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Stoa Speech Syllabus

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The College at Southeastern | Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Accredited by SACS


COM 1100 – Communication– 3 credit hours
15-week course; Fall or Spring Semester

Prerequisites / Prior Skills & Knowledge 
Students must be at least 15 years old by September 30th of the enrollment year. Students should have at least one year experience in competitive speaking.  Students may use speeches from prior years as long as all current requirements are met.
Course Description 
This course is designed to pair with a member of  the Stoa Speech Club, but not restricted.  It takes basic public speaking principles and combines it with the benefits of friendly competition.  Each lesson is designed to give the student important information, that when combined with sufficient practice will result in a well-spoken individual.  
Student Learning Outcomes / Objectives Students will demonstrate knowledge of: 
  • Speech planning, purposes and goals
  • Subject selection, research, and controlling speech anxiety
  • Creating thesis sentences, writing introductions and conclusions, and organizing a variety of speeches
  • Logical support of their ideas, transitional words, and use of appropriate visual aids
  • Effective language usage and delivery techniques
  • The creating of a variety of speeches, including the principles and types of informative and persuasive speeches
  • Listener motivation and speaker credibility
Communication Policy / Upload Criteria
Electronic Upload: Students will upload their assignments through Canvas by Instructure, a college-level learner management system (LMS). Acceptable file formats are pdf, doc, and docx.  
The Assessor will leave feedback with a grade for each rhetoric assignment while suggesting  areas for further improvement in subsequent assignments. Assessors will challenge students to achieve college level writing standards and demonstrate critical thinking skills.  
Academic Procedures & Policies
  • Grades are determined by student’s submission of all assignments and all work shown uploaded together in one document.
  • Late policy - Any assignment submitted after the designated due date without prior approval from the professor, will receive a 0% grade.
  • Academic Honesty - Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses. In particular, students are to refrain from any form of cheating or plagiarism. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course and may lead to disciplinary action.
NOTE:  Southeastern Seminary policy states, “In no case may a student merely copy and paste any material from one paper to another without the prior written permission of the instructor. In the rare case when a student is given permission to use his/her own scholarly work in subsequent research, the student must still cite his/her previous coursework as an unpublished paper. Failure to follow these guidelines constitutes plagiarism, and all appropriate penalties will apply.

Course Materials

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As I Was Saying... A Guide to the World of Competitive Speech - Thane Rehn

Copyright 2002, Communicators for Christ,, 615-494-5023

ISBN: 978-0-9724612-2-1


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TRIVIUM TABLES®: RHETORIC, An essential reference tool for teaching the principles of rhetoric.

This convenient reference tool helps students develop a deeper understanding of the five canons of rhetoric.

    • 8 x 10.5 accordion fold, laminated
    • 8 panels
    • © 2014

Grading System:

  • Speech Selections / Assessments:   
    • Platform
    • Interpretation
    • Limited Preparation
  • Written Assignments: 
    • Student Biography
  •  Speech Video Submissions: 
    • Job Announcement Response
    • Platform Speech
    • Interpretation Speech
    • Limited Preparation Speech
    • Final Exam: choice of platform, interpretation or limited preparation

Grading Scale 

A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = 0% - 59%


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