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PREFIX         NO.                 COURSE TITLE                  HRS    HRS    HRS       CODE

COM              121                  Principles of Speaking             3          3          0      11 231001 04


1.                  CATALOG DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: An introductory course in traditional public speaking.  COM 121 combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills.  The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process, (2) provides intentional, organizational, and expressive strategies, (3) promotes understanding of an adaptation to a variety of communication contexts, and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking, writing, and speaking.  Students are expected to prepare and give at least three substantive speeches including both informative and persuasive assignments.




3.                  PRE-REQUISITES: None


4.                  STUDENTS THE COURSE IS EXPECTED TO SERVE: This course is intended for students completing their A.A. or A.S. degree, as well as many of the A.A.S. and Certificates.  This course also fulfills part of the general education core humanities requirement.  It is also intended for anyone wanting to improve his/her public speaking skills or reduce speaker apprehension.


5.                  SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:  Upon successful completion of this course the student will:

A.                Demonstrate a reduction in and/or better control stage fright

B.                 Illustrate better organizational skills

C.                 Illustrate stronger research ability

D.                Demonstrate improvement in reasoning and persuasion

E.                 Demonstrate improvement in audience analysis

F.                  Illustrate improvement in language usage

G.                Demonstrate improvement in physical and oral performance


6.                  PRIMARY METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: Discussion/Lecture; Group Engagements



A.                Communication Process

B.                 Verbal Communication

C.                 Nonverbal Communication

D.                Speech Genres

E.                 Organization

F.                  Supporting Evidence

G.                Reasoning

H.                Audience Analysis


8.                  TEXTBOOK: Osborn and Osborn (2005).  Public Speaking – 7th edition.

 Houghton Mifflin; Boston, Mass.


The textbook edition and/or copyright date may be newer than listed.  The Division Chairperson is responsible for updating textbook changes.


9.                  Supplemental Readings and/or Additional Activities:

A.                Two Tests

B.                 Four Graded Speeches

C.                 Group Engagements

D.                Written Probes


10.              Method of Determining Student Grade:

A.                Tests—Total Value: 200pt.

B.                 Four Speeches—Total Value: 500pts.

1.                  Introductory Speech

2.                  Informative Speech

3.                  Persuasive Speech

4.                  Final Speech

C.                 Group/Individual Engagements and Written Probes—Total Value: 200pts

D.                Participation—Total Value: 100pts.


Final Grade Scale:

            A     =  900   -     1000 pts.

            B     =  800   -       899 pts.

            C     =  700   -       799 pts.

            D     =  600   -       699 pts.

            E     =     0   -       599 pts.


            Plagiarism Policy: First plagiarism will equal 0% for the assignment; second plagiarism will equal an “E” for the course.


The instructor may use a different method of determining student grades.  However, the method of determining student grades will be listed on the course outline for the specific class section.


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