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- Available Lessons: 105
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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?
Course SummaryCommunications 101: Public Speaking has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. This self-paced and mobile-friendly course offers students an opportunity to pass out of a semester-long class and save time/money on their degree.
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The course objective is to acquaint you with the groundwork, background, and processes of public speaking. You will also gain an understanding of the best approaches to giving speeches and how to tailor these approaches to best reach your listeners.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Speeches are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. Three speeches are required for this course. You can access them here.
- All speech scores will total up to 100 points.
- Your speeches will be graded by a Study.com instructor.
- The instructor will provide a graded rubric for you along with feedback on what you did well and what could be improved.
- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your speeches twice. You are free to resubmit a speech within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Evaluate the historical tradition of public speaking and different types of speeches
- Analyze informal and formal methods for conducting audience analysis
- Examine the general and specific purpose of a speech as well as techniques for generating main ideas and developing a thesis
- Compare primary and secondary research; evaluate types of supporting material and source credibility
- Assess criteria for selecting main and supporting ideas; research organizational patterns for informative and persuasive speeches
- Analyze the uses of preparation and speaking outlines as well as components of a speech's introduction, transition(s), and conclusion
- Compare written and oral language styles as well as impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript and memorized speeches
- Discuss strategies for developing effective, informative, and persuasive speeches as well as special occasion speeches designed to entertain.
- Explain components of rhetorical proof and the differences between inductive, deductive, causal, and analogical reasoning
- Appraise methods for evaluating oneself as a speaker as well as guidelines for evaluating other public speakers
- Create, prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Communications 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Communications 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Communications 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Introduction to Public Speaking||Study the historical tradition of public speaking alongside the different types of speeches. Get tips for ethical speech preparation and delivery as well as suggestions for managing public speaking anxiety.|
|Analyzing Your Audience||Explore informal and formal methods for gathering and analyzing information about your audience. Learn how you can focus on your listeners' needs and adapt to your audience.|
|Listening and Feedback||Understand the listening process and identify obstacles to effective listening. Discover methods for thinking critically about what you hear, improving your note-taking skills and becoming a civil and ethical listener.|
|Selecting the Topic, Purpose and Thesis of Your Speech||Pinpoint the general and specific purpose of your speech. Get tips for formulating a good speech topic and narrowing it down to meet time constraints. Examine techniques for generating main ideas and developing a thesis.|
|Researching the Speech||Identify the differences between primary and secondary research. Discover the various types of supporting material. Learn how to evaluate source credibility, conduct an interview and cite sources.|
|Organizing the Speech||Survey criteria for selecting main and supporting ideas. Research organizational patterns for informative and persuasive speeches. Examine methods for integrating supporting material.|
|Outlining the Speech||Compare the uses of preparation and speaking outlines. Study components of a speech's introduction and conclusion and examine methods for getting an audience's attention. Learn how to develop the body of a speech and use effective transitions.|
|Language and Style||Contrast written and oral language styles. Explore the effect of inclusive language used to appeal to the broadest segment of readers as well as accurate language that avoids grammatical errors and figures of speech.|
|Speech Delivery||Differentiate between impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript, and memorized speeches. Assess the importance of pronunciation, articulation and dialect in a speech and consider the role of nonverbal communication. Find out how to rehearse a speech and answer audience questions.|
|Selecting and Incorporating Visual Supports||Survey the different types of visual aids and examine guidelines for presenting them. Consider the pros and cons of using PowerPoint alongside techniques for formatting and using slides. Investigate copyright and fair use implications.|
|Types of Speeches||Identify strategies for developing effective, informative, and persuasive speeches as well as special occasion speeches designed to entertain.|
|Reasoning and Rhetorical Proof||Research components of rhetorical proof. Learn how to build credibility and use ethos, pathos and logos. Analyze the differences between inductive, deductive, causal, and analogical reasoning. Study types of faulty assumptions and fallacies, selective exposure theory, and the serial position effect.|
|Speech Evaluation||Explore methods for evaluating yourself as a speaker. Learn how to use critical listening to evaluate other peoples' speeches.|
|Preparing For an Impromptu Speech||Look into techniques for preparing an impromptu speech in ten minutes or less. Take advantage of exercises designed to help you develop persuasive and informative impromptu speeches.|
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What to Expect For the Exam
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Before taking the exam, all of the following requirements must be met:
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|Completed the entire Communications 101: Public Speaking course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
Please complete all of the pre-requirements in the Pre-Exam Checklist in order to take the exam.
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