at the beginning of a class on the day you are scheduled to speak (outlines are required for the Informative and Persuasive speeches only). The outlines should follow the format discussed in class and in chapter 10, “Outlining Your Speech� of the text.


The outline grade will be integrated into the overall grade for the speech. Full credit will be given only for those outlines that are typed/word-processed on

8 ½� x 11� standard paper. The outline should be written using complete sentences. Also, it should include a complete list of the sources used in the speech.


  3. Reading the Text Book:

It is expected that each student will read and learn the material in the book. You are expected to incorporate into your speeches the principles of communication discussed in the textbook .




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4. Personal Appearance:

Your personal appearance is an extension of the speech delivery. Make sure the outfit you wear on the day of your speech is professionally appropriate. Business casual, at a minimum, is expected on the day you are giving a speech.


5. Cheating and Plagiarism:

Cheating on any assignment will result in a failing grade for that assignment. It will also jeopardize your chances of passing the course. Plagiarism is defined as using ideas and information created by others without identifying them and giving them full credit for the borrowed information. Make sure you give credit to the source when borrowing information.


6. Policy pertaining to the use of cell phones and other such electronic devices in the classroom:


The student use of technologies not relevant to classroom, laboratory, library, studio, or clinical settings is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, electronic communicating devices, MP3 players, and video/photo capture devices. Instructor discretion may be exercised if the technology is a component of the learning environment or by prior student notification.


  7. Students With Special Needs:


I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) which may require some special accommodation. Please see me during my office hours so that we can discuss your needs. Before services can begin, you must also contact Lynn Igoe, Coordinator of Disability Services, 792-5413 (Voice or TTY), or Tasha Paterson, the Learning Disabilities Specialist, 731-5702; both are located in Room 153 of the Academic Building . (For classes on the Rome Campus, the contact person is Michael Badolato, PC A30, 334-7718). They are the staff memberswho review your documentation, determine your eligibility for these accommodations, and help determine what those accommodations will be.


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V.   Weekly Syllabus:


Following is a tentative weekly schedule; it will be updated as necessary. It is each student’s responsibility to attend classes and stay current with the changes.




1        Unit I: Introduction to Public Speaking: Course

      Objectives and Procedures.

      Assignment: Read Chapters 1 & 2                    


2       Lecture /Discussion: Effective Public Speaking

      Assignment: Read Chapter 3: “Your First Speech.â€�

      Prepare an autobiographical speech (5 minutes)



      Assignment: Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6.


4        Unit II: Planning, Preparing, and Delivering Speeches


      Assignments: Read Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 13.

      Prepare a demonstration speech (6-8 minutes)


5 & 6        DEMONSTRATION SPEECHES       

      Read Chapters 10, 11, and 12.

7        Unit III: Informative Speaking


      Assignment: Read Chapter 14

      Lecture/Discussion: Informative Speaking

      Prepare informative speeches (6-8 minutes)




10        Unit IV: Persuasive Speaking


      Assignment: Read Chapters 15 and 16.

      Lecture/Discussion: Principles of Persuasion

      Prepare persuasive speeches (6-8 minutes)


11 & 12         PERSUASIVE SPEECH 1


13 &14       PERSUASIVE SPEECH 2   


15       Review of the Course

      In-class Test