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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 110
Course Title: Introduction to Speech
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course introduces students to basic skills necessary to function effectively in public communication situations, including informative and persuasive speaking. In addition, the students will develop abilities to analyze and evaluate oral discourse as a means of becoming informed consumers of communication. G.E.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

There are many suitable textbooks available. Texts focusing on informative and persuasive speaking, outlining, audience adaptation, etc., will work best (hybrid course text are not acceptable).   A research manual is recommended to assist in teaching proper outlining, research, and documentation.

Public Speaking: Connecting You and Your Audience
By Andrews, Andrews, and Williams (Houghton Mifflin )
DK Guide to Public Speaking
By Lisa Ford-Brown (Pearson)
Handbook for College Research
By Perrin (Houghton MIfflin)
Speak Up!: An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking
By Fraleigh and Tuman (Bedford St. Martins )
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Create an effective thesis appropriate to the speaker, situation, and audience.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop a logical organized informative message.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a logical organized persuasive message.
  4. Employ effective vocal and physical delivery techniques as well as presentation aid usage.
  5. Demonstrate the ethical use of evidence and sources with proper oral and written citations.
  6. Employ a balanced judgement of message and interactions through information gathering, listening, ethics, and critical thinking.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

During this course, assignments related to the course learning objectives will, at a minimum, consist of but not be limited to:

4 speeches/outlines 50-60%

  • Informative Speech #1 (5-7 minutes)
  • Informative Speech #2 w/presentational aid (5-7 minutes)
  • Persuasive Speech #1 (6-9 minutes)
  • Persuasive Speech #2 (6-9 minutes)

Exams or Quizzes 25-30%

Program assessment:

All students will be assessed on the following assignments with the Oral Communication Rubric:

The second individual informative speech and outline, with the use of a presentational aid (early in the semester),

And the second individual persuasive speech and outline (late in the semester).

These devices are used by the department to measure the effectiveness of the program.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: November 30, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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