Persuasion

Course Details

Course Number: SPCH 3023  Section Number: 001

Fall 2012

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B105

Days & Times:

MW 1:00-2:20PM



Course Attachments

SPCH 3023 Course SyllabusSPCH 3023 Course Syllabus   SPCH_3023_SyllabusFall2012.FinalVersion-20120924-091831.docx

Textbooks

Charles Larson
Persuasion: Reception and Responsibility (13th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2013.
  ISBN: 10: 1111349274

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Donnie Kirk   
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Course Objectives

 

Outcome Competencies: After completing SPCH 3023, Persuasion, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the communication process as it relates to the field of persuasion
  2. Develop a critical awareness of persuasion/influence in our American society
  3. Increase your sensitivity to the ethical implications of persuasion 
  4. Present persuasive messages in an ethical and effective manner
  5. Become competent and responsible receivers of persuasive messages

Course Expectations

 

Course Requirements:

 ¨Participants are expected to actively participate in class discussions and activities.

 ¨Participants are required to read chapters from the text on a daily basis as assigned.

 ¨Participants are required to informally present two scholarly articles that relate to persuasion.

 ¨Participants are required to record communication journals describing persuasive communication experiences, observations, or insights as they relate to course topics. The instructor will supply supplemental topics for this assignment on a weekly basis.

 ¨Participants will conduct both individual, paired, and group presentations focusing on specific areas of persuasive communication. Presentation guidelines are provided by the instructor.

 ¨Participants can expect two major exams and one cumulative final exam.


Grading Standards

 

Grade Calculation sheet: SPCH 3023

 

Name: ______________________________               SSN: ______________________________________

 

 

 

Formal Presentations

300 Points Possible

 

Personal Crest Presentation

100 Points Possible

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Paired Chapter Presentation

100 Points Possible

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Social Influence Campaign Presentation

100 Points Possible

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Presentation Total:

 

 

 

Outlines

75 Points Possible

 

Personal Crest Outline

25 Points Possible

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Paired Outline

25 Points Possible

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Social Influence Campaign Outline

25 Points Possible

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Outline Total:

 

 

 

Article Reviews

100 Points Possible

 

Article Review One

50 Points Possible

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Article Review Two

50 Points Possible

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Article Review Total:

 

 

 

Persuasive Communication Journal

100 Points Possible

 

Submission One

50 Points Possible

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Submission Two

50 Points Possible

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Journal Total:

 

 

 

Examinations

300 Points Possible

 

Exam One

100 Points Possible

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Exam Two

100 Points Possible

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Final Exam

100 Points Possible

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Exam Total:

 

 

 

Class Participation

125 Points Possible

 

Goal Statement

35

Score:

Application Activity One

10

Score:

Application Activity Two

10

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Application Activity Three

10

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Peer Critique One

10

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Peer Critique Two

10

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Chapter Presentation Topic Proposal

20

 

             Campaign Topic Proposal

20

 

 

 

Participation Total:

 

 

 

Absences:

 

 

Extra Credit:

 

Course Total:

 

A-: 1000-900;      B: 899--800;        C: 799-700;         D: 699-600;         F: 599 & below


Final Exam12/10/2012  3:30-5:30PM

Submission Format Policy

All assignments are submitted in class unless otherwise noted in class.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late assignments are not accepted.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Attendance Policy: Because of the participatory nature of the course, your attendance is critical! Students should make every attempt to attend class. Four absences from a 16 week course meeting 2 times a week is grounds for an administrative withdrawal from the course. At four absences, your final grade in the course will be reduced by one grade letter. More than four absences will result in your withdrawal or failure of the course. Please consult the 2012-2013 Midwestern State University Catalog or the instructor if you have questions regarding this policy. Missing a scheduled performance due to an absence is grounds for a zero for that presentation.

 

NOTE: Habitual tardiness is managed as excessive absenteeism—meaning habitual tardiness may lead to an administrative withdrawal from the course.


Other Policies

 

Class Conduct Statement: Communication is the vehicle through which we express ideas and attempt to acquire shared meaning with others. Hence, due to the participatory nature of this course, communication is encouraged on a multitude of levels. With this definition in mind, be aware that talking and/or incivility during lectures and presentations will not be tolerated. Infractions of this policy will result in no less than a 10-point reduction from the participation grade per incident.

 

Distractions: During class, ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES will be in the “off” position and stored in book bags/purses. No exceptions! 

 

Research Statement: SPCH 3023: Persuasion requires you to conduct outside reading and research in order to master the required course content. To aid you in your research efforts, you should use primary research references found either through the MSU library resources or the INFOTRAC component that accompanies your textbook. Merely “Googling” your research topics for this course is an unacceptable form of research.

 

Academic Integrity: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to the learning process. Scholars, whether performing as students or instructors, are engaged in a search for truth. Such truth may be obstructed if plagiarism occurs. Plagiarism occurs when an individual fails to paraphrase research information and/or cite source material adequately when delivering information in either a written or oral format. If you have any doubt regarding what constitutes plagiarism, you should consult with the instructor prior to submission of the work. The potential penalty for plagiarism in SPCH 3023 is a grade of zero for the work submitted or failure of the course.

 

ADA Statement: It is the policy of Midwestern State University that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program or activity at the University. The Director of the Counseling Center should be contacted concerning initial enrollment, scheduling, and other accommodative arrangements at (940) 397-4618, TTY at (940) 397-4515, or in Hardin South, Room 211.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.