Communication 1100

Course Description:

This one-semester basic course in speech is designed to develop each student's ability to communicate effectively in his or her academic, business, and social life. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of formal speeches, but many areas of the communication process are explored. (Prerequisites: Eligible for ENGL 1005 or higher and ENGL 0850 or higher or permission of instructor) Lecture: 3 hours.


Full-time instructors have the option of selecting a text for the course. Over the years, various textbooks have been successful. A customized version of A Speaker's Guidebook has been adopted.

Course Objectives:

  • To increase public speaking skills by providing students with a variety of public speaking opportunities
  • To increase knowledge of the parts and functions of a speech
  • To understand the dynamics of audience demographics
  • To foster an awareness of the ethical responsibility of spoken discourse
  • To adapt to the needs of people of different backgrounds and culture, as well as to the rhetorical expectations of diverse contexts and occasions
  • To increase students confidence in themselves as public speakers in their academic, professional, and social lives

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop a speech for a given audience, purpose, and time limit
  2. Formulate a thesis sentence to focus a speech
  3. Locate, incorporate, and document sufficient verbal and visual support
  4. Select an organizational pattern appropriate for topic, purpose, and audience
  5. Provide effective connective devices to highlight and enhance the flow of ideas
  6. Produce outlines that adhere to rules of division, parallelism, and subordination
  7. Incorporate language that enhances the speaker's ethos, promotes the speech purpose, and increases the audience's understanding
  8. Argue a position effectively by applying logos, ethos, and pathos
  9. Demonstrate technological support skills
  10. Employ a variety of suitable vocal and non-verbal elements to heighten and maintain audience interest
  11. Provide and utilize constructive criticism

Course Measurements:

  • Attendance
  • Journals
  • Participation in class discussion, activities, and exercises
  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Mid-term Exam
  • Final Exam
  • Speech outlines with appropriate documentation for outside sources
  • Written and/or oral critiques (of self, peers, outside speaker)
  • Analyses of written and taped speeches
  • Tapings (audio and/or video) of speeches
  • Five to six oral presentations that vary in length and purpose. These may include individual speeches (informative, demonstrative, persuasive, and special occasion) as well as group projects (problem-solving, debate, symposium, forum presentation, and panel discussion).

Course Content Outline:

  • Communication theory
  • Organizational methods
  • Supporting material
  • Research principles and techniques
  • Language and style
  • Delivery techniques
    • Vocal
      • Voice
      • Diction
    • Non-Verbal
      • Eye Contact
      • Gestures
      • Body position and movement
  • Purposes for speaking
    • To inform
    • To entertain
    • To stimulate
    • To persuade
    • Special occasions
  • Evaluation Method
    • Teacher's comments
    • Student's comments
    • Video tape
  • Purpose
    • To learn to evaluate self
    • To learn to evaluate speeches heard outside the classroom

Contact Information

Kathleen Beauchene
Professor of English
Communication and Film/Media Program Director
Website Content Manager
Tel: 401-333-7372

Sandra Luzzi Sneesby, MFA
Associate Professor of Communication
Website Content Manager
Tel: 401-825-2004

Gail Yanku
Administrative Assistant
Knight Campus
Room 3232
Tel: 401-825-2262
Fax: 401-825-1193

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Last Updated: 3/21/19