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COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Asya Mazurova

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Asya Mazurova
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Fundamentals of Public Speaking, COMS 105.   My name is Asya Mazurova, and I will be your instructor.  Please read this entire letter, and if you have any further questions, please email me at  I will do my best to reply to you within 24-48 hours.

This course was designed to help you develop a variety of communication skills and provide you with an opportunity to practice public speaking in a supportive environment.  The Student Learning Outcomes for this course are to Organize and deliver effective informative and persuasive speeches applying the principles of public speaking, Utilize effective research skills using traditional and electronic resources, and Analyze public discourse.

Course Description

Course Description

Although this is an 100% online class - YOU WILL BE GIVING SPEECHES IN THIS COURSE LIVE!  We will have a signup sheet for speaking dates and use online tools (Zoom) to deliver live speeches to myself and your classmates.  This translates to several online meetings.  

This class is an online course!  We will not have mandatory face-to-face weekly class meetings, but we will have online meeting times for speeches only!  During the first couple of weeks of classes, you will sign up to give your speeches and be an audience member on one of the date/time slots available.  You will know these dates in advance, so I expect you to work your personal lives around the dates you choose to give your speech.

What to Expect in this Course

It is important to understand this is an online class! All of the class work will be done online!  Please note, this class will require you to work online and complete assignments using different forms of technology, so please understand the following:

  • We will be using different online tools, be prepared to do so. If you don't know how to do something, I will help you as much as I can. Google will help with the rest!
  • This is a university level class! This means you will have work to do which reflects college rigor. The level of work doesnt change if you take this class face-to-face, hybrid or 100% online.
  • The California State University System feels that this class is so important that students must take it prior to being eligible to transfer AND you must receive a minimum grade of a C. This class will not be difficult as long as you listen to your instructor, complete the assignments on time and take this class seriously. I can't take away speech anxiety, but I can help make the process easier!   I have helped thousands of students get through this class - I want to make sure your name is added to the list.  You will need to trust me through this process. I KNOW most of you are taking this class because you feel like you have to rather than want to :-) 

Types of Assessments

Students will be completing coursework using CANVAS ( and present their speeches Live on Zoom. To complete this course, you'll need to give 2 speeches Live on Zoom, take quizzes, exams, participate in online Discussions and Activities, write 2 speech outlines and a Speech critique paper.

Textbook Information

We use an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook in the course, which means it is free for you. You can find it in Module 1 of our class Canvas shell.

Other Relevant Course Information

Please note - you must complete the first week assignments to stay enrolled in the course! Students will be expected to complete required discussion board questions each week to maintain enrollment within this class!

As soon as you gain access to the class, please go into Module 1 and review all documents; first, and foremost, the syllabus.

In order to be successful in this course you must have reliable access to the Internet, a web browser, word processing program, camera and microphone.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 716