Course ePortfolio

Public Speaking

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Public Speaking (common course-id COMM 110), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

 CID Number:  COMM 110

General Course Description: COMM 110

Theory and techniques of public speaking in democratic society. Discovery, development, and criticism of ideas in public discourse through research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of various types of speeches including informative and persuasive speeches.

Minimum Units: 3 units


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisory/recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of human communication; 
  • Analyze their communication situation, audience, occasion, and purpose; and selection of subject matter; 
  • Formulate through research, analysis, and organization of material; presentation of the message; and evaluation of the effectiveness of their communication; 
  • Demonstrate that they are careful and critical thinkers and communicators, both as speakers and as listeners; 
  • Explain their relationship and ethical responsibilities to others involved in the communication transaction.


  • Speech presentations in front of a live audience
  • speech outlines and bibliographies
  • critiques of speeches
  • quizzes and tests

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Public Speaking - The Virtual Text
    Public Speaking - The Virtual Text (Open (Access) Textbook)
    The Public Speaking Project virtual textbook has 18 chapters that have been contributed by a variety of speech... More
  • Successful Public Speaking
    Successful Public Speaking (Open (Access) Textbook)
    NOTE: This book is free for 30 days and then $3.99 per month or purchase for $8.99. The Bookboon textbook, authored by... More
  • Communications
    Communications (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Boundless Communications is a college-level, introductory open textbook with a particular focus on public speaking.... More
  • Intro to Communication
    Intro to Communication (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Assists students in developing real world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of today’s business realities... More
  • Public Speaking
    Public Speaking (Online Course)
    This is a free course offered by Saylor Foundation, but can be used as a textbook. 'The purpose of this course is to... More
  • Building Business Success
    Building Business Success (Open (Access) Textbook)
    You’re busy. You have lots on your mind and your calendar. You’ve stumbled across this book in a library or bookstore,... More
  • Stand up, Speak - The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
    While both classic and current academic research in public speaking guide this book, the authors believe that a new... More