Speech Communication – COMS 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2021

Course Description

Study and practice in communicating ideas competently in public speaking. Students are also given a foundation for development of communication skills in other human communication contexts, including dyadic and small group communication.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Communication skills are vital in nearly every career field, including education, business, politics, human services, Christian ministry, and the health professions. Learning these skills will also allow students to use their words to become even more effective agents for change and godly influence among their peers and others in our society. Students will understand and apply healthy and effective communication principles and practices to speaking before audiences, in small groups, and in conversations with others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to more effectively:

  1. Use foundational communication concepts and worldview principles to evaluate various communication texts.
  2. Present verbal messages that display creative, critical and logical thinking.
  3. Organize oral and written messages.
  4. Use oral and written language that is clear, accurate, vivid, and appropriate to the rhetorical situation.
  5. Utilize effective nonverbal communication.
  6. Demonstrate critical listening skills.

GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONAL SKILL LEARNING OUTCOMES

PRIMARY

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to more effectively:

  1. CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  2. CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
  3. CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
  4. CIL 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.
  5. CIL 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.

SECONDARY

  1. CT 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
  2. CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
  3. CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.
  4. CGE 5: Relate the human experience within various civic and global structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.
  5. CC 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth.
  6. CC 4: Articulate how faith in Christ and the theological worldview of Scripture shape one’s purpose for pursuing education, employment, relationships, and socio-cultural engagement, relating these pursuits to the redemptive work of God.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and video presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will demonstrate his/her understanding of covered communication concepts by creating and posting a critical, thoughtful thread in response to each of 3 Discussion prompts. For each new thread, the student must provide a substantive response to the prompt required by the specific Discussion instructions. Properly formatted replies of at least 75 words must be posted in response to 3 or more other students’ threads.

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, and 3.

Speech Outline Assignments (2)

The student will demonstrate his/her understanding of covered communication concepts by using the provided outline templates to compose a properly formatted outline for the informative speech presentation and the persuasive speech presentation that he/she will submit for credit in this course. The Speech Outline may be submitted, initially, as an optional rough draft and will then be submitted, by its designated due date, as a required final outline. Each speech outline must be composed in Microsoft Word. The Informative Speech Outline Assignment must cite at least 3 expert sources, and the Persuasive Speech Outline Assignment must cite at least 4 expert sources.

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; CT 2 and 4.

Speeches Assignments (2)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; CGE 5; CC 3 and 4.

The student will demonstrate his/her understanding of covered public communication concepts by presenting an informative speech and a persuasive speech, respectively, before a visually documented live audience of 3 or more adults. The Informative Speech Outline Assignment must cite at least 3 expert sources, and the Persuasive Speech Outline Assignment must cite at least 4 expert sources. Each speech must be 4-6 minutes and satisfy the other criteria set forth in the assignment instructions. Once the speech is recorded, the student will upload the recording to YouTube as an unlisted video, and then post the video’s link to the instructor.

Quizzes (16)

This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CIL 1, 3, and 5; and CT 1.

Each quiz will cover a chapter of textbook readings for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain true/false and multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes.