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CMN 110 - Public Speaking

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Study and training in public speaking that takes an audience-centered approach. Includes the responsibilities of the public speaker and the listener, managing nervousness and causes of public speaking anxiety, topic selection, audience analysis, organizing the speech, presenting the speech, and types of public speaking.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - Options and C, G; Meets CTE - Options and C, G.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate basic critical thinking/analytical and organizational skill of the speech development and evaluation process.
  2. Understand the impact of cultural diversity in the U.S. & cultural variables (i.e. race, gender, age, religion, etc.) on messages in various communication contexts.
  3. Explain the basic steps of a speechmaking process.
  4. Demonstrate principles/ techniques of informative, persuasive, special occasion, and small group speaking in a multicultural society.

  1. Critical and Organizational Skills
    1. The responsibility of the public speaker in a multicultural society
      1. The Ethics of public speaking
      2. Avoiding ethnocentrism
      3. Civility
    2. The Responsibility of the Listener in the Public Speaking Context
      1. Introduction to listening
      2. Developing effective listening skills
      3. Showing respect
    3. Managing Nervousness
      1. Forms of communication apprehension
      2. Causes for public speaking anxiety
      3. Strategies for reducing public speaking anxiety
  1. Understanding cultural diversity in the U.S.
    1. Culture and communication

      1. How culture influences communication

      2. How communication influences culture

      3. Communication as resistance to the dominant culture system

  1. Identity and communication

1. Social and cultural identities (gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc.)

2. Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination

3. Developing cultural consciousness

  1. Context and power

      1. Public discourse and social structure

      2. The “power” effects of labels

      3. Communication styles in various contexts

  1. The Speechmaking Process
    1. Topic Selection
      1. Finding information
      2. Evaluating information and avoiding plagiarism
      3. Developing specific purpose and central idea
      4. Supporting your ideas
    2. Audience Analysis
      1. Demographic audience analysis
      2. Situational audience analysis
      3. Adapting the topic to the audience
    3. Organizing the Speech
      1. The body of the speech
      2. Introductions and conclusions
      3. Organizational patterns
      4. Outlining the speech
    4. Presenting the Speech
      1. Guidelines for presentational aids
      2. Wording the speech
      3. Methods and strategies of effective delivery
      4. Speech evaluation and critique
  2. Types of Public Speaking
    1. Informative speaking
      1. Characteristics of informative speeches
      2. Managing bias in an informative speech
      3. Guidelines for speaking to inform
    2. Persuasive speaking
      1. Types of persuasive speeches
      2. Persuasive speaking strategies
      3. Types of argument & argument fallacies
      4. Selecting propositions for persuasive speeches
    3. Special occasion speaking
      1. The speech of introduction
      2. The speech of presentation
      3. The acceptance speech
      4. The speech of tribute
    4. Developing and delivering team presentations
      1. Steps of preparing a team presentation
      2. Strategies for delivering a team presentation

Effective Term:
Spring 2020