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COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Hannah Carter

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Hannah Carter
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to COMS 105, Fundamentals of Public Speaking. My name is Hannah Carter and I’ve been an instructor for Public Speaking and other Communication Studies courses for the past 5 years. I’m excited to be your instructor in an online discovery of Public Speaking! If you are afraid or apprehensive of public speaking- know that you are not alone! The National Institute of Mental Health reports that public speaking anxiety, or glossophobia, affects about 73% of the population. My job and my goal is to help reduce that anxiety by providing practical tools for improving your communication skills in public speaking settings.

Course Description

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.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is an onlineLIVE/online course. All weekly content learning will be done virtually through modules on Canvas but speeches will be given live over Zoom. Students will be completing coursework using Canvas and other online tools. For example, I will post class materials such as syllabus, readings, assignments, videos, tests, etc.  Unless otherwise stated, all module work will be due on Thursday and responses due Sunday. I will also make class announcements through the news forum. When the class becomes available on the first day of the semester, you can access our online course using the following link:

Types of Assessments

The course will consist of weekly module discussions and assignments, written analysis, online exams, and speeches given over Zoom.

Textbook Information

The free OER will be available as PDF files on the Canvas page.

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:

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  • 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)

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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

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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.

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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 715