Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year and to area high school vocational students.

Catalog Description:

COM 2711 - Public Speaking (3 hrs.)

[KRSN COM1010]

This course includes fundamentals basic to all good private and public speaking experiences; elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise, and understanding of all types of public speeches. Required of all transfer curricula.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

Effective communication is essential to all types of human relationships. This course will emphasize speech organization, development of ideas, delivery, peer and audience analysis.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be better able to communicate ideas and facts in both verbal and non-verbal form in a clear, concise manner. A competent speaker must be able to compose a message and provide ideas and information suitable to the topic, purpose, and audience. The student will also develop critical listening techniques that include evaluation of other speakers.

Core Outcomes:

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course procedure meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

Unit 1: Speech Writing

Outcomes: Students will be able to construct and support a message appropriate to the purpose target audience using clear organization.

  • Select a topic appropriate to the assignment and purpose.
  • Develop an outline by formulating a thesis statement and providing adequate support material.
  • Arrange information in a logical sequence and with appropriate organizational patterns.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the power of language by selecting words that are appropriate to the topic, audience, purpose, context and speaker.

Unit 2: Speech Delivery

Outcomes: Students will transmit the message by using strong delivery skills.

  • Display proper vocal variety, rate, pitch and intensity.
  • Demonstrate proper articulation and enunciation skills.
  • Display appropriate language to a targeted audience.
  • Demonstrate non-verbal behavior that supports the verbal message.

Unit 3: Interpersonal Skills

Outcomes: Students will develop interpersonal skills suitable to the context and the audience.

  • Critique and analyze the content and delivery of a speech from an oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate competence and poise in fielding audience questions and comments.
  • Model appropriate conversational mode through self-presentation and response to feedback.

Unit 4: Critical Listening

Outcomes: Students will develop critical comprehension listening skills.

  • Recognize and identify key points.
  • Identify and evaluate support material.
  • Identify organizational relationships.
  • Retain main ideas, reasoning and evidence.

Unit 5: Ethical Public Speaking

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate ethical speaking and listen with critical comprehension.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to listen when setting, speaker or topic may not be conducive to listening.
  • Differentiate between statements of fact and inference.
  • Distinguish between emotional and logical arguments, detect bias, and recognize the speaker’s agenda.
  • Recognize discrepancies between speaker’s verbal and non-verbal messages.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills.

These core competencies are based on those adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Projects Required:

Demonstration Speech
Informative Speech
Special Occasion Speech
Persuasive Speech


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Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.