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TH 105 Oral Communication
Peak, Mari J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseTH 105 Oral Communication HO
SemesterFA2005
FacultyPeak, Mari J.
TitleAdjunct Professor of Theatre
Degrees/CertificatesMFA Acting, University of Illinois, 1988
BA Theatre & Pre-Law, Kansas State University, 1983
Office LocationAlumni Hall
Office HoursBy appointment only
Daytime Phone891-8606
Other Phone588-7890
E-Mailmari.peak@park.edu
Jpeak@aol.com
Semester DatesAugust 22, 2005 - December 18, 2005
Class Days-M---F-
Class Time1:50 - 3:05 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Gamble, Teri and Michael Gamble. Oral Interpretation: Bringing Literature to Life Through Performance, Columbus:Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 2002.  ISB
N: 0-8442-1740-9

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Additional Resources:
E-companion site for TH105 at http://parkonline.org

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Course Description:
A study of the basic skills in breathing, vocal control, diction, and articulation as applied to the public presentation of the following literary forms:  poetry, prose, drama, reader's theatre and choral reading.  Selections used as performance options include authors from a wide variety of ethnic and national origins.  Open to all students.  1:2:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of total intellectual, physical, & emotional engagement in an interactive, safe, non-threatening "studio" setting.  Lectures will be brief; there will be no more than two quizzes; and the internet will be used to support in-class activities.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, students should have accomplished:
1. An understanding and working knowledge of the basic mechanical skills of breath control, relaxation, placement, diction, enunciation, and projection required for effective vocal communication.
2. A heightened sensitivity of the student's ear to enable him/her to detect and reproduce subtleties in vocal inflection, pitch, rhythm, dialect, etc.
3. A greater awareness of physical self-presentation and impression on an audience and to gain a greater control over the effect of the presentation on an audience.
4. An increased understanding of various literary styles (poetry, prose, drama, etc.) and the varying possibilities in interpreting these styles for presentation to an audience.
5. Increased skills in creating and performing written narrative material to effectively introduce and bridge the above types of literature during formal presentations.
6. Increased ability to transfer the above-specified physical, vocal, and mental skills to such everyday situation as job-interviews, etc.
7. An increased appreciation of the art of theatre and the craft of the actor, which is central to the theatre experience.

Course Assessment:
Learning objectives will be achieved through the following:
1. In-class projects and performances (to be videotaped).
2. Lecture.
3. Guided group discussion.
4. Periodic study guides.
5. One (1) formal written critique of a Park University production.
6. The preparation and performance of one final "concert" performance.
7. Participation in physical and vocal exercises.
8. Attendance and participation in individual and group coaching sessions.
9. Group performances and discussions.
10. Peer and instructor evaluations.
11. A written final examination will enable the student to further demonstrate his/her understanding of the techniques and concepts central to success in this course.

Grading:
20% Daily attendance and punctuality.
20% Daily participation in physical activities and discussions.
20% Classroom performances: degree of professionalism displayed in both rehearsal, preparation, and performance.
10% Quality of written assignments & formal paper.
20% Quality and preparation of final performance.
10% Performance on written final examination.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Performances and written material are due on the dates specified at the time of assignment.  For each class period a performance or assignment is late, the student will receive a reduction of one letter grade for the assignment.  Exceptions to this standard will be made rarely and only in extreme circumstances and with advance notice to the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will participate as fully as possible in all physical activities.

Students are expected to be supportive of one another.  
No derogatory or sarcastic comments about another's work will be tolerated.

No talking or whispering is allowed during performances.
Students are not to enter or exit the classroom during a performance.
See Park University catalog for further information regarding appropriate student conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course topics, dates and assignments will be provided to the student on a separate sheet.  Modifications to this schedule will occur with at least 48 hours advance notice to the student.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
The student is permitted two absences from class without penalty.  For each additional absence, the student will receive a zero for that session in attendance and participation. Bear in mind that attendance and participation are worth 40 percent of your grade.  Even if you do not have your assignment prepared for the session, I advise you to attend class.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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