2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CMST& 220 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Formerly SPCH 110 - CCN

Course Description
A beginning course in public speaking, requiring frequent presentations before the class, emphasizing speech organization, audience analysis, organization and delivery.

Student Outcomes
1. Recognize benefits of public speaking for personal and professional development
2. Acquire a general knowledge of techniques to use for managing speech anxiety
3. Recognize the similarities and differences between public speaking and other communication formats such as small groups and interpersonal communication settings
4. Apply the guidelines of ethical public speaking conduct
5. Identify and apply multiple strategies for discovering the nature of your audience and adapting your message according
6. Identify and apply multiple strategies for developing thoughtful topic selection techniques
7. Demonstrate the ability to design a research plan for information gathering
8. Demonstrate skill in selecting relevant proofs to support claims
9. Identify and use a variety of proofs to support claims
10. Evaluate the effectiveness of research plan
11. Demonstrate ability to incorporate and cite research in oral presentation
12. Discern and apply the four essential components of an introduction
13. Discern and apply the three essential components of a conclusion
14. Design an effective outline that reflects the organizational choices of the speaker
15. Identify and choose from various organizational strategies for persuasive speaking contexts
16. Understand the anatomy of an argument (claims, data, warrants)
17. Construct logical arguments for the audience
18. Apply knowledge of argument strategies to persuasive address. Understand and apply various persuasive strategies.
19. Use rhetorical devices to enhance the quality of the persuasive message
20. Acquire skills for critiquing public address from a variety of standards such as ‘conformity to the principles of the art’ or ‘historical justification standard
21. Demonstrate knowledge of the four primary delivery modes
22. Demonstrate particular skill with extemporaneous delivery
23. Incorporate relevant visual aids into a presentation
24. Assess when visual aids are necessary

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