: Josh Hoops
: M, W, F
: 5:10-6:00 p.m.
: Murrow 200D
: M, W: 9-10 a.m. & 11-12
Welcome to Public Speaking! In this course, we will explore concepts & theories relating to
public speaking, communication, and message design. ComSt 102 will provide you opportunities
to build upon textbook and classroom materials, and to practice the skills and theories explored
in class. Through graded and ungraded classroom activities, you will develop your
communication skills and gain new ones. In addition to giving speeches, you will also practice
being an effective audience member.
The primary goal for the course is to develop your abilities (and your confidence!), to improve
your skills in conducting research, to organize your materials, and to present them in an effective
way to your audience. Further, you will also learn strategies to increase the likelihood that you
will inform, persuade, and/or entertain your audience with your speeches.
During this course, you will:
Enhance your communicative skills and confidence by preparing, presenting, and analyzing
Recognize and utilize organizational patterns, supporting evidence, and concrete illustrations
in verbal messages.
Identify effective speaking techniques and demonstrate a personal delivery style.
Become more effective and critical listeners.
Develop your critical thinking, reasoning, organization, and research skills.
Learn to analyze audience attitudes and evaluate audience needs.
Hogan, J.M., Andrews, P.H., Andrews, J.R., & Williams, G. (2008).
Public Speaking & Civic
Vango Books. Boston MA. (WSU Edition).
Success is your choice! If you choose to be successful, I’ll be happy to help you. If you
choose otherwise, I’ll honor your choice.
Every student has potential to succeed in this class.
Respect is one of the foundations of this class and I’m committed to creating a positive and
respectful learning environment. I expect all of us to contribute to a safe, productive, and fun
classroom environment where our strengths and differences will be valued and respected.
One of the most important aspects of learning is being able to listen. As you listen to your
classmates, you should be attentive and supportive. Everyone has something valuable to
contribute to the class.
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