2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
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2023-2024 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.

Course Content
A. Unique elements of public speaking contexts 
B. Topic selection skills 
C. Strategies for audience analysis and adaptation 
D. Structuring introductions and conclusions 
E. Structuring informative and persuasive speeches 
F. Writing Outlines 
G. Structuring fact, value, and policy claims 
H. Researching and using a variety of proofs and supports for data 
I. Critiquing Public Address 
J. Ethical speaker conduct 
K. Delivery skills
L. Persuasive Strategies and argument analysis. 

Student Outcomes
  1. Construct speeches that integrate a balance of the two elements of proof in public speaking, which includes highly credible research and inartistic proof (such as ethos, pathos, and logos).
  2. Create preparation and speaking outlines that follow appropriate arrangement to the corresponding speech purpose so they can deliver speeches that contain all desired content.  
  3. Integrate elements of rhetorical style (such as varied word choice or kairos) into speeches and outlines to deliver speeches and presentations that engage audiences. 
  4. Create speeches from a variety of delivery methods to include, but are not limited to extemporaneous and manuscript speech delivery.
  5. Integrate concepts of skilled speech delivery, (such as eye contact, physical and facial gestures, vocal variety, and articulation) into their speeches to help aid in delivering meaning and gauge audience understanding for speech adaptation. 
  6. Assess and appraise their speeches and those of their peers to improve students’ understanding of and apply rhetorical concepts to public speaking.

Degree Outcomes
Humanities: Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.

Effective Communication: Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Information Competency: Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

Potential Methods
A. Oral presentations

B. Written exams

C. Formal outlines and bibliographies

D. Self critiques

E. Peer Review

F. Discussion

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