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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.

Course

TH 105 Oral Communication

Semester

SP 2006 HO

Faculty

Peak, Mari J.

Title

Professor of Theatre/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Fine Arts/Acting--University of Illinois
Bachelor of Arts/Theatre, Pre-law--Kansas State University

Office Location

Alumni Hall

Office Hours

By appointment only

Daytime Phone

816-891-8606

Other Phone

816-588-7890

E-Mail

Mari.Peak@park.edu

JPeak@aol.com

Semester Dates

January 9, 2006 - May 7, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

2:25 - 3:40 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Lewis, Todd V. "Communicating Literature: An Introduction to Oral Interpretation" Dubuque:Kendall-Hunt, 2004.

ISBN:0-7575-0847-2

Additional Resources:
Park University E-companion for TH105 at Parkonline.org.

You may access this by going to Park University's home page.  Click on "Current Students" and then click on Parkonline.org.  Select TH105.


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 "studio" setting.  Lectures will be brief; learning will be guided by study tools and discussion prompts on the E-companion; and the internet will be used to support in-class activities.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of the course, students should have accomplished:
  2. An understanding and working knowledge of the basic mechanical skills of breath control, relaxation, placement, diction, enunciation, and projection required for effective vocal communication.
  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. 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.
Class Assessment:
Learning objectives will be achieved through the following:
1. In-class projects and performances (may be videotaped).
2. Lecture.
3. Guided group discussion both on-line and in the classroom.
4. Periodic study guides to be completed on-line.
5. One (1) formal written critique of a Park University production OR a 750 word paper on an instructor-approved topic pertinent to the content of this course.
6. The preparation and performance of one final "concert" performance.
7. Participation in physical and vocal exercises.
8. Attendance and participation in individual and/or group coaching sessions.
9. Group performances and discussions.
10. Peer and instructor evaluations.
11. A student missing more than two class sessions will be required to further demonstrate his/her understanding of the techniques and concepts central to success in this course by completing a written final examination.

Grading:
20% Daily attendance and punctuality.
20% Daily participation in physical activities and discussions.
15% Classroom performances: degree of professionalism displayed in both rehearsal, preparation, and performance.
10% Quality of written assignments, on-line discussions, study guides.
10% Quality of performance paper or paper on alternate topic.
10% Quality and preparation of final performance.
5% Written preparation of script for final concert performance.
10% Performance on written final examination for students missing more than two class sessions.

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 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. Audience response is key in the creation of this artform. Consequently, full attention should be directed to your peers who are performing.
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
This is a performance class and as much as 50 percent of your grade depends on attendance and participation.  Students earn 5 points per class for attendance.  You may miss two classes with no deduction of points.    Participation is graded separately from attendance and is also assessed at 5 points per class.
Students who miss more than two classes will be required to take a written final examination worth ten percent of the class total.

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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