COMM110: Effective Speaking
Section: E67     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearFall 2014 / (15 weeks): Aug 27, 2014 to Dec 19, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Shawn Queeney   Email: Shawn.Queeney@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8428
Campus Location: Hicks 204

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week 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

eLearning:
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 Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain 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


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is REQUIRED.
Failure to participate in a REQUIRED orientation, as specified below, may jeopardize your grade.

Online chat

Your instructor will hold the orientation online using synchronous chat and other tools.

Date:8/27/14
Time:12:00 - 2:00
Online Location of
LIVE Orientation:
Chat Room in Canvas Course Space

Other Orientation Information
An online orientation chat will be held between 12:00 - 2:00 on August 27, 2014. The online chat will be held in the conference room/chat area of the canvas course space.

Accessing Your Course

Publisher's Website

This course will use a website developed by a textbook publisher. Specific details for accessing this website will be provided by your instructor.


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 bucks.instructure.com

  • 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, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. 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

Students must have access to a digital video camera for this class. Use of a webcam for this class is not allowed.

Once speeches are videotaped, students will upload speeches onto the publisher support site called "Connect Lucas."

Students must have access to a professional presentation space to deliver and videotape their presentation. Unless there is a disability accommodation made, speeches are not allowed to be delivered from home!

For each speech, students must arrange an audience of at least six (6) adults. The audience must be introduced prior to the speech and visible throughout the presentation. The audience must complete an evaluation sheet for the speech presentation.

Late assignments (Speeches, online assignments, discussion postings, etc.) are not accepted unless appropriate documentation is provided to substantiate the claim.

This semester, the class work for the course will be computer intensive and will require students to have access to the Internet. Using our Canvas "Virtual Classroom," you will be required to complete assignments, address weekly topics on the electronic discussion board and possibly participate in chats. Contact online learning for more information @ 215-968-8052.

Since these courses usually fill up, there will be no extra time for extra or make-up speeches. If you know that you have a conflict with any deadline, you should sign up for a different section.

REQUIRED TEXT: The Art of Public Speaking by Stephen Lucas.

Online Learning requires that you are a mature, innovative, self-starter who will be dedicated to completing course work on your own, with minimal guidance. I hope that we can work together for a successful semester. I will be available by email, telephone, and in-person meetings to facilitate your work process, but the major responsibility for completing work is yours.

Keep in mind, your enrollment in this class begins immediately!

If you have any questions or concerns, either before or after registering, please contact me via email at queeneys@bucks.edu

I look forward to working with you!

Shawn Queeney

The official college syllabus for this course can be found on the College's web site.