This course is a survey incorporating intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public speaking. Students will acquire theory and develop skills in workplace communication interviewing, demonstrations, informative speaking, and persuasive speaking.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Identify and explain the function of the communication elements: source, message, channel, code, receiver, noise, feedback, and situation.
- Define perception and explain how it relates to the communication process.
- Explain obstacles to verbal communication.
- Develop a plan to reduce fear of presenting.
- Identify forms of nonverbal behaviors and cues.
- Identify the ways to improve listening and explain how each method can help develop better listening habits.
- Describe how to increase the effectiveness of feedback
- Define and supply examples of open, closed, mirror, and probing interview questions.
- Develop an organization for an information-gathering interview.
- Identify the general purposes for speaking.
- Develop a thesis by incorporating the general purpose and specific purpose.
- Identify the components of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Explain the various methods of supporting main points: analogy, contrast, explanation, factual illustration, hypothetical illustration, series of specific instances, restatement, statistics, and testimony.
- Develop a key word outline to use in speaking extemporaneously.
- Analyze one's audience.
- Research support material to support a thesis.
- Communicate with classmates via the Discussion Board.
- Write responses to videos in threaded discussions, using the concepts in the first five(5) chapters from the text.
- Complete the quizzes for the first five chapters of the text to evaluate understanding of the concepts.
- Develop and conduct an interview for the purpose of gathering information, improving questioning skills, and heightening communication awareness.
- Prepare and deliver a self-introduction around a quotation to introduce oneself.
- Prepare and deliver a demonstration speech.
- Prepare and deliver an informative speech.
- Prepare and deliver a persuasive speech after submitting a detailed outline and bibliography.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Introductory Quote Speech
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Verderber, Rudolph F. COMM 5 (Student Edition) - with Access Code. 5th ed. Cengage Learning Publishing, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1-337-40670-3
Note: May be purchased new or used. The access code is not required to complete assignments.
Additional Resources (Required)
- Webcam with a microphone (a headset is recommended for full-duplex VoiceChat (for students choosing to perform their speeches through a private online session); see Additional Information below OR
- Video recorder (students who choose to record their speeches will upload them to a specified website), see Additional Information below.
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Introduction to Human Communication
Topic: Perception and Fear of Speaking
Topic: Intercultural Communication
Topic: Introductory Quotation Speech
Topic: Verbal Messages
Topic: Nonverbal Messages
Topic: Demonstration Presentation, Part I
Topic: Demonstration Presentation, Part II
Topic: Demonstration Presentation, Part III
Topic: Informative Preparation and Outline
Topic: Informative Presentation, Part II
Topic: Persuasive Presentation, Part I
Topic: Persuasive Presentation, Part II
Topic: Persuasive Presentation, Part III
There are two options for presenting a speech in this course. The first option is to use a live program such as BlueJeans. These programs allow students to give their speeches while sitting at their computers. One’s picture and voice will appear on the screen for others accessing the program to view. It requires a webcam (an internal webcam or an inexpensive one for about $30 will work fine) and a microphone (either an internal one or one purchased for about $30 or less for the headset), which the students must acquire.
The second option is to videotape a speech and send the digitally recorded speech over the web. [All recorded speeches must show both the speaker and an audience of not fewer than 4 adults]. Recordings must be unedited. Students are responsible for sending all of the following to the instructor by the indicated due date: Link to the recording, audience forms, and self-analysis. Please refer to Course Policies for more detailed
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies and the “Course Policies” link for specific policies related to this course. COSC Resources information regarding available COSC academic support services and resources.