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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 093 - Introduction to College Writing  and ENGL 083 - Reading Strategies for College  Or ENGL 095 - Integrated Reading and Writing , or ENGL 075 - Co-Requisite Integrated Reading & Writing 
PROGRAM: Communication

Introduces fundamental concepts and skills for effective public speaking, including audience analysis, outlining, research, delivery, critical listening and evaluation, presentational aids, and use of appropriate technology.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Analyze an audience and adapt presentations to cross-cultural audiences accordingly.
  2. Apply principles of composition to the development of oral presentations, such as effective organization, outlining and time expectations.
  3. Develop ideas with credible forms of support and appropriate documentation.
  4. Recognize and demonstrate nonverbal communication appropriate to the verbal message.
  5. Use presentational aids to support and enhance oral presentations.
  6. Actively listen to and critically evaluate oral presentations.
  7. Apply the fundamental concepts of effective public speaking through a minimum of 4 oral presentations; three of which must be delivered extemporaneously.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Communication models - elements
  • Ethics and public speaking
  • Listening
  • Selecting a topic and purpose
  • Analyzing the audience and assessing the situation
  • Researching the speech topic
  • Supporting materials and tests of evidence
  • Using presentational aids
  • Speech introductions and conclusions
  • Organizing the body of speech
  • Oral and written source citation
  • Outlining the speech
  • Presenting the speech - language and delivery modes
  • Speaking to inform
  • Speaking to persuade
  • Using technology
  • Common fallacies
  • Meeting time expectations

Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)