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Communications 101: Public Speaking

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Communications 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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16 chapters in Communications 101: Public Speaking

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Ch 1. Introduction to Public Speaking {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[17674].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17675].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17675].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Public Speaking as a Communication Process Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17676].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17676].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17677].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17677].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17678].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17678].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17679].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17679].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17680].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17680].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17681].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[17681].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Hearing vs. Listening: Importance of Listening Skills for Speakers Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18435].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18435].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18436].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18436].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - The Four Stages of the Listening Process Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18437].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18437].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Types of Listening: Pseudo-, Appreciative, Empathetic, Comprehensive & Critical Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18438].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18438].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Becoming a Better Listener: Tips & Strategies Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18440].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18440].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Improving your Note-taking Skills: Strategies for Mapping a Speech Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18441].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18441].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - The Importance of Being a Civil and Ethical Listener Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18442].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18442].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Understanding Reasons for a Public Speaking Event Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18841].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18841].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - General Purpose vs. Specific Purpose of a Speech Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18842].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18842].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18843].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18843].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18844].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18844].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18845].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18845].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18846].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18846].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18848].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18848].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Primary vs. Secondary Research: Difference & Importance Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18849].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18849].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18850].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18850].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Using Search Engines for Online Research Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18851].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18851].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18852].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18852].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Selecting Relevant Support for Your Speech Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18853].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18853].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - How to Conduct an Interview for Speech Support Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18854].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18854].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Citing Sources While Researching for a Speech Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18855].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18855].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Understanding When & How to Cite Sources During a Speech Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18856].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[18856].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Week {{::cp.getGoalWeekForTopic(6, 16)}}
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Lesson 1 - Preparation & Speaking Outlines: Differences & Importance Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19260].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19260].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19261].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19261].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19262].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19262].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Speech Introductions: Role & Components Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19263].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19263].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Grabbing the Audience's Attention: Methods & Tips Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19264].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19264].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19265].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19265].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Speech Conclusions: Role & Components Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19266].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19266].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Effective Transitions in a Speech: Creation & Importance Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19267].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19267].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Required Assignments Reminder
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Course Progress Best Score
Lesson 1 - Visual Aids in Public Speaking: Importance, Purpose, and Audience Considerations Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19937].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19937].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19938].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19938].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Preparing Visual Aids for a Speech: Guidelines & Tips Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19939].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19939].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Using Visual Aids During Your Speech: Guidelines & Tips Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19940].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19940].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Using PowerPoint for a Speech: Pros & Cons Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19941].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19941].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Formatting PowerPoint Slides for a Speech: Tips & Strategies Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19942].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19942].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Preparing to Deliver Your Speech with PowerPoint Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19943].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19943].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Copyright and Fair Use: Implications for Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19944].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19944].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Course Progress Best Score
Lesson 1 - The Art of Persuasion in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19362].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19362].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19363].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19363].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Building Credibility to Persuade Your Audience in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19364].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19364].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Components of the Toulmin Model for Public Speaking: Claim, Data & Warrant Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36260].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36260].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Examples of the Toulmin Model in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36261].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[36261].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19001].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19001].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Causal and Analogical Reasoning: Impact on Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19002].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19002].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Understanding Fallacy: Impact on Reasoning Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19003].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19003].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Understanding Fallacy: Common Fallacies Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[37365].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[37365].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - Communication Theory, Faulty Assumptions, and Decision Making in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19004].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19004].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Selective Exposure Theory & Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19005].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19005].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 12 - Understanding the Serial Position Effect in Public Speaking Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19006].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[19006].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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