Outcome Competencies: After completing SPCH 3023, Persuasion, participants will be able to:
¨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.
Grade Calculation sheet: SPCH 3023
Name: ______________________________ SSN: ______________________________________
300 Points Possible
Personal Crest Presentation
100 Points Possible
Paired Chapter Presentation
Social Influence Campaign Presentation
75 Points Possible
Personal Crest Outline
25 Points Possible
Social Influence Campaign Outline
Article Review One
50 Points Possible
Article Review Two
Article Review Total:
Persuasive Communication Journal
125 Points Possible
Application Activity One
Application Activity Two
Application Activity Three
Peer Critique One
Peer Critique Two
Chapter Presentation Topic Proposal
Campaign Topic Proposal
A-: 1000-900; B: 899--800; C: 799-700; D: 699-600; F: 599 & below
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.
Communication with the Instructor: I highly encourage you to contact me initially via telephone, then by e-mail. If you have an emergency situation, phone contact is encouraged. Additionally, check your email regularly and answer promptly. Email from your instructor should be given priority. It may include additional information or instructions about your activities, assignments and presentations.
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.