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COMS-190 - Forensics - Michael Leach

Professor:Michael Leach
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hi! This class is designed to help you not only succeed in communication, but hopefully, in life overall. I strive to be approachable and make sure concepts are simple, so that they stick with you... and have value... and if we can enjoy ourselves doing that, all the better!

Course Description

This class is divided into two halves. The first half is creating a script. During that time, you'll learn what's important for presentations, so when it comes time to perform at a tournament, you'll be ready to succeed!

What to Expect in this Course

In this class, we will discuss a variety of concepts surrounding communication, including...

  • message structure and composition
  • storytelling structure and composition
  • how to manage fear
  • research credibility
  • providing feedback to yourself and others
  • the importance of both empathy and listening
  • optimizing performance and acting skills
  • and much, much more!

Types of Assessments

Guided Participation, Discussion Boards, Presentations, Essays/Outlines, Tournament Participation

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook


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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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)

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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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 767