SPCH 103


Fundamentals of Speech




Brandi G. Wilkins


Assistant Professor of Speech & Journalism    




Office Phone: 618.545.3368


Office:  HB 227  


Curriculum/#: LIBA 04900


 Division: Baccalaureate/Transfer


Department:  Arts & Humanities  


Credit Hours: 3  


Not Repeatable, Not Variable


Changes to the Syllabus/Course Outline:


The instructor reserves the right to make any changes to the course syllabus, agenda, or content covered during the course of the semester.


Required Textbook(s):


The Art of Public Speaking by Stephen Lucas
Speech 103 green packet by B. Wilkins.


Required Course Materials:


One (1) Mini DVD+RW disc (30 minute). *Note: please ensure that you purchase the ď+Ē disc.


Instructional Resources:


Lecture, group and individual activities, written assignments, and assessments.


Catalog Description:


Students will learn the theory and practice of speech communication in order to develop proficiency in various interpersonal speaking situations.  This course studies the basic fundamentals of effective speaking.  Emphasis is placed upon personal adjustment to the speaking situation and the preparation of and delivery of various kinds of speeches.  Performance is required.  


General Objective of the Course:


Students will be introduced to basic oral communication principles and skills.  Includes study and practice in public speaking, discussion, preparation, organization, and delivery techniques.


Specific Objectives:


At the end of the course, students will (should) have the following competencies:

  1. The student will be provided the opportunity to become a more effective oral communicator.
  2. The student will be provided the opportunity to become a more effective and discriminating listener.
  3. The student will learn the techniques and importance of audience analysis.
  4. The student will learn guidelines for selecting a speech topic.
  5. The student will construct appropriate speech theses and outlines.
  6. The student will learn and use the various supportive materials related to speeches.
  7. The student will learn and use effective delivery techniques.
  8. The student will learn the various techniques of dealing with stage/speech fright.
  9. The student will deliver extemporaneous and impromptu speeches.
  10. The student will develop critical speech viewpoints and listening techniques.

Learning Outcomes:


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Deliver informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches
  • Deliver impromptu speeches
  • Construct an appropriate outline
  • Explain the components of public speaking
  • Analyze the audience for a speaking occasion
  • Develop a thesis statement
  • Understand the relationship between the audience and the speaker
  • Use and create appropriate visual aids



Attendance and active participation in class sessions are essential to success in this course. With the exception of excused emergency absences, absences should be discussed with the instructor PRIOR to the date you are absent.

All absences, whether excused or unexcused, will count against the studentís attendance and participation in the course. More than four (4) absences in MW or TTh courses will result in an automatic reduction of 10% from the studentís final grade.

*Tardiness or leaving early will be noted each class period and will count as an absence where applicable.




The following is the speech day policy for instructors in the Speech Department at KaskaskiaCollege:


Speech Delivery:


Speeches are to be delivered on the date assigned by the instructor. A typed and formatted outline is due to the instructor prior to the delivery of each major speech. This outline is required for speech delivery.  Outline due dates are listed on the course schedule (see attached).




The student is expected to turn in the formal outline on the first day of each round of speeches regardless of their individual speech delivery due date. If the student does not turn in the outline by the due date assigned by the instructor, the student will lose one letter grade per class period that their speech is delayed on both the outline and their speech. Due dates are listed on the course schedule (see attached).


Make up Speeches:


Each instructor has the discretion to determine when and if a make up speech will be allowed in the instances where a student is unable to deliver their speech on the originally scheduled speech delivery date. If the instructor extends an opportunity to the student to make up their speech, the student will lose one letter grade for each class period the speech is late in delivery. If the student does not make up their speech in a reasonable amount of time, the student will forfeit all points for that particular speech.




The student SHOULD NOT expect to deliver their speech on the next regularly scheduled class period if the instructor is not contacted on or before the speech due date about the studentís absence.

Make ups are only considered for those students who are responsible for their absence by contacting the instructor and providing evidence of the absence to the instructor in written form.

Exceptions will only be made in extreme circumstances and at each individual instructorís discretion; this includes prior notification from the student of campus activities.




Assignments are due on the date assigned by the instructor. Students are encouraged to turn in assignments to the instructor by the due date regardless of any absences or they forfeit all points for that particular assignment. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor for any worked missed or concerning any coursework to be turned in.  


Assignment Breakdown:


5 Quizzes @ 20 pts

100 pts

5 Speeches

425 pts


4 Outlines @ 25 pts

100 pts


100 pts


4 Self-Critiques @ 25 pts

100 pts


80 pts


4 Peer Critiques @ 25 pts

100 pts


20 pts



50 pts

Final Exam

100 pts




Exams and quizzes are to be completed on the date assigned by the instructor. If a student misses a quiz, he or she is encouraged to make arrangements with the instructor to complete the quiz before the next regularly scheduled class period. If the student does not make arrangements to complete the quiz before the next regularly scheduled class period, the student forfeits all points for that particular quiz.




A total of 1,175 points are available during the course of the semester.


The following scale will be used to determine final grades:




Below 65%=F




*Extra credit opportunities will be given throughout the semester.


Academic Honesty:


Cheating and plagiarism WILL NOT be tolerated in this course. Cheating on any exam or presenting someone elseís work as oneís own work is considered academic misconduct and could result in course failure or failure of an assignment if proven by the instructor.

Each case of academic misconduct will be handled on a case by case basis and it is the instructorís discretion on what the penalty for the misconduct will be. Students may be placed on academic probation which would result in the student not being allowed to participate in extracurricular campus activities. Students can also be suspended from the College if the misconduct is severe.

A copy of the plagiarism guidelines and what constitutes plagiarism will be provided to the student and discussed in class by the instructor. Students may also reference the Student Handbook for additional information on Academic Misconduct.


Behavioral Expectations:


Impolite behavior or behavior that ridicules another student and his/her course work or the instructor will result in automatic removal from the course.  


Special Needs:


Kaskaskia College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability.


*Final Notes:


Students MUST turn off cellular phones before entering the classroom as a courtesy to both the instructor and fellow classmates.  Use of cellular phones is strictly prohibited in the classroom. This includes text messaging.

Students will complete a confidential data sheet (provided in the student speech booklet) that supplies the instructor with contact and other pertinent information about the student.  In addition, this data sheet becomes a waiver to be signed by the student that he/she does understand and agrees to comply with the syllabus.