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COM 1100 is primarily a public speaking course that will challenge you to refine your ability to construct and deliver effective messages. Year after year, employers rank “communication skills” as the #1 quality they seek in their employees and the #1 quality new graduates are most likely to lack (National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Survey). Teaching difficult concepts, organizing your thoughts, having a point, and motivating others are just some of invaluable skills you’ll have the opportunity to assess and improve in the course.

Many students come to COM 1100 with a moderate to severe level of communication apprehension. If this is you, you’ll be glad to know that moderate apprehension actually correlates with better performance in the course! You’ll have an opportunity in the course to learn more about how to manage the symptoms of communication anxiety.

COM 1100 is intended for second, third, and fourth semester students. Research indicates that during this time you might experience a “sophomore slump” during which you begin thinking about the future and your place in life. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to engage in focused self-exploration from which you will craft a personal statement of purpose for a future audience. The assignment may vary depending on the section in which you are enrolled, but the overall purpose is for students to engage in career/self-exploration and practice communicating a vocational purpose to a targeted audience.

COM 1100 Learning Goals

  • You will be able to effectively adapt a speech topic for your audience.
  • You will be able to organize information into a structured outline.
  • You will be able to use multiple organization structures for both informative and persuasive speeches.
  • You will be able to select credible and appropriate sources for use in a speech.
  • You will be able to critically analyze ethos, pathos, and logos appeals.
  • You will be able to construct an argument devoid of logical fallacies.
  • You will be able to effectively deliver a speech.
  • You will be able to use multiple presentation aids to enhance and not detract from your presentation.
  • You will engage in focused self-exploration to articulate how your strengths, interests, and academic preparation will help you meet the world’s need in your profession.

COM 1100 Policies & Registration Procedures

  • You should register for COM 1100 in your second, third, or fourth semester (prior to 60 hours).