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COMM200 - Public Speaking

Course Details

Course Code: COMM200 Course ID: 2891 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Public Speaking will introduce students to the field of communication studies, giving them a basic foundation in the issues relevant to communicating effectively in today’s global, technological, and diverse world: history and theories of communication, ethics, the audience, developing and delivering a speech, and types of speeches and specialized speech situations, including the job interview. This course utilizes Thinkwell Public Speaking online materials, which includes video selections of historic speeches for study as well as examples of student speakers. Students enrolling in this course must be able to capture video (required) for their speeches. Video files are created and stored within the classroom for the students’ security.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the benefits, general history, ethics, and theories of communication to course works.
  2. Analyze the elements of public speaking and their relationships to critical thinking.
  3. Examine listening skills in relation to public speaking.
  4. Analyze an audience for different speech situations.
  5. Demonstrate an organized speech, briefing, or other public presentation, using appropriate media.
  6. Compare and contrast informative and persuasive speeches, briefings, or other public presentations.
  7. Choose effective visual aid practices within a presentation.
  8. Generalize how public speaking skills are relevant to small group communication.

For any and all graded work, a rubric is located in the assignment tab. Assignments are graded on a 100 point system.

Forums:

Forums are worth a total of 30% of your grade.

Like all graded items, the forms will be scored according to a rubric.

Homework Assignments:

Assignments are worth a total of 60% of your grade.

Preparation Outlines are due at the end of week 1, 3, 5, and 7 and Speeches are due by the end of weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8.

Speech # 1: Informative speech, due by the end of week two. You will submit an outline and embed your speech in the proper forum so it can be viewed by the whole class.

Speech # 2: Informative speech, due by the end of week four. You will submit an outline and embed your speech in the proper forum so it can be viewed by the whole class.

Speech # 3: Persuasive speech, due by the end of week. You will submit an outline and embed your speech in the proper forum so it can be viewed by the whole class.

Speech # 4: Final speech—persuasive or informative—due by the end of week eight and includes

visual aids. You will submit an outline and embed your speech in the proper discussion board forum so it can be viewed by the whole class. Both the outline and the speech must incorporate visual aids.

Exams/Quizzes

Quizzes are worth a total of 10% of your grade.

Four quizzes, one each in weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Outlines 15.00 %
Week 1: Speech 1 Outline 2.51 %
Week 3: Speech 2 Outline 2.51 %
Week 5: Speech 3 Outline 2.51 %
Week 7: Speech 4 Outline 7.49 %
Speeches 45.00 %
Week 2: Speech 1 4.50 %
Week 4: Speech 2 9.00 %
Week 6: Speech 3 9.00 %
Week 8: Speech 4 22.50 %
Quizzes 10.00 %
Week 1: Quiz #1 2.50 %
Week 3: Quiz #2 2.50 %
Week 5: Quiz #3 2.50 %
Week 7: Quiz #4 2.50 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %

Required Readings, Additional Resources, and Websites

Book Title: Public Speaking: The Virtual Text.

Author: The Public Speaking Project (Lisa Schreiber, ed. – each author is credited in their chapter)

Publication Info: Public Speaking Project (http://publicspeakingproject.org/)

Library Course Guide for COMM200: http://apus.libguides.com/comm200

Book Title:All readings for this course are available inside the classroom
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.