COMM110: Effective Speaking
Section: HBR     (Hybrid)

About This Course


Semester and YearApril 2014 / (6 weeks): Apr 1, 2014 to May 13, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Jean Dolan   Email: Jean.Dolan@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-986-8094

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of a significant number of 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

Hybrid:
Classroom and Web-based instruction

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:
  • Other special requirements may apply. Consult "Other Information about the Section" for details.
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

REQUIRED Campus Meetings

There are MANDATORY campus meetings or tests other than orientation. You should NOT register for this course if you are unavailable to attend these meetings.

This hybrid section meets Occasionally

Number of required on-campus meetings: 3
Dates/Locations of required meetings: This class will meet Saturday afternoons at the Lower Bucks Campus Room 100, 12:30-3:15 pm. Each student must attend three classes to present speeches. INSTRUCTOR WILL ASSIGN SPEECH DATES. Dates are 4/5/14 or 4/12/14 (tribute speech), 4/19/14 or 4/26/14 (informative speech), and 5/3/14 or 5/10/14 (persuasive speech).

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

Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.


Other Orientation Information
Orientation will be self-paced, but instructor will be available via e-mail and phone for questions. I strongly urge all students to attend the first class on 4/5/14, even if you are not scheduled to deliver a speech that day, for smoother orientation.

Instructor's Welcome Page

Your instructor's detailed information page (referred to as a "welcome page") is:

http://www.youtube.com/jeandolan


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 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

This is an intense course in which highly disciplined students will research, outline, and deliver three speeches in just six weeks, plus other assignments. THIS IS NOT A COURSE FOR STUDENTS WITH HIGH LEVELS OF SPEECH ANXIETY. Student must have access to computer, Internet, and Canvas.

MANDATORY: Students will deliver speeches IN PERSON in room 100 of the Lower Bucks Campus, Bristol, at 12:30 p.m. on the following dates which the instructor will assign: Sat. 4/5/14 OR 4/12/14 (tribute speech); Sat. 4/19/14 or 4/26/14 (informative speech); Sat. 5/3/14 or 5/10/14 (persuasive speech). Instructor will record these speeches and upload the video to a website for the student to evaluate his/her presentations. First speech is due immediately; please visit www.youtube.com/jeandolan to familiarize yourself with sample speeches.

FAILURE TO COMPLETE ANY OF THE THREE REQUIRED SPEECHES WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

You must be a highly motivated student who can work independently. This is not a section to take if you have speech anxiety or are not fluent in the English language as the instructor will not have time to work with you on these issues. Late assignments and speeches are not accepted. There will be no make-up speeches. If you have a conflict with any of these deadlines or requirements, please register for a different section.

Class work will be computer intensive. Using our Canvas "Virtual Classroom," you will be required to complete assignments, post to discussion boards, and respond to other postings. If you are unfamiliar with Canvas, please sign up for an orientation class. Contact Virtual Campus/Online Learning for more information.

Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better).