COMM 1

Principles of Oral Communication

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Dee Bridgewater See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.2

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TAKE THIS CLASS! He is so insightful and classes are filled with meaningful discussion. He cares to get to know his students (and remembering them), and always has the best discussions in office hours when he is helping you with your speeches or essays. 100% recommend him! (also you don't need to buy the books- I certainly didn't use them).

Fall Quarter 2019
Celia Feramisco See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 4.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.1

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Overall, this class was an easy A. Professor Feramisco was an okay lecturer who got the job done. Her lectures were kind of boring, but they were the basics of communication that most people should know through common sense, so I often found myself not really paying attention and just going on my phone. Her lectures require participation, but unless if you're stuck in groups to present a mini presentation, they don't require you to put much mental effort in.
Her class mainly consists of giving 4 different speeches and 1 written analysis paper.
The first speech is a Introduction Speech (5-6 minutes recorded) where you literally just talk about anything that you think represents you.
The second speech is an Informative Speech (5-6 minutes recorded) where you give random facts about a topic of your choice.
The third speech is a Persuasive Speech (5-6 minutes recorded) where you persuade someone to believe your case about a topic of your choice.
The fourth speech is a Ceremonial/Special Occasions Speech where you give an award to someone in your class and give a speech accepting an award.
The written analysis is a 4-5 page analysis of a speech (you're given the Youtube video links to 2 different speeches to choose from) and rate how well the speaker presented it.
The professor grades super easily, so if you just do the assignments, you'll have an A in the class.
I thought Prof. Feramisco genuinely tried to connect with students and often asked us about updates on our lives during remote learning. We even had a "bring your pet to class day" where you could show your pet on camera, which was a wholesome moment in the class. Totally recommend this class!

Spring Quarter 2020
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Marde Gregory See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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Gregory is definitely a unique individual with no structure in her teaching style. You will walk into class every single day wishing that maybe, just maybe the course will take an unsuspected turn for the better. It doesn't. It's pretty much a waste of time that you can spend on other homework or studying or even taking a nap. It's ridiculously boring and all students do is keep pulling her on to the unnecessary conversations that take place everyday in class. Go to her office hours, kiss up, and i'm sure you'll end up with a nifty grade. But other than that, be prepared to be ultimately bored out of your mind for the next 10 weeks. :]

Feb. 26, 2009
William Kelly See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.3

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Took comm 100 theory with him this fall quarter and got a B. Initially I was pretty pissed cuz I hated this class with a passion, but honestly looking back I missed tons of classes, never did the readings, did the paper the night before it was due, and barely studied for the midterm and final and still walked away with about an 85% in the class. the lectures are boring and stupid as hell but as long as you can suck it up to go to class and simply do the readings you should be able to get an A.

Dec. 23, 2012
Karyl Kicenski See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.5

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I actually took 110 - but this wasn't an option on the drop down.

Professor Kicenski is a great teacher. She is so available to her students and very concerned about them as both a professor and a mentor. Her class is interesting and thought provoking, covering a ton of different gender issues. She is an excellent teacher using interesting examples to illustrate her points. She facilitates discussion well which is often hard in such a large class and her lectures are clear and organized. The grading is a little harder than expected and the midterm was trickier than I expected. Overall though I absolutely loved this class and would definitely take another one of her classes

June 5, 2015
John Kochian See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.3 Workload 4.1 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.4

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Kochian is a very engaging and entertaining professor. He grades very fairly, is open to all subjects, and is always interested in the topic presented, no matter what it is. The class consists of 3 speeches and a final paper, all very straightforward. Easy A if you do what is asked.

Winter Quarter 2020
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Karen Mack See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.7 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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REALLY EASY GE!!

Prof Mack is so sweet and friendly--her Comm 1 class was really easy and fun at the same time. You write and present 4 speeches and they get progressively longer (the last one is 5-7 minutes). An elevator pitch, a ceremonial speech, an informative speech, and a persuasive speech. They are all easy to do well on as long as you put the effort in and are engaging when you present them to the class. She allows you to talk from a script—you don't have to memorize.

This class has a really light workload; the most you do outside of class is write your speeches and write a paper on a ~30 minute speech. The final was short answer questions that weren't difficult to answer.

I never used the books required for this class; you can definitely get by without buying them.

Fall Quarter 2017
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Thomas Miller See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.3 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness 1.7

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I have not received my grade for this class yet as I am still taking this course, but I will update my grade once I have received it. I REPEAT DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE WITH THIS PROFESSOR. First, I'll talk about the content of this course. Since it is during summer session, we only have about 6 weeks to have lectures, etc. We are supposed to complete/deliver 5 speeches, but because he takes so much time critiquing each student, we were incredibly behind on the course material. When he critiques your speech, he doesn't send you any sort of rubric or evaluation on what you did wrong or even how you can improve. He's very particular and picky and wants everything to be done a certain way, and if you stray from his "model", he will continuously remind you. He is very condescending to his students and often makes borderline sexist and misogynistic remarks. He is very rude and I did not enjoy this course at all. He also somehow manages to lose all of our assignments even when we email them to him as he asks. The class is very disorganized and there really is no structure to it. The only positive thing about this class was the students in it.

Summer Quarter 2020
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