2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication

Description: Study of the essential elements of oral communication, with major emphasis on public speaking. Includes use of multimedia technologies for presentations.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Communication Discipline
  2. Basic Rhetoric
  3. Speech Structure
  4. Content Development
  5. Speech Preparation
  6. Speech Anxiety
  7. Delivery Techniques and Styles
  8. Listening
  9. Multicultural Communication
  10. Speech Analysis
  11. Communication Ethics
  12. Audience Analysis.
  13. Public Speaking in Group Environments
  14. Individual Research Project

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Use listening skills and oral presentations as modes of discovery, reflection, understanding and sustained disciplined reasoning.(3-8)
  2. Generate organized, logical communication appropriate to the needs of a specific communication environment (2,5,7)
  3. Use precise writing, speaking and listening for a variety of audiences and purposes. (5,7,8,10,12)
  4. Identify both the conscious and unconscious use of written, verbal and nonverbal communication. (10,12)
  5. Identify and interpret discourse in specific communication environments.(9,11-14)
  6. Express awareness of multiple meanings and perspectives of communication.(1, 2, 9,10)
  7. Analyze audience and topic choice for various speaking situations(5,10,12)
  8. Write full-sentence and speaking outlines. (4,5)
  9. Identify and manage the causes of speech anxiety. (6)
  10. Analyze speeches for use of stylistic and rhetorical devices, and implement the use of such devices in speeches. (2,3,10)
  11. Implement strategies for delivery of messages to a variety of audiences, using a variety of visual aids (including multimedia technologies). (7,12-14)