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Matthew K Mcgarrity
COM 220
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Public Speaking

Designed to increase competence in public speaking and the critique of public speaking. Emphasizes choice and organization of material, sound reasoning, audience analysis, and delivery.

Class description

This course introduces students to the principles of speech composition, arrangement, style, and delivery. Students examine and critique established positions in existing public debates and develop and perform arguments in response to these positions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course is involves both lectures and quiz sections. In the lectures, you will learn about methods of invention (developing arguments), models of arrangement, argument structures and strategies, etc. In the quiz sections, you will practice and deliver your speeches.

Recommended preparation

Know that good public speaking involves significant preparation and practice. Your ability to ramble will not be rewarded in this class. The quizzes and speech assignments reward solid arguments based on good evidence.

Class assignments and grading

As this is a speech class, the majority of the assignments are speeches and speech outlines.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Matthew K Mcgarrity
Date: 02/11/2007