COMM110: Effective Speaking
Section: E2     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearIntersession 2017 / (4 weeks): Dec 15, 2016 to Jan 12, 2017
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Jason Quinn   Email:
Phone: 215-504-8500

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 3 - 5 hours every day for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

The required text for this course is :The Art of Public Speaking by Stephen Lucas, 12th edition. Make sure you have the 12th edition at the beginning of the semester.

During the semester, you will have to deliver and record 4 speeches. In order to participate in this class, you will need the equipment necessary to video-record your speeches and upload them to Canvas.

During the first week, you will do a video test assignment to familiarize yourself with the process of recording yourself and submitting the video to Canvas.

If you need access to a digital video camera, you may be able to check one out from the BCCC library. Media Lab personnel are a great resource if you need help uploading your video to Canvas. Solve any video problems that you may have in the first week of the semester, before the Speech Assignments are due, because a lack of familiarity or ability to record and upload videos will not be a valid excuse for late or missing work.

For your speeches, you will need to have 8 adult audience members, clearly shown in the video, to whom you are performing your speeches. This is a public speaking class and as such having a live audience is essential. While this course can be fully completed off-campus, you will still need to interact with other people (an audience) in order to pass the class. These speeches should be performed in a professional preparation space that will allow you to perform you speech free of interruptions or distraction.

Learning online is a challenging undertaking. In many ways, it is a lot more work than a traditional face-to-face course. You must be self-motivated and complete all of the assignments. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor and appropriate documentation. If you start missing assignments, it will be very difficult for you to pass this course. In an online course, your class participation is demonstrated by your timely completion of assignments and your participation in our online discussion forums.

Please note the following requirements for all online Effective Speaking classes at Bucks:

1) Your speeches must be delivered to an audience that you assemble. The audience must contain at least eight adults. Your audience must be introduced prior to your speech and be in view throughout your speech.

2) Students must have access to a professional presentation space to deliver and videotape their presentation. Delivering your speech in a living room, den, kitchen, attic or anywhere in your home is not allowed.

3) Students must have access to a digital video recorder. Recording your speech using a webcam is not allowed in this class.

4) Finalized, recorded speeches must be received by the instructor by the deadline dates indicated. Speeches must be functioning and view-able when sent to the instructor. Before you submit your speech, you must watch and evaluate it. Be sure the audio level is good and that you can be seen clearly.

I have no doubt that if you follow the instructions and let me know when you need help, you will have a productive and enjoyable online learning experience. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at