Comm 101

Comm101, or “Fundamentals of Communication,” is a practice-oriented introduction to forms and principles of communication including communication theory, verbal, nonverbal codes, and public communication.  Students learn key elements of speaking and listening that will prepare them for the rest of their college career.

By the end of the course, student should be able to:

  • articulate understanding of the role communication plays in democracies and in the lives of engaged citizens
  • practice good classroom citizenship by employing civil discourse, collaborating, respecting others, participating in deliberations, and honoring diverse viewpoints
  • deliver strong, ethical arguments based on authoritative evidence
  • express knowledge about local, regional, national or global issues as well as their own informed positions on those issues in presentations and discussions
  • adapt content and delivery of messages to people, including those unlike themselves, who comprise the public within the classroom space
  • acquire and evaluate information from mediated and nonmediated sources
  • employ good speech construction practices as revealed by topic selection, development of thesis, outlining and drafting, source citation, use of visual aids, getting feedback, rehearsing, etc.
  • critically receive information presented through various channels
  • consider how the knowledge and skills gained in the course will transfer to other contexts and other courses – particularly the Global Perspectives, Reflections, and Citizenship courses, ENG110, and courses demanding presentations and small group collaboration.

Required Assignments:

  • 3 Speeches—instructor’s choice, informative, and persuasive.
  • On the afternoon or evening before each scheduled in-class speech, students are required to meet with a Speech Assistant for a practice session.
  • Full-sentence speech outlines (3), using the AMTOBUL model
  • Audience analysis assignments (x2)
  • Library assignment—should be scheduled around mid or late October
  • Exams (with 10 common final exam questions)
  • Assessment of Speaker


Communication 101 Peer Review

Communication 101 Speech Assistant Form

National Communication Association’s The Competent Speaker Speech Evaluation Form

National Communication Association’s Speaking and Listening Competencies for College Students report

Book of Bad Arguments

Papers vs. Speeches

Survey: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension

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