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Communication

What is communication?

Welcome! If you would like more information about this area, or classes we offer please contact Greg Rickert.

Program Contact

Greg Rickert
Communication Program Coordinator
238 Moloney Building, Cooper Campus
(859) 246-6332
gregory.rickert@kctcs.edu

Student Resources

Public Speaking

COM 181
Reference Sheet: SUPPORTING MATERIALS

A speaker's use of supporting materials can make the difference between a good speech and a bad speech. Effective supporting materials add credibility to a speaker's ideas, making them clear, meaningful and understandable. The audience, topic and specific purpose will dictate appropriate supporting materials.

Kinds of support include:

  • EXAMPLES
  • STATISTICS
  • TESTIMONY
  • ANALOGY
  1. EXAMPLES
    1. FACTUAL EXAMPLE
      1. also called illustration, narrative or anecdote
      2. use to clarify, reinforce and/or personalize ideas
      3. can be brief or extended
      4. human interest examples can be very effective in appropriate instances
      5. STUDENT EXAMPLE:
    1. HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE
      1. uses an imaginary situation to illustrate what might or could happen if a situation
        really occurred
      2. use to clarify, reinforce and/or personalize ideas
      3. can be brief or extended
      4. STUDENT EXAMPLE:
      5.  
  1. STATISTICS
        1. use of numbers, dates, etc., to support a point
        2. use to clarify or strengthen points
        3. use statistics ethically, sparingly and appropriately
        4. consider using visual aids to help audience comprehension of statistics
        5. STUDENT EXAMPLE:
  2. TESTIMONY
      1. EXPERT TESTIMONY
        1. use of opinions of acknowledged authorities
        2. lends credibility to speaker's original ideas
        3. CAUTION: quote or paraphrase accurately; cite source
        4. STUDENT EXAMPLE:
        5.  
      2. PEER TESTIMONY
        1. use of opinions of ordinary people who have actual experience or knowledge of topic
        2. CAUTION: quote or paraphrase accurately; cite source
        3. CAUTION: using someone else's ideas or words without citing that person or source
          is plagiarism
        4. STUDENT EXAMPLE:
  3. ANALOGY
      1. use of comparison of two things which are not exactly alike but which have certain
        characteristics in common
      2. be sure elements of comparison have meaning for audience
      3. STUDENT EXAMPLE:

Reference: Lucas, Stephen E., The Art of Public Speaking, Fifth Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, Inc., 1995.

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Evaluation Forms

What are my Career Choices?

  • Announcers
  • Broadcast, Sound, and Video Technicians
  • Editors
  • Film and Video Editors
  • Camera Operators
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists
  • Photographers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Technical Writers
  • Writers and Authors

What are my Degree, Diploma, or certificate options?

Course Descriptions

Introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human interaction and in society. Enhances effective communication and informed use of the mass media. (fulfills general education social & behavioral science requirement)
Applies the basic principles and techniques in research, organization, and delivery of speeches for informative and persuasive speaking purposes. Provides practical platform experience in developing speaking abilities to enable the student to communicate orally in clear, coherent language appropriate to the purpose, occasion and audience. Pre-requisite: Current KCTCS placement scores for college level reading and writing OR consent of instructor. (fulfills general education oral communication requirement)
Examines mass media messages, audiences,technologies, and regulations in a global society. Pre-requisite: Current KCTCS placement scores for college level reading and writing OR consent of instructor. (fulfills general education social & behavioral science requirement)
Examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process in various interpersonal contexts. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. Includes perspective taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural/gender differences in interpersonal communication. Pre-requisite OR Co-requisite: Current KCTCS placement scores for college level reading and writing OR consent of instructor. (fulfills general education oral communication requirement)
Introduces intercultural communication with an emphasis on the relationships between culture and communication, social/psychological variables, verbal/nonverbal language systems, intercultural communication perceptions, and conflict resolution. Includes the practical application of contemporary issues in cross-cultural interaction, media representation, and daily social interactions to intercultural communication concepts. Pre-requisite OR Co-requisite: Current KCTCS placement scores for college level reading and writing OR consent of instructor. (fulfills general education social & behavioral science requirement  and cultural studies requirement)
Examines communication processes in small group situations including conflict, leadership, and decision making. Includes participation in group discussion and the development of skills in analyzing group performance.
Pre-requisite OR Co-requisite: Current KCTCS placement scores for college level reading and writing OR consent of instructor.(fulfills general education oral communication requirement)
Examines the processes involved in attitude change, with emphasis on the preparation and delivery of persuasive messages. Pre-requisite: COM 181. (fulfills general education oral communication requirement)

Length of program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.