COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Jenna Lohse
|Course:||Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
Welcome to COMS 105. My name is Jenna Lohse and I will be your instructor. Please read this entire welcome letter, everything you want to know is here. If you have any further questions, feel free to email me at Jenna.Lohse@canyons.edu.
Examines the principles and practices of public speaking, communication theory, and techniques for public speaking. Includes speech organization, development, research, audience analysis, reasoning, and presentation skills for the development of informative and persuasive speeches.
What to Expect in this Course
The skills you acquire in this class are designed to foster growth in your own speaking abilities, but that is contingent on the work you put into your speeches and the assignments. Here are the skills you will develop over the course of the semester:
- Compare and contrast the process of communication, including the speaker, message, channel, listener, feedback, and noise.
- Evaluate the importance of communication theory and public discourse in society.
- Explain ethical responsibilities in public speaking.
- Evaluate the barriers to effective listening and methods to overcome ineffective listening.
- Analyze an audience using demographic, situational, and psychological characteristics.
- Compare and contrast the use of effective and ineffective language.
- Demonstrate proficiency in methods and techniques of delivery, such as extemporaneous and impromptu speaking.
- Utilize various patterns of speech arrangement, including chronological, topical, spatial, cause-effect, statement of reasons, problem-solution, and Monroe’s Motivated Sequence.
- Analyze evidence and assess methods of reasoning for informative and persuasive speeches.
- Analyze fallacies in argument.
Types of Assessments
Introduction Speech Informative Speech and Outline Persuasive Speech and Outline Final Exam (online; open note) Participation (online discussions)
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Open Educational Resource Textbook (free online textbook!)
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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 713