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Coms 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Jane Arnett

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Jane Arnett
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Prof. Arnett, Spring 2024Feb

I'm professor Arnett. I've been teaching communication classes for 45 years. Online\Live classes work best for me as I moved to Nebraska. I have a good sense of humor. Also, I appreciate topics that are more imaginative. Try to think of topics that would fit your skills and that will be of interest to the class and me.

Course Description

This class will develop your skills for speaking in public.  We will meet online via Zoom to present your speeches. You must be present for the entire Zoom meeting with your cameras on. Speeches must be given to a live audience, so you are the audience for the other speakers.

This course examines the principles and practices of public speaking, especially speech organization and development, research, audience analysis, presentation skills, listening, and the use of language and ethics for the development of informative and persuasive speeches. CSU & UC (3 CREDITS)

What to Expect in this Course

Canvas provides an excellent platform for online education.  The material is broken into Modules to cover each course topic.  Within the Modules you will find the textbook material, videos of my lectures and packets to go with the videos.  You will also find the chapter quizzes and the learning exercises that correspond with that material.

You will need a Webcam and a microphone. Cameras are to be on during every Zoom meeting, so dress appropriately and have a quiet setting.

You will be required to give 3 speeches and submit 3 outlines to go with each speech.  Please follow the specific outline format. Research is required for the Informative and Persuasive speeches. There will be 3 exams covering the material and a term paper analysis/critic of an outside speaker.

The syllabus is on Canvas.  For the best view of it, you should download it.

Types of Assessments

Assignments consist of speeches with outlines, quizzes, learning exercises, discussion questions, exams and a term paper.


Textbook Information

The textbook is free. The textbook is found on the Syllabus Canvas site and individual Modules. You may read it through Canvas or download it.

Other Relevant Course Information

February 5th at 8:00AM is our mandatory first meeting on Zoom and you must be present. Our second Zoom meeting is a workshop On February 7th . There will be 2 meetings for each of the three required speeches: February 19th & 21st, March 4th & 6th and March 18th & 20th.  You will be assigned one of the two days to give you speech. I'm looking forward to seeing you on February 5th at 8:00AM.

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 11/28/2023 Sub#: 609