COMM110: Effective Speaking
Section: E5     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearIntersession 2018 / (4 weeks): Dec 15, 2017 to Jan 12, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Brian Henson   Email:
Phone: 215-853-4510
Campus Location: New Arts, Part time Instructors Office

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:
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.

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

Please read the following guideline for the online COMM 110 course.

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) Speeches must be posted on the Canvas course space under the appropriate assignment.

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

5) Presentations must be professional in nature. Unless there is a pre-existing condition or disability that is being accommodated for, students must stand while delivering their presentation.

6) 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.

7) As an online learning student, you must effectively manage your own time and tasks. Stay current (or ahead of) scheduled readings and assignments. While you have some flexibility in how you complete this course, your enrollment in this course starts on the first day of the semester, so you need to get started with class work now.

8) When surveyed, students who have done well (Earned an “A”) in this class said they spent A MINIMUM of 10 to 12 hours per week completing readings, assignments and preparing for speeches. You should log into the course space at least every day during the semester.

9) The instructor’s role is not to teach you how to utilize CANVAS. You are required to have a good understanding of how to navigate the course and how to utilize all associated technology for this class. 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.

10) A dedicated room and video camera is available in the Media Lab area of the library. Follow this link for contact information: (Links to an external site.

The textbook for the course is "The Art of Public Speaking" 12th edition, by Stephen A. Lucas. Please have the book by the time the course starts.