COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Kerry Osborne
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Hello, I am Dr. Kerry Osborne, and I look forward to meeting you in my class. I am very aware that public speaking might not be your idea of a great time, but because it is mine, I hope to make the course a successful one for you out of my passion for what we will study together. I am a life-long student of communication, beginning in the lower grades and competing in speech and debate tournaments throughout high school and undergraduate college. I earned my B.A. (1990) and M.A. (1992) in Speech Communication from California State University, Northridge. I earned my Ph.D. (1997) in Communication from the University of Southern California. After six years teaching in Southern California colleges and universities, I moved to the private sector for thirteen years, as both a marketing director and information technology director. In 2009, I returned to academia as Adjunct Faculty at College of the Canyons, then also at various additional Southern and Northern California colleges. I am an Irish descendant, married to an Irishman, and we have a grown daughter who is a championship-turned-pro Irish dancer. I sing and play the bodhran, and have begun to study fiddle and Irish whistle. My recreation time is generally spent in an Irish music session.
This course prepares students to speak in a variety of rhetorical situations: academic, professional, social, and political. Students will demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal delivery, ethical research methodology, analytical thinking and listening skills, organization and outlining skills, and appropriate presentation skills.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Organize and deliver effective informative and persuasive speeches applying the principles of public speaking.
- Utilize effective research skills using traditional and electronic resources.
- Analyze public discourse.
What to Expect in this Course
You will give live speeches to your classmates in this course! It is crucial to understand that in addition to live online instruction, you will give your speeches in our live online meetings to an audience of me and your classmates. There are no recorded speech assignments; all speeches are given live in real time. Your first speech will be only 2-3 minutes long and is meant to give you early experience and feedback to prepare you for the longer speeches. Your two major speeches are research-based and require presentation aids. There is considerable writing in this course of formal speech outlines plus online discussions and assignments.
This is not a self-paced course. The online component of the course will be delivered in weekly modules. You are expected to start at the beginning of each module, read and view required materials, participate in dated activities, and complete assignments and assessments by the module deadlines. Modules follow a routine organization to help you navigate the course and meet your deadlines. During those modules, we will have our class meetings which will include instruction, activities, and the speeches. Attendance of the live meetings and completion of the module assignments are mandatory.
Types of Assessments
Assessments in this course include speeches, written speech outlines, quizzes, discussions, and activities (online and in live meetings). Participation is included in the course grade.
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Last updated: 08/16/2021 Sub#: 521