COMM110 Effective Speaking

Department of The Arts: Communication Studies

I. Course Number and Title
COMM110 Effective Speaking
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement of Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives and the Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving, Information Literacy, Oral Presentation, and Responsible Citizenship requirements of Category III: Specialized Skills and Perspectives of the Core Curriculum at Bucks County Community College.
A Departmental approved textbook is required.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course helps students build confidence in preparing and delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Topics include subject selection, audience analysis, research, organization, and use of voice and body in speech delivery.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. apply models of the communication process to public speaking;
      2. demonstrate an understanding of the speaker and listener ethical responsibilities;
      3. practice and prepare various patterns of informative and persuasive speech organization;
      4. prepare and deliver various types of speeches;
      5. research speech topics and develop and support their ideas; and
      6. evaluate the effectiveness of self and peer’s speeches.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I:
      Creative Expression
      Students will:
      1. create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium.

      Category III:
      Oral Presentation
      Students will:
      1. make effective oral presentations, with the possibility of including content-specific supplementary material and/or media.

      Category III:
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      Students will:
      1. integrate and/or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge. (Synthesis)

      Category III:
      Information Literacy
      Students will:
      1. determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
      2. determine the technologies and information formats appropriate for the information identified.
      3. access needed information effectively and efficiently.
      4. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system.
      5. develop an understanding of many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information legally and ethically.

      Category III:
      Responsible Citizenship
      Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
      1. identify the effects of a person’s actions on the community.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. students deliver a minimum of three (3) speeches in front of a live audience during the term of the course
    2. students deliver the following types of speeches: one (1) speech must be informative, one (1) speech must be persuasive (speech assignment and rubric are on file in Arts Department office); these speeches must include research, a delivery outline of the speech, and citation of sources or use of a bibliography. Students may be required to deliver other types of speeches at the discretion of the instructor
    3. students’ informative and persuasive speeches are required to be a minimum of eight (8) minutes in length
    4. students effectively use communication technology in a minimum of one speech
    5. students may be required to deliver additional speeches at the discretion of the instructor
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students satisfy the Course Learning Goals via tests, written class exercises, papers, critical listening assignments, class participation and individual oral presentations.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Students in Effective Speaking meet the Core Learning Goals of Creative Expression, Oral Presentation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Information Literacy, and Responsible Citizenship through many of the class exercises, papers, tests, and through the presentation of three major speeches of eight to ten minutes. One speech analyzes the causes, effects, and solutions for significant problems facing society. This speech requires the use of multiple sources of evidence. Student’s oral presentation skills and critical thinking/problem solving skills are evaluated based on a rubric created by the course professor.

      The artifacts produced for the Core Assessment include a presentation outline for one speech (for Critical Thinking and Problem Solving), a video recording of one speech (for Creative Expression and Oral Presentation), and a written assessment that requires research, ethics, evaluation and citation of sources (for Information Literacy).

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. Each instructor uses a departmentally approved textbook.
    2. Each instructor must distribute a course format on the first day of class.
    3. Students use traditional library materials and academic online resources.
    4. Students may be required to engage in supplemental reading and attendance at an outside speech.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 3/07; Core Goals/Objectives added 11/06; Updated 12/07; Revised 10/2010