COM 101: Speech Communication

Course Description

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. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify, organize and focus your messages in speeches to demonstrate the function of communication via speechmaking in an inclusive world.
  2. Research support material to support a thesis statement as visualized via digital and non-digital presentations.
  3. Generate an outline which clearly differentiates the speech introduction, body and outline components while elevating your messaging with elements of creativity.
  4. Analyze one's audience to address specific needs and expectations through adequate reasoning, arguments and persuasion.
  5. Identify the overall intent of speaking through analysis of the communication context, by analyzing audience demographic and psychographic information as well as detail about the communications dynamics in cultural environments.
  6. Explain and apply the various methods of supporting main points: analogy, contrast, explanation, factual illustration, hypothetical illustration, and a series of specific instances, restatement, statistics, and testimony.
  7. Present and execute a well-researched and rehearsed speech (information, persuasive, motivational) that incorporates verbal and nonverbal presentation skills.

 

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Introductory Quote Speech (Week 1-2)

15%

Persuasive Speech (Weeks 2,7,8)

20%

Interview Assignments (Week 3)

10%

Informative Speech (Weeks 4-6)

15%

Research (Weeks 5,6,8)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

  • This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students.

 

Additional Resources (Required)

  • Webcam to deliver speeches (details will be provided in the course)

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

Topics: An introduction to Public Speaking

  • Readings:
    • Lumen Module 1, PowerPoint, and Week 1 Overview
    • The resource article: Why Public Speaking Matters in a changing, diverse world

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Orientation discussion
  • Take chapter 1 quiz
  • Complete Introductory Quotation Speech Preparation and Outline
  • Sign Up for Speech Presentation Slot
  • Test webcam/download video conferencing software

2

2

Topics: Choosing & Researching a Topic

  • Readings:
    • Lumen Module 5 & PowerPoint

 

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quiz
  • Complete assignments

3

3

Topic: Organizing & Outlining Your Speech

  • Readings:
    • Lumen Module 6 & PowerPoint

 

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quiz
  • Complete assignments

4

3,4

Topics: Speaking to Inform

  • Readings and Videos:
    • Lumen Module 9 & PowerPoint
    • Top ways to transform boring topics into engaging presentations (article)
    • Start with Why (Ted Talk Video)

 

 

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quiz
  • Complete assignments

5

5

Topic: Considering the Audience

  • Readings:
    • Lumen Module 4 & PowerPoint
    • Analyzing Your Audience


 

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quiz
  • Complete assignments

6

5

Topic: Refining Your Speech

  • Readings:
    • Lumen Module 6 & PowerPoint
    • Lumen Module 7 & PowerPoint
    • Best practice - Edit your speech (article)

 

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quizzes
  • Complete assignments

7

6,7

Topic: Delivering Your Speech

  • Readings:
    • Lumen Module 8 & PowerPoint
    • Persuasive Speaking- Four Powerful Techniques article

 

  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quiz
  • Complete assignments

8

1,7

Topic: Persuasive Speech

  • Readingsand Videos:
    • Lumen Module 10 & PowerPoint
    • Great Speeches with Passion video
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in discussion
  • Take quiz
  • Complete assignments
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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.

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