Speech Communication – COMS 101

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020


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

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Use foundational communication concepts to evaluate 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. Practice effective nonverbal communication.
    6. Demonstrate critical listening skills.

Core Competency Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Produce well-structured, sound communications in various modes of discourse.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics to sentence and essay revision and editing.
    3. Write a critical analysis of a literary, historical, and / or rhetorical work.
    4. Integrate credible sources accurately and effectively.
    5. Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with non-biblical worldviews.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards 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 Board Forum prompts. For each new thread, the student must provide a substantive response to the prompt, in the form required by the ,specific forum instructions. Properly formatted replies to 3 or more other students’ threads must be posted.

Speech Outlines (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.

Major Speeches (2)

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. Each speech must satisfy its specified time requirement and 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 via the designated Blackboard submission link.

Quizzes (16)

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