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 Course Title:   Public Speaking

 Title Abbreviation:   PUBLIC SPEAKING

 Department:    CMST&

 Course #:    220

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    231001

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Provides students with theory and practice in preparing organized, goal-specific speeches, presenting them confidently before an audience, and analyzing components of the public speaking process. Meets AA-DTA communications requirements. Highly recommended for students planning to major in education or business at transfer colleges and universities.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities, Communication  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
EWU CMST 300 Public Speaking; 5 credits
Seattle U. CMJR 230 Public Speaking; 5 credits
U of W SP CMU 220 Introduction to Public Speaking; 5 credits
WSU ComSt 102 Public Speaking: Theories, Models, and Practice; 3 semester credits
WWU Comm 101/331 Fundamentals of Speech; 4 credits Advanced Public Speaking; 3 credits (1999-2000)

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain models/components, general purposes, and common terminology of public speaking/rhetoric.
  2. Listen and respond actively, courteously, and critically as an audience member, including providing feedback on and/or written analysis of others' speeches.
  3. Analyze and adapt speeches to audiences from diverse cultures/backgrounds.
  4. Recognize, research, and prepare a variety of organized speeches by using thesis development, specific organizational patterns, and effective outlining.
  5. Apply appropriate ethical and logical standards to researching and presenting speeches, especially in properly identifying source citations.
  6. Present speeches confidently before an audience, using communication apprehension anxiety management strategies, effective vocal and nonverbal delivery techniques, and delivery modes appropriate to the assignment, context, and/or occasion.
  7. Apply textbook/supplemental reading assignments and/or library/technological research to individual and/or group projects.
  8. Use technology to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication related to assignment preparation, submission, and/or delivery and other classroom issues.
  9. Use time effectively in selecting topics, preparing speeches, and giving presentations.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Influence of culture on communication
  2. Speaker credibility
  3. Modes of delivery
  4. Use of verbal and visual supporting materials
  5. Language strategies (coherence, word choice)
  6. Researching oral presentations
  7. Communication apprehension
  8. Audience analysis
  9. Outlining and organizing
  10. Types of speeches