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COMS 105 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Michelle Ivonne Menjivar

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Michelle Ivonne Menjivar
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to our Dual Enrollment COMS 105: Fundamentals of Public Speaking Course!


My name is Michelle Menjivar and I will be your instructor for this semester. I have been teaching in the Communication Studies discipline for about 7 years now and this will be my first semester teaching at College of the Canyons. I am so excited to help you find your voice in the public speaking world.

Course Description


This is an introductory course to public speaking! We will be engaging in topic selection, organization, research and delivery of speeches. We will be focusing on building confidence through exercises and positive feedback. At the end of the semester, we will find our voices as public speakers and we will gain tools to help us deliver structured and confident speeches in our future careers.


What to Expect in this Course


This course will begin on Tuesday January 18, 2022 and will be an in-person course with additional online assignments. Our class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-7:55 a.m. at Hart High School in room F12. In addition to meeting in person, there will be 3 hours of online work that will be completed on our CANVAS page. Our CANVAS page will be published on our first day of class Tuesday January 18, 2022.


You are required to attend every one of our in-person meetings as well as to participate in class activities, discussions and lectures. You will also be requited to complete all of our online work in a timely manner. You may access our Canvas site through this link Remember: Our CANVAS page is different from that of any other schools. You must access it through the College of the Canyons website.


Remember that you must show up to our first class meeting on Tuesday January 18, 2022 and complete all of our first week’s  assignments to keep your spot in the course.

Types of Assessments

  • Quizzes
  • Discussion Posts 
  • Speech Outlines and Delivery 
  • Exams (final and midterm) 

Textbook Information

In order to be successful in this course, you will need a stable Internet connection to access our CANVAS page. Our textbook is an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook, which means it is free to you and you will be able to access it on our CANVAS page. You will also need flashcards to help you jog your memory during speeches.


Other Relevant Course Information

I am here to help you succeed in the course! If you ever need to contact me, please send me a message through Canvas or an email at I am very good at replying to emails and messages during weekdays. You can expect a reply within 24 hours. If you message me during the weekend, do not expect a reply until Monday morning. My office hours will be Fridays  from 7-7:50 a.m. via Zoom. Please email me beforehand if you plan on attending my office hours.

I am excited for our Spring Semester together and I cannot wait to hear all the wonderful speeches you will create!

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)

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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.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 01/14/2022 Sub#: 1226