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Introduction to Public Speaking (COM-101)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

May 2013 - Present.

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Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: identify the principal goals of a given speech and ensure that speeches are organized in order to achieve those goals; distinguish between hearing, listening, and critical listening and determine which techniques assist in gaining maximum critical listening participation from an audience; properly research the content and ideas of the speech to gain support for the ideas that the speaker is presenting and appropriately incorporate those ideas into a speech; outline a speech as a means to develop raw ideas into appropriate presentations and visual aids; and organize a speech that includes introduction, transitions, body of the speech, and conclusion.

This self-study course provides an overview of public speaking techniques, goals, and procedures. The course begins with a discussion of presentation of speeches in general and ways to encourage maximum audience attentiveness. Other topics include: researching speeches and planning presentations to ensure maximum effectiveness, writing and organizing speeches, persuading and informing audiences, and adapting speeches depending on the event, environment, and audience. Students are required to deliver four oral speeches of varying lengths on assigned topics and successfully pass a final examination to earn credit recommendations for this course.

Credit recommendation:
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Communications (6/13) (8/18 revalidation).