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Communication 173 - Public Speaking

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to help students develop their speaking and listening skills in order to become more effective public communicators. While the course introduces students to communication as an interactive process and to small group discussion, the major emphasis is on developing effective public presentation skills.


Grades are based on:

Someone I Want to Know More About Speech - 10%

Ted Talk Speech - 10%

Choices Speech - 10%

Informational Speech - 10%

Two Essays - 15%

Journal Work - 25%

Outlines Prepared for each Speech - 5%

Class Participation - 15%


Grades will be negatively affected if:

Speeches are not presented on their scheduled day - penalty is 1 full letter grade.

Attendance is poor - More than 2 absences will result in 1/2 of a letter grade deduction from the student's final class participation grade.

Brilliant Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking is said to be even stronger than the fear of death. The good news is that public speaking is something that a person can learn—and excel at. This video features top speakers and public speaking coaches who share their superb advice on how to speak confidently in any situation. Topics include choosing your subject, preparation, rehearsal, dealing with nervousness, dress codes, keeping the audience’s interest, timing, delivery style, building rapport, coping with mistakes, PowerPoint, and more. This is the definitive step-by-step guide to an inspired presentation! (65 minutes)

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Patrick Sullivan

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Office Phone - 860.512.2669

Office Hours - T, Th. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm; T, Th 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm and by appointment

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Class days and times: T, Th 8:00 am - 9:20 am

Class location: C204