Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COMM 100) HYBRID

MJC 2013-2014 Catalog Description

Developing individual effectiveness in various speech activities, emphasis on public speaking; instruction and practice in selection, organization and presentation of materials. Development of self-confidence and listening skills. Lecture.

  • 3 units
  • 54 lecture hours 
  • Transfer: (CSU, UC)(CC SPCOM 1) (C-ID COMM 110)
  • General Education: (MJC-GE: D2)(CSU-GE: A1)(IGETC: 1C)

Distance Education Advisory

I teach COMM 100 in a hybrid format to help meet the needs of working students and those with children at home.  For this class, we meet one day a week (instead of two) and we do more work online than you would in a traditional face-to-face class.  Students who are successful in this hybrid version of the class are familiar with Blackboard (MJC's Learning Management System); easily learn new technology; and are self-motivated, organized, and good independent problem solvers.  Hybrid classes do not meet every students' needs so you should carefully consider your abilities and your learning style before enrolling in this class.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Reading Textbook & Online Materials
  • Viewing Online Videos
  • Presenting Impromptu Speeches
  • Presenting an Informative Speech
  • Presenting a Persuasive Speech
  • Writing Speech Planning Documents & Outlines
  • Completing Peer Evaluations (Speech, Source, and Outline)
  • Attending and Evaluating a Speaker at MJC's Speech Night (fall & spring semesters)
  • Actively Participating in Group Discussions and Activities
  • Completing Online Exams

Current Textbook

We are using a custom version of the open source textbook Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking version 1.0.3 by Wrench, Goding, Johnson, & Attias.  You can purchase access to the book (mobile edition, online edition, print edition, or all three) by following this link: You can also purchase an "All Access Pass" (includes both online and mobile content but not a print book) at the MJC bookstore.