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COMM 1021 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab 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): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

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. demonstrate appropriate topic selection, audience analysis, organization, and content development in a speaker-audience setting.
  2. utilize appropriate research strategies to discover and ethically integrate supporting materials from diverse sources and points of view.
  3. demonstrate the ability to listen, analyze, and provide feedback on public discourse
  4. use audio/visual aids in their speeches
  5. create and perform informative and persuasive messages.
  6. demonstrate improved strategies to decrease communication apprehension, particularly public speaking apprehension.
  7. practice effective verbal and nonverbal delivery techniques that are well suited to the occasion and audience.

Competency 1 (1-6)
01. 01. Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
01. 02. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
01. 03. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
01. 04. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
01. 05. Construct logical and coherent arguments.
01. 06. Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
01. 07. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.
Competency 2 (7-10)
09. 03. Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
09. 04. Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
09. 05. Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

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