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Communications 101: Public Speaking

Course Category: 

20 hours (12 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

December 2014 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the historical tradition of public speaking and different types of speeches; analyze informal and formal methods for conducting audience analysis; examine the general and specific purpose of a speech as well as techniques for generating main ideas and developing a thesis; differentiate primary and secondary research; evaluate types of supporting material and source credibility; survey criteria for selecting main and supporting ideas; research organizational patterns for informative and persuasive speeches; analyze the uses of preparation and speaking outlines as well as components of a speech's introduction, transitions, and conclusions; contrast written and oral language styles as well as impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript and memorized speeches; discuss strategies for developing effective, informative, and persuasive speeches as well as special occasion speeches designed to entertain; explain components of rhetorical proof and the differences between inductive, deductive, causal, and analogical reasoning; and describe methods for evaluating oneself as a speaker as well as guidelines for evaluating other public speakers.


Major topics include: introduction to public speaking; analyzing the audience; listening and feedback; selecting the topic, purpose, and thesis of the speech; researching the speech; organizing the speech; outlining the speech; language and style; speech delivery; selecting and incorporating visual supports; types of speeches; reasoning and rhetorical proof; speech evaluation; and preparing for an impromptu speech.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English (12/16) (4/22 revalidation).