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COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - GiGi Hessamian

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:GiGi Hessamian
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hi everyone, and welcome to public speaking!  My name is GiGi Hessamian, and I am your instructor.  This course is designed to help you develop a variety of communication skills and provide you with an opportunity to practice public speaking in a supportive environment.

Course Description

This course will help you to:

  1. Organize and deliver effective informative and  persuasive speeches applying the principles of public speaking.
  2. Utilize effective research skills using traditional and electronic resources.
  3. Analyze public discourse.

What to Expect in this Course

Each student will complete both an informative and persuasive speech as well as a brief introduction speech.  In order to be successful in this course you must have reliable access to the Internet, a web browser, word processing program, PowerPoint, webcam, microphone, and Zoom.

This is a 100% online class.  We will not have weekly/face-to-face class meetings, but YOU WILL BE GIVING 3 SPEECHES via LIVE ZOOM SESSIONS on scheduled class days. It is important to understand all speeches must be presented LIVE to an audience of your classmates and will be faculty-supervised and faculty-evaluated.  

Types of Assessments

In addition to three speeches, you will complete a variety quizzes, written activities, discussion forums, and exams online.

Textbook Information

Fundamentals of Public Speaking OER textbook

The textbook for this course is an OER book that is free of charge.  It will be made available when class begins.

Other Relevant Course Information

Students must complete all of the first week assignments to retain their spot in the class.  Participation on weekly forums is also required.  Failing to complete these items will result in being dropped from the class.

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • 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)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

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.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/02/2021 Sub#: 176