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Coms 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Ally Loprete

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Ally Loprete
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Hello Class!

Welcome to Coms 105! I am truly looking forward to meeting each and every one of you! My name is Ally Loprete, and I will be your instructor, your guide and your mentor throughout this course (and maybe beyond!) If you need to reach me for any reason, email me at 

I have been a public speaker for most of my life and I am a huge fan of exceptional communication. 

Your voice is a powerful tool, whether you realize it or not. By honing your oratory skills, you will be preparing yourself for any situation where you might be called upon to speak.  My hope is that you will come away from this course with prowess and self-assuredness that will carry you for many years to come. 

Course Description

In this course, you will learn what goes into making good decisions about how to communicate effectively in public situations, how to approach audiences analytically and holistically, and how to become a more engaged member of a society that values the free exchange of good ideas.

This course is designed to give you the skills and tools to help you master the art of speaking. Every person is different and will experience their own unique growth in public speaking. Feeling nervous about getting up and talking in front of others is normal. But, have no fear. You will be practicing and growing in a very supportive and safe environment. By the end of this course, you will be equipped with techniques and strategies that will allow you to deliver compelling speeches with confidence!

Student Learning Outcomes 

  • 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

In addition to your SLOs, by the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify your own strengths in voice and movement, and use them to enhance the way you communicate
  • Apply fundamental voice techniques as part of a healthy performance practice
  • Understand what makes for effective oral communication
  • Research a topic and organize a presentation using quality sources
  • Effectively engage an audience using verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Master a variety of public speaking formats including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and storytelling
  • Develop critical listening skills for evaluating presentations made by others
  • Deliver an oral presentation and respond to audience questions with confidence

Did I mention that we also aim to have A LOT of fun in this course? Yes, fun is an important component to public speaking...because a little laughter makes everything better.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a Hybrid course, which means that in addition to meeting in person every week, you will also have coursework and discussions that will be done online, using CANVAS. All class materials will be made available online including the course syllabus, readings, assignments, videos, and tests. Speaking tools and resources will also be given to you through CANVAS

You will receive class announcements through CANVAS, as well as have the ability to communicate with me and schedule time with me.  I will make the course link live a week before the first class meeting so you will be able to familiarize yourself with the system. 

You will be expected to meet during the scheduled course time during your regular school day.  My "office hours" will be scheduled within the class time, so you will not be late to your regular classes if you need to speak with me. I will also be available for Zoom meetings after school by appointment.

This is a public speaking course and that means that you will be getting up to speak regularly in front of myself and your classmates. Sometimes you will need to prepare speeches, and other times you will be speaking as part of a fun activity designed to give you ample practice and confidence. Being an exceptional orator does not require natural talent. It can be learned and mastered by anyone. That is what this course is all about.

Types of Assessments

Speeches & Outlines – You will give at least 3 prepared speeches throughout the semester and you will submit well organized outlines for each one. In addition, you will be tasked with other speaking activities and assignments that do not require outlines. 

Voice & Movement - You will learn fundamental performance techniques that will keep you grounded and allow you to use your voice as an instrument. There will be added activities and an opportunity to earn extra credit.

Audience Attendance  - An important component of becoming a good speaker is also to learn how to be a good listener and an active audience member. Your grades will be reflected by your participation and engagement with your classmates both in class and online.

Exams & Quizzes – There will be one final exam and an occasional pop quiz.

Discussion Boards - Class participation is an important component of this course. You will be expected to post your own personal insight and reply to at least 2 of your classmates per discussion. There will be new module discussion(s) EACH week.  

Speech Critique - You will be required to provide constructive criticism to your classmates for all 3 speeches, using an evaluation form.

Textbook Information

The textbook for COMS 105 is Fundamentals of Public Speaking, which is a zero-cost textbook, using Open Educational Resource (OER) material that is available online for FREE. You will be able to access the material on CANVAS before the first day of class. 

Other Relevant Course Information

This is a university level course. This means that there will be higher expectations than you might be used to. However, getting a good grade will not be difficult as long as all work is completed on time, and it is clear that you are actively putting in your best effort. I will always be rooting for you and I will provide a warm and safe environment for you to improve as a speaker. Making mistakes is the best way to grow, so I want you to feel comfortable enough to take risks. I always make myself available to my students if you find that you need some extra support, but please do not wait until the last minute to ask for help or ask questions.

You will leave this course a better speaker than when you arrived!

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

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.

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Last updated: 03/30/2022 Sub#: 1185