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Melanie Davis
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
Communication
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4.5152****+
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Rated by 33 students
2.78
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across 4 classes
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5*****
COM 100 - Public Speaking
AWESOME TEACHER! I LOVED THIS CLASS!
Davis is an awesome, energetic, and loving teacher!
She listens and cares about her students!
Very good at lecturing!
}Just make your speech's make sence and follow the guidelines and you will get a good grade on ...
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Professor rated by: Student on 12/7/06
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COM 100 - Public Speaking
This class is easy. 4 speeches, 1 midterm, and a final. She is picky on the details...so you must do what the textbook says. You must go to class but you can miss a little without your grade suffering. Very friendly but did have her days that she was...
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Professor rated by: Student on 3/21/09
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
AWESOME TEACHER! I LOVED THIS CLASS!

Davis is an awesome, energetic, and loving teacher!

She listens and cares about her students!

Very good at lecturing!

}Just make your speech's make sence and follow the guidelines and you will get a good grade on each one.

}There are 4 speeches although my class only did the first 3 out of 4 due to time restraints. 1)Personal Artifact Speech 2) Informative Speech 3) Persuasive Speech 4) Special Occasion Speech.

}TAKE GOOD NOTES! The study guides she gives are good but not very detailed so just read the chapters when they are assigned! They are not long and have some interesting facts about communication.

}Speeches were easy to write and deliver to the class.

No one really pays attention, unless you give a good speech.

}There is one midterm and the one final.

Both have about 50 questions: you are given your class period to conplete the midterm which is about one hour and you are given two hours to complete the final. (Both tests take about an hour, so if you are a slow (multiple choice) test taker don't worry you will have plenty of time.

}TAKE THIS CLASS FOR A GOOD TIME AND A GOOD GRADE!

}AIM: ENGINEERGRL5 (for questions you have) Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on December 7, 2006
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Pros: Nice and Approachable



Fair Grader



Keeps the class interesting most of the time
Cons: None
I would definitely recommend Dr. Davis for COM 100. Her class consists of 3 speeches (Self introduction, informative, persuasive) and one group speech, which are worth 25, 75, 100, and 75 respectively. She also has a midterm and a final and little assignments that aren't worth that many points but it is in your best interest to actually do them. She also takes down attendance everyday.



The speeches themselves are not too difficult, just follow the guidelines and rubric to the best of your abilities and you should do fine. Also, try to make your speech topic as odd and interesting as possible. It seems as though she grades better on those with non-cliche topics.



The midterm and final are not easy A's but definitely passable with ample studying, NOT cramming. The homework assignments are generally easy, and has you do different types of self assessments after speeches, which she uploads onto Youtube under a private link- meaning nobody except the people in class can watch it.



Attitude-wise, Dr. Davis is very nice and approachable and will try her best to make you a better public speaker. After speeches she gives both good feedback and constructive criticism, no matter how good you think the speech went. That is not necessarily a bad thing since there's always room to do better! She keeps the class interesting at times with her sarcastic humor which some do not like, but I personally don't mind and find funny most of the time.



With that being said, I would again, recommend this COM 100 class as it really does help you become a better public speaker. Don't worry too much about messing up or looking like a fool, because not that many people notice it or pay that close of attention during speeches, and like Dr. Davis says, "it's not that noticeable to everyone else".
Professor rated by: Animal & Veterinary Science Student on November 16, 2014
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
The quarter seemed to go by fast in her class. She was always happy and wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. The criteria of the class gradually opens you up to speaking in front of an audience (The class was so comfortable with each other that no one was criticized or made fun of). Project your voice, manage eye contact, use supporting material, etc. If you choose a topic you enjoy, then you will have no problem speaking about it. There is a midterm and a final, but if you read the book and outline her study guide, you will pass. Some COM100 classes do not require you to dress up during your speech day, but Professor Davis does. Some dislike it, some like it. I prefer dressing up because it is more professional and really gives credibility to your persona. It is valuable for the future so you may as well start now. If you are thinking about taking this class, do so as soon as possible. What you learn in this class helps you in other classes that require speaking. No one in the class complained about anything and she understands that we are still learning. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on December 10, 2007
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Mrs. Davis' class consists of two midterms; each worth 50 points. There are four speeches: talk about a treasured artifact (25 pts.), group presentation on a book topic (50 pts.), informative (75 pts.) and persuasive (100 pts.). She encouraged us to choose topics we enjoy to make our speeches run smoothly. She calls attendance and grades you upon that. Which is great because her notes also reflect her mid-terms. Personality-wise, Mrs. Davis is a hilarious and sarcastic person. By this, she actually got many students involved in her class! Even though she sometimes used us as examples for some "not to do in your speeches", we didn't care because she was so chill. She's awesome! Take her! And please don't write 54% on the board when you mean $54. And don't bring 25 note cards on your speech. You can use note cards, but only a couple. Lastly, even if you stutter during your speech, need a breather, or any of the such, don't worry! She's a fair grader. She knows we are novices/amateurs on speeches and will not penalize you for that. So relax. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on June 5, 2010
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Pros: - Very welcoming environment

- Prof. Davis is able to convey material very well

- Positive feedback is always given after each speech

- Assignments are straightforward and easy to understand
Cons: N/A
Public speaking can be very intimidating for many - this was definitely the case for me. I took it during my first quarter at Cal Poly, and it turned out to be my favorite class. Professor Davis is a very kind, respectful woman. She grades fairly, gives great feedback, makes herself easily available to get ahold of, and creates an overall positive and welcoming environment. If you can, definitely enroll in her class. Regardless of how nervous you are when it comes to speaking in front of a classroom, I strongly suggest enrolling in her course. It's one of the few classes you will actually benefit from, and it is nowhere near as bad as I imagined it would've been.
Professor rated by: Student on January 3, 2014
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Pros: Very enthusiastic and makes everyone very comfortable. She is a very easy grader as long as you follow her steps. I did a typical boring monotone speech for one of my speeches and got a B+. The next speech I did was very confident and enthusiastic and freestyled my speech but did not follow all the prompts so i got a C-. So moral of the story is you can be a horrible speaker but still get an A in the class if you just follow the steps.
Cons: She assigns reading, but do not waste money buying the book. You can pass her exams easily without the book. I never bought the book and got B+ on both exams (multiple choice)



Grade Recieved: B-
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on November 18, 2014
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
I was really nervous entering this class because I HATE speaking in front of people but Prof. Davis truly does have the gift of making you feel comfortable and at ease. Even if you don't give that good of a speech she is always able to find and say something positive to you. I was HELLA nervous for my first speech and she could tell. She tells you what it is you need to correct and by the second speech i was fine! If you take this class I just highly reccomend running through your speech and KNOW what you are going to say. Also, make sure you don't go over your time!

DEFINITELY TAKE HER!

You won't regret it! Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on May 4, 2007
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COM 100
Public Speaking
3***
This class is easy. 4 speeches, 1 midterm, and a final. She is picky on the details...so you must do what the textbook says. You must go to class but you can miss a little without your grade suffering. Very friendly but did have her days that she was not so happy. The midterm and final is just about the textbook and some in class notes. Midterm was chapter 1-6 and final 10-16.Some homework but easy! She does mark off points though if you read from your notes (highest grade you can get on the speech C+), and if you choose a topic for your speech and then change it.

Take this professor! Easy class! Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on March 21, 2009
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COM 100
Public Speaking
4****
I actually learned stuff in this class and I'm a better public speaker now because of it. Her technique of teaching is good, she tries to relate to the students and she usually succeeds since she seems to have a good grasp of how younger people think, maybe because she doesn't look very old herself and she has two teenagers. She almost always has a smile on her face which made going to class a lot more enjoyable. It's hard to fall asleep in her class because she's always talking to us about something in a loud and clear voice so its definitely not boring. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on December 27, 2006
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Dr. Davis is a great proffessor. I was AFRAID of taking COM 100 but her class was the complete opposite of what I had imagined. Everyone is respectful and we were all cool with each other. There are four speeches. The first two are very easy and short. The last two are long (an informative and a persuasive essay). Dr. Davis grades very fairly and encourages every one to do their best. You will learn a lot and the class is entertaining. I highly recommedn Dr. Davis. Take her if you have the opportunity, won't regreat it. Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on June 17, 2010
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
I took her for COM314 (grade cal poly wouldn't give me the option) and it was one of the most interesting general ed's I've taken. She is SUPER friendly; and explains everything very clearly. Class participation and attendance is basically mandatory, but it's not a class that you would want to skip anyway. Her tests are kind of tricky because their based around her lecture and the book, so you have to read and absorb the chapters before the exams. Overall a challenging, but interesting course. Highly RECOMMEND! Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on December 18, 2007
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Melanie Davis is a great instructor to have. She is very friendly and this makes for a very comfortable speech giving class.

}The class is based on 2 exams and 4 speeches. Both the midterm and the final are 50 questions each, done on scantrons. It took me about 30 minutes to complete each exam. The exams are of average difficulty.

}The 4 speeches aren't too difficult to write. The hard part was finding enough sources for the final 2 speeches...

}Overall, a great instructor. I would take her again. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on December 12, 2009
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COM 100
Public Speaking
4****
Professor Davis is unique. Very entertaining and enthusiastic, she makes public speaking interesting. She is a harsh grader on the speeches(only one A overall in my class despite several incredible speakers). Her class is 4 speeches and 2 tests. The tests are fairly easy. The speeches are not really that bad even if you do not like speaking in front of a crowd. She prepares you well for them in the little time she has. I recommend her for any COM class. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on March 25, 2008
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
The class is overall simple... go to class take notes and listen. She is very friendly, very assesible, and easy to talk to. There are about 4 speeches each worth more and more points the more you learn. Other than the speeches there are 2 tests, very simple if you have read the book. Overall a great teacher and i would advise you to take her. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on December 15, 2009
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Ms. Davis is really nice and is very enthusiastic about teaching. There is a personal artifact speech, a group teaching presentation, a informative speech and a persuasive speech and a 100 question final exam. She is a fair grader, its not hard to get a good grade in this class. I recommend taking Ms. Davis, she is a good teacher. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on March 14, 2007
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
She is the best public speaking instructer. There is a midterm and a final, and four speeches. She is really good at making the subject fun and the material clear. Also she is always willing to help you with anything you're having trouble with. Overall she's a great instructer, i definately recommend taking her class.
Professor rated by: Student on November 30, 2006
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
There are a total of 4 speeches, midterm, and final. The tests aren't too bad if you read the book and study the stuff on the study guide. I got A- on the midterm. Speak extemperaneously and have lots of eye contact and speak within the time limit and you'll probably do fine. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on March 27, 2006
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COM 100
Public Speaking
5*****
Good teacher and class is not at all boring. Just prepare your speaches well and you will succeed. We had an extra credit assignment of 25 points. I did that and got an A.
Professor rated by: Student on February 24, 2006
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COM 100
Public Speaking
4****
Very helpful, friendly and willing to work with you on your speech. Fair grader. Take her and you will improve your public speaking!!!! Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on March 21, 2006
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COM 100
Public Speaking
4****
Awesome, very friendly and is also explains concepts well.
Professor rated by: Business - All College Student on March 29, 2011
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