CMST& 220: Public Speaking

Class Program
Humanities Lecture
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
Provides an introduction to the fundamental process of speaking to the public. It is designed to help students develop skills in communication and to acquire an understanding of oral communication as a vital human relations factor in society.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to manage stage fright
  2. Implement research in speech development
  3. Organize a speech for central idea and subordinate points
  4. Use verbal cues and nonverbal skills to enhance a spoken message
  5. Present speeches which demonstrate effective non-verbal and vocal delivery skills
  6. Demonstrate critical listening skills and the ability to evaluate speech communication
  7. Present speeches which demonstrate the ability to successfully communicate a message to a single person, a small group, or many listeners in an audience
  8. Analyze audience dynamics and plan a presentation accordingly
  9. Use language which reaches the largest possible audience without being overly general.
  10. Present speeches which cover a variety of styles and goals, though primarily focused on extemporaneous delivery.
Institutional Outcomes
IO1 Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Course Content Outline
Topics Covered may Include:
  1. Introductions
  2. Self-evaluation
  3. Impromptu speeches
  4. Research
  5. Organization
  6. Outline
  7. Ethos, pathos, logos
  8. Informative speech
  9. Group speech
  10. Persuasive speech – Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, two-sided argumentation model
  11. Commemorative speech or other special occasion speech
  12. Self-evaluation
Department Guidelines

PO4 Should be assessed: Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.
PO5 Should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.