C-ID Number COMM 110
Discipline Communication Studies
Date Approved December 20, 2010
General Course Description

Theory and techniques of public speaking in democratic society. Discovery, development, and criticism of ideas in public discourse through research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of various types of speeches including informative and persuasive speeches.

Minimum Units 3.0
Any rationale or comments
Prerequisite(s) none
Corequisite(s)

None

Advisories/Recommendations

None

Course Content
  1. Principles of human communication
  2. Theory and techniques of public speaking in society, including ethics, and the use of presentation aids.
  3. Critical analysis of public discourse
  4. Types of public speaking
  5. Listening skills
  6. Elements of effective public speaking, including analysis of communication situation, ethics and diversity, audience, occasion, purpose, selection of subject matter, research, evidence evaluation, organization, presentation skills, and evaluation of communication effectiveness
Laboratory Activities
Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of human communication;
  2. Analyze their communication situation, audience, occasion, and purpose; and selection of subject matter;
  3. Formulate through research, analysis, and organization of material; presentation of the message including management of communication apprehension; and evaluation of the effectiveness of their communication;
  4. Demonstrate that they are careful and critical thinkers and communicators, both as speakers and as listeners;
  5. Explain their relationship and ethical responsibilities to others involved in the communication transaction.
Methods of Evaluation

Speech presentations in front of a live audience; speech outlines and bibliographies; critiques of speeches; quizzes and tests.

Sample Textbooks

Kearney, P. Public Speaking in a Diverse Society. (latest edition). McGraw-Hill

Lucas, S. The Art of Public Speaking. (latest edition). McGraw-Hill.

O’Hair, D. A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking. (latest edition). Bedford/St. Martin’s

Weaver, C. Essentials of Public Speaking. (latest edition). Thomson

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