Course Number:
COMM 111
Transcript Title:
Public Speaking
Created:
Aug 04, 2022
Updated:
Jan 10, 2023
Total Credits:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture / Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
No
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Yes
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
A-F
Repeats available for credit:
0
Prerequisites

WR 121; placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98

Course Description

Introduces speechmaking based on a traditional public speaking approach. Aids students in developing theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills. Includes techniques for controlling speech anxiety, how to organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills. Prerequisites: WR 121; placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Outline and organize oral messages for delivery before a group or live audience.
  2. Critically examine and evaluate ideas and information in order to formulate a clear and effective message.
  3. Analyze diverse audiences; develop appropriate and respectful messages for each.
  4. Apply strategies and skills to develop confidence and manage communication anxiety when speaking in groups or in public.

Alignment with Institutional Learning Outcomes

Major
1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
Major
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
Not Addressed
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
Minor
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
Not Addressed
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

The determination of assessment strategies is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: writings (journals, self-reflections, pre writing exercises, essays), quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, group projects, presentations (in person, videos, etc), self-assessments, experimentations, lab reports, peer critiques, responses (to texts, podcasts, videos, films, etc), student generated questions, Escape Room, interviews, and/or portfolios.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Outcome #1: Outline and organize oral messages for delivery before a group or live audience.

  • Prepare introduction with purpose statement, credibility, attention getter
  • Identify three main points of topic
  • Support main points with substantive data
  • Prepare conclusion, summarizing message
  • Cite credible references

Outcome #2: Critically examine and evaluate ideas and information in order to formulate a clear and effective message.

  • Select topic that will resonate with audience
  • Conduct research among credible sources
  • Shape content based on audience
  • Formulate message for targeted audience

Outcome #3: Analyze diverse audiences; develop appropriate and respectful messages for each.

  • Study demographics of audience
  • Examine the situational environment
  • Determine the multicultural make up of audience
  • Study the psychological profile of audience
  • Determine the topic interest/knowledge of audience

Outcome #4: Apply strategies and skills to develop confidence and manage communication anxiety when speaking in groups or in public.

  • Practice breathing exercises
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse
  • Record and critique speeches
  • Visualize successful delivery

Suggested Texts and Materials

Public Speaking Project (OER)
Essentials of Public Speaking, by Cheryl Hamilton, 6th ed., published by Wadsworth.