Course Summary
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6 weeks (24 hours a week of inside and outside class time)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 foundations of public speaking


The objective of the course is to provide a comprehensive and practical overview of core concepts in public speaking. Units emphasize ethical, social, and theoretical considerations of public speaking; audience analysis; research; presentation and language style; purpose of public speaking; speech structure and organization; speech delivery and reception. The course culminates in the final exam and a final speech delivered and written by the student.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain ethical, social, and theoretical considerations of public speaking
  • interpret audiences before, during, and after speeches
  • select appropriate topics for speeches in particular scenarios
  • differentiate between the parts of a full speech, including introductions, bodies, and conclusions
  • recognize argument, reasoning, and evidence in a speech
  • evaluate appropriate sources and reference material for speeches
  • employ appropriate language, mannerisms, and style for a public speech
  • compare different ways in which speeches are delivered and received

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to public speaking
  • Audiences
  • Parts of a speech
  • Speech content and research
  • Reception and delivery
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Discussion Boards

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