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COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Michael Leach

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Michael Leach
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 5 Week



This class is designed to help you not only succeed in communication, but hopefully, in life overall.

During this time in our world's history when it's easy to feel isolated, I make sure that we meet each day live online when the class is scheduled... and when we meet, I create opportunities for you to interact, even one-on-one and in small groups -and from what I've learned over the last year, that's what students are craving... that's what we're all craving!

I also strive to be approachable and make sure concepts are simple, so that they stick with you and have value to you -not just in this class, but in your life outside the classroom today and even in the future!

...and finally, I make it a point to create and encourage an environment to enjoy ourselves doing all of that above... I hope you'll join me with that same approach, each and every day we meet live online via Zoom! MTWTH: 10:30AM-1:05PM

So, let's begin that journey now with all of the spirit described above, with a simple yet powerful introduction:

My name is Mike (Michael, if you prefer.) I look forward to helping you!

Course Description

In this class, we will discuss a variety of concepts surrounding communication, including...

message structure and composition

how to manage fear

research credibility

providing feedback to yourself and others

the importance of both empathy and listening

and much, much more!

What to Expect in this Course

This class is divided into two halves. The first half is learning all about the fundamental tools of communication in what is designed to be a safe environment where you're graded credit/no credit.

During the first half, you'll learn what's important for presentations, so when we get to the second half of the class, you'll be ready to succeed in our graded presentations.

You will absolutely be successful in this course (and in life:), if you learn and/or refine what research has shown to be 3 keys to being productive:

1) following directions

2) asking questions

3) paying attention to detail

Types of Assessments

Four types: Guided Participation Discussion Boards Presentations Essays/Outlines I value your time, so a lot of the assignments take place live online while we're in class. With that approach, I strive to take any guesswork or mystery out of grading. I want you to do well! Show up every day, be engaged and ask questions, and then follow directions and pay attention to detail ...and past history in this class shows that you will do great!

Textbook Information

COMS 105 - FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING OER Textbook – Fundamentals of Public Speaking College of the Canyons Version 5.2.4

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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Online Education

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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#: 709