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Public Speaking

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (COERC) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Public Speaking (common course-id COMM 110) , one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number:  COMM 110

General Course Description:  COMM 110

Theory and techniques of public speaking in democratic society. Discovery, development, and criticism of ideas in public discourse through research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of various types of speeches including informative and persuasive speeches.

Minimum Units: 3.0


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Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Course Content:
  1. Principles of human communication 
  2. Theory and techniques of public speaking in society 
  3. Critical analysis of public discourse 
  4. Types of public speaking 
  5. Listening skills 
  6. Elements of effective public speaking, including analysis of communication situation, ethics and diversity, audience, occasion, purpose, selection of subject matter, research, evidence evaluation, organization, presentation skills, and evaluation of communication effectiveness

Laboratory Activities (if applicable):

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the basic principles of human communication; 
  2. Analyze their communication situation, audience, occasion, and purpose; and selection of subject matter; 
  3. Formulate through research, analysis, and organization of material; presentation of the message; and evaluation of the effectiveness of their communication; 
  4. Demonstrate that they are careful and critical thinkers and communicators, both as speakers and as listeners; 
  5. Explain their relationship and ethical responsibilities to others involved in the communication transaction.


Methods of Evaluation:

Speech presentations in front of a live audience; speech outlines and bibliographies; critiques of speeches; quizzes and tests.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Public Speaking - The Virtual Text
    Public Speaking - The Virtual Text (Open (Access) Textbook)
    The Public Speaking Project's virtual textbook has 18 chapters that have been contributed by a variety of speech... More
  • Successful Public Speaking
    Successful Public Speaking (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Bookboon's free textbook authored by Personal Coach Arina Nikitina contains 5 chapters with specific, easy to practice... More
  • Communications
    Communications (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Boundless Communications is a college-level, introductory open textbook that on the subject of Communications, with a... More
  • Stand up, Speak - The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
    This free open textbook authored by Wrench, Goding, Johnson, and Attias focuses on helping students become more seasoned... More