Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

COM 213: Public Speaking

General Information

  • Name: Public Speaking
  • Discipline: Communication (COM)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Practices the delivery and theory in the composition of public speeches, including message development, organization and style.

II: Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Develop the critical thinking about the different types, styles, and emphases of formal presentations.
  • Understand how the audience listens, learns, and remembers.
  • Learn how to research, organize, and construct different types of social and business presentations.
  • Learn how to plan, coordinate, and deliver team presentations.
  • Learn how to prepare and rehearse a speech.
  • Develop individual extemporaneous presentation style: verbal, nonverbal, and vocal.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Public Speaking can be used for all degrees and certificates at WNC. It is most strongly linked to the missions for general education and the two primary transfer degrees: AA and AS.

This course fulfills Western Nevada College's Student Learning Objectives of ensuring that successful students:

  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Are able to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Understand the theoretical principles behind creating and maintaining a professional level Web site.
  • Use current software to create, publish, and maintain a professional level Web site.
  • Apply techniques appropriate to their specialty in the operation of a Web site.


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