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COMM 1021 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on learning techniques for effective public speaking in academic, business, professional, and community settings. Students practice these skills by preparing and presenting informative and persuasive oral presentations in class. Course topics include audience analysis, ethics, speech purpose, organization, delivery, visual aids, outlining, and speaker evaluation.
MnTC Goals
1 Communication, 9 Ethical/Civic Responsibility

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 , or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Assessment score placement in ENGL 1021 , or completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. Ethical public speaking
  2. Communication Models
  3. Communication apprehension
  4. Delivery techniques
  5. Gathering materials
  6. Methods of Persuasion
  7. Outlining
  8. Speech organization
  9. Speech purpose and audience
  10. Types of informative speeches
  11. Types of persuasive speeches
  12. Visual aids

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Create speeches that are appropriately organized and clearly delivered
  2. Evaluate sources.
  3. Use appropriate sources and documentation
  4. Use audio/visual aids in their speeches
  5. Use appropriate communication strategies, style, and language to reach a particular audience.
  6. Demonstrate improved strategies to decrease communication apprehension, particularly public speaking apprehension.
  7. Research topics.

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