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COMM200 - Public Speaking

Course Details

Course Code: COMM200 Course ID: 2891 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

COMM200 Public Speaking introduces students to the field of public speaking, giving them a foundation in the issues relevant to communicating effectively in today’s global, technological, and diverse world. The history and theories of speech, ethics, the audience, developing and delivering a speech, and types of speeches and specialized speech situations will also be covered and practiced. Students enrolling in this course must be able to capture video (required) for their speeches. Video files are created and stored within the classroom for the students’ security.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/22 - 11/04/22 11/07/22 - 01/01/23 Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/22 - 12/02/22 12/05/22 - 01/29/23 Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session
08/29/22 - 02/03/23 02/06/23 - 04/02/23 Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session
09/26/22 - 03/03/23 03/06/23 - 04/30/23 Winter 2023 Session D 8 Week session
10/31/22 - 03/31/23 04/03/23 - 05/28/23 Spring 2023 Session B 8 Week session
11/28/22 - 04/28/23 05/01/23 - 06/25/23 Spring 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Analyze and understand the elements of public speaking.

CO2: Organize, prepare and deliver speeches to inform or persuade using appropriate media and visual aids.

CO3: Compare and contrast historical and present-day speeches (both informative and persuasive) to identify specific elements in all types of public presentations.

CO4: Understand the importance of audience analysis in public presentations.

CO5: Understand and explain the communication process.

CO6: Apply benefits, general history and ethics of communication to public presentations and future career endeavors.

Required Readings, Additional Resources, and Websites

Book Title: Public Speaking: The Virtual Text.

Author: The Public Speaking Project (Lisa Schreiber, ed. – each author is credited in their chapter)

Publication Info: Public Speaking Project (

Library Course Guide for COMM200:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.