About SPCH 011 C

Fundamentals course in effective, informative, and persuasive public speaking and critical listening. Includes theory and practice.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Public speaking is commonly understood as formal, face-to-face speaking of a single person to a group of listeners. Traditionally, public speaking was considered to be a part of the art of persuasion. In the current course, emphasis is placed on perception, self-concept, conflict, verbal and non-verbal communication, and ways for improving communication competence. Students will then explore new genres of public speaking, such as the impromptu, the informative, and the persuasive speech, etc. Concomitantly, students will be introduced to academic debates that will further allow them to support opinions with reasons, to support reasons with evidence, to organize information into a coherent message, to refute explanations, to challenge evidence and organize refutations into a coherent message. Ultimately, students will learn how to deal with communication apprehension in an effective way.

Section Expectation

Class Requirements and Policies Attendance and Participation - You are allowed three unexcused absences over the course of the semester. Subsequent unexcused absences will lower your final grade. Absences will only be excused with official documentation or other proof of need. Participation in this class requires active reading, listening & note-taking. There will be lots of remote discussions. You should be prepared for every class (having completed the reading and writing projects assigned for that day) in order to fully participate. Over the course of the semester, you will complete several public speeches. All of your assignments should be uploaded to Blackboard, in the assigned folders, by the given due date. Staying focused on your class or team-work activities is part of your overall participation.


Introductory Speech 5% Oral Interpretation 5% Informative Speech 15% Persuasive Speech 20% Class Debate 10% Ceremonial Speech 20% Speaker Event/Write Up (2) 10% Peer Evaluations (5) 5% Participation/In class activities 10%

Course Dates



Old Mill Annex A207 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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