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COMS 105 - Online/OnlineLIVE - Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Tammera Stokes Rice

Course:Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Professor:Tammera Stokes Rice
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Fundamentals of Public Speaking, COMS 105.   My name is Tammera Stokes Rice, and I will be your instructor.  Please read this entire letter, and if you have any further questions, please email me at  I will do my best to reply to you within 24-48 hours.

Course Description

This course was designed to help you develop a variety of communication skills and provide you with an opportunity to practice public speaking in a supportive environment.  The Student Learning Outcomes for this course are to Organize and deliver effective informative and persuasive speeches applying the principles of public speaking, Utilize effective research skills using traditional and electronic resources, and Analyze public discourse.

Although this is an 100% online class - YOU WILL BE GIVING SPEECHES IN THIS COURSE LIVE!  You will be expected to meet during the scheduled times posted in the schedule of classes on six specific dates as outlined in the schedule and use online tools (Zoom) to deliver live speeches to myself and your classmates.  

What to Expect in this Course

Students will be completing coursework using CANVAS ( (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) and other online tools. For example, I will post class materials such as syllabus, readings, assignments, videos, tests, etc.  I will also make class announcements through the news forum. Your class will open within CANVAS  on the first  Sunday of the first week of the semester. When the class becomes available, you can access our online course using the following link: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  If you do not see the class then you may have been kicked out due to not paying for the class within 24 hours, which means you may have lost your spot in the class.   If you just added the class, then it may take up to 24 hours for the class to show in Canvas.

You will need a webcam and microphone to be successful in this class.  Most students already have these built into their home computers and laptops.

Types of Assessments


Speeches and Outlines – There will be two graded speeches this semester.  

Audience Attendance  - You are required to be an active audience member in two different sessions other than the one you speak in. 

Exams – There will be two multiple choice and/or True-False exams covering the readings and lectures.

Discussion Boards - Class participation is an important expectation of this course. Students are expected to offer comments, questions, and replies to the discussion question(s) that have been posed for each module. Students are expected to actively participate in EACH module’s discussion(s) EACH week.  Each original post answering the discussion board should be at least 250 words unless noted differently in the discussion board itself.  If replies are required, the each should be 50-100 words each, unless otherwise noted.

Activities -  There are ten activities worth 10 points each.

Speech Critique - You are required to critique four different speeches both for the informative and persuasive speeches and write a two page paper critiquing the speaker using the speech evaluation form provided in your supplemental packet.

Textbook Information

  • We use an Open Educational Resource (ZTC) textbook in the course, which means it is free for you. You can find it in Module 0 of our class Canvas shell.
  • As soon as you gain access to the class (on the first Sunday of the semester), please go into Module zero and review all documents; first, and foremost, the syllabus.

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: 07/28/2021 Sub#: 431